10 Best Ruger AR-556 Accessories

We put together of list of the 10 best Ruger AR-556 accessories to significantly improve the rifle's handling, recoil performance, increased durability, tactical and aiming capabilities.

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Ruger AR 556 Upgrades [Improves Handling & Control]

Raptor Ambi Charging Handle - Improved Pull Leverage

Radian Weapons Raptor Ambidextrous Charging Handle for AR15/M16, Tungsten Grey, R0002

The Radian Raptor charging handle is the best accessories for Ruger AR-556 to get first. It enables ambi BCG charging capability for left and right handed users with bigger latches.

A bigger latch means way better and smoother pulling leverage without wearing it out against the upper receiver. 

Increased Shear Durability - Beefed up design to handle constant hard charging shear force 

High Volume Usage - Reduced friction when charging the bolt against the upper receiver

Better Gripping - Easier to grip & pull.  Serrated latch surface doesn't easily slip for most shooters in most wet or dry conditions (with or without gloves)

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Magpul BAD Lever - Adds Ambi Capability 

magpul bad lever

The battery assist device is one of the must have Ruger 556 accessories for faster reloads and easier one handed bolt lock. The Magpul BAD Lever is easy to install and affordable.

Faster Return To Battery - Cuts down the reload speed by extending the bolt release paddle to the right side of the rifle, allowing the trigger finger to control bolt lock and release from the fire control / ready position.

One Handed Control - No more leaving the firing hand off the grip to perform bolt lock.

Super Lightweight - No noticeable weight added

BCM MCMR Handguard - Mounts Accessories 

bvm mcmr 10 m lok handguard

This is a much more rigid Ruger AR-556 accessories rail than the stock one. This is an optional Ruger AR-556 handguard upgrade unless you want more room to to mount weapon lights, grips and other tactical accessories.

Rock Solid Receiver Lock - KMR anti rotational mounting system locks the handguard on the receiver and prevents movement under stress, vibration and heat

M LOK Compatible - Mount any MLOK accessories like lights, laser, and grips you want at the 2, 6, and 10 O'clock positions.

Offers Different Lengths - Available for carbine, mid length and full length setup (Requires a new low profile gas block)

Magpul CTR Stock - Enhances Stability

magpul CTR stock black

Why Replace The Default Stock?

Eliminates the annoying wobble and stabilizes the rifle stock on the shooter's shoulder better.

We highly recommend the Mil-Spec model the Magpul CTR stock or the Magpul ACS for Ruger 556.

Low Drag & Snag Free - A high-quality stock transforms the M&P15 into a low drag, snag-free, and fast action sporting rifle

Added Sling Attachment Points - Use any push-button QD sling configuration as you like.

SB Tactical SBA3 - Stabilizes Pistol

SB tactical sba3 brace

Why Get The SBA3 - The SBA3 is by far the best-looking pistol brace for a Ruger 556 pistol build. It has the look of a Magpul MOE stock, and it feels pretty solid to brace or shoulder.

[Updated 2020] Read More: New ATF Rule On AR Pistol Braces

6 Position Adjustable Position - Fits on regular buffer tube mil spec or commerical

SBR Ready - When ATF Form 1 is ready, simply just swap the brace with a legal stock without having to change the buffer tube.

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Recoil Reduction

bcm vertical foregrip

The BCM Gunfighter grip is our favorite for better rifle handling.

Enhanced Grip Handling - It enhances handguard grip ergonomics for driving the muzzle faster to the target, and operate a weapon light at the same time.

Reduced Sway - C clamp the handguard to reduce rifle sway with greater grip leverage

Improved Recoil Control - Reduced horizontal and vertical muzzle shift for faster follow up shots (Helps even more if using a muzzle brake)

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Surefire MB556 Muzzle Brake - Mitigates Recoil

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Why Add This To The Rifle?

Swap out the boring A2 birdcage flashhider with a Surefire MB556 muzzle brake! Your shooting experience will change forever.

Reducing muzzle flip significantly - Ported muzzle to push the muzzle down when firing rounds to keep the sight on target

Improved Accuracy - Less flinching or muzzle adjustment required to hit target accurately

Loud and Fun! - Experiences muzzle fireball (More visible on a short barrel) 

Expect this when shooting in low light:

mk18 muzzle brake at night

Compatible With Surefire Suppressor - Superior suppressor can alignment with fast mount and demount capability.

Timney Single Stage Trigger - Smoother Trigger Pull

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Why Replace The Stock Trigger ? - Get this to improve split time and smoother follow up shots. It reduces trigger pull weight to just 3 lbs, and gives the shooter much more crisper trigger squeeze and reset. 

Tighter Groups - Lighter trigger pull reduces shooter's finger tension on the trigger bow to eliminate as much motion to the rifle as possible

Faster Reset - Trigger reset feels much faster with added forward spring tension  

Quick Installation - Drop it in!, pull back the pins and you're done! No gunsmithing or fitting required.

Shoot Faster - Much smoother trigger for competition and faster follow up shooting without tiring your finger strength.

See more AR15 Drop In Triggers

braided-buffer-spring

Why Replace The Old Spring? The Geissele braided spring technology models machine gun alike reliability and cycling performance to the Ruger AR 556. The springs flex separately from each other to displace excess energy to prevent spring failure.

Increased Service Life - The spring only operates at around ~35% of its maximum stress load compared to a standard spring to extend overall service life.

Improved Reliability - Better and stronger round chambering performance and when dealing with a dirt or steel case ammo.

Eliminated Spring Twang Sound - The braided wire spring kills the annoying twang sound and preserves spring harmonics inside the buffer tube.

Ruger AR 556 Optics Accessory

Holosun 510C - Get On Target Fast

eotech exps3 aiming steel target

Why Add An Optic ?  We recommend the Holosun 510C for starters to aim more accurately with a red dot sight than with irons.

eotech exps 3 vs holosun 510c

Point & Shoot – Parallax-free reticle with unlimited eye relief lets the shooter instantly place the dot on the target with both eyes open

Large Field Of View - Aim with both eyes open and also see around you for situation awareness 

Save Up To 35% on Trijicon Red Dot Sights

Very Long Battery Life - 50K+ battery hours. Leave it on and the reticle is always ready

Multiple Reticle Settings - Use 2 MOA single dot for precise aiming or also turn on 65 MOA ring for range estimation

Multi-Purpose – Use it on the Ruger AR 556 as well as other rifles you have in your inventory.

If you don't like the Holosun 510C, please check out our red dot sight guide for more products.