Some might say you can never have too many rifles, and they are probably right, especially if those rifles are manufactured under the Ruger umbrella. When it comes to adding rifles to your collection that will not let you down, there are two young guns on the block that you just might want to check out. These new additions are known as the Ruger American Ranch Rifles and there are two from which you may choose depending on your shooting preference and the dominant side of your body.
The Ranch Rifles have many desirable qualities, especially for those who might be a little less country and a little more rock 'n' roll. Despite the 'ranch' moniker, these rifles are good for more than simply plunking around the farm. They actually bear tactical components that are significant enough to set them apart from others in the American line.
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Chambered for 5.56 NATO or 300 BLK (which offers 1/2-28 or 5/8-24 TPI threads for use of compensators, flash hiders, brakes, direct-mount suppressors, and other muzzle devices), the Ranch line offers rifles that are suitable for both right and left-handed shooters. The bolt-action rifles make up a family of four carbines which bear synthetic stocks with matte black steel parts and 16-inch compact threaded barrels. The stocks will be available in either a standard or compact version (13.75- or 12.5-inches of pull) to offer each individual shooter a comfortable shooting option. If you are short, your stock can be, too, making it easier all around to use and carry your Ranch rifle.
When it comes to equipping your Ranch Rifle with sights, do note that iron sights are not available and you will instead need to use optics. To allow this, a railed receiver is present, and it has full-length (Picatinny?) rails to accommodate the scope of your choice or red dot sights if you so prefer. Once you are sighted in and the time comes to shoot, you will notice a crisp, adjustable trigger pull as you blast through five round rotary magazines with your .223 rifle; all other models have four-round magazines.
If you're worried about the price, rest assured the American Ranch Rifle line falls well within what is typical for the brand. All varieties come in at just below $500 MSRP, which opens up the possibility of finding them priced even lower in your local gun store. Left-handed versions are expected to go for less than the right-handers.
If there is room in your heart and your home for a new, reasonably priced rifle, the American Ranch line may be able to suit your needs. Whether you are a righty or a lefty, there is a Ranch Rifle for you, one that is simple yet modern and sure to perform. For a bolt-action rifle that is light on the bank account as well as light in the field, check out the American Ranch Rifle line at your nearest retailer.
Do you have any interest in the American Ranch Rifles? Why or why not? Are there any additional features you would have liked to see make it into this line? Let us know about it in the comments!