Anyone know the rational that ruger doesn't get into the huge market segment? They don't even sell ONE gas operated ar15 or tactical shotguns. Companies like swhc and freedom are making huge numbers here... All rgr has is the sr556 which is a pricey piston operated ar15, but these aren't widely accepted as the gas operated which are also half the price.
reperhwk: You don't know much about guns, do you? "Conventional" ARs (Stoner design) use "direct gas impingement" on the bolt. "Gas piston," as the name implies, uses a piston and operating rod to operate the bolt. Gas piston results in a cooler and cleaner system. BOTH are "gas operated." I suppose you think a "magazine" and a "clip" are same thing as well.
I agree piston is a better design, but, more expensive. Another big thing is the military and "mil-spec" rifles are all direct gas and MOST AR sales are of this type. I actually bought a S&W15 and a DPMS AR recently, both because of the price and for 99% of shooters it is sufficient. I still think RGR should develop ONE DI AR15 platform, get a piece of this market. AR's are still flying off the shelf.
If it is so great why are owners trying to dump freedom. SWHC and freedom are barely recovered from near death financials. Tactical , military, law enforcement are low margin and cyclical. And politically charged.
AR 15 is a commodity, made by anyone.
Also, manufacturing, casting and machining differences.
Ruger has done well with quality sporting weapons, over many years and cycles. CEO stated they can grow 30% organic. Why enter a segment others have lost money in.