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Old 01-29-2011, 21:43   #1
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S&W15T vs. Ruger 556FB?

About to buy a new AR. Choosing between these two. What are you guys' thoughts? Thanks. I know the M&P is gas and the 556 is piston. Anyone own or shot both?
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Old 01-29-2011, 21:54   #2
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Limited to just those two? If I had to pick it would be the M&P due to the front heavy nature of the Ruger. For the money you can do better than either if your open to options.
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Old 01-29-2011, 22:37   #3
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I don't think you can do much better than the M&P for the price. You can do much better for more money though. I prefer direct impingement for ARs rather than a piston conversion. If I want a piston gun, I'll get something designed with a piston from the ground up like an AK or a SCAR.

I think the amount of money you have to add to get a piston in an AR could be better spend on other more useful features. If you want to go top of line then yes they are going to be piston guns, so pistons are better, just most people don't shoot enough at one time or through the life of their rifle to benefit from it.

Edit: I was off with the pricing, if you're at the 15T/556 range of $1,200 up you can do better than the M&P too.
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Old 01-29-2011, 22:47   #4
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Leaning towards the M&P15T, as I've already had the M&P15A. But, the 556FB sure looks good.

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Old 01-29-2011, 23:17   #5
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Like the first poster, the Ruger is very heavy (front heavy) and feels odd to me to shoulder because of that. I own the M&P 15T and have shot the Ruger 556 and like the 15T better because of the weight/balance. As for actual shooting, they perform the same, no felt difference or accuracy difference. The Sig 556 is the same way, oddly heavy in the front and I don't like shooting it as much. Little clumsy and heavy when carried in a grocho style walk/shoot situation. I always pick one of my direct impingement AR's over the piston style just becuase of those factors.
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Old 01-29-2011, 23:32   #6
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Like the first poster, the Ruger is very heavy (front heavy) and feels odd to me to shoulder because of that. I own the M&P 15T and have shot the Ruger 556 and like the 15T better because of the weight/balance. As for actual shooting, they perform the same, no felt difference or accuracy difference. The Sig 556 is the same way, oddly heavy in the front and I don't like shooting it as much. Little clumsy and heavy when carried in a grocho style walk/shoot situation. I always pick one of my direct impingement AR's over the piston style just becuase of those factors.
Thanks for the advice.
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