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INSTRUCTION MANUAL &

TECHNICAL MANUAL

for

IJG AC-··556®

. and

AC'-556K®

SELECTIVE FIRE RIFLES Caliber .223 (5.56 mm)

(For Use with "191-" Serial Number Prefix Models Only)

READ THE INSTRUCTIO S AND Aft tNOS

IN THIS Nt UAl C REFUll Y

BEFORE USING THIS FIREARM

THIS INSTRUCTION MANUAL SHOULD ALWAYS ACCOMPANY THIS FIREARM AND BE TRANSFERRED WITH IT UPON CHANGE OF OWNERSHIP,

OR WHEN THE FIREARM IS LOANED OR PRESENTED TO ANOTHER PERSON,

A COpy OF THE INSTRUCTION MANUAL FOR EACH MODEL RUGER FIREARM IS AVAILABLE FROM THE FACTORY ON REQUEST.

THESE INSTRUCTION MANUALS CONTAIN IMPORTANT WARNINGS WHICH MUST BE UNDERSTOOD BEFORE USING THESE FIREARMS.

MANUFACTURER'S CATALOG NUMBERS:

AC·556 [Selective Fire Rifle with Standard Stock) AC·556K (Selective Fire Rifle with Folding Stock)

STURM~RUGER & COMPANY,ine.

GoverDlDent Services Division Southport, Connecticut 06490

U.S.A. .

ALL RUGER FIREARMS ARE DESIGNEO AND MANUFACTURED IN RUGER FACTORIES IN THE UNITEO STATES OF AMERICA

FIREARMS SAFETY - YOUR RESPONSIBILITY

FIREARMS ARE DANGEROUS WEAPONS-READ THE INSTRUCTIONS AND WARNINGS IN THIS MANUAL THOROUGHLY AND CAREFULLY BEFORE USING THIS FIREARM

SAFETY MUST BE THE FIRST AND CONSTANT CONSIDERATION OF EVERY PERSON WHO HANDLES FIREARMS AND AMMUNITION.

This Instruction Manual is designed to assist you in learning how to use and care for your AC-556 and AC-556K properly.

Only when you are certain you fully understand the Manual and can properly carry out its instructions should you practice loading, unloading, etc. with live ammunition.

If you have any doubts about your ability to handle or use a particular type of gun

safely, then you should seek supervised instruction. .

The person with a gun in his possession has a full-time job. He cannot guess; he cannot forget. He must know how to use his firearm safely. Do nOI use any firearm without having a complete understanding a/its particular characteristics and safe use. Remember: There is no such thing as a foolproof gun.

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RUGER AC-S56 AND AC-556K SELECTIVE FIRE RIFLES

GENERAL INFORMATION

AND MECHANICAL CHARACTERISTICS

TABLE OF CONTENTS

Paragraph

Description I

Ammunition 2

General Data 3

Page

General Information & Mechanical Characteristics I

Ammunition 2

General Data (Technical Specifications) 4

Cutaway View (Mechanism Details Illustrated) 5

Operation. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .. 6

Safety Mechanism 6

Bolt Lock Mechanism........ . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .. 6

Loading the Magazine 7

Unloading the Magazine !!

Inserting the Magazine .............................•.... 8

To Load and Fire. Semi-Automatic 9

To Load and Fire, 3-shot Burst 10

To Load and Fire. Full Automatic 10

Sight Adjustment-Windage and Elevation 12

Operation of Folding Stock 12

Field Stripping and Reassembly 14

Cleaning and Maintenance 16

Service Policy 18

Parts Nomenclature 19

Parts Drawing (Exploded View) 22

The Basic Rules of Safe Firearms Handling 24

1. DESCRIPTION

a. The Ruger AC-556 and AC-556K models are gas-operated, box magazine fed, selective fire rifles with a selector control for semi-automatic, 3-shot burst and full automatic firing capabilities. They are specifically designed for the .223 (5.56mm) caliber U.S. Military and commercial cartridges.

b. The AC-556 and AC-556K mechanism is composed of relatively few, rugged components. The breech and firing mechanism are held to minimum size and weight by efficient use of hardened chrome-molybdenum steel. Music wire coil springs are used throughout the mechanism to ensure reliability.

c. The gas system is a fixed-piston, self cleaning design. Unburned powder particles are automatically vented from the system. The firing pin is retracted mechanically during the first part of the firing cycle as the bolt unlocks. The rifle can only be fired when the bolt is locked.

d. The AC-556 and AC-556K selective fire rifles resemble the U.S. Military Garand-type rifles in outward appearance and in several basic mechanical principles. However, both models are much smaller arms and incorporate a number of mechanical differences, therefore the operating and maintenance instructions in this manual should be studied carefully before use.

e. The internal mechanism of the AC-556K selective fire rifle is identical to that of the AC-556 model, with the exception of the barrel length and folding stock arrangement.

f. The serial number is stamped on the forward part of the receiver on the left

side. . ...

g. The AC-556 and AC-556K selective fire rifles are supplied with the following standard equipment:

1. A sling assembly consisting of two sliding buckles and a heavy-duty nylon web sling.

2. Staggered column box magazines of 20-round or 30-round capacity.

h. The AC-556 selective fire rifle is equipped with the following accessories:

I. The flash hider fitted to the end of the barrel also functions as a Grenade Launcher and recoil damper. The Grenade Launcher feature has been designed for use with tear-gas and smoke grenades of approved types.

2. The Bayonet Mount is integral with the front sight band and is designed for use with the standard M-7 knife-type U. S. Military bayonet.

WARNINGS OF GREAT IMPORTANCE ARE FOUND ON THE FOLLOWING PAGES:

Ammunition 2 Ejection of Fired Cases. . . . . . .. II

Sustained Firing 10 Disassembly 15

Selector II Parts Purchasers 18

Bore Obstructions II Alteration 22

Lubrication 23

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2. AMMUNITION

a: The AC-556 and AC-556K selective fire rifles have been specifically designed for use either ."':'Ith U. S. Mlltta~y or commercial sporting .223 (S.S6mm) caltber ammunition manufactured In accordance with U. S. industry practice.

b. WE SPECIFICALLY DISCLAIM RESPONSIBILITY FOR ANY DAMAGE OR INJURY WHATSOEVER OCCURRING IN CONNECTION WITH, OR AS THE RESULT OF, THE USE IN THE AC-S56 OR AC-S56K SELECTIVE FIRE RIFLES OF FAULTY, OR NON-STANDARD, OR "REMANUFACTURED", OR HAND-LOADED (RELOADED) AMMUNITION.

c. Do not use ammunition which is dented or contaminated with excess lubricants, dirt or corrosion.

d. WARNING: Use only t~e correct type cartridge which has been specifically deslgn~d for grenade launching. Use of other types of ammunition for grenade launching may cause damage to the rifle and severe injury to the shooter and bystanders.

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2 CARTRIDGE FROM WHICH THE BULLET HAS BEEN REMOVED OR BY ANY MEANS OTHER THAN THE USE OF THE PROPER SIZE CLEANING ROD AND REASONABLE FORCE APPLIED TO THE ROD.

(f) Reinspec! the bore to be c.ertain it is free of unburned powder particles and any other d~bns. At the same time, clean the magazine well and other areas of the mechanism of unburned powder grains.

It .is.absolutely essential that the steps (a) through (e) be followed if there is any SuspICIOn that ~ bull~t or obstruction may be lodged in the bore because of the situations d~scnbed In I or 2 above. Remember that a bullet can be lodged in the bore of a nfle Just where the rifling begins, and a live cartridge can still be chambered and the bolt closed and locked. This can occur because the bullet in the chambered cartridg~ is pushed back into the cartridge case far enough to give the shooter the Impression t~at the loaded cartridge has chambered normally.

Alway~ check t~e barrel fr:r an obstruction if you experience difficulty in chambenng a cartndge, experience a failure to extract, have a misfire, or the rifle does not make a normal loud report on firing.

RELOADERS SHOULD USE ONLY CANNELURED BULLETS AND BE SURE TO CRIMP THEM SECURELY IN THE CARTRIDGE CASE.

AMMUNITION WARNING

Firearms may be damaged and serious injury to the shooter or other person may result from any condition which contributes to the generation of excessive pressure inside the barrel or chamber of a firearm. Excessive pressure can be caused by barrel obstructions, propellant powder overloads. or by the use of incorrect or improperly loaded and assembled cartridge components.

I. A bullet may become lodged in the barrel if (assuming the trigger has been pulled with a live cartridge in the chamber) the cartridge contains no powder, or the powder fails to ignite, and only the primer charge ignites, resulting in insufficient force to propel the bullet out of the barrel.

2. A bullet may become lodged in the barrel if, in unloading an unfired cartridge from the rifle, the cartridge case only is removed, thus leaving the bullet lodged in the bore. This can happen when the bullet is loosely seated in the cartridge case, or when the bullet does not have a cannelure, or when the bullet is not tightly crimped in the cartridge case.

Experience indicates that the two conditions described above occur most frequently when reloaded ammunition is used.

When either of the above described (lor 2) situations occurs, proceed as

follows with the rifle pointing in a safe direction:

(a) If the rifle is cocked, move the safety to the "ON" position. (b) Remove the magazine from the rifle.

(c) Retract the slide handle and lock it in the open position by pressing in the bolt lock plunger on the top of the receiver.

(d) Check the chamber to be certain there is no cartridge case in it -if there is, extract it.

(e) Inspect the bore from the muzzle end of the barrel. If the bore is obstructed, insert a proper size cleaning rod (without a tip or brush) into the bore from the muzzle and dislodge and remove the obstruction or bullet. If the obstruction or bullet does not readily dislodge, it may be necessary to tap the handle end of the cleaning rod. If such efforts fail to dislodge the obstruction or bullet, take the rifle to a gunsmith or armorer. DO NOT ATTEMPT TO REMOVE A LODGED BULLET USING A BLANK CARTRIDGE, A

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3. GENERAL DATA

a. AC-556 selective fire rifle:

Weight of Basic Rifle (magazine empty) Approx. 7.3 Lbs.

Weight of Basic Rifle Loaded (20 rounds) Approx. 7.8 Lbs.

Overall Length (with flash hider) 38.75"

Length of Standard Barrel 18.5"

Barrel Rifling-6 Grooves, Right Hand Twist, One Turn in 10"

Sight Graduations (adjustable for

windage & elevation) 1.5 Minute of Angle Adjustments

Mechanism Gas Operated-Fixed Piston-Positive Extraction

Feed Detachable Staggered Column Box Magazine

Trigger Pull Approx. 4.5 Lbs.

Selector 3 Position: Semi-Automatic, 3-Shot Burst,

or Full Automatic Fire

Cyclic Rate of Fire (Full Automatic) Approx. 700 R.P.M.

Maximum Range Approx. 3000 Yds.

Muzzle Velocity (Approx.) 3300 F.P.S.

Muzzle Energy (Approx.) 0 ••••••••••••••• 1330 Ft. Lbs.

b. AC-556K selective lire ritle:

Weight of Basic Rifle (Magazine empty) 7.4 Lbs.

Weight of Basic Rifle Loaded (20 rounds) 7.9 Lbs.

Overall Length (Stock Folded) 24" with Flash Hider

Overall Length (Stock Opened) 33.5" with Flash Hider

Length of Standard Barrel 13"

Barrel Rifling-6 Grooves, Right Hand Twist, One Turn in 10"

Sight Graduations (adjustable for

windage & elevation) 1.5 Minute of Angle Adjustments

Mechanism Gas Operated-Fixed Piston-Positive Extraction

Feed Detachable Staggered Box Magazine

Trigger Pull Approx. 4.5 Lbs.

Selector 3 Position: Semi-Automatic, 3-Shot Burst,

or Full Automatic Fire

Cyclic Rate of Fire (Full Automatic) Approx. 700 R.P.M.

Maximum Range Approx. 3000 Yds.

AC-556 Selective Fire Rifle

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SECTION II

OPERATION OF THE AC·556 AND AC·556K SELECTIVE FIRE RIFLES

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Functioning 4

Operation 5

4. FUNCTIONING

a. SAFETY MECHANISM - The manual safety mechanism is located forward of the trigger as illustrated in Figure 4. The safety can be moved to its "ON" position only when the hammer is cocked. When the safety is "ON", it blocks both the hammer and sear. Although the safety mechanism of the AC-556 and AC-556K selective fire rifles is correctly designed and fitted, the user should never depend on it, or any other mechanical device to justify careless handling or pointing the rifle in an unsafe direction.

SAFETY ON

SAFETY OFF

Figure 4. Safety Mechanism

b. BOLT LOCK MECHANISM- The AC-556 and AC-556K selective fire rifles are designed so that the bolt remains open after the last shot in the magazine has been fired. When the magazine is empty, the magazine follower activates the bolt lock which is designed to retain the bolt and slide in their rearward position. The bolt lock is not a safety device and should be used only to hold the bolt in its rearward' position for cleaning and inspection when the chamber is empty and an empty magazine is in position in the action. The Bolt lock should not be used to hold the bolt back when there are cartridges in the magazine -a slight jar to the butt of the riflernaycause lock to disengage and a loaded round to be chambered.

To release the slide, either:

I. Remove the empty magazine, draw the cocking handle to the rear and release, or:

2. With the magazine in place, draw the cocking handle fully to the rear. Then depress the magazine follower slightly with the thumb and allow the slide to go forward.

To manually engage the bolt lock to keep the bolt open:

I. Pull the cocking handle all the way to the rear.

2. Depress the bolt lock plunger as shown in Figure 5 and allow the slide to move forward until it stops.

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Figure 5.

c. LOADING THE MAGAZINE - Use only ammunition of the proper caliber and loading. Use only ammunition which is in good condition and free from oil, grease or dirt. Do not use any "remanufactured" or hand loaded ammunition which appears to be sub-standard.

The magazine is a staggered, double row design. To load the magazine, align each cartridge with the bullet forward (pointing toward the hole in the front of the magazine body) and push downward until the cartridge snaps into place as shown in Figure 6. Do not attempt to load more than the designated number of cartridges for which the magazine has been designed. If feed problems should occur with a fully loaded magazine, load the magazine with one or two cartridges less than its total capacity.

Figure 6.

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Only ball and tracer ammunition will feed normally in series through the magazine. Grenade launching cartridges and blank cartridges should be loaded in the magazine singly and fired one at a time.

d. U.NLOADING THE MAGAZINE- When emptying the magazine, follow this procedure to avoid damaging th.e lips of the magazine: Depress the ce~ter of the seco~d c~rtndge In the magazine with the end of a pencil or similar object .as shown In Figure 7 and the top cartridge can be dropped out of the magazine. Repeat this procedure until the magazine is empty.

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5. OPERATION

A. Always check the rifle to be sure that it is unloaded before handling, "dry-firing", cleaning, disassembly or storage.

The AC-556 and AC-556K selective fire rifles are tested and inspected prior to shipment. WE ASSUME NO RESPONSIBILITY OR LIABILITY FOR ANY INJURY OR DAMAGES RESULTING FROM ITS INTENTIONAL OR ACCIDENTAL DISCHARGE.

b. TO LOAD AND FIRE, SEMI-AUTOMATIC MODE:

I. Load magazine and insert into rifle.

2. Pull the slide handle all the way to the rear and release it, allowing it to snap forward under spring pressure. A cartridge will be stripped from the magazine and chambered by the forward position of the bolt.

3. The rifle is now cocked and a loaded cartridge is in the chamber. Unless you are going to fire the rifle at once, immediately push the safety to the "ON" position.

4. When you are ready to fire the rifle, move the safety to the "OFP' position (forward) (See Figure 4).

WARNING: DO NOT TOUCH THE TRIGGER UNTIL YOU ARE ACTUALLY READY TO FIRE.

S. The rifle will fire one shot each time the trigger is pulled when the selector switch is in the Semi-Automatic position (see Figure 9) until the magazine is empty. When the last cartridge in the magazine has been fired, the bolt lock will automatically engage and hold the bolt and slide in the rearward, open position.

6. To unload the rifle, place the safety in its "ON" position (see Figure 4), remove the magazine and pull the slide handle all the way to the rear, extracting and ejecting the cartridge in the chamber.

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e. INSERTING THE MAGAZINE-See Figure 8. The magazine may be inserted with the bolt in either the closed or open position.

1. Hold the magazine at an angle as shown and insert all the way up into the magazine well.

2. Pull the bottom of the magazine toward the trigger and until the magazine latch at the rear of the magazine well engages. Check to be sure that the magazine is securely latched into place.

Figure 9. Selector Switch

Figure 8.

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c. TO LOAD AND FIRE, 3-SHOT BURST MODE:

SELECTOR WARNING

I. Load magazine and insert into rifle.

2. Pull the slide handle all the way to the rear and release it as in Step 3

above (semi-automatic fire).

3. Place the safety in the "ON" position.

4. Place the Selector Switch in the 3-Shot Burst Position (see Figure 9).

5. When you are ready to fire the rifle, move the safety to the "OFF' position (forward) (see Figure 4).

6. The rifle will fire 3-shot bursts each time the trigger is pulled and held back. Subsequent 3-shot bursts are fired by releasing the trigger and pulling again.

The initial burst mayor may not consist of 3 shots. However, after the first burst, the trigger mechanism will be indexed and timed and 3-shot bursts will be fired with each pull of the trigger.

The 3-shot burst can be interrupted by releasing the trigger early.

7. When the last cartridge in the magazine has been fired, the bolt lock will automatically engage and hold the bolt and slide in the rearward, open position.

8. Place the Safety in its "ON" position (See Figure 4.)

9. Unload the rifle as in Step 7, Semi-Automatic fire.

Always check to be sure that the Selector Switch is placed and locked in the desired cycle position before firing.

BORE OBSTRUCTIONS WARNING

Before loading or shooting the AC-556 or AC-556K selective fire rifles, always check to be sure that the barrel is clear and the bore unobstructed. Firing the rifle with any obstruction in the barrel may result in severe damage 10 the rifle and serious injury 10 the shooter and other persons nearbv.

Rifles like the AC-556 and AC-556K which are chambered for small caliber, high velocity cartridges, are particularly susceptible to damage from firing when the bore is obstructed. Excess oil, grease or cosmoline, or condensation of water or raindrops may form an obstruction which could cause damage and injury. If you suspect that your rifle may possibly have excess oil, grease or cosmoline in the barrel, or if it may have been exposed to humid conditions which could cause condensation, or to rain or snow which might have entered the bore, open the bolt and clean out the barrel. Inspect the bore visually to be sure that it is perfectly clear.

d. TO LOAD AND FIRE, FULL AUTOMATIC MODE:

I. Load magazine and insert into rifle. . .

2. Pull the slide handle all the way to the rear and release It as In step 3 above (3-shot burst fire).

3. Place the safety in the "ON" position. .. . .

4. Place the selector Switch in the Full Automatic Fire POSitIOn (see Figure 9).

5. When you are ready to fire the rifle, move the safety to the "OFF"

position (forward) (see Figure 4). ., .

6. The rifle will fire in the full automatic mode each time the tngger IS

pulled and held back. . .

The full automatic burst can be interrupted by releasing the tngger.

7. When the last cartridge in the magazine has been fired, the bolt lock will automatically engage and hold the bolt and slide in the rearward, open position.

8. Place the Safety in its "ON" position (See Figure 4.)

9. Unload the rifle as in step 7, Semi-Automatic Fire.

EJECTION OF FIRED CASES WARNING

When firing the AC-556 or AC-556K selective fire rifles, be sure that other shooters and bystanders are well clear of the shooter and standing a safe distance to the rear. Empty cartridge cases are ejected from the AC-556 and AC-556K actions upward and to the right with some velocity and could cause injury to any person who is standing too closely alongside the shooter. Left-handed shooters should be particularly cautious concerning ejected cartridge cases.

Adequate vision protection when shooting is essential. We recommend that both shooters and spectators wear protective shooting glasses when firing. In addition, some proper form of hearing protectors should be worn. Repeated exposure to shooting noise can damage hearing permanently.

e. SIGHT ADJUSTMENT-The .223 (5.56mm) cartridge used in the AC- 556 and AC-556K selective fire rifles has a very high velocity and flat trajectory. Generally, if the rifle is sighted in to hit the point of aim at a distance of 250 yards, no change in point of aim or sight adjustment is needed to keep all shots within a 9" circle at all ranges from 0 to 300 yards.

The rear sight is adjustable for both windage and elevation. A small punch, the head of a finishing nail, or other similar instrument can be used to depress the lock plunger to allow the adjustment to be moved one quarter turn in either direction. One quarter turn will move the point of impact IS' at 100 yards. The sight adjustments have been made deliberately positive by means of springloaded detent plungers so that settings cannot be accidently disturbed under

normal conditions. .

SUSTAINED FIRING WARNING

Sustained firing can create excessive heat in the barrel ~nd chamber a~d can cause cook-off of ammunition (heat-firing of the cartndges) .. To. avoid t.hls danger, allow time for the rifle to cool between bursts. Use cautlOI!- 111 handling the rifle after sustained semi-automatic, 3-shot bursts and part.lcularly fullautomatic firing. The heat generated in the barrel and areas adjacent to the breech can cause painful burns.

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I. WINDAGE ADJUSTMENT-To move the point of impact to the right, turn the adjustment counterclockwise. To move the point of impact to the left, turn the adjustment clockwise. (See Figure 10).

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1. Press upward on the Hinge Latch as shown in Figure 14 and swing the Stock Tube Assembly forward.

2. Press downward on the Butt Plate Latch and swing Butt Plate upward so that it latches over the Catch Stud which protrudes from the side of the wooden stock as shown in Figure 15.

2. ELEVATION ADJUSTMENT -To raise the point of impact, turn the adjustment counterclockwise. To lower the point of impact, turn the adjustment clockwise. (See Figure 11).

To raise point of impact-turn adjustment counterclockwise.

Figure 11.

To lower point of impact-turn adjustment clockwise.

Figure 12.

f. OPERATION OF THE FOLDING STOCK ASSEMBLY (AC-556K~The AC-556K selective fire rifle is normally carried and stored with the folding stock assembly folded. The rifle can be fired effectively with the folding stock assembly in either position. To open the folded stock assembly, proceed as

follows: ..

I. Swing the Butt Plate downward until it latches in its open position (See

Figure 12). . . ..

2. Swing the Stock Tube Assembly to the rear until It locks In ItS opened position (See Figure 13).

To close the folding stock, proceed as follows:

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Figure 14.

Figure 13.

Figure 15.

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DISASSEMBLY WARNING

Never clean, lubricate, disassemble or work , on a firearm while itorthe magazine is loaded

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SECTION III

FIELD STRIPPING AND REASSEMBLY

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Field Stripping and Reassembly 6

Figure 16.

6. FIELD STRIPPING AND REASSEMBLY

a. The AC-556 and AC-556K selective fire rifles can be Quickly field stripped to their basic subassemblies. Reassembly is simple and rapid. No special tools are required to accomplish field stripping -a !4" diameter steel rod, screwdriver shank, punch, or similar instrument can be used to unlatch the spring steel trigger guard.

b. WARNING: Do not use a cartridge to unlatch the trigger guard because of the danger of loosening the bullet in the cartridge case (see "Warnings" in "Ammunition" Section 2).

c. A careful study of the simple illustrated instructions which follow will allow the shooter to disassemble and reassemble the rifle for cleaning and maintenance quickly and easily. Disassembly and reassembly procedures for the AC-556 and AC-556K models are identical.

d. FIELD STRIPPING - To field strip the rifle to its basic subassemblies, proceed as follows:

I. BEFORE FIELD STRIPPING, ALWAYS CHECK TO BE SURE THAT THE RIFLE IS UNLOADED.

2. Remove the magazine (Figure 16).

3. Pull the slide handle all the way to the rear and release. Put safety "ON" (Figure 17). NOTE: Hammer must be cocked and safety must be "ON" to accomplish disassembly .and reassembly.

4. Place Selector Switch in Semi-Automatic Fire Position.

5. Use a y.;" diameter steel rod, punch, screwdriver shank, or other suitable

instrument to spring open the trigger guard from its latched position (Figure 18).

6. Remove trigger group (Figure 19).

7. Remove barrel/receiver assembly from stock (Figure 20).

8. Remove recoil spring guide and recoil spring (Figures 21A and 21B).

CAUTION: The recoil spring is heavily compressed-use care when disassembling and reassembling to prevent the recoil spring guide and spring assernblyfrom escaping forcibly and possibly causing injury.

9. Pull slide handle to the rear. Align locking projections on slide with disassembly notch on receiver. Remove slide (Figure 22).

10. Pull the bolt forward until it can be pivoted out of receiver. Align firing pin projection with slot in lower receiver bridge and remove bolt from receiver

Further disassembly of the rifle is not required for normal cleaning purposes and should only be performed by a gunsmith or armorer.

e. REASSEMBLY-Reassembly of the AC-556 and AC-556K selective fire rifles IS accomplished in reverse order to the above. NOTE: The hammer must be cocked, the safety must be in its "ON" position, and the Selector Switch must be in the Semi-Automatic Fire position before attempting reassembly. The Link Positioner Assembly and Selector Arm must be positioned as shown in Figure 23 before reassembly. If these parts are not properly positioned, the trigger mechanism cannot be properly

reassembled to the frame. .

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SECTION IV CLEANING AND MAINTENANCE

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3. Using powder solvent on a clean patch. remove powder residue from all components of the mechanism, including the gas piston and gas chamber in the front end of the slide, and the inside steel liner of the forearm. Dry and lightly lubricate all the parts noted above (see Figure 26).

7. CLEANING AND MAINTENANCE

a. A clean, properly lubricated and maintained weapon loaded with clean ammunition will fire reliably when it is needed. In order to keep the AC-556 and AC-556K selective fire rifles (or any other issue firearm) and ammunition in good condition, they must have regular care and cleaning. Under bad weather conditions, operating parts of the arm and the ammunition may need care and cleaning more frequently.

b. The rifle should always be thoroughly cleaned and lubricated after firing.

Careful attention to the following instructions will ensure that your rifle is ready for use when needed.

c. The.proper cleaning equipment is shown in Figure 24.

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4. Carefully clean the bolt and the bolt face with powder solvent. Dry and lubricate lightly. (see Figure 27).

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5. Apply a small drop of lubricant to all pivot points in the trigger mechanism. Do not apply excess lubrication.

NOTE: Only a very small amount of lubricant is needed to provide adequate lubrication of moving parts and to prevent rust. Accumulations of lubricant tend to attract particles of dust and dirt which can interfere with the safe and reliable function of the mechanism of any firearm.

The exterior of the rifle should be wiped with a lubricant coated cloth whenever it is to be stored in order to protect the finish from rusting. Swab the bore lightly with a lubricant moistened patch before storing the rifle. Do not apply excess lubricant.

WARNING: If the rifle has been stored, before firing remove all lubricant and grease from the bore with clean, dry patches on the cleaning rod. Do not keep the rifle in a leather scabbard or case when it is stored. Leather attracts moisture, even though the scabbard or case may appear to be perfectly dry.

7. Periodically disassemble, clean and lightly lubricate the magazine. If the magazine is dented or if the magazine feed lips are deformed, failures to feed may occur. Refer damaged magazines to an armorer for inspection.

8. Periodically, all components of the rifle should be carefully inspected and damaged or missing parts brought to the attention of an armorer for correction or replacement.

Figure 24. Cleaning Equipment

d. To clean the rifle after firing, proceed as follows:

I. Unload and field strip the rifle.

2. Insert a clean cloth patch which has been soaked in powder solvent into the muzzle with the cleaning rod. Move the patch forward and back several strokes of the cleaning rod. A .22 Caliber brass or bronze wire brush attached to the cleaning rod should then be pushed completely through the bore an? back several times. Again swab the bore with a solvent soaked patch. Then wipe th~ cleaning rod clean and, using a clean, dry patch, thoroughly s",:,ab the b?re until it is clean. Examine the bore visually to be sure that no fouhng remains. (See Figure 25)

WARNING: Do not attempt to remove fouling or lead from the barrel with mercury. Mercury is a deadly poison.

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6. FIREARMS: AC-556 and AC-556K selective fire rifles returned to the

factory for repair should be sent to:

Sturm, Ruger & Company, Inc. Product Service Department Newport, New Hampshire 03773

7. Rifles shipped to the factory should be sent prepaid. We will not accept collect shipments.

8. Before returning AC-556 or AC-556K selective fire rifles to the factory, you must apply for U. S. Treasury Department approval. The original copy of this approval document must accompany the firearm being returned for repair.

NOTE: On the approval form, please indicate that the firearm is being returned for repair.

WA R N I N G: Be certain that the firearm you ship to us for repair is not loaded and that no loaded magazine is included.

9. For best repair service, always enclose a letter furnishing the entire serial number and model of the firearm in question. Also, state the exact nature of the trou ble you have experienced, or the specific work which you wish to have done. Merely stating that the rifle is "defective", or that it needs some "repair" is inadequate information - we need to know specificalJy what is wrong. Please be sure to enclose copies of any previous correspondence.

10. Work performed wilJ bear a net minimum labor charge of $5.00. The charge for rebluing the AC-556 or AC-556K selective fire rifles is $20.00 which includes labor.

II. Please do not ship your carrying case, rifle scabbard, leather sling, mounts or scope with any rifle being shipped to the factory for repair.

Prices and specifications subject 10 change at our discretion without notice.

SECTION V SERVICE POLICY

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Service Policy 8 ~

Parts Nomenclature '.' 9

8. SERVICE POLICY

a. Before shipment, every Ruger firearm is inspected and test-fired to insure that it conforms fully to our specifications and standards. If you have any questions with regard to the performance of the AC-556 or AC-556K selective fire rifles, please write to our Government Services Division, fully describing all circumstances and conditions involved.

b. If you should return your rifle to the factory for repair, or order parts for it, please comply with the following suggestions for prompt service:

I. PARTS: All parts orders should be made by Official Department

Purchase Order sent to:

Sturm, Ruger & Company, Inc. Government Services Division Lacey Place

Southport, Connecticut 06490

2. The Government Services Division of Sturm, Ruger & Co. will quote parts prices for the AC-556 and AC-556K to Government and Law Enforcement Agencies.

3. Order parts by name and pari number. and include the entire serial number of the rifle for which you are ordering parts. I M PORT ANT: IFTHE ENTIRE SERIAL NUMBER IS NOT GIVEN. PARTS SUPPLIED MAY NOT BE CORRECT.

4. Barrels. bolt assemblies and gas system parts must be fitted at the factory. Company policy is to proof-test and/ or function fire all barrels after fitting to the receivers in which they are to be used. This procedure ensures maximum protection to our customers. The special proof-test ammunition used in this testing is sold only to bonafide manufacturers and is not available to gun shops, gunsmiths or individuals.

5. The receiver is defined as a "machine gun" (fully automatic weapon) by Federal Law and is not offered for sale as a component part.

PARTS NOMENCLATURE

9. PARTS NOMENCLATURE

a. The following is a list of the various part numbers and nomenclature for component parts for both the AC-556 and AC-556K selective fire rifles.

b. Current Price Sheets containing suggested list prices for component parts for AC-556 and AC-556K selective fire rifles are available to official Government and Law-Enforcement agencies on request.

c. Parts marked (*) must be installed at the factory (plus $5.00 minimum net labor charge).

AC-556

Part Number

MAOOIOO MS00200 MA00301 MA00400 MA00700 MS00800 MSOIOOO MSOIIOO MSOl200 MAOl300 MSOl400 MSOl500

AC-556K

Part Number MAOOIOO MS00200 MA00303 MAI4600 MA00700 MS00800 MSOIOOO MSOIIOO MSOl200 MAOl300 MAOl400 MSOl500

Description Receiver (not offered) Trigger Guard

"Barrel Stock

Stock Reinforcement Ejector

*Bolt *Firing Pin

Magazine Latch Pivot Pin *Trigger Housing "Extractor

Extractor Spring

WARNING TO PARTS PURCHASERS

II is the purchaser's responsibility to be absolutely certain that any parts ordered from the factory are correctly fitted and installed by a competent person. Firearms are complicated mechanisms and IMPROPER FITIING OF PARTS MAY RESULT IN A DANGEROUS MALFUNCTION. DAMAGE TO THE FIREARM AND POSSIBLE INJURY TO THE SHOOTER AND BYSTANDERS. The purchaser and installer of parts must accept full responsibility for the correct adjustment and function of the rifle after such installation has been completed.

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AC-556 AC-556K MS07100 MS07100 Rear Sight Windage Screw Cross Pin
Part Number Part Number Description MS07200 Front Sight Cross Pin
MS07300 MS07300 Rear Sight Elevation Detent Plunger
MSOl600 MSOl600 Extractor Plunger MS07400 MS07400 Rear Sight Elevation Screw
MAOl700 MAOl700 *Hammer MS07600 Rear Sling Swivel Assembly (B-120)
MSOl800 MSOl800 Hammer Strut MS08000 MS08000 Stock Reinforcement Screw Lock Washers
MSOl900 MSOl900 Hammer Pivot (2 Req'd.)
MA02000 MA02000 *Trigger MS08100 MS08100 Magazine Bottom Detent Spring (20-Shot)
MA02100 MA02100 Trigger Pivot Pin MS07500 MA08502 Front Sling Swivel
MS02200 MS02200 Forearm Liner & Cap Assembly MAI0200 MA 10200 Selector Housing
MA02300 MA02300 "Secondary Sear MA 10300 MA 10300 +lnterrupter
MA02400 MA02400 *lnterrupter Arm MAI0600 MAI0600 *lndexing Pawl
MS02500 MS02500 Gas Port Bushing MAI0800 MAI0800 Indexing Pawl Pivot
MS02601 MS02601 Magazine Bottom Retainer (20-shot) MA 11300 MA 11300 Selector Button
MS02702 MS02702 Magazine, 20-Shot, Complete (not shown) MAl1600 MAI1600 Selector Button Spring
MS02703 MS02703 Magazine, 30-Shot, Complete (not shown) MAl1700 MAl1700 Selector Arm Assembly
MS02802 MS02802 Magazine Spring (20-Shot) MAl1800 MAI1800 "Indexing Ratchet
MS02803 MS02803 Magazine Spring (30-Shot) MAI2000 MA 12000 Interrupter Detent Plunger
MS03003 MS03003 Magazine Follower (20 & 20-Shot) MAI2100 MAI2100 I nterrupter Detent Plunger Spring
MS03100 MS03100 Magazine Latch MAI2200 MAI2200 Secondary Sear Spring
MS03200 MS03200 Bolt Lock Assembly MAI2300 MAI2300 Interrupter Arm Spring (C-24)
MS03402 MS03402 Magazine Bottom (20-Shot) MAI2400 MAl2400 *1 nterrupter Ratchet Assembly Pin & Front
MS03403 MS03403 Magazine Floor Plate (30-Shot) Sling Swivel Retaining Pin
MS03500 MS03502 Gas Block, Top & Bottom MAI2600 MA 12600 Rocker Arm Assembly
MS03600 MS03600 Piston MAI2700 MA 12700 *Link Positioner Assembly
MS23700 MS23700 *Slide Assembly MAI3000 MA 13000 Automatic Trigger Assembly
MA13800 MA13800 *Safety MAI3100 MA 13100 Rocker Arm Spring (A-204)
MS03900 MS03900 Guide Rod MAI3200 MA 13203 Sling Assembly
MS04000 MS04000 Front Magazine Catch MAI3400 MAI3400 Flash Suppressor
MS04300 MS04300 Trigger Bushing MA13500 MA13500 Flash Suppressor Lock Washer
MS04400 *Front Sight (AC-556) MAI3600 Hinge Housing
MS04500 MS04500 Bolt Lock Plunger MAI3700 Pistol Grip
MS04600 MS04600 Bolt Lock Plunger Spring MA 13900 Hinge Latch
MS04700 MS04700 Hammer Spring MAI4100 Butt Plate
MA04800 MA04800 Trigger Spring MAI4300 Butt Plate Latch
MS04900 MS04900 Safety Detent Spring MAI4400 Butt Plate Latch & Hinge Latch Spring
MS05000 MS05000 Magazine Latch Spring (3 Req'd.)
MS05100 MS05100 Recoil Spring (Slide Spring) MAI4700 Hinge Pin
MS05200 MS05200 Rear Sight Peep MAI4800 Butt Plate Hinge Pin
MS05300 MS05300 Rear Sight Elevator Plunger MAI4900 Catch Stud
MS05400 MS05400 Rear Sight Elevator Plunger Spring MAI5000 Catch Stud Nut
MS05500 MS05500 Rear Sight Base MAI5100 Front Sight (AC-556K)
MS05600 MS05600 Rear Sight Elevation Detent Spring MAI5200 Hinge Latch Retaining Pin
MS05700 MS05700 Rear Sight Nut MAI5300 Stock Tube Assembly
MS05800 MS05800 Rear Sight Windage Detent Spring MAI5600 Butt Plate Catch Spring Retaining Pin
MS05900 MS05900 Rear Sight Windage Screw MAI5700 Pistol Grip Screw
MS06100 MS06100 Rear Sight Windage Detent Plunger MAI5800 Pistol Grip Nut
MS06200 MS06200 Safety Spring Retaining Pin MA 15900 Hinge Housing Screw
MS06300 Butt Plate MAI6000 Rear Sling Swivel
MS06400 Butt Plate Screw (2 Req'd.) MA16100 Hinge Housing Screw Lock Washer
MS06500 MS06500 Gas Block Screw (4 Req'd.) MA16200 Pistol Grip Screw Lock Washer
MS06600 MS06600 Front Magazine Latch Retaining Pin MAI7200 MA 17200 Hand Guard & Liner Assembly
MS06700 MS06700 Bolt Lock Cover Plate
MS06900 MS06900 Stock Reinforcement Screws (2 Req'd.) MS08400 MS08400 Magazine Stipper Clip (not shown)
MS07000 MS07000 Ejector Spring Prices and specifications subject to change at our discretion without notice.
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ALTERATION WARNING

LUBRICATION WARNING

Sturm Ruger & Company, Inc. will not be responsible for any alteration of any part of this firearm after it leaves our control, or for the addition or substitution of parts or accessories not manufactured by Sturm, Ruger & Company, Inc. This product was designed to function properly in its original condition. Any changes made in this product are specifically contrary to our instructions and we expressly do not authorize any changes to be made after manufacture. Do no/ jeopardize your safety or the safety of a/hers by making modifications to your firearm.

Firing a firearm with oil, grease. or any other material even partially obstructing the bore may result in damage to the firearm and injury to the shooter and those nearby.

Do not spray or apply lubricants directly on ammunition. If the powder charge of a cartridge is affected by the lubricant, it may not be ignited, but the energy from the primer may be sufficient to push the bullet into the bore where it may become lodged. Firing a subsequent bullet into the obstructed bore may damage the firearm and cause injury to the shooter and those nearby. Use lubricants properly. You are responsible for the proper care and maintenance of your firearms. See related WARNINGS and information on pages 2. II. 16. and 17.

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THE BASIC RULES OF SAFE FIREARMS HANDLING

We believe that Americans have a right to purchase and use firearms for lawful purposes. The private ownership of firearms in America is traditional, but that ownership imposes the responsibility on the gun owner to use his firearms in a way which will ensure his own safety and that of others. When firearms are used in a safe and responsible manner, they are a great source of pleasure and satisfaction, and represent a fundamental part of our personal liberty.

Firearms do not cause accidents! Firearms accidents are almost always found to have been the result of carelessness, or ignorance on the part of the shooter of the basic rules of safe gun handling.

The following rules must be observed by gun users at all times. Safe gun handling is not just desirable, it is absolutely essential to the continuation of gun ownership and sport shooting as we know it today.

1. LEARN THE MECHANICAL AND HANDLING CHARACTERISTICS OF THE FIREARM YOU ARE USING. Not all firearms are the same. The method of carrying and handling firearms varies in accordance with the mechanical provisions for avoiding accidental discharge and the various proper procedures for loading and unloading. No person should handle any firearm without first having thoroughly familiarized himself with the particular type of firearm he is using, and with safe gun handling in general.

2. ALWAYS KEEP THE MUZZLE POINTED IN A SAFE DIRECTION. Be sure of the bullet stop behind your target, even when dry-firing. Never let the muzzle of a firearm point at any part of your body or at another person. This is particularly important when loading or unloading a firearm. In the event of an accidental discharge, no injury can occur as long as the muzzle is pointing in a safe direction. A safe direction means a direction which will not permit a discharged bullet to strike a person, or to strike an object from which the bullet may ricochet. A safe direction must take into account the fact that a bullet may penetrate a wall, ceiling, floor, window, etc., and strike a person or damage property. Make it a habit to know exactly where the muzzle of your gun is pointing whenever you handle it, and be sure that you are always in control of the direction in which the muzzle is pointing, even if you fall or stumble.

3. FIREARMS SHOULD BE UNLOADED WHEN NOT IN USE. Firearms should be loaded only when you are in the field or on the target range or shooting area, ready to shoot. Firearms and ammunition should be securely locked in racks or cabinets when not in use. Ammunition should be safely stored separate from firearms. Store your firearms out of sight of visitors and children. It is the gun owner's responsibility to be certain that children and persons unfamiliar with firearms cannot gain access to firearms or ammunition.

4. BE SURE THE BARREL IS CLEAR OF OBSTRUCTIONS BEFORE SHOOTING. Even a bit of mud, snow or excess lubricating oil or grease in the bore may cause the barrel to bulge, or even burst on firing, and can cause injury to the shooter and bystanders. Be sure that you are using ammunition of the proper caliber and loading for the gun you are using. If the report or recoil on firing seems weak, or doesn't seem quite right, CEASE FIRING IMMEDIATELY and check to be sure that no obstruction has become lodged in the barrel.

5. BE SURE OF YOUR TARGET BEFORE YOU SHOOT. Don't shoot unless you know exactly where your bullet is going to strike. Be sure of the bullet stop behind your target, even when dry-firing with an unloaded gun. If you are in the field hunting, do not fire at a movement or noise. Take the time to be absolutely certain of your target before you pull the trigger.

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6. WEAR SHOOTING GLASSES AND HEARING PROTECTORS WHEN YOU SHOOT. All shooters should wear protective shooting glasses and some form ofhearing protectors when shooting. Exposure to shooting noise can damage hearing, and adequate VISIOn protection when shooting is essential.

7. NEVER CLIMB A TREE OR FENCE WITH A LOADED FIREARM. Put the firearm down carefully before climbing a fence, and unload it before climbing or descending a tree or jumping over a ditch or other obstruction. Never pull or push a loaded firearm toward yourself or another person. When in doubt, unload your gun!

8. DON'T SHOOT AT A HARD SURFACE, OR AT WATER. Bullets can glance off many surfaces like rocks or the surface of water and travel in unpredictable directions with considerable velocity.

9. NEVER TRANSPORT A LOADED FIREARM. Firearms should always be unloaded before bemg placed in a vehicle. A suitable carrying case or scabbard should be used to carry a firearm to and from the shooting area.

10. AVOID ALCOHOLIC BEVERAGES WHEN SHOOTING, Don't drink until the day's shooting is over. Handling firearms while under the influence of alcohol in any form constitutes a criminal disregard for the safety of others.

WHY NO WARRANTY CARD HAS BEEN PACKED WITH THIS NEW RUGER FIREARM

The Magnuson-Moss Act (Public Law 93-637) does not require any seller or manufacturer of a consumer product to give a written warranty. It does provide that if a written warranty is given, it must be designated as "limited" or as "full" and sets minimum standards for a "full" warranty.

Sturm, Ruger & Company, Inc. has elected not to provide any written warranty either "limited" or "full", rather than to attempt to comply with the provisions of the Magnuson-Moss Act and the regulations issued thereunder.

There are certain implied warranties under state law with respect to sales of consumer goods. As the extent and interpretation of these implied warranties varies from state to state, you should refer to your state statutes.

Sturm, Ruger & Company wishes to assure its customers of its continued interest in providing service to owners of Ruger firearms.

-The Ruger AC·556 and AC'·556K selective fire weapons arc available only 10 Govcrnrncnt and Law Enforcement agencies.

RUGER. MINI-14. and AC-,55b an: registered U.S, trademarks

Entin' contents copyright [9)':10 by Sturm, Ruger & Company. Inc.

STURM~ RUGER & COMPANY, Ine.

Governm.ent Services Division Southport, Connecticut 06490 U.S.A.

All RUGER fiREARMS ARE DESIGNED AND MANUFACTURED IN RUGER FACTORIES IN THE UNITED STATES OF ,MERICA

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