By: Friedrich Seiltgen

Copyright © 2022

Ruger Firearms is on a heater with its line of handguns and firearms, and the Ruger SFAR is making waves in the firearms industry with its small-frame, large-caliber combination.

Sturm, Ruger & Company was founded by William B. Ruger and Alexander McCormick Sturm in 1949 in a small, rented machine shop in Southport, Connecticut.

When the duo designed their first semi-auto pistol, Ruger decided to incorporate the looks of the German Luger and the Colt Woodsman into their first commercially produced .22 caliber pistol, the Ruger Standard. The Standard became so successful that it launched the entire company.


The upper receiver is manufactured from a 7075-T6 hard-coat anodized aluminum forging complete with brass deflector, forward assist, and full-length Picatinny rail.

The SFAR features a 15″ Lite aluminum handguard which is free-floated for accuracy and features Magpul® M-LOK® accessory attachment slots along the 3:00, 6:00 and 9:00 positions. The top rail has been docked in the center for improved grip access and reduced weight while maintaining Picatinny rail sections at the front and rear. Sockets for Quick Disconnect (QD) sling swivels are located at the muzzle end of the handguard and allow for comfortable carry with a two-point sling.

The lower receiver features a flared magazine well for easy magazine insertion. The SFAR is equipped with a Ruger Elite 452® trigger that delivers a smooth, crisp 4.5-pound, 2-stage trigger pull. A full-strength hammer spring and lightweight hammer ensure fast lock times and consistent primer ignition.


The bolt carrier assembly uses a chrome-lined 8620 steel bolt carrier and nitride-processed gas key which is staked in place. The bolt includes dual ejectors and an optimized extractor to ensure positive extraction and ejection of the spent case through the enlarged ejection port, and the titanium firing pin has been DLC (Diamond Like Coating) treated for long service life.

The 4140 chrome-moly steel barrel is cold hammer forged with ultra-precise 5R rifling. The heavy barrel balances nicely, and its black nitride finish helps ensure exceptional accuracy, longevity, and easy cleaning.

The Ruger® 2-port Boomer muzzle brake has large perpendicular surfaces to redirect gas and reduce felt recoil. 5/8″-24 muzzle threads on the barrel remain compatible with other brakes, flash hiders, and suppressors.


Type: Gas Operated Auto-Loading Rifle

Caliber: 7.62 NATO / .308 Winchester

Magazine capacity: 20

Sights: Picatinny Rail for Multiple Sight Mounting Options

Barrel Length: 16.10 Inches

Overall Length: 34- 37.25 Inches

Weight: 6.8 Pounds

MSRP: $1,229



The Ruger SFAR is a small-frame autoloading rifle chambered in .308 Winchester that combines the ballistic advantages of .308 Winchester in a package that’s nearly identical in size to a traditional 5.56-caliber modern sporting rifle. Check one out today and see if it’s right for you.

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Friedrich Seiltgen is a retired Master Police Officer with 20 years of service with the Orlando Police Department. He conducts training in Lone Wolf Terrorism, Firearms, and Active Shooter Response. His writing has appeared in RECOIL,, Soldier of Fortune, The Counter Terrorist Magazine, American Thinker, Homeland Security Today, and The Journal of Counterterrorism & Homeland Security International. Contact him at