When Ruger released its SFAR, I took one look and thought, “Now, that’s a go-to gun for women!” The small-frame autoloading rifle (SFAR) is a nice cross between an AR-10 and an AR-15. Women will like the ability to adjust the stock to fit, and the options to accessorize, along with the firepower of .308 Winchester ammo.
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The SFAR Stock and Other Selling Points
The Ruger SFAR comes with a Magpul MOE SL stock, which is easy to adjust and goes from 34 to 37.25 inches overall in length. This means its length-of-pull ranges from 11 inches to 14.25 inches. That will fit a lot of sizes of women.
Here are a few other selling points:
Extra Things about the SFAR
Here are a few extra things that make this firearm particularly female friendly, copied from its website and commented on by me in parentheses.
On the Range with the SFAR
After the gun got a cleaning and a safety function check at the bench, I took it out to a 400-yard range. I also took along an Aimpoint 9000L 2MOA red dot reflex sight and a Leupold Mk 4 8.5 – 25 x 50 LR/T M1 mil dot riflescope, which were easy to mount on the Picatinny rail atop the gun’s Magpul furniture because each was installed on a LaRue Tactical 50 BMG QR mount. Note: These fantastic optics belong to my husband, for shooting his .50 BMG rifle; unfortunately, the Leupold scope is no longer manufactured.
I bore-sighted the SFAR with the red dot and later, with the scope on it. Right out of the box, the gun shot tight groups at 25, then 100, then 200 with the red dot and no misses at all. With the scope and the included ballistic tables from Hornady and Federal for their ammo, the gun made first shot hits on a target at 300 yards. The gun also hit right where expected at 400 yards, even though ballistic information for the rounds I shot wasn’t available beyond 300 – so, a little educated “guessing” was in order.
I shot Hornady American Gunner 155-grain BTHP and Federal Premium Vital-Shok 180-grain Nosler Partition ammo. The SFAR had no malfunctions. Running the charging handle took no more effort than for an AR-15 system, even though the SFAR’s recoil buffer had to handle .308 ammo.
After shooting this rifle, I contacted my son about whether my grandson – who will be deer hunting for the first time this fall – would like this gun. That’s how much I liked it; I’m willing to recommend it to youth hunters. I also, frankly, like the safety features included in an AR-style gun. A youth hunter would easily be able to run the safety switch and clear the rifle, and a mentor/guide could easily ascertain that the safety was on or off.
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