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SIG has saw fit to enter the AR market starting this year. They have two lines, the SIG 516 in 5.56x45mm NATO and the SIG 716 in 7.62x51mm NATO in various configurations. Both designs use a pushrod gas piston system with 3 position adjustable gas valves. The gasblocks appear to be standardized across the range of models, is skeletonized, and as a M1913 rail on top to extend the rail beyond the free float tube. Barrels across the line appear to be chrome lined, cold hammer-forged free floating barrels.
The SIG 516 come in the following models: PDW (178mm barrel, 2.75kg), CQB (254mm barrel, 2.9kg), Tactical Patrol (368mm barrel, 3.15kg), Patrol (406mm barrel, 3.3kg) and Precision Marksman (457mm heavy barrel, 3.65kg). All barrels have a 1:7 twist, and the M4 contoured, except for the PDW and Precision, which are heavy barrel. Carbine models come with a milspec diameter buffer tube and SOPMOD stock, whereas the Precision model comes aith a Magpul PRS stock and 2-stage match trigger.
Other standard features across the range include ambidexterous safety, and free float M1913 quad rail.
SIG 516s are supposed to hit LE this summer, with civilian sales to follow. The 14" model was quoted in the range of $2000 USD.
Last edited by FPembleton; 01-25-2010 at 12:21 AM.
The basic design of the 716 seems to be an upsizing of the 516, with the same kind of block, rails and stocks and gas system. Although the press packet says "standard M14 type steel magazine", we were told by the SHOT rep that the magazines were actually Armalite AR-10.
The 716 is currently "in development", with the following models on display at SHOT
14" Tactical Patrol
20" Precision model
Last edited by FPembleton; 01-25-2010 at 12:15 AM.
Sig has new pistols coming out this year based on P226 and P229, but features a new frame incorporating a reduced backstrap and grip circumference. The grip is a modular one pliece screwless design and features a new texture. Frame redesign includes reduced trigger reach, redesigned decocking lever and the Short Reset Trigger as standard (trigger used previously in the Sig Elites).
Other standard features include, SIGLITE night sights, integral acessory rail.
MSRP is $1,149 USD and they now ship with 3 magazines.
On a personal note, I own a SIG P226 Elite, and I found the controls and DA pull to be be easier to reach even with the medium grip.
Last edited by FPembleton; 01-25-2010 at 12:14 AM.
That bolt carrier is very different, does the gas tube extend far into the upper receiver?
It's definitely getting better press than their last attempt, the 1.1-4x...that just got eaten alive. This one is getting a lot of favourable discussion I notice.
Yeah, as I'm sure you've already seen, there was a really good write up on m4c.
I AM a CanadianGunSlinger!!!!!!
Yeah, that was very interesting...especially after that 1-4 they put out which was really panned. I was surprised to see the positive review of the 1-8.
Did the Sig rep mention anything about when we might might expect to see the new 226 E2's in Canadian stores?