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    556 or 516

    I noticed the sig 516 is now more expensive than the sig 556.
    Why is that? Any thoughts??


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    Both are good questions;
    Why is it more expensive, and of the two which would one choose (as chambered in 5.56)?

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    Probably because no one wants a 556. Once people figure out that a 516 is just a heavier, more expensive AR with no real advantages, the price on the 516 will fall too.

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    Thanks Janq -

    I'm eager to hear the feedback!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Janq View Post
    Both are good questions;
    Why is it more expensive, and of the two which would one choose (as chambered in 5.56)?

    - Janq
    i have not fired the 516 although I have taken the 556 for a spin.
    Loved the balance and the steadiness of the weapon on point.


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    ARs tend to dance around, the 556 is a piston powered tack driver!
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    556 owner here, love the gun. I once took a carbine course where she went through 750 rounds of tula in the pouring rain without 1 jam. If that ain't s testament to its reliability I don't know what is.

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    I have a 556 SBR. Too heavy for an SBR, but it's been entirely reliable and a lot of fun.
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    What is your intended use for the rifle?

    Personally, I wouldn't buy either. If I were to choose one, it would be the 516 since its more like an AR. Now, it's a piston AR, which doesn't really bring anything better to the table (in terms of piston ARs, not piston rifles. I have two SCARs and they're great. I have/had an LWRC PSD 8" and 16" as well as the LMT MRP. The only thing they offered over a DI AR was weight) except in very specific situations. I can't find many good opinions on the 556 except from those that buy it just to plink.

    I've never heard any any highly regarded instructors recommend a Sig rifle. AARs I've read of advanced carbine classes (I haven't seen a Sig rifle at any classes I've attended or taught) where a Sig was used, there was almost always a series of failures when the rifle was pushed hard.

    As to why it's more expensive... I just don't know enough about the rifles to say. Likely because the 516 is an AR and will likely sell more than the 556.
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    Quote Originally Posted by jonconsiglio View Post
    What is your intended use for the rifle?

    Personally, I wouldn't buy either. If I were to choose one, it would be the 516 since its more like an AR. Now, it's a piston AR, which doesn't really bring anything better to the table (in terms of piston ARs, not piston rifles. I have two SCARs and they're great. I have/had an LWRC PSD 8" and 16" as well as the LMT MRP. The only thing they offered over a DI AR was weight) except in very specific situations. I can't find many good opinions on the 556 except from those that buy it just to plink.

    I've never heard any any highly regarded instructors recommend a Sig rifle. AARs I've read of advanced carbine classes (I haven't seen a Sig rifle at any classes I've attended or taught) where a Sig was used, there was almost always a series of failures when the rifle was pushed hard.

    As to why it's more expensive... I just don't know enough about the rifles to say. Likely because the 516 is an AR and will likely sell more than the 556.
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