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I saw a rifle today at the gun store that I fell madly in love with.
I have never shot a Sig Rifle, so Im hoping some of you fine folks have experience with it. Lord knows I have shot just about all of the Sig Sauer model pistols, and own two Sig pistols myself. My daily carry handgun is the Sig 229-R DA/SA.

They have a regular model and a SBR model that I really like. I know the SBR model will take some extra paperwork and money for the tax stamp, but damn. What a beauty!

I have AR's and M4's. But sometimes you want something different, but compatible.

Here are a few pics of one I got off a google search:
 

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A standard AR would be a more sensible way to spend the money. AR will be the standard for rifles of the military variety for the next decade or more and parts are easily interchangeable and plentiful.

www.spikestactical.com make some GREAT stuff and truly have the absolute best customer service in the industry.
 

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That SBR with the folding stock looks pretty danged compact. I don't think you could go wrong with a SIG.
 

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A standard AR would be a more sensible way to spend the money. AR will be the standard for rifles of the military variety for the next decade or more and parts are easily interchangeable and plentiful.

www.spikestactical.com make some GREAT stuff and truly have the absolute best customer service in the industry.
Yes, I am a huge fan of the AR series rifles and I have three already.
Kinda want to mix it up a bit and get something new. I of course will keep my AR's.

A big plus also, is that the Sig 556 rifles also accept M16 magazines. So that would save a lot of money too. Wouldn't have to buy new mags.
 

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I try hard not to think about them.........so stop with the photos, because I really want one bad but I am fighting the temptation so close to the end of the holidays.
 

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Sig229,

I am an owner of one and I personally love mine.

Accurate, extremely well built/durable in engineering design and best of all unlike an AR/M16 it does not require a tenth of the normal operation maintenance to to stay operable AND it's manner of operation is simpler/less complex.

Best of all IMHO is it's human ergonomic design.
I have never been an AR fan, long before all the DI hate came to be, as simply due to it's ergonomics. Including the location and overall function of it's charging handle.
The Sig 55X series has none of these issues and is very ergonomic as well as being lefty friendly, as for those of that population percentage. It is a comfortable weapon system to shoulder and fire.

The only down sides are that it weighs a full pound more than a _stripped_ AR15, which really is no big deal on the whole considering people carry AKs and M1As with no complaint and they weigh same or even more. The weight though is balanced and it well soaks up felt recoil to a degree that follow on shots are dead nuts on regardless of hold type or body positioning.
The second down side is that replacement parts are right now a factory only affair. Not that it's a big deal to secure parts now as from Sig. Further unlike an AR the parts mean time to failure rating is much higher which means you won't need to be replacing stuff so often and there are no rubber nor metal o-rings nor extractors and such to replace so that parts availability argument which is quite commonly stated is functionally a moot point.

I have the complaint states 'SCM' model which is a 16" carbine with no muzzle brake and came with fixed and shrouded front sight (which I actually prefer to a folding type).
Personally I prefer mine to all the models available and even if I had been in a free state I'd have sought out an SCM as rather than the others including that of the 'Classic'.
I am this year very seriously considering ordering a factory Sig 556 SBR which they now produce OEM. I'm waiting to see how this Bushmaster/Remington ACR product washes out as at SHOT.

I'd made threads on the 556 including a complete breakdown of the product last year for the sake of info sharing as it is very new to most people in the US.
In Canada, South America and most the rest of the world this gun is nothing new as it has been around greater than 30 yrs. known as the model 550 (rifle), 551 (carbine), 552 (SMG/PDW variant with specific action design) and the 553 (SMG/PDW with same action design as the 550 & 551).

I would buy again and suggest same to those who are either open minded, not AR/M16/M4 indoctrinated to the point of blindness to any and all other options, not due to profession required to run an AR and those who do not care that they won't be just like their buddy and his AR.
It's not for everyone nor every application, same as the AR, but it is a very fine weapon system and as good as the AR if not better all the way around as in function, mechanics and durability.

January 9th, 2009, 02:44 AM
http://www.defensivecarry.com/vbull...b-compliant.html?highlight=sig+556#post976020

Note: I just noticed for the first time MitchellCT's post here and as the thread is now closed due to age I have no means to respond.
Basically he went off on some tangent for no reason at all. If you read my second pot there _in full_ I had stated that the nomenclature of "SCM" does NOT stant for State of ct Model as at that time some folks on the net had theorized. This dude went off on all manner of CT law detail for no reason what so ever. Further I'm not even a ct resident and never have been. A complete waste of time on his side. Ignore all that from him.

July 11th, 2009, 02:38 PM
http://www.defensivecarry.com/vbull...t-doc-armorers-manual-more.html?highlight=550

Run a search as this firearm has been discussed in multiple threads and as compared to other options including AR, AK and FAL too.

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I have and love one as well. It is by far the best (most reliable, most accurate, easiest to maintain and use) of any semi-auto/full-auto I have owned or shot. The next one I buy will be the Sig 556 DMR. I've just got to have it!

It has a 21" barrel, and an adjustable comb and butt on the stock. It can be tailor fit to you.

I have a friend who has one, and that thing is pin-point accurate, even at distance.
 

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I too am interested in the Sig 556, may even wait and see how the new 516 will perform.
 

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Agreed SML...Stupid easy caveman simple it is to maintain.

No tools required but a coin or spent shell casing which can be found literally anywhere.

It runs without half the oil an AR requires (I use Brian Enos' 'Slide Glide' grease on mine) and will run all day long.
No forward assist required, no feed ramps to be concerned about, no magazine feeding sensitivity issues, no DI gasses direct to the face when firing, no nothing but bang bang bang bang...Reload.

Oh and contrary to wide belief and erroneous statement on the net, the 55X series is not in function like an AK. It's more closely resembles that of an FAL.
No more so than that say a Ruger 5.56 is like an AK operating system...even as that system is pretty much a direct knock off of how the Sig 55x series functions though I have yet to read of anyone anywhere comparing that system to an AK (?).
This becomes exceedingly clear and obvious once you actually crack open a 556 in person and compare it's internals and function to that of an AK directly.

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"Your Thoughts on a Sig 5.56 Rifle?"

My thoughts are that I'd absolutely love to own one.

If I was not already so heavily invested in Galil...SIG would be the rifle I would buy.
 

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The rebate form oddly has no statement of a start date.

I tried to call their toll-free number to inquire, three times, but keep getting a fast busy.
I'm going to send in a rebate form as against my own rifle as bought this month last year. I still have the serial number sticker attached to the case and always keep the original receipt inside my gun cases as toward potential future warranty need.

All they can say is; 'No can do. :p

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The early feedback I have from my sources (no personal experience with a 556 yet) is that if one is used to the AR ergonomics, adapting to the 556 does not happen naturally, and that it's muzzle-heavy. But - (disclaimer) - the feedback is from guys who use and train heavily with M4s.
 

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I would agree with the above, 100%. ^^

Folk who have been indoctrinated into the AR15/M4/M16 and have taken a hard set to that weapon system will do nothing but complain about how the 556 (or for that matter anything else!) is not 'like an AR15/M4/M16. Those type persons are doomed.

Everybody else though, very much less so much.

Yes it weighs one pound more than an AR/M4/M16, as when compared apples to apples (Classic or Railed version).
But so what. Ever carry an AK or Garand or an M14 or an SKS or for that matter most any other rifle of any sort that is not an AR15/M4/M16....And they all weight at least one pound more than an AR15/M4/M16. If this is a problem for folk as when at a range or during a day or three of training course then well that is a clue that it's time to hit the gym and/or do some sets of pushups at home. Seriously.

The balance of the gun, at least my SCM model, is forearm forward. Which is what you want. Or at least I do.
Recoil is absorbed very well and fast firing shot to shot off hand and without being slung up results in relatively little front sight movement, as compared to an AR15/M4/M16. I like this.
Not that I dislike the AR15/M4/M16 to this end but I found that the 556 _feels_ better and more comfortable for strings of fire as when shot off hand with relation to shot to shot accuracy effort. This is just a feeling though and is not IMHO quantifiable to the firearm itself per se..

The two things that some owners do consistently complain about are the mag release position and the bolt release latch.

The mag release is _PERFECT_ for my own hand size and finger length. i was dry fire training with my 556 tonight and noted that the mag release falls exactly at the last pad of my finger. Perfect as though I had custom placed it there myself. I wear an XL size glove. A person with hands/fingers smaller than mine would be forced to change their grip to reach the mag release. This could be a function problem for basically half the population, who wear gloves in the L or smaller range. Test before you buy.

The bolt catch is on the left side of the guns receiver as a toggle to hit.
As such there requires some weapon specific re-training.
When the gun goes dry you have the option to either tag the bolt catch as using your _LEFT_ hand palm OR to reach over and around to manually cycle the bolt handle as again using the _LEFT_ hand to move it fully rearward to clear the bolt catch as akin to an AK. Strong hand never breaks grip and the firearm remains shouldered as ready to fire.
Not at all same as an AR15/M4/M16...Which throws those folk off.

Everything has it's specifics and the 556 has a specific manual of arms.
It is not an AR15/M4/M16 no matter how much people wish it to be so that they can feel more comfortable for being unable to adapt and transition to anything that is not an AR15/M4/M16.

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Also tonight I replaced my guns OEM fixed front sight with a pic rail.
I'm going to replace the front with an AR15 fs and install at the rear either a folder or a DD fixed A2 style rear sight.

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I would love one... with $300 rebate, it's very tempting... what's the lowest (not including the rebate) i can expect? Basically, what's a good deal, what's average, what's a ripoff?
 

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It depends greatly on model as Sig makes six different variants and they all are different.

Sig Sauer - Rifles -> SIG556

Like anything else you gotta select what model will work best for you and then from there compare MSRP/MAP pricing against what best deals you can find online (Buds and Gunbroker among others) as well as brick & mortar stores within your region.

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