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Couldn't Resist! Got a Sig 516

Discussion in 'Rifle Country' started by nwilliams, May 1, 2012.

  1. nwilliams

    nwilliams Well-Known Member

    I came across a used Sig 516 today and the price was just too good to pass up so I had to give it a home. For a used gun it looks brand new and came with the sling original sling but no box or paperwork. I was told that the previous offloaded the gun to the shop because he had to move to Canada and he claimed that he only took the gun out once to the range and put less than 100 rounds through it.

    I've wanted a Sig 516 for a while now because I've heard such great things about them but new ones cost a bit more than I'm willing to spend on one. Besides the price I've never come across one in person before used or new. I ended up getting this used one for $1,150 which is a lot less than I ever thought I'd get one for so I'm definitely one happy camper right now!

    Here's some pics of my new baby.


  2. TurtlePhish

    TurtlePhish Well-Known Member

    Out of curiosity, how is it different from a normal AR? Looks great, by the way. :)
  3. HoosierQ

    HoosierQ Well-Known Member

    It's a piston driven AR rather than DI. The safely, IIRC, throws 90 degrees instead of 180 from safe to fire as well...maybe.
  4. ugaarguy

    ugaarguy Moderator Staff Member

    Hoosier is is dead on with the piston drive upper. The lower also has the rear QD swivel socket integrated to the forging / finish machining rather than using an end plate or buffer tube adapter like regular AR lowers. There are some other little nice add-ons like the ambi mag catch, and grooved surface at the front of the mag well.

    A selector lever that is made to go to 180 is typically going past "SEMI" at 90 to "FULL" or "BURST" at 180. ;)
  5. TurtlePhish

    TurtlePhish Well-Known Member

    If only... :p
  6. Cal-gun Fan

    Cal-gun Fan Well-Known Member

    I like what i've heard about the 516. The SWAT department for our local PD uses 10 inch or so versions of them, hoping to get to shoot one soon. Wonder how they compare to the HK.

    Edit: How's the weight? I know the HK is pretty heavy.
  7. nwilliams

    nwilliams Well-Known Member

    I've read a lot of back and forth debate over which is the better rifle, the HK416 or the Sig516. The major difference between the two guns is the style of piston. The HK has a automatic gas piston regulating system and the piston system on the Sig is adjustable.

    The chief designer for the Sig team that developed the SIG516 formally worked on the HK team that developed the HK416. This is one of the reasons why people are quick to compare the two guns.

    My 2ยข on the matter is this. The Sig516 is very similar to the HK416 but the 516 seems to have a few improvements over the HK and seems to be getting more positive feedback.

    IMO opinion the Sig516 is an excellent piston AR for around $1,500. The HK416 (MR556A1 civilian) is an excellent piston AR but the MSRP on it is about twice the MSRP of the Sig516 and IMO the Sig actually has some improvements over the HK. Personally for the price of the HK-MR556 there are better rifles out there, or you could just buy two Sig516's:D

    Sig516 Patrol: MSRP= $1,666.00
    HK-MR556A1: MSRP= $2,995
  8. bkundingerii

    bkundingerii Well-Known Member

    I just ordered one last week. Can't wait to get. Looks bad ass!
  9. Hunterdad

    Hunterdad Well-Known Member

    Siiiick rifle. I got to shoot one last weekend. Congrats on the purchase.
  10. john5036

    john5036 Well-Known Member

    Nice photos, did you use a lightbox for them?
  11. Magog

    Magog Well-Known Member

  12. nipprdog

    nipprdog Well-Known Member

    Just like ARs.......
  13. gotigers

    gotigers Well-Known Member

    Does it use AR milspec BCG, buffer, FCG, etc? Other than piston, any thing else not AR milspec? What is it chambered for, 5.56 or .223?

    I've always wondered about them.
  14. nwilliams

    nwilliams Well-Known Member

    I decided to make a few changes to it. After making the changes I took the rifle out to the range for the first time and put about 200 rounds through it. I couldn't be more impressed with this rifle performed!

    I added a tan Magpul CTR stock, Eotech 512, Magpul AFG and some tan Ergo ladder rail covers to help even out the color scheme.


  15. sikiguya

    sikiguya Active Member

    Sweet looking rifle! I decided to get one as well. Dealer expecting delivery in June...ugh!

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  16. CountryUgly

    CountryUgly Well-Known Member

    Good looking rifle. I've looked over the one my local wally world has on the rack and after hearing what some of you are paying for yours I'm going to have to buy this one cause they are ony 869.oo +tax for the quad railed gun a 20rd mag sling and a cheapo red dot sight/flip up iron sights. If only it was in 6.8spcII It would be perfect...... Funny thing is they have a bare bones Bushmaster for the same price..... I'm not even gonna tell you the price on the M&P .22lr it'll just make you cry if you've already bought one at the average going rate.
  17. CharlieDeltaJuliet

    CharlieDeltaJuliet Well-Known Member

    Great rifle. I have always like the Sig and HK versions of the black rifle. Be proud, the 516 I shot was one of the better shooting(accuracy) I had shot.
  18. nwilliams

    nwilliams Well-Known Member

    FYI CountryUgly the Sig AR15 that Walmart sells is the M400 not the 516. The M400 is a DI AR while the 516 is Piston
  19. SilentStalker

    SilentStalker Well-Known Member

    Can anyone illustrate, link to a video illustrating, or somehow explain in words how this is different in operation for a normal AR? Please excuse my ignorance here but I am curious as to how stuff works. Also, I would like to know the key benefits here. Looks like a very nice rifle. I might have to pick one up myself instead of doing a build like I had planned.
  20. CountryUgly

    CountryUgly Well-Known Member

    Well that would explain the price difference thanks for the heads up. Still think I might buy it..:)

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