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SIG 556 Announcement

Discussion in 'Rifle Country' started by Dave Markowitz, Feb 8, 2006.

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  1. Dave Markowitz

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    Hmmmm, looks like a highly updated AR to me. Hope I don't get the bug for one..........Life could get expensive for me.
     
  3. Dave Markowitz

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    Looks to me that they took the upper half of a SIG 552, which is rather Kalashnikov-like, and mated it with a lower that takes AR mags and stocks.
     
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    From what the Forum says, its a 550 that has been set up to take AR mags and maybe even AR stocks. Its mechanically nothing like an AR.
     
  5. Greg Bell

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    Essentially, it is a SIG 550 with an aluminum lower that accepts AR mags rather than spendy and rare SIG 550 mags. Plus, it accepts AR stocks which Allows SIG to incorporate AR improvements.

    I think it is incredible. It is the Assault rifle I have been waiting for.
     
  6. Andrew S

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    :what:

    Where is the buy it now button?
     
  7. Snake Eyes

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    Crap. (308 wishes go on back burner) I guess I'm gonna hafta buy another poodle shooter.

    I just wish I could find some dang poodles.

    :what:
     
  8. Kharn

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    Eh, I dont like it, the AR stock ruins the lines of the rifle.

    Kharn
     
  9. Greg Bell

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    This is just like when new Porsches come out. The purists insist that things must stay the same forever, refusing to recognize improvements. Eventually, they convert and bitch just as hard when the next model comes out.

    This rifle is a big improvement over the Swiss rifle. It has the core of the 550, which was its big advantage over the AR (AK reliability and Swiss accuracy). But, the gun has been improved in all other aspects.

    (1) Collapsing stock. Yes the old stock was pretty, but that shouldn't be the number one criteria in selecting a stock. The AR stock allows it to be adjusted to fit different users and body armor. Plus, this allows developments in AR design to quickly be incorporated into the SIG rifle. If SIG went totally proprietary, every time a new stock came out folks would complain that it wasn't available for the SIG (and probably claim they would buy a SIG but for).

    (2) Rails. For better or worse, rails are the future. You may not feel the need to attach a lot of crap to your rifle (neither do I), but doing so is currently fashionable among military/police types and their emulators. SIGs target market is military and police, and that is one of the reasons civilians desire their products. Plus, after looking at those photos it seems likely the old furniture or a B&T item will fit.

    (3) Lighter weight. SIG has shaved the weight of the rifle down into AR territory. This is important since, once again, you know that people would have whined endlessly about how it weighed more that the piece of crap they put together in the basement of their parent's house.

    (4) AR mags. By switching they opened the rifle to all manner of magazines and accessories. C-mags, HK mags, etc. All are available. If SIG went with an exclusive design on this, everybody would immediately started bitching that they could get AR mags cheaper.

    In other words, SIG has improved the 550. The rifle they are delivering is better in numerous ways. Frankly, almost all the "complaints" voiced by the nay-sayers come down to aesthetics. I understand that, looks are important in marketing a product. But it is clear to me that SIGARMs decided that, if they were going to make a rifle here, they were going to make it better, not just a clone of the original. Bravo SIG!
     
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    My thought too. The buttstock, though, can be replaced if it is attached the same way as the AR collapsible. (I'd replace it with the Magpul Precision RIfle Stock.) But the front end will take a year or two for someone to tool up a replacement for that.
     
  11. Greg Bell

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    Or just buy a Surefire, B&T or Swiss factory front end. All the attachment points look identical.
     
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    I was really hoping for a combination of the foldable stock/AR stock attachment, where you could choose any current ar-15 stock for the 556 but that also folded down. Moreso than that, I was hoping for rear sights similar to those on the 551. Although both of these points are a little of a let down to me, I still can't wait to get mine.

    I do like that is uses AR mags.
     
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    I really must adnitt that I poo-pooed the idea of "another" 5.56mm battle carbine, but that looks slap your momma sweet!

    :what:
     
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    if its the stock that you don't like and it attaches ala any other AR stock, just swap it out. there are approximately 1,239,843 options for AR stocks out there.

    its a diggity new rifle but low on the priority list for me. maybe someday.

    Bobby
     
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    SIG 556 v Robinson XCR

    How do you all think the two stack up? I for one know about zip about either one-:confused: which do you all prefer?
     
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    If they made it have a folding stock that could also adjust for LOP (with an interface to accept a telescoping AR15 stock or whatever system they decided on), I'd strongly consider it. The folding part was one of the biggest attractions to the Sig, in my eyes.

    I guess I'll just save my pennies for the SCAR.

    Kharn
     
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    I can't imagine that there won't be a folding stock option for this thing in about .2 seconds after its released.

    Someone over on SIGforum did a crude dimensional comparison of the uppers of the 556 and the 551, and they do indeed look VERY MUCH alike. Looks like basically an untouched 551 upper on an Americanized lower, with the exception of the sights.

    Obviously detailed tech specs and comparisons haven't been forthcoming yet, but just the same, I'm on a pre-order list for now.
     
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    The lines of the rifles uh :rolleyes:

    Form follows function. Not the other way around... This makes it easy to adjust for different shooters / clothing. As well as openiong up a whole slew of options for various rifle stocks...

    And how long before ACE LTD releases a side-folder.
     
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    Where can you sign up for the preorder?
     
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    They have them going on both TFL and Sigforum.
     
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    Looks like a dolled up AR-180 to me.

    Mac
     
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    I am not a huge fan of that stock on the rifle either but in all fairness it is probably more functional. The fact that it takes AR mags is a huge plus in my book. Most of all though I give props to SIG for making a rifle like that just for the civilian market (even though I am sure there hoping for law enforcement sales). Also that MSRP isn't as high as some people thought.
     
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    It looks like it has a gas tube on top of the barrel - can you get rid of the AR-style stock and have a real folder?
     
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    Feels so nice inside to know I will have someone standing in line at the SIG booth tomorrow morning with down payment in hand to place an order for me.:p
     
  25. Greg Bell

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    Roscoe,

    Yes, the stocks tube is simply a product of its origin on the AR. Side folders will be available for this gun if you so choose.
     
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