Sig 556 vs. Sig 516

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Sig 556 vs. Sig 516

Postby nogs » Sun 31 Jul 2011 3:53 pm

I need some advice on this subject. I've been saving up cash for a semi-auto rifle and have decided between either the Sig 516 or the Sig 556. In doing my own research on the two and which I would like, I'm leaning towards the Sig 516 patrol. I was just wondering if anyone here has any experience with either of them, or both, and which would they pick in my situation and why.
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Re: Sig 556 vs. Sig 516

Postby roseblood » Sun 31 Jul 2011 5:40 pm

I own the 556, and can say that it shoots really well and the operation feels clean. If you're interested, I'll sell you mine.
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Re: Sig 556 vs. Sig 516

Postby nogs » Sun 31 Jul 2011 7:16 pm

Thanks for the offer, roseblood, but I'm not ready to make that decision yet. :mrgreen:

Also, I want to throw out that I am considering an AK type weapon. I'm not sure which but I am kind of interested in giving an AK a try since I'm familiar with the AR system and I'd be interested in trying something different.
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Re: Sig 556 vs. Sig 516

Postby MichaelD » Sun 31 Jul 2011 8:33 pm

Neither. For the prices I'm seeing for those two, I'd get a BCM or Daniel Defense or even a Colt.
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Re: Sig 556 vs. Sig 516

Postby roseblood » Mon 01 Aug 2011 7:13 am

nogs wrote:Thanks for the offer, roseblood, but I'm not ready to make that decision yet. :mrgreen:

Also, I want to throw out that I am considering an AK type weapon. I'm not sure which but I am kind of interested in giving an AK a try since I'm familiar with the AR system and I'd be interested in trying something different.


You'll love the feel of an AK-style weapon. I have a Romanian-built version, and I can truthfully say that weapon has been fired while full of mud and had NO problems. LOL

MichaelD wrote:Neither. For the prices I'm seeing for those two, I'd get a BCM or Daniel Defense or even a Colt.


Michael, I have a Colt Defender and can't compare the actions between the two. The Colt, while extremely reliable, just feels loose compared to the Sig.
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Re: Sig 556 vs. Sig 516

Postby sigmanluke » Mon 01 Aug 2011 8:34 am

I have a 556 and would pick it over ANY other rifle (of the type).

They are smooth, reliable, very easy to maintain and very accurate.

I haven't yet had any experience with the 516, so I won't say it isn't best for you, just that you really won't be disappointed with the 556.

I also have an M16 A1, I would take the 556 over it everyday. The SIG is more accurate, more reliable and much esier to maintain.

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Re: Sig 556 vs. Sig 516

Postby YoZUpZ » Mon 01 Aug 2011 10:49 am

I have a Sig556, its a great gun, as long as you throw away the crap factory mags. Trigger is super smooth and I like the fact that I can fold the stock and throw the gun into my backpack. I have probably put 1500-2000 rounds through it and haven't really cleaned it yet (other than cleaning off the factory grease when I first got it), and have had zero malfunctions that weren't mag related.

I also like the safety a lot more than an AR safety (it rotates 45 degrees instead of the AR's 90 degrees). I also like that you can charge the gun in your shooting stance since the handle is on the side like an AK.

The only downside that I can think of is that its not an AR. There are small differences that will make you pause or hesitate when going back and forth between the 556 and an AR since a couple of things are in different places. If that is a concern, the 516 may be for you.

I haven't shot or handled the 516, so I can't speak on it, but if it is as smooth as the 556 and if the gas system is as reliable as the 556, then I would say you can't go wrong with either one.
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Re: Sig 556 vs. Sig 516

Postby nogs » Mon 01 Aug 2011 7:55 pm

A few questions on the 556. Can the classic style handguards be replaced with a quad rail forearm system and can the folding butt stock be switched out for an adjustable one?
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Re: Sig 556 vs. Sig 516

Postby roseblood » Mon 01 Aug 2011 8:16 pm

nogs wrote:A few questions on the 556. Can the classic style handguards be replaced with a quad rail forearm system and can the folding butt stock be switched out for an adjustable one?


Sig actually has a model with a quad rail and I have seen others with after-market rails; the folding stock is adjustable.
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Re: Sig 556 vs. Sig 516

Postby sigmanluke » Mon 01 Aug 2011 9:25 pm

roseblood wrote:
nogs wrote:A few questions on the 556. Can the classic style handguards be replaced with a quad rail forearm system and can the folding butt stock be switched out for an adjustable one?


Sig actually has a model with a quad rail and I have seen others with after-market rails; the folding stock is adjustable.

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Mine has rails and a folding/adjustable stock.
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Re: Sig 556 vs. Sig 516

Postby YoZUpZ » Tue 02 Aug 2011 4:42 am

nogs wrote:A few questions on the 556. Can the classic style handguards be replaced with a quad rail forearm system and can the folding butt stock be switched out for an adjustable one?


Yes you can replace the Swiss style handguard with a quad rail, if you get the Swiss style classic handguards and want the factory Sig (SWAT) quadrail, Sig will make you send the gun in and they will replace the handguard for you. There are also a few good aftermarket rails that you can switch out yourself. Or, if you want to save money and weight, Sig makes some rails that you can attach to the Sig Swiss style classic handguards which will weigh a lot less than the full quad rail (it can get heavy with the quad rail).

Like roseblood and sigmanluke said, the folding stock is also 3-position adjustable.

Here is a pic of the Swiss style rails, you can get them for around $20
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Re: Sig 556 vs. Sig 516

Postby nogs » Tue 02 Aug 2011 11:23 am

Cool. I have to say that the 556 is looking better than I previously thought. All of the personal experience expressed here has helped me differentiate between the two. Thanks all.
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Re: Sig 556 vs. Sig 516

Postby Snowman » Tue 02 Aug 2011 2:58 pm

nogs wrote:Thanks for the offer, roseblood, but I'm not ready to make that decision yet. :mrgreen:

Also, I want to throw out that I am considering an AK type weapon. I'm not sure which but I am kind of interested in giving an AK a try since I'm familiar with the AR system and I'd be interested in trying something different.

I'd go with the AK first, then the 556.
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