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Old October 21, 2019, 18:07   #1
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How Many SIG 556 Owners? (PIX ADDED POST 16)

I find myself in need of an edujamacation on the SIG 556. Looking like I will have one in my grubby little paws pretty soon. Kinda want to know if I screwed up, or made a good decision to grab it. Not even sure which particular model it is yet. Comes with the rotary drum HK style rear sight, but has a nice Leupold scope mounted at present. Also has a SIG light/laser module vertical foregrip, which I will probably remove once I get it home. Has very few minor ejection port marks, so I don't believe it has been shot much. Finish looks near perfect otherwise. I've never had any experience with these, and saw somewhere that SIG stopped production of them. Really hoping that wasn't due to problems.
So, with all that being said, share your knowledge of them here please! The good, bad, and ugly. Anything I need to be aware of.
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Old October 21, 2019, 18:32   #2
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I have one of the 556R Gen II models (7.62x39) with the aluminum quad rails. It has the factory scope on it. I use the 20 round Hungarian mags in it. Very clean running accurate rifle. I would be hard pressed to sell it. I love it. It is one of my favorites.
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Old October 21, 2019, 18:33   #3
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I don't own one.

I would guess that SIG stopped making them, not because they were bad guns, but because the demand was inadequate to justify continuing to make them.

My advice would be this: Get it and shoot it a lot. If you're not going to shoot it a lot, get rid of it, and get back to shooting the gun you do shoot a lot. I don't predict the SIG to hold any particular value as a rarity or collector's item.
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Old October 21, 2019, 18:48   #4
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Ive owned two over the years and really liked them.
Fun to shoot, reliable and all and all a really nice weapon.
The reason they were sold or traded off is the fact Sig has stopped making them and getting parts to modify them dried up.
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Old October 21, 2019, 18:49   #5
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Old October 21, 2019, 18:48   #6
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Love my SiG 556's. I've owned more models/makes than FALs at this point (although, the numbers are close). Only ever had to send one back to Sig, and that was a short gas system, patrol model. That said; there are some piss-poor ones out there, but these are not very common.

Sounds like you got the SWAT model, as it is the only one that came with that particular vertical grip. Although, it is possible that it was swapped from a different model (unlikely though).

Fantastic rifles! Heavy, to be sure, and not as polished/refined as the Swiss 550/551's. But for the price, I love mine. Especially if you can find one of the early models. These are rare, but will have a grey or light charcoal black upper receiver. Bolt, carrier, fire control group, gas block will all be numbered and or have the original Swiss roll-marks. You can visually see the difference in machining, finish, craftsmanship, coatings. The Swiss FCG is unparalleled, and makes a noticeable difference. Still, some of the US triggers are nice, if properly adjusted/tuned. Most people will not adjust them correctly.

Anyway, I doubt you got a bad one. Pictures will help me to help you.
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Old October 21, 2019, 20:42   #7
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That said; there are some piss-poor ones out there, but these are not very common.

Sounds like you got the SWAT model, as it is the only one that came with that particular vertical grip. Pictures will help me to help you.
Googled some SWAT models and that does seem to possibly be what I have laid away. Those I saw pictured all had some type of pronged looking flash hider, the one I am getting does not. My gun funds are pretty slim, so it may take me a bit to get it home....but pics will definitely be coming once I do!
Thanks for the info guys.....keep it coming!
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Googled some SWAT models and that does seem to possibly be what I have laid away. Those I saw pictured all had some type of pronged looking flash hider, the one I am getting does not. My gun funds are pretty slim, so it may take me a bit to get it home....but pics will definitely be coming once I do!
Thanks for the info guys.....keep it coming!
I have one of the SIG 556 Classic SWAT rifles that I have been mostly happy with...

The original ones came with a suppressor host muzzle device, later ones with an AR A2 type device. Mine is the later, and I replaced the A2 with an A1...

If you put the SIG long rail covers on the forend (which I have), you need quite large hands to be comfortable with it (and I have large hands). Even so, it's at the upper edge of what I can settle for in terms of girth. I tried swapping for Magpul ladder rail covers, but it didn't improve the girth enough to make much difference and they didn't feel as good as the original wide SIG ones, so the SIG ones are still on...

The thing that I dislike the most is that the folding stock mechanism is sloppier than I like (it doesn't lock up rock solid), but that may be just my example since I haven't held any others except for a friends 7.62x39mm one, which was mostly junk (it went back to SIG three times for functioning problems before he finally ditched it for good).

The SIG 556 rifle that I have is reliable. I predict that you'll like it...

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Old October 22, 2019, 00:27   #9
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I've had two of them, and I loved them.

Sold one to my brother. He loves it.
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Old October 22, 2019, 08:56   #10
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I had both at one time, These were Swiss Guns. They were both new in the transit cases. Shot one, It was great. Sold them both as I was getting back into the NFA Transferable Machine Gun,s.
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Old March 29, 2020, 12:21   #11
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I have early 556 rifle swiss parts, and mid P556 pistol
I love em both , just little play between upper
And lower use 8mm pin instead on 5/16 and
Slip 9/16 Id o ring on rear block with pin hole
And tights up good
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