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    Review: Sig 556R - Not what I expected

    I took my new Sig 556R 7.62x39 rifle out today to review it... and I was surprised by what I found.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kXXmpp_T4l4

    Questions and comments are welcome.
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    Unfortunately, nothing surprising in your findings, which is a damn shame.
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    There was a time when Sig was synonymous with quality. I guess it's hard for me to believe their quality has slipped so far.

    I really wanted to like this rifle. I want a modern 7.62x39 that takes AK mags and I was hoping this would be it.
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    Could the light primer strikes be a result of the engineers not putting into consideration the recessed primers that 7.62x39mm naturally have? The SIG556R may need a longer firing pin, but they possibly decided to cheap out and use a 5.56mm pin.

    I know 7.62x39mm AR15's have this problem unless you acquire the correct firing pin. I think the Ruger Mini-30's had this problem, too.
    Last edited by kal; 03-19-11 at 17:28.

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    Quote Originally Posted by kal View Post
    Could the light primer strikes be a result of the engineers not putting into consideration the recessed primers that 7.62x39mm naturally have? The SIG556R may need a longer firing pin, but they possibly decided to cheap out and use a 5.56mm pin.

    I know 7.62x39mm AR15's have this problem unless you acquire the correct firing pin. I think the Ruger Mini-30's had this problem, too.
    I'm going to hold off on one until more reports on this come out and to see if they are addressed. The issue about the folding stock doesn't matter to me, I'll replace it with a DDLES and MOE stock. If we could get a close up pic of the primers from MAC's review we'd be able to tell for sure if they are 556 pins.

    This isn't a deal breaker for me, I'll get one eventually. I got an email that SIGUSA is hiring QC and design managers so maybe they are looking to improve the product with some new blood. If they would hire me, you could be sure the quality would improve to Swiss standards or better. There are more good reviews of the 556R than negative so far that it's the law of averages.
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    Quote Originally Posted by MilitaryArms View Post
    I took my new Sig 556R 7.62x39 rifle out today to review it... and I was surprised by what I found.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kXXmpp_T4l4

    Questions and comments are welcome.
    Good review. Can I ask what kind of ammo you used? You didn't specify in the video. If we knew the type we could probably find out the depth of the primer.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Phazuka View Post
    I got an email that SIGUSA is hiring QC and design managers so maybe they are looking to improve the product with some new blood. If they would hire me, you could be sure the quality would improve to Swiss standards or better. There are more good reviews of the 556R than negative so far that it's the law of averages.

    You've read about my buddy's experiences with SIG USA and Cohen when he was hired to bring the 556 out, haven't you?
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