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    Swiss SIG 553 pistols have hit the US market

    Can someone say SBR....

    Spendy, but tell me the last time a new production all Swiss 55x was available in the US (I'll give you a hint....it was around '88-89).

    And these are factory welded picatinney rails.

    Mine will go to Marvin Pitts for barrel threading, be SBR'd, and wear an Aimpoint T1.

    http://www.sturmgewehr.com/webBBS/se...gi?read=251953

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    5k, wow that is pricey. I wonder if they are worth half the value of a pre 89 55x???

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    Quote Originally Posted by STG77 View Post
    5k, wow that is pricey. I wonder if they are worth half the value of a pre 89 55x???
    Value is in the eye of the beholder. SIG 553s are not available anywhere else. And these are the first ever civilian legal 55x rifles in the US to have the steel picatinney rail.

    I believe they are worth the price, especially considering that all of the ex-PD 552-2sp rifles seem to sell for about $5k of late. Would I like them to cost less? Yes. Did the cost stop me from buying one? No.

    We are still in a second Golden Age for black rifle collecting. The 553 will not be imported forever. These are certain to be worth significantly more than the current asking price. I only wish I could have purchased in triplicate, one to abuse and two to put away.
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    Holy empty bank account batman! When did this happen and does anyone know anything about the 551's he is referring too?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Sigmax View Post
    Holy empty bank account batman! When did this happen and does anyone know anything about the 551's he is referring too?
    It just happened. Give Mike a call re: the 551s. This is a GREAT time for SIG collectors.

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    With the 551's how neutered are they going to be? I assume the "SP" refers to sporter, etc.

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    Quote Originally Posted by STG77 View Post
    With the 551's how neutered are they going to be? I assume the "SP" refers to sporter, etc.

    Not sure how they will be configured. Give Mike Otte a call or email him; he will tell you how they are to be configured.
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    Fascinating. I had always heard rumors that another run of Swiss guns was being planned by someone but after Roger sold thru his PD trade-in's nothing ever appeared on the market, until now.

    And unlike the LE trade-in 552's Josh and I have these are all new imports. Considering the used 552's were 4k, five thousand seems almost reasonable.

    Going to have to check with Mike on the 551's.

    Swiss SIG, it is the only gun who's price can make HK look reasonable.....
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    I was thinking about one as a 553 conversion kit for my 552, but for 5k it's going to have to stay a 552.

    Also never warmed up to the new SIGs with the diopter sights removed. Add in the new strange looking lower and I'm gonna pass.

    Of course I already have a PE90, 551 and 552 so it's easy to do so.
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    Quote Originally Posted by SteyrAUG View Post
    I was thinking about one as a 553 conversion kit for my 552, but for 5k it's going to have to stay a 552.

    Also never warmed up to the new SIGs with the diopter sights removed. Add in the new strange looking lower and I'm gonna pass.

    Of course I already have a PE90, 551 and 552 so it's easy to do so.
    Ah my fellow SIG aficionado, you are stuck in nostalgia. The rail is the way to go on the 55x. Much better optic mounting options. And more rare in the US than diopters. The 553 piston in these is not compatible with your 552 anyway; you need the dedicated 552-553 conversion piston and gas tube.

    The aluminum lower is well done and fully keeps the lines of the original Swiss steel lower (unlike the US 551A1). I personally view this as a logical step for SIG. Much easier to produce.

    $5k is not that terrible all things considered.
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