I tried the hydro dipped, wood look rail covers on my 556 swat patrol...
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I've got a 556 Commando, which I really like.
The only thing I can complain about is that after a couple of magazines, the handguards start to smoke and the firing line starts to smell like burning plastic.
This is my only 'evil black rifle' so maybe that's just what they all do. Hasn't been a problem - we just switch to something else till the smoking stops. Other than that, it's been completely reliable, very accurate and loads of fun to shoot.
I'm not really into wood, but that looks awesome!
Your worried about parts? I don't remember EVER hearing of anyone needing parts for a SiG 55x, although it seems I've seen a post or two from Josh about some frailness in the 552 bolt or gas system which is completely different from the 551's, 553's and 556's (I don't have a 550 so I can't speak for it)
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I'm really not a "kid" anymore ... but I haven't grown up yet either
I wish SIG was still advancing / producing the platform.
A viable alternative to the AR.
A shame really but I realize making ARs is a lot cheaper and a MUCH bigger market.
Proverbs 27:17 - As iron sharpens iron, so one man sharpens another.
I really liked mine while I had it. Mine was a classic SWAT. However, with limited budget comes compromises, and I sold it to fund a higher end AR build for lighter weight and greater parts availability and customization potential.
And yes, you really do need to be the last guy to the right on the firing line or else you'll be hitting your buddy's target with your brass.
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Yeah, while I am sure SIG sees the MCX as a replacement, I wish it offered a more classic appearance.
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My 556 Patrol is about to be SBRed, wish I could find a proper four position gas selector for it. I stupidly bought a 553 selector that does not fit, does the forum collective know of anyone who modifies the 556 selectors to run suppressed or anyone who modifies the 553 version to fit in a 556?
I found the old post on the 556 forum and the guy there is still doing them. I ordered and extra gas selector from optics planet just in case. I need to seed it off to him to to have it drilled out. Mine is a first gen that I have put a set of Swiss handguards on and an A2 stock....I know but I like it that way.
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I still have my 556. It's proven itself to be a pretty good rifle for me.
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A few years ago, I stupidly passed on a 556 Classic my brother had. I shot it and loved it, it shot nice groups. Wish I had taken that one home.
1st gen 556, 556R, and a 556P SBR here. I'm pretty happy with them, although my Swiss SANs get more range time....
I must have a dozen of the buggers. Maybe over the long haul I can keep some of them running. The 556 support is the worst of sig.
“So in war, the way is to avoid what is strong, and strike at what is weak.”
I still have a few 556. The one I shoot is my 556/552 SBR that I had converted by Frank at AMA to true 552 spec using a new 552 parts kit. He converted the original barrel to 552 spec. This was done before the 556P and 556 patrol were available. I have another 16" early JS prefix 556 that has a Swiss optic rail welded in place. And a 556P that is a SBR with a Swiss rear diopter welded in place. I had around 3 others over the years and sold them to help fund other items.
The good news is that nothing really tends to break on the 55x. You could set aside 2-3 in your stable of a dozen to be used as spare parts donors and be well covered for the future. Really you will likely never need spare parts.
The only items I think are a necessity are:
- Recoil spring (prob the highest wear item likely to need replacing if you shoot a lot)
- Gas valve (only because it could be easily lost)
- Cocking handle (only because it could be easily lost)
- FCG springs (a possible wear item, though I've never heard of any wearing out)
- Bolt, bolt sub components (extractor, extractor pin, extractor spring) (unlikely to need, but better to have some for the future)
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I still have my 556 classic swat factory SBR. Great gun and never had any problems or malfunctions. I had an original 556 swat and a classic swat but sold them to fund other projects. One of a handful of gun regrets.
i still have a few, and some parts kits stashed away when they were sold. really been fortunate with mine. 0 issues with them. all solid shooters.
I have an old one with green (OD) plastic furniture and that crappy telescoping side folding stock. By the time those better folding stocks were available, Id sort of lost interest.
I did end up putting the diopter sight on it at one point which was a welcome upgrade over that little flip up back up sight that it came with.
It is a fairly accurate gun, never had any reliability issues or anything but its sat in the back of the safe with my ARs for several years now.
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Tried to find it but got buried, any chance you could post the link or contact info? Thanks!
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Owner of a 556xi Classic pistol (10" barrel) checking in. Took a long time for Sig to send me the parts needed to install an Odin Works buffer tube and Sig Brace. It is really fun to shoot, reliable and seems very durable.
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still have mine
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Godspeed the crew of Apollo 17."
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