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Old June 17, 2014, 08:37 PM   #1
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Looking at the SIG 556 Classic SWAT

Hey guys,

I have an opportunity to take a Sig 556 Classic SWAT in trade. What is the general consensus on these? I have heard some negative reports of the some of the new 556xi or whatever they are series, but I believe the Classic line should be good to go, no?

I understand that it's a little front heavy with the pistol design. I'm not too concerned about that. Anything in particular I should look out for? Not sure of round count but it appears low from the looks of it.

What say you?
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Old June 18, 2014, 08:46 PM   #2
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Sig Sauer does not make bad guns. If its a Sig and the price is right, bring it home.
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Old June 19, 2014, 12:45 PM   #3
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I have an early one and like it, but it isn't my favorite in the collection. The quirks I don't like is that it is front heavy and the quad rail makes that worse. The quad rail is big and makes it pretty chunky to hold onto. To help solve those problems, I put a forward grip just in front of the mag well.

Mine also had the early sliding, folding stock. It was very rattly and got on my nerves after awhile. I tried tightening it up without success, so dumped it for a machined adapter that allows an AR tube and stock, so I put on a magpul stock.

The factory grip feels good in my hand to hold, but makes it hard to reach the controls without shifting the grip. I also dumped that for a mantacore grip that is thinner in the web of the hand which makes things much easier to manipulate.

I have a few hundred rounds through it and it's never failed. I have a dot scope on it, so haven't shot groups, but it seems reasonably accurate.

So in the end, I like what I ended up with, but if I realized what $ I'd put into it to feel it suitable for me, I may not have went down that path.
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Old June 19, 2014, 03:46 PM   #4
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Sig Sauer does not make bad guns.
I guess you never came across an early SIG 556R.
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Old June 20, 2014, 07:26 AM   #5
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I guess you never came across an early SIG 556R.
or one of the newer pistol lines...
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Old June 20, 2014, 06:13 PM   #6
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Or the Sig Mosquito, though supposedly Umarex makes those.

I've heard decent things about the 556 line in general, and Sig actually makes those. I'm tempted by them personally, especially in the pistol form.
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Old June 20, 2014, 06:30 PM   #7
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I've heard bad things about the early 556 rifles, but a gentleman at the range a while back let me put a few rounds through his 556R, it seemed like a nice rifle from my limited time with it. If it was about $300 cheaper I'd probably own one. Op is the trade still pending, or have you made a decision yet?
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Old June 20, 2014, 08:06 PM   #8
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I've had one for awhile. I thought it might be a pain to clean. I think maybe the 556 classic is more like a car, meaning you just change the oil. Ballistol and mobile one seems to run a little cooler. I'd like to see a smoke test.
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Old June 21, 2014, 04:06 PM   #9
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Looking at the SIG 556 Classic SWAT

Front heavy is normally the front barrel assembly. Thinner barrels are not as heavy, but the heavy "bull" barrels are designed for accuracy with the discharge of multiple rounds in competition.

Some of the newer piston driven barrels are heaver at the front. Note, that piston driven AR's are proprietary, as they are in the newer offerings of various makers...not standards yet. That's why military uses the standard gas driven actions.
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Old June 24, 2014, 02:49 PM   #10
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Hey guys. Trade didn't work out. No worries. I'm definitely still interested in one at some point, but with what I was offering and what he was offering, I didn't feel it was in my best interest.
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Old July 6, 2014, 11:50 PM   #11
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I had an early one. QC issues and not accurate. Too heavy for a 5.56 rifle. Sold it during the panic. Not a bad rifle but wouldn't own one ever again.
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