View Full Version : Whats you 5.56 pick?

October 12, 2008, 04:30 PM
I would like to know which 5.56 do you prefer.


T. R. Allen
October 12, 2008, 07:17 PM
I like my Bushmaster varminter and Ruger #1 heavy barrel

October 13, 2008, 02:08 AM
The Stoner system is our system and works well, even though some prefer the AK.

There are some foreign AR's out there that are rechambered to 5.56 for export. The new Chinese 5.8X42, Type 95, is one of them, and I've heard from reliable sources that reliability is an issue in foreign calibers being rechambered for the export market, and particularly the Type 95.

We might be better off rechambering the 5.56 to something like the Russian version than vice versa.

October 13, 2008, 02:21 AM
The AR platform with a 16 to 20-inch barrel is about right for me. I think the M4 loses too much with the shorter barrels and a 16" AR/M16 is a well balanced rifle.

You left out the FN FS2000 (http://www.unitedarmsonline.com/Sales/fn-fs2000.html) which I think is a very interesting concept. I tend to think bullpup designs are efficient and this one has a 17-inch barrel.

October 13, 2008, 02:28 AM
I voted for M4 and G36, because the G36 is so tasty to me...

October 13, 2008, 03:51 AM
I have to say the M-16 has the most aftermarket parts around for it so it is hard to beat since you can customize it just the way you like it. However the Sig 550 series and Steyr AUG are really sweet weapons i have to say. The Sig 550 is like the Rolls Royce of AK rifles. The Steyr AUG is still my personal favorite being a full 20" barrel in a very compact package with great balance and extremely comfortable to shoot.

October 14, 2008, 01:07 AM
I think Sig 552C is an excellant weapon. I am trying to find one here in PK but they are very hard to come by.

That said, M4 rocks. Very handy and precise weapon.

I dont seem to like bullpups.

October 14, 2008, 02:20 AM

October 18, 2008, 05:30 AM
The only ones I've fired so far are the AR-15, SIG 550 and AUG. I prefer the SIG.

October 22, 2008, 02:56 PM
Couldn't vote because you left out my favorite. The HK XM8.

October 23, 2008, 03:41 AM
I have a SIG 556 (I realize it's not full auto - got other machineguns for that), and tend toward the SIG 5XX series of weapons after owning a couple AR weapons (AR-15, AR-10). I like 30 caliber rounds over 5.56mm for better punch, despite the weight increase. But, the SIG 556 has the accuracy close to the AR weapons but the bolt design of an AK-47 for reliability. The recoil spring is up front, allowing for a folding stock for portability. Plop a nice military grade 4 power scope on top and you have an EXCELLENT shooting, reliable carbine. No gun does everything, but of you are looking for a close to medium range carbine, the SIG has a great set of features. I don't care to hang all kinds of acccessories onto the front and and make an accessorized barbie toy out of a carbine like AR owners tend to do. That adds way too much weight. AK based carbines are more reliable, because of looser tolerances, but the iron sight radius on all AK's is too short for the langer ranges a carbine is capable of. Plus, they are heavier than a carbine needs to be. If you haven't seen SIG 556, go to a sporting goods store like Cabellas and take one apart and look at the guts. You will be suitably impressed. I was, enough to buy one. They are not cheap, but the price is competetive to other options. You should compare the SIG 556 to the Robinson XCR and the Bushmaster ACR (when it becomes available) if you want to consider guns that are similar in design, size, and mission when selecting a new purchase.

October 23, 2008, 04:01 AM
Why did you ask the question with most of these being machineguns? Most of these you can't buy as they post 86. Did you mean which is the best in semi auto? Or are you jut trying to figure out which is the best military 5.56 in the world? I like the XCR but it not on your list or full auto. But I wouldn't take it over any legally register machinegun in 5.56.

November 18, 2008, 03:33 PM
Ordered a G36. Lets see how it performs after my recent disappointment with M4.

November 18, 2008, 04:41 PM
I pick the one I bought, the Colt M16A1. Full auto. No three round burst ratchet. Any upper configuration or caliber I want.


November 18, 2008, 05:12 PM
The Steyr AUG. Bought one about 10 years ago while teaching military stuff in a middle east country. It is still there and I get to use it when my travels take me to that country.

Bought that gun at the souk for less than US $500 because it is set up for left hand use. Arabs are not left handed and it did not sell.

November 21, 2008, 12:33 PM
I picked the AC556. Here are the reasons why:

1. Price
2. Factory supported / Factory Refurb available
3. Rugged / durable / reliable
4. Nothing had to be jerry rigged to get it to work in full auto - it was made that way - i.e. no lightning links, DIAS's, or welded bolt carriers
5. Factory 3-round burst.
6. SCAR-QCB stock modernizes the AC556 - a "must have" if you have the AC
7. Betamags are now available for the AC556
8. Heavy barrels and heavy gas blocks available for the AC556.
9. It's made of steel, not recycled beer cans and parts bought out of Shotgun News 30 years ago.

December 2, 2008, 10:41 PM
I'm not sure that you can do a whole lot better than a Sig 556 pistol SBR'd...

http://www.picfury.com/29/img/556PSamsonUBRPicv2-1.gif (http://www.picfury.com)

February 13, 2009, 09:38 AM
So the M4 has it.

Not surprised.

February 13, 2009, 11:10 AM
I like the M16 family, Commando barrel, M4 barrel, 16 inch middy.

February 13, 2009, 01:39 PM
I like any gun that has ammo/magazines/parts readily available.


February 13, 2009, 05:02 PM
I have a Ruger AC556 13" in a SCAR CQB (sage) stock.

I absolutely love shooting this gun. If I could have a chrome lined heavy barrel for it, I'd love it that much more. I personally like it better than an M16. I would rather have my FNC converted to full-auto, but only if I could find enough spare parts for it. Until then, I'm not interested in owning something that can turn to junk as soon as one part breaks.

Huey Long
February 13, 2009, 05:56 PM
Ruger AC556:


If they're good enough for the A-Team, then by God, they're good enough for me!

February 13, 2009, 10:25 PM
Well I'm a little embarassed to say the only one of those rifles I've even shot is an AR-15 (not even an M4 like on the poll). So I'd hafta say the M4 just cus it's what I know, ya know? :o

Johnny Guest
February 14, 2009, 12:55 AM
Why did you ask the question with most of these being machineguns? Most of these you can't buy as they post 86. Did you mean which is the best in semi auto? No offense intended, dchi, but it's probably worth noting that Member Firepower! DID post his poll in the NFA Guns and Gear forum. From having read his posts in the past, I'd bet he fully intended that the discussion center around full-automatic 5.56 weapons.

My choice: Handy as the M4 and shorty carbines are, I do a lot better work with the M16. I don't shoot the AC556 nearly so well. This is probably because of my long association with the AR15-series gun.