The Firing Line Forums

Go Back   The Firing Line Forums > The Hide > The Art of the Rifle: Semi-automatics

Thread Tools Search this Thread
Old January 9, 2013, 06:38 PM   #1
Senior Member
Join Date: April 1, 2010
Location: kansas city, mo
Posts: 616
Sig 551 opinions, please

I already have lots of ARs and other rifles, but I saw one at a local GS, and was wondering if it was worth $1990.00. Comes with three mags and a red dot mounted on it.

I might add that the shop in question had one of the area's best supplies of ARs, etc., but has of course sold out of everything, but I went in a few days ago and this rifle was the only one of that type on their wall. I went in the next day and it was still there. It might not be there now, but I'm curious as to why it was hanging there all by its lonesome so long after everything else was long gone.
cmdc is offline  
Old January 10, 2013, 04:11 AM   #2
Join Date: January 2, 2013
Posts: 26
I would get it if I were you. It's one of the finest rifles ever built just not very well known here in the states. It's a Modernized Swiss remake (talking about the action) of an AK-47 style rifle.
Stripeknight is offline  
Old January 10, 2013, 12:30 PM   #3
Senior Member
Join Date: December 23, 2010
Location: Chicagoland
Posts: 1,293
$2K is a bit high but compared to how much AR's have jumped since the start of this insanity it is NOTHING. Buy it buy it buy it...why are you still reading this and not buying it?

The SIG-551 series of rifles is just downright sweet.
I own a SIG-556, basically the same upper but a lower that takes standard AR-15 type magazines and I couldn't be happeir. The only issue you may run into with the 551 is the cost of magazines, but for that trade off you get a seriously awesome rifle.

Like I said above...why are you still reading this should be out buying that rifle right NOW
"....The swords of others will set you your limits".
Patriot86 is offline  
Old January 10, 2013, 03:10 PM   #4
Senior Member
Join Date: October 26, 2008
Posts: 726
Make sure you can get some magazines for it from the dealer as they are not that common and impossible to find right now. I just read that Biden's task force is going to recommend some sort of high capacity magazine limitation or ban; it would suck to have a nice rifle like the 551 and not be able to get any mags.
Hk USP 45 Expert, USP 40, USP 9, SIG P226, S&W M&P9, Hk 4, Makarov, Desert Eagle 40, Beretta FS92 Centurion, Kimber TLEII 1911A1, Glock 22, SIG P225, 1943 Rem Rand 1911A1, S&W mod 64, Walther PPQ, SIG P229, Browning BDA 45 (SIG P220), Hk45, SIG P230
sailskidrive is offline  
Old January 10, 2013, 05:29 PM   #5
Willie D
Senior Member
Join Date: June 24, 2007
Posts: 1,143
There is the Sig 551 and there is the Sig 551-A1.

There are very few actual Sig 551s stateside and they have always been priced way north of $2000.

The A1 was Sig's response to the people who weren't satisfied with the 556 Classic and clamored for a real 551. The 551-A1 was made in the US and takes original 551 mags that rock in like AK mags but does NOT have the same proprietary barrel/bolt assembly and is of generally lesser quality.

They were sold exclusively through CDNN and priced around $1600-$1800 IIRC.
Willie D is offline  
Old January 12, 2013, 06:41 AM   #6
Senior Member
Join Date: September 15, 2007
Posts: 1,707
Willie, how does the bolt differ from the 551 and the 551 A 1? They sure look the same.
stubbicatt is offline  
Old January 12, 2013, 08:52 AM   #7
Strafer Gott
Senior Member
Join Date: May 12, 2011
Location: New Mexico
Posts: 1,315
Yes, do it.

If it's anything like a Sig 556, which of course it is, buy it. I really like the 556.
It really is like a combination of the AR and AK. The only thing that ever really needs cleaning is the gas system. The bolt area always looks like it just washed up for supper. I don't know what to think about the red dot, as I can't see it in broad daylight. I'm surprised at how well this rifle shoots with the little flip up aperture built into the rail, which I think is a real cool little feature. You can shoot with the aperture right through the red dot without removing it.
Strafer Gott is offline  
Old January 12, 2013, 04:49 PM   #8
Willie D
Senior Member
Join Date: June 24, 2007
Posts: 1,143
Stubbicatt: Pretty sure you're right. I think it's the barrel+trunnion that is peculiar to the real Swiss rifles.
Willie D is offline  

Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off

Forum Jump

All times are GMT -5. The time now is 08:52 PM.

Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.7
Copyright ©2000 - 2017, vBulletin Solutions, Inc.
This site and contents, including all posts, Copyright © 1998-2017 S.W.A.T. Magazine
Copyright Complaints: Please direct DMCA Takedown Notices to the registered agent:
Contact Us
Page generated in 0.05702 seconds with 7 queries