The SIG 556 Russian wasn’t the only new exciting rifle unveiled by Sig Sauer at the 2011 SHOT Show: The new SIG716 rifle chambered in 7.62 NATO was on display at their booth at the Sands Expo and Convention Center. Four different models were shown; a standard carbine model with a 14.5″ barrel, a 16″ patrol version, a longer and heavier precision marksman model, and a NFA regulated SBR model for CQB with a 12.5″ barrel. All of the models accept standard 7.62×51 MagPul PMAGs and are shipped with these direct from the factory.
In typical fashion, Sig pulled out all the stops when designing the 716 line of rifles. All models have a chrome lined bore and chamber along with a short-stroke pushrod gas system. The gas system has an adjustable regulator that can be opened up when additional power is needed to cycle the action or closed down or even shut off for use with a suppressor.
SIG SAUER, Inc. has begun commercial production of the SIG716 line of rifles, chambered for the powerful 7.62mm NATO round.
Combining the reliability and ergonomics of the SIG516 series rifle with the more powerful 7.62mm cartridge, the SIG716 features a short-stroke pushrod gas system. This advanced operating system reduces carbon fouling, excessive heat and unburned powder in the action, ensuring reliability and function that is unmatched.
The SIG716 accepts SR25 and Magpul PMAG magazines. These magazines have proven exceptionally reliable and are readily available. Additionally, the SIG716 comes standard with Magpul’s ACS® stock and MIAD® grip for the ultimate in ergonomic adaptability. The bore and chamber are chrome lined for exceptional durability over many rounds of shooting.
The SIG716 CQB (Close Quarter Battle) features a 12.5” barrel and an overall collapsed length of 31”. Like the CQB, the 14.5” SIG716 Carbine and 16” SIG716 Patrol Rifle feature a mil-spec trigger and 6-groove rifling contained in the standard barrel profile. The SIG716 Precision Marksman comes with a 20” heavy HBAR barrel and a two-stage match trigger.
All SIG716 rifles have an adjustable gas valves that can be opened to increase gas flow when ammunition or adverse environmental conditions require additional cycling energy. Gas flow can also be reduced or shut-off for use with suppressors. All barrels are threaded 5/8×24 TPI to accept most popular flash suppressor and sound suppressor mounts, and come with an A2-style flash hider installed.
A free-floating, aluminum, M1913 quad rail provides quick mounting for lights, grips, lasers and other accessories. Additionally, the ambidextrous controls round out the ergonomic features of the SIG716.
SIG 716 Rifle Specifications
|Close Quarter Battle||Carbine||Patrol Rifle||Precision Marksman|
|Caliber||7.62x51mm NATO||7.62x51mm NATO||7.62x51mm NATO||7.62x51mm NATO|
|O.A.L. w/Stock Collapsed||31.0″||33.0″||34.3″||N/A|
|Barrel Contour||Std||Std||Std||Heavy HBAR|
|Grooves||6 RH||6 RH||6 RH||6 RH|
|Muzzle Brake||M16A2 Style||M16A2 Style||M16A2 Style||M16A2 Style|
|Weight w/o Mag||8.4 lb||9.0 lb||9.3 lb||10.6 lb|
|Magazine Type||SR25/P Mag||SR25/P Mag||SR25/P Mag||SR25/P Mag|
|Magazine Capacity||20 rd||20 rd||20 rd||20 rd|
|Trigger||Std Mil-Spec||Std Mil||Spec||2 Stage Match|
|Trigger Pull||7.6 lb||7.6 lb||7.6 lb||5.4 lb|
|Cyclic Rate||650-720 rpm||650-720 rpm||650-720 rpm||Semi Auto Only|
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