SIG SAUER’s SIG716 7.62×51 NATO

SIG 716 Rifle

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

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
Overall Length 34.25″ 36.2″ 37.40″ 39.4″
O.A.L. w/Stock Collapsed 31.0″ 33.0″ 34.3″ N/A
Barrel Length 12.5″ 14.5″ 16.0″ 20.0″
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
Sight Radius 15.5″ 15.5″ 15.5″ 21.25″
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

Have you given the SIG 716 Series a test drive? Added one of them to your arsenal? Share in the comment section.

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Comments (7)

  1. I was looking for a .308 AR and decided on this one because a local shop had it for less than I’ve seen online. I had my first range time with it this week. Shot about 300 rounds of everything from Federal AE, Lake City M80, Hornady, Fiocci and anything else friends had- not a singe ftf or any kind of issue- So reliable I think this is my new SHTF go to gun. Accuracy was great- hitting a 12″ steel at 250yds every time with irons.

  2. wow they never say how much or exactly the release date,, i dont care when theyre released i wanna know when they gonna be at the store dealer so i can buy one>>oklahoma gunner..

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