Sig Sauer is certainly not new to the patrol rifle market. Their line of 5.56mm rifles remains some of the best out there and quite often preferred by many professionals. They are accurate, reliable and well thought-out.
So, when Sig Sauer brought their game to the 7.62 x 51mm market the expectations were high. With just about everyone making a .308 caliber AR platformed rifle these days it is pretty easy to just end up being “just another rifle.”
After testing the new 716 patrol rifle it looks like Sig Sauer defiantly brought its “A” game. It may just be one of the best thought-out rifles in this platform to date. As a patrol rifle it appears to be just about perfect. Many of the small things like sling attachments, slings and even ambidextrous controls are present. As a piston driven system it should prove clean running, reliable, and accurate.
A quick look at the bolt carrier and innovation is clear. Unlike many that simply throw a standard carrier together this is new. Great attention has been paid to deal with weight and carrier tilt. It may be a common platform, but this is no clone.
Take a look at some of the features of this rifle and see if you agree. Take the time to look at the upcoming article in Special Weapons for Military & Police and see if the Sig Sauer 716 proves to be nearly as good as it looks!
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The author tested the SIG716 with an XS Products X-25 drum, which holds 50 rounds of .308. XS-products.com.