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Familiar handling, unfamiliar power, Sig Sauer has taken the proven features of their SIG516 and applied them into a potent AR-based SBR chambered in 7.62x51mm. Shown with Sig Sauer STS-081 Mini Red Dot Sight and STL-900L Tactical Light/Laser.

Some shooters think of a short-barreled rifle chambered in 7.62mm NATO and ask, “Why?” Others envision the same rifle in this hard-hitting and powerful cartridge and ask, “Why not?” The good folks at Sig Sauer are thankfully among the latter. Recently, they have introduced a short-barreled rifle (SBR) model of their excellent SIG716 rifle.

AR-pattern rifles chambered in 7.62x51mm are not altogether uncommon. In fact, they have been growing in popularity over the years, with more manufacturers now offering them. It would be a mistake to think of AR-style rifles in this chambering as anomalies: Eugene Stoner’s original design for a military rifle to potentially replace the M14 was the AR-10 in 7.62mm NATO.

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The aluminum, quad-rail handguard makes adding lights, lasers, optics and bipods a very easy affair.

Gun Details

The 12.5-inch-barreled SIG716 CQB SBR is not an AR-10 nor a traditional AR. This semi-automatic rifle is actually piston-operated and includes many of the unique features that put Sig Sauer rifles far ahead of the pack. It is also one of only few AR-pattern piston-operated rifles available in the 7.62mm NATO caliber, selected by Sig Sauer for its improved reliability over standard gas impingement ARs.

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The SIG716 SBR features many upgrades, including the adjustable Magpul ACS stock and the MIAD grip, both with internal storage space.

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