SIG SAUER® is offering several variants to its tactical platforms. NEW to this lineup is their new SIG551-A1, chambered for the widely used 5.56 x 45mm NATO caliber using Swiss Polymer magazines. The SIG551-A1 features a distinctive swiss folding stock, and an M1913 rail for accessory attachment. The 16” barrel features four-groove rifling and a twist rate of 1:7”.
Am I mistaken or is this just a Sig 556 with new furniture and Swiss mags? Didn't the Sig 556 FAIL badly?... Or is this a better rifle than the 556?...
Help me understand this... What exactly is the new Sig 551 -a1?....
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The 551 weighs considerably less, folds up smaller, and costs about $800 more. Otherwise, they are substantially the same rifle:
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The original 551 and 552's made by SwissArms in Switzerland were almost unbreakable. (I say this after working at the SIGARMS Academy for 4 years and having 1 of each assigned to me.) Can't speak to the quality of the U.S. based products - have heard that everything is being outsourced all over the globe.
"Out of one hundred men on the battlefield, eighty should not even be here. Ten are nothing more than targets. Nine are the real fighters, we are lucky to have them, They the battle make. Ah, but the one. One is a warrior and he will bring the others back." - Heraclitus, 500 B.C.