By Prepper Ideas
I just purchased a new Sig Sauer 516 Patrol. The rifle was $1425 out the door at Shoot Straight in Clearwater Florida, though they are currently on sale for about $100 less. If you are local to them, be advised that Pinellas county has a 3 day wait on purchase of any weapon, including long rifles and shotguns. The last AR platform I had was a Delton E316 that I purchased a few months ago and have since sold and I’m not sorry to see it go. The Delton was $841 out the door at a local place. As the Delton was my other latest AR purchase, that’s what I’m comparing the Sig to.
The Delton was an Echo316 Model
The Sig is a bit pricier than the Delton was (by about $500), but also comes out of the box somewhat accessorized with many popular items that you’ll likely pick up anyway. All in all the Delton was stock rifle in the way of furniture and accessories. Standard M4 furniture, flattop. The Delton was a pain in the ass. It was almost impossible to put a full mag through and not have a misfeed of some kind. I cleaned the rifle thoroughly and tried many different kinds of ammo to see if that may have been the issue, but always no more than about 15-20 rounds before there was an ejection issue, feed issue, even what possibly was an extractor issue, but I’m pretty sure the biggest problem is what felt like a soft recoil spring in the butt of the rifle. Just felt sloppy when it cycled. And overall the rifle was sloppy itself. Lots of rattles that shouldn’t have been on a brand new rifle. I did purchase a standard a2 carrying handle rear sight for this, and nothing else. Because of the reliability issues of the weapon, I didn’t want to start accessorizing it.
I had the Delton for about 4 months, ran around 400 rounds through it at the local range using both a steel mag and a fresh Magpul mag and maybe had 2 full magazines that the weapon fired with no issues. I ended up selling it to a local gun shop and was happy to see that p.o.s. go. Whoever gets that one…you have my condolences.
I started looking around for another rifle and a friend of mine showed me this Sig PR video
And after looking around, I came across a few more like this.
In the vids the Sig gets run through the ringer. The video looks legitimate to me, and after getting bit in the ass with the Delton, I went off to do more research. The Internet is ripe with forums of everyday users, LEOs and military service that will pretty much tell you straight from the hip about a weapon and I have only found one guy that had a bitch with his 516 and it turned out to be operator error
At first look out of the box, the Sig 516 is a pretty solid rifle. The quality of fit and finish of the rifle is very good. It feels like a solid weapon, no unusual rattling noises, everything feels tight.
At this point I’ve put only 40 rounds through the Sig and sighted in the optics, this is very much an early “out of the box” review and I really only have a small list of minor gripes about the weapon that don’t have anything to do with hardware.
My first gripe is that this is an expensive rifle and it comes in a styrofoam lined cardboard box. When I purchased the DelTon rifle for about half the price of the Sig, it came in a generic foam lined hard case. It wasn’t a particularly fancy hard case, but it did the job just fine and was a hell of a lot better than a cardboard box. Surely a fine company like Sig Sauer can put this somewhat expensive rifle in a better case for the customer.
My second gripe is a cleaning kit. The Sig came with a standard issue collapsible metal barrel rod with a patch tip on it and 2 wire brushes in a half ripped oily bag and 2 allen wrenches. The Delton came with a standard issue military cleaning kit in an aftermarket nylon velcro closed bag and a small bottle of cleaning fluid. This isn’t my first weapon, so I have a decent kit, but that’s not the point. Some that buy this may not have one and again, it’s a fairly expensive rifle that is in a well saturated sector of the gun market and it wouldn’t hurt to throw a little more value overall to the package. Just my .02.
The Sig did include ergonomic pads for the front rail, which are actually pretty nice and needed because that front grip is probably going to work like a cheese grater on bare hands if you’re putting this thing to work. Also included is a barrel plug and lock The Sig also comes with a single Magpul magazine, the cheaper Delton came with a single steel mag . The Sig comes with a better sling in my opinion in the form of a quick release push button 2 point sling. Comfortable to walk with, easy to get in and out of. The Delton came with a standard issue nylon shoulder sling. The Sig also comes with flip-up sights, where the Delton came as flat top with standard gas block tall iron sight and 4 sided metal Picatinny hand guard.
In comparison, other than the cardboard box, the Sig is by far a better purchase for the money in the way of what you get in the box. However I feel that Sig Sauer, with the great history they have could have done a little better on the details of the package as a whole.
| Operating System
||Short stroke pushrod, Rotating Bolt
| Mag Type
||AR-15 Type, Aluminum
||Advanced pushrod gas system, Flip-up adjustable iron sights
| CA Compliant
||Compliant Models Available
| MA, NJ, NY, CT Compliant
||Compliant Models Available
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