Sig Sauer SIG556 in 7.62×39
We just received a phone call from our contact at Sig and Sig Sauer is producing a SIG 556 chambered in 7.62×39. This new SIG556 will have a AK-47 bolt and it will support standard AK-47 magazines. Apparently these new models are in production and will be shipping from the factory in roughly four to six weeks. The SIG556 is modeled after the Swiss style 550/551 and one can expect the new model to be much like the existing models (with the exception of the bolt and probably the receiver). This model will have a 16″ barrel.
At this point, we have no photos or other information. I am not sure if the SIG556 7.62×39 will have a rail or if it will be configured like the classic model. I would expect more people would want a rail. SRP is not published yet but estimated at $1500 – $1700.
As soon as we have more information or photos, we will publish that info here.
What are your thoughts on this new model? We’d love the input… I would expect this to be pretty popular since 7.62×39 ammo is readily available and reasonably priced.
Update: this is NOT an AR style rifle – it is modeled after the Swiss style 550/551. I misunderstood the initial report of the rifle. The model number is R556-762R-16B.
Update 11-8-10 – Steve over at thefirearmblog.com just posted an update with some great info about the bolt and what the new Sig might look like. The photo below is from that blog post. On a similar but slightly separate note, thefirearmblog.com is an excellent source of firearm related information. If you’re a firearm junkie, bookmark that site or subscribe to their RSS feed. Steve publishes information daily there!
Update 6-3-11 – The SIG556 Russian is now available. We’ve got photos below and you can see this model in our store. We’re currently selling this model for $1099 plus shipping and handling.