- May 21, 2016
Hello dan, nice to hear from you!How is it going fellas. I wanted to send a shout out from the United States. My name is Dan. I was in the US Army Infantry for 12 years so I can relate with the Infantry Life! I have a tremendous amount of respect for my Army Brothers from India and I am very proud of what you all do. Hold down the LOC men!
So how do you fellas like your SIG 716I's? Those of us here in the West have been wondering how you all feel about your new 716I's and how they have performed during training and against threats.
Several of us have purchased 716I's but they are commercial variants and don't have the select fire control group and a few other minor differences. We all love them and I wanted to invite you to check out a few forums where I have posted threads dedicated to the SIG 716I and it being the best AR-308/ AR-10 for the money. You are invited to join the forums but beware, some users can be rude and impatient while others are genuine and respectful. Enjoy the read as I do reading your thread and seeing the awesome photos from the field.
Here is my 716I. Take Care!
Welcome to the forum!
Yeah induction of SIG716i has been an event of its own like many bigshot competitors who made 7.62 NATO rifles for this tender (supposedly, if we go by dates etc things) were defeated by this virtually unknown rifle...
Tavor-7, Galil ACE in 7.62 NATO, AK-308 (came just after we made our own AK based rifle in 7.62 NATO, prototype named OFB R-2 rifle) and even SIG750//751 i believe...I personally was *this* sure about selection of Tavor-7 based on some info i got off Telegram from closed friends etc but...yeah
Since SIG-716i owned by you is civilian variants at max it would be lacking full auto parts (and compability) like no cross-pin to house auto sear above fire selector inside lower receiver and cutout below the bolt carrier for actuating sear/disconnector would be longer etc, making manual tweakings to make it full auto 'machine gun' harder for an average commoner, i assume...
but otherwise it would be quite identical to what the Indian Army has gotten and so (if we don't look at furniture and handguards, of course since ours is quite elementary in that regard) and i hope performance on semi auto fire be similar if not same.
One 'major' difference between SIG-716i commercially available there and the ones we brought is ours don't have 'Quick Detachbale' sling mount on their receiver, those 'mounts' in buttstock castle nut area seems to be not drilled out in our rifles, seems like a cost cutting measure, also QD pattern of slings aren't in much usage here as we still follow older sling loop pattern mounts for rifle slings...not sure when the Indian Army gonna improvise in this regard.