SIG Sauer 556 Arms Forum banner
1 - 20 of 40 Posts

·
Registered
Joined
·
156 Posts
Discussion Starter · #1 ·
So I marred my castle nut pretty bad trying to get it unscrewed, so I called Sig to order a new one. I also asked them about a new charging handle design that someone had mentioned here before. Short story is, the person I spoke to at Sig said he'd get them in the mail to me, and when I asked what it'd cost, he just said he'd 'get them in the mail to me'.... Pretty cool.

So I got the envelope today, and here it is. Try not to bash my horrid camera skills, since the settings are all messed up trying to get it to macro focus well ~^

It has a lip so you can't over insert it to miss the detent, and even has a convenient "UP" stamped in it, so you shouldn't insert it upside down, even in the dark :lol: . It came in two seperate baggies. It's also a cleaner finished casting, and it has a smooth surface, not the stippled surface like the original.



Old and new handles. There's no downward sweep, it just sticks straight out from the BC, and will hopefully save my knuckles if I charge it overhand.



And the really ugly picture of it installed. I had to make alot of adjustments in PS so you could see any detail, since the picture came out basically a black blob.... Really makes it look like I need to dust my rifle... :shock:




I'll have to work with it more, but first impressions tonight are that I like the option to over or under hand it with either hand. In a pinch, I don't think I'd scrape my knuckle bare on the opticslike with the old style handle.

Hmmm... I just looked at the Sig site before submitting this, is this charging handle the same as the one on the DMR? Either way, I like it :D
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
139 Posts
I had Sig send one to me also. It is better than the old one with the EoTech. It does not angle down as much as the Griffin charging handle so it will function with the stock folded.
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
2,403 Posts
Geez -I'll have to get two for mine! 8)
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
117 Posts
My new Sig 556 has the new charging handle. I thought this was old news so I didn't say anything.

While the angle is improved, mine wiggles all over the place compared to my old one. The plastic on the end can also be pulled off very easily. One step forward, two steps back.
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
156 Posts
Discussion Starter · #6 ·
Hmmm.... I just looked at mine again and there's no wiggle or play in it at all. I'd used the calipers on it before I put it all together and mine's dimensionally the same as the old one. With reasonable force the handle also stays firmly in place.

Have you tried your old one in the new rifle or vice versa, or measured them?
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
42 Posts
WayaX said:
My new Sig 556 has the new charging handle. I thought this was old news so I didn't say anything.
Same here...
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
403 Posts
Just called and was right in on the phone, 30 second wait and asked the nice lady about the charging handle and she sent it to me without question. I thought it was pretty good service myself. If you look at the new 2010 catalog online, all the rifles show the new charging handle. They must have seen the light and made the design change. Still like my Griffin though. :D
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
427 Posts
WayaX said:
While the angle is improved, mine wiggles all over the place compared to my old one. The plastic on the end can also be pulled off very easily. One step forward, two steps back.
Of course it does. :roll:

How well did the rifle shoot with it? Oh, that's right, you haven't even shot the rifle. :roll:
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
188 Posts
I asked Pam for one a month ago and she wouldn't send me one or allow me to purchase one, but I have to call them anyway given my bolt catch rounded off and no longer functions. Oh well
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
1,727 Posts
I called about these when I first read about them here and was told they knew nothing about them.
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
32 Posts
I called SIG customer service this week, hoping to get one of these new charging handles. I was told "we do not sell them", and he refused my request. I was not a happy camper. :x
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
38 Posts
Good luck with your new part, KuroNeko! Like others here, my 556 came with the new handle too. What did you use to secure the grasping knob to the charging handle? A good solid push into place, or a bit of super-powerful adhesive? Best!
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
38 Posts
2Adefender said:
I called SIG customer service this week, hoping to get one of these new charging handles. I was told "we do not sell them", and he refused my request. I was not a happy camper. :x
So much for SIG's customer service. They should be :oops: . I once owned a Henry lever action equipped with a standard lever. I called to request a 'large loop' lever for it with intention to purchase. It's a fifty plus dollar upgrade if you order the rifle from them with it already installed. The CS rep sent me the lever for free and thanked me for choosing their products. Now, that's customer service! Sorry if I sidetracked the thread slightly. Best!
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
156 Posts
Discussion Starter · #19 ·
Reblyell said:
Good luck with your new part, KuroNeko! Like others here, my 556 came with the new handle too. What did you use to secure the grasping knob to the charging handle? A good solid push into place, or a bit of super-powerful adhesive? Best!
I just pushed it together and it seems to be fine. The only thing I might do is try and clear up some minimal side to side play on my swiss handguards.
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
38 Posts
KuroNeko said:
Reblyell said:
Good luck with your new part, KuroNeko! Like others here, my 556 came with the new handle too. What did you use to secure the grasping knob to the charging handle? A good solid push into place, or a bit of super-powerful adhesive? Best!
I just pushed it together and it seems to be fine. The only thing I might do is try and clear up some minimal side to side play on my swiss handguards.
Glad to hear it went together okay! My handguards have a bit of play as well, both forwards/backwards, and a bit of up/down at the gas block. As they are original Swiss guards, I am hesitant to 'mess with them' in order to remedy this play. I guess I'll just live with it. Best!
 
1 - 20 of 40 Posts
Top