...the Sig 516 is just another AR piston conversion with all the inherent deficiencies...and the market is flooded with them...just about everyone is starting to pump them out...the Sig 516 isn't any different...mabey worse !...the 556 is a far superior rifle to any of the AR piston conversions...
...NO they don't cost more than an AR to make...it's whatever the market will bear...what people are willing to pay...sadly !alfred10 said:Why do the Sig 556 rilfes cost so much? Do they actually cost alot more than an AR to make?
...the Sig 556 does not have a foward assist...it a charging handle...and should not be "slammed" as a foward assist...it "may" break !pistol fixer said:first the Sig 556 has a forward asst. it is called the charging handle.
...the primary reason an AR has a foward assist is to be able to manually ensure that the bolt is locked into battery...especially when the weapon becomes fouled or is dry and dirty...the Sig design eliminates this need...pistol fixer said:the reason the AR has a bolt jammer is because it has a non recep. charging handle..
...the 556 is a semi auto version of the 551...basically a 551-SP...the only difference lies in the lower...not much R&D...if any...pistol fixer said:Part of the reason the AR can be brought to market for less, is that it has been in production for 45 years and all the R&D money has long been written off.
...only Colt...LMT and FN have government / military contracts...one or two other manufacturers have had "very limited" contracts due to short supply and have delivered only several thousand units...furthermore...the law enforcement market is dominated by Colt and LMT...with a "splattering" or other makes...none of these other manufactures follow the TDP...nor have access to it...Colt also dominates the agency market...pistol fixer said:next is the fact that most of the companys who make AR uppers and lowers have Government contracts and the companys run more that is needed to meet these contracts, then build and sell extras. the more of anything you make the lower the per unit cost..
...all major manufactures machine their upper and lowers from high tensile strength aircraft grade 7075-T6 forgings...and then hard coat anodize them...a very small handful of the smaller companies use billits...and nobody that i am aware of use a cast reciever anymore...mabey someone making them in their garage ?...you would be hard pressed to find a currently produced AR upper and lower that is cast aluminum...even Olympic Arms uses forged recievers...pistol fixer said:on the lowest end of the AR market, the receivers are cast or milled from billit. both of these cost less than the MilSpec. forged receivers.
With all due respect, just about anything billet is not going to be low cost or low quality. Forging is less expensive than percisely milling a part out of a solid piece of aluminum. If you put a forged receiver next to a billet receiver (or any part, I can tell you from experience in the motorcycle industry) ther is no comparison. Billet is much more precise, more solidly built than any just about any forged piece.pistol fixer said:on the lowest end of the AR market, the receivers are cast or milled from billit. both of these cost less than the MilSpec. forged receivers.
Wow. I'd love to know the details, since that is less than what I paid for the same model from SIG delivered to my FFL under the military sales program ($1574)Muzzle Flash said:I picked up a 556304 (red dot + diopter) for 1400 after rebate