Just got back from a trip and had to buy a gun
The SIG 556-R is the 7.62x39 version. Overall impression - NICE! I've handled a few of these with the new style collapsible stock and honestly when I found they are making the "classic" stock availalbe I just had to pull the trigger (pun intended).
The best thing about this is the price - As you probably know SIG likes to sell "package deals" to sweeten the pot. This one came with the red dot sight, a flash kill sight cover, factory rails, Bulgarian 30-rd mag, and the factory logo range bag.
All for $999 DELIVERED!
The bag alone is worth $80-ish on Gunbroker. The sight is probably a little more than that. So figuring those two things with the rails and mag, I would estimate I have $250 in accessories. Making the base gun cost at around $750-ish. And considering a friend recently bought a fully converted Saiga 5.45 for $999 I can't really complain.
I have yet to get it to the range. The pics show that the barrel has a good amount of meat - doesn't look too skimpy. There are a few things pointed out on the SIG forums and it appears all of the latest factory mods / updates are in place. The big one is the mag well insert. I guess the original had a different design and would get chewed up from metal mags. Spring loaded firing pin. GREAT trigger pull!
The only out-of-box "issue" I can complain about is that the handguards were a little wobbly. It looks like perhaps these newer handguards are a bit thinner than the originals? I heated the very end shim area (that sits inside the rim on the gas block) with a propane torch until it got soft enough to bend with pliers. BEnt out a little bit, and PRESTO no more handguard wobble. Minor complaint, really, as it doesn't affect the operation.
Can't wait to get it to the range. I am looking at the performance of aftermarket muzzle brakes and I *might* consider putting a PWS-30 muzzle brake on it. Maybe. Still talking myself into spending $99 on a brake LOL
I did add one of those flip-up magnifiers to convert a 1x sight into a 2-5x sight. Seems to work well for a cheap version. I think I spent $100 on that. If it works well then I'll keep it, otherwise I may get an actual Russian optic to put on it.
More pics here: