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Old 11-21-2016, 07:24 PM   #1
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Sell my 556 due to lack of support?

I really do enjoy just about everything about my early production 556. I bought it back in 2008 and it has been nothing but good to me. But the lack of support for OEM parts worries me. Nobody, not even SIG, carries spare parts such as firing pins or springs. In case something happens down the road, I dont want to be left out in the cold if my firing pin becomes damaged or something happens to the bolt. I've put maybe 5k rounds through it so far and no issues to date, so maybe I'm being paranoid. I just dont want to be left holding a lemon if something significant breaks.

Has anyone struggled with this dilemma?

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Old 11-21-2016, 08:23 PM   #2
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If it were me, I'd spend some time searching out parts if possible. See what I can get. Since you enjoy the gun, keep it, shoot it but take good care of it. Then buy a go to rifle if able, maybe an M400 so you can get parts easily. Generally I dont suggest selling a gun, leaves you vulnerable to regret.
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I would get on Sigs butt and explain to them that you need parts, and that they should sell them..
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Their way of telling you you need something new from them.
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I really do enjoy just about everything about my early production 556. I bought it back in 2008 and it has been nothing but good to me. But the lack of support for OEM parts worries me. Nobody, not even SIG, carries spare parts such as firing pins or springs. . .
Maybe you should call Sig and order a parts kit. They are not listed on their web page, but I ordered several parts kits direct from Sig in December 2015. They were back-ordered at the time, but showed up after a six week delay. The correct kit for my 2008 556 SWAT is Pkit-556-STD. Here is a photo of a different kit I bought off Gunbroker about the same time: it has some extra parts I did not need. Both kits include firing pins, recoil springs and a few pins and smaller springs. Not everybody that answers the phones at Sig has the correct answers.

The operating rod spring can also be ordered from Wolff. It looks different (not braided) but works fine; I have over 1,300 rounds through the Wolff operating rod spring in my 2008 556.

Sig also checked out my 556. I paid round trip shipping of $28.95, but there was no charge to have the operating rod polished up a bit. The braided spring is tough on it. The Wolff spring is included in the PKIT.
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If it were me, I'd spend some time searching out parts if possible. See what I can get. Since you enjoy the gun, keep it, shoot it but take good care of it. Then buy a go to rifle if able, maybe an M400 so you can get parts easily. Generally I dont suggest selling a gun, leaves you vulnerable to regret.
Yeah probably the best route. Will just build an AR and abuse the hell out of it instead.

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I would get on Sigs butt and explain to them that you need parts, and that they should sell them..
I dont understand how a company stops supporting something that is only 8 years old and wont even sell replacement parts for. Almost no other industry does that.

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Maybe you should call Sig and order a parts kit. They are not listed on their web page, but I ordered several parts kits direct from Sig in December 2015. They were back-ordered at the time, but showed up after a six week delay. The correct kit for my 2008 556 SWAT is Pkit-556-STD. Here is a photo of a different kit I bought off Gunbroker about the same time: it has some extra parts I did not need. Both kits include firing pins, recoil springs and a few pins and smaller springs. Not everybody that answers the phones at Sig has the correct answers.

The operating rod spring can also be ordered from Wolff. It looks different (not braided) but works fine; I have over 1,300 rounds through the Wolff operating rod spring in my 2008 556.

Sig also checked out my 556. I paid round trip shipping of $28.95, but there was no charge to have the operating rod polished up a bit. The braided spring is tough on it. The Wolff spring is included in the PKIT.
I've already spoken with the guys at SIG and said they don't have any more parts to sell and dont plan on selling any in the future. That being said, I spent over an hour last night and any store that had them listed was out of stock or backordered.

If anyone has one, or knows where I can get a parts kit that includes the firing pin.... PLEASE let me know.

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Every professional gun smith can repair your rifle or produce spare/replacement parts for your gun. No need to sell the gun.
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Heracles has a good point.
Get a parts kit and then spare springs online.
I have much the same concerns with my Ruger SR 556. Got parts for that up the backside as I am sure ruger will be less supported then SIG.
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So they don't have a lifetime warranty?


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I really do enjoy just about everything about my early production 556. I bought it back in 2008 and it has been nothing but good to me. But the lack of support for OEM parts worries me. Nobody, not even SIG, carries spare parts such as firing pins or springs. In case something happens down the road, I dont want to be left out in the cold if my firing pin becomes damaged or something happens to the bolt. I've put maybe 5k rounds through it so far and no issues to date, so maybe I'm being paranoid. I just dont want to be left holding a lemon if something significant breaks.

Has anyone struggled with this dilemma?

--Matt
Yes, you have to call Sig to order parts for your 55x series that they have to order that you may have to wait 2-4 weeks, or so, depending on the parts. Some of the parts have been updated/carried over to the 556xi series but should be interchangeable with the previous 55x series. You have to confirm with Sig's CSR.
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There's also surplus 55x parts available. You can also find bolts and gas system parts on ebay for really cheap. Lowers too. I love the system so I'm trying to have some extra parts around, or just spare guns when I can find them cheap. I wish that Sig would just allow companies to make licensed copies of parts or whole guns, so we can see a whole market develop around the 55x series of rifles like you see with the FAL and other post WWII guns.
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https://www.krollcorp.com/facetsearc...urer=SIG+SAUER
Use the search function. There are allot of little parts and pieces for the 556..

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Optics planet seems to have parts too, as well as TopGun supply
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That's the scary thing about buy a Sig of any nature, they discontinue and scrap the whole project without concern for the public. I have a 556R and it concerns me enough I'm in no rush to take it out to the range and wear it out. I also have a AK for just spreading lead around. Sig does this with pistols real often, one of the reason I carry a Glock
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