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Old 12-19-2015, 05:26 PM   #16
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I had to slowly remove packing tape to get date of manufacture.
Also, not thrilled about how they send it is a cardboard box.
Regardless, like the quality and fit and finish of it.
I am going to CLP the BCG, clean the barrel with Hoppes and cloth, and bore snake it a few times. I will clean the piston/gas block area, and wipe it dry..
And of course, change the trigger..
I am going to leave CLP on the BCG, which should be just fine for lubricating.
Someone suggested taking our rings on BCG. Prod and Cons of doing that.
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Here you go Steve.
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I never removed the gas rings from the bolt. I know their not needed but I don't fix stuff that ain't broke. Enjoy that rifle Steve. I like mine a lot! Oh and as far as the packing goes, at least Sig puts fitted styrofoam in the cardboard. Colt just puts their rifles in a plastic bag and throws it in a cardboard box.
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Here you go Steve.
They have changed markings. How old is yours?
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They have changed markings. How old is yours?
Note the evil bayonet lug and non - garden maze SIG USA logo

Sig Sauer says No More Bayonet Lugs on Sig Sauer Rifles!

Memory's getting fuzzy, but I think SIG USA got rid of that part late 2013.
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LOL! Yeah, even without that Bayonet lug, opening that very unpretentious cardboard box to get your hands on this rifle - is a beginning and you've a lot to look forward too.

You had several good choices in the rifle you bought. Now, there almost unlimited options in how you setup your rifle!!

Funny, that's always a fun part of the several tactical rifle training classes I've taken. Every guy in those classes had different calibers, mags, sights, grips, slings, barrel lengths, muzzle devices, rails, stocks, fore ends, dust covers, paint jobs, lights, etc, etc!!

Here's my 516 10" SBR, that was born a pistol. Hope you enjoy the 'experience' Steve.

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@Steve40th, MLangford, who is a gunsmith, recommends removing them, and reports they are not needed on a piston gun and create unnecessary drag on the bcg. I have not removed mine, and haven't had any problems, but it may be a fix if the gun doesn't cycle well.

So, what was the mfr date? You mentioned getting to it, but didn't post, lol.

Thanks for the block pics. That looks a lot different than the Gen 1 and earlier Gen 2 blocks.

Does anyone else have that style of gas block, which doesn't appear to have the same shape and detail as the earlier ones? I've seen them without the bayonet lug but still in the same basic style, but this appears to no longer have the (assumed decorative) detailing on the block like these.

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They have changed markings. How old is yours?
Mine is Gen 2. Born November 22, 2012.
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Here's a better pic of gas block.
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Mines getting an eotech XPS2 after Christmas.
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@Steve40th, MLangford, who is a gunsmith, recommends removing them, and reports they are not needed on a piston gun and create unnecessary drag on the bcg. I have not removed mine, and haven't had any problems, but it may be a fix if the gun doesn't cycle well.

So, what was the mfr date? You mentioned getting to it, but didn't post, lol.

Thanks for the block pics. That looks a lot different than the Gen 1 and earlier Gen 2 blocks.

Does anyone else have that style of gas block, which doesn't appear to have the same shape and detail as the earlier ones? I've seen them without the bayonet lug but still in the same basic style, but this appears to no longer have the (assumed decorative) detailing on the block like these.

Date is 10/22/2015. I will keep the rings in there.. No need to start tweaking it. I am going to break her in with 62gr Green tip 556. 500 rounds should be a good break in.
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Old 12-20-2015, 06:42 AM   #27
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That gun should run just exactly the way Sig put it in the box. Mines never been off the normal gas setting, except for disassembley and as we talked about I've run plenty of 223. I think most of the early issues some people had with these rifles were due to some really tight tolerances and therefore they needed that break in. Good luck let us know how the first shoot goes.
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I think most of the early issues some people had with these rifles were due to some really tight tolerances and therefore they needed that break in...
Or, outright shoddy quality control as far as these rifles are concerned.
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Or, outright shoddy quality control as far as these rifles are concerned.
That may very well be. I'm not willing to say that though based on my experience. There are way more positive testaments online about this rifle. I believe a few negative experiences get magnified these days. There also seem to be quite a few that have had rifles that required a "break in", then those guns ran fine. The Sig haters out there will jump all over a chance to bash Sig even though they never even owned a 516. The negative people had me second guessing my choice in buying one. I decided to give the thing a chance and glad I did. I now, 1400 rounds later, totally trust my 516. I have Colt and Smith DI ARs that are great, but so is my 516.
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