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Old 01-22-2013, 03:04 AM   #1
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Sig 556 magazine issues

I was at the range sunday shooting my 522, and a guy downrange who was shooting a 556 came down to chat. I mentioned I owned a 556 bought just a few weeks prior to the beginning of the panic. He started talking about how much he loved the rifle but what a pain in the ass it was to find magazines that worked. I haven't shot my 556 yet due to the difficulty of finding ammunition for it right now but I was wondering...

Anyone have problems with their sig 556 not accepting certain types of magazines?

Anyone tried the promag metal or plastic in their sig 556? Thats what I've got but I haven't had a chance to shoot it yet.


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Old 01-22-2013, 03:35 PM   #2
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Doesn't the SIG 556 have the same BCG and magazine as the AR15? I heard that SIG556 rifles use the same mags as AR15's but they don't like California mags because they are sadly limited to a gay 10rounds and they just hate New York 7 round magazines because they were designed to take normal capacity 30 round magazines.
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The first 2.5 to 3 inches of all AR mags are the same. How does a low to medium capacity mag differ from the 30 rounder to make them unusable in a 556?
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Because it was designed to use a 30 round AR15 magazine and no self respecting AR or SIG 556 owner is going to even try a gay 7 shot magazine.. LOL.. So I'm just going to go and say that My rifle is not compatible with a magazine that has any less capacity than 20 rounds and only then because the US Army I was in had 20 and 30 round magazines.
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Old 01-22-2013, 07:11 PM   #5
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Being that you were in the army I am sure you have heard of the SPR/DMR which are issued with 10 or 20rd mags.
You gave the OP your opinion. I believe he was asking for facts .
Wvtarheel: sorry to have hijacked your thread. Hope you find someone with the answer. I do not own a sig 556 but own a LMT and it accepts all types of AR mags from metals to thermos.
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Old 01-22-2013, 09:18 PM   #6
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Being that you were in the army I am sure you have heard of the SPR/DMR which are issued with 10 or 20rd mags.
You gave the OP your opinion. I believe he was asking for facts .
Wvtarheel: sorry to have hijacked your thread. Hope you find someone with the answer. I do not own a sig 556 but own a LMT and it accepts all types of AR mags from metals to thermos.
We weren't all infantry in the Army and at that I've been out for a very long time. I don't believe we had anything with a Picatinny rail until after I got out.

I was just talking crap about magazines that hold a low number of rounds required by stupid laws and I'm flabbergasted that nobody is getting my joke. How can you take what I wrote in my tow previous posts and take them serious? Unless you love being restricted to a certain magazine capacity? I answered the question a few times however, it was with YES, AR15 Mags work in SIG 556.
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I have to laugh at the direction this has taken. I still haven't shot my sig 556, because ammo is so scarce in my area.

When it gets here I will try some of the mags I've got and report back.

I have promag brand metal and plastic, and both seat fine in the gun, but have a little "wiggle" to them which worries me they might cause me problems. We will see....


I was just wondering if other Sig 556 owners have found the gun to be picky on magazines, like I heard, or not.

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FYI, both promag metal and plastic ar15 magazines work flawlessly in the 556
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I have a Sig 556R and it has issues with certain mags. It is suppose to take all or most AK mags but up front they tell you it won't accept US Palm mags - one of the best made AK mags. So I ordered Circle 10 mags - ordered 9 and the 556R would only load two of them. There is suppose to be a trick you can do with a dremel tool, got to get one. I hate to mess with such high quality mags but I need more than two for my Sig.

I also have a Sig 556 and I have used nothing but Magpul mags (20 and 30 rounders) and haven't had any issues at all.

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After all my fretting before and when I started this thread, I've had no problems at all. My 556 feeds fine out of aluminum mags, steel promag brand, and the promag plastic ones.
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I have to laugh at the direction this has taken. I still haven't shot my sig 556, because ammo is so scarce in my area.

When it gets here I will try some of the mags I've got and report back.

I have promag brand metal and plastic, and both seat fine in the gun, but have a little "wiggle" to them which worries me they might cause me problems. We will see....


I was just wondering if other Sig 556 owners have found the gun to be picky on magazines, like I heard, or not.

Thanks
I have owned two 556 rifles at different times. Amazing firearms. I don't know why they are not more popular. I like my 556 way more then my ar. I have never heard of any 556 having mag problems. None of mine ever have and I have about 4000 rds in the 556 I still have. Those days are gone! I only use pmags in my 556 but that's cus I like pmags a lot. The steel mag it came with gave me no problems. Hope this helps.

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First, I would like to apologize for my first post resurrecting this thread.

Last April, I sold my beloved but much underused (lately) M1A and promptly ordered a Sig 556. It just came in a few days ago, and I went picked it up. Part of the sale of the M1A included getting 3 AR mags from the guy I sold it to. He's in our firearms unit, and they have hundreds of them, so it was no big deal. I was also pretty sure I had some more laying around from some training I had attended many years ago. This morning, I dug them out.

The green followers were in the ones I got from the guy; the black ones are ones I got from the training in 1995.



Neither of which seem to lock the bolt open when empty. I haven't shot either of them yet, but can't see any reason why they wouldn't feed correctly. I've done a little research, and apparently these are not the anti-tilt design. I guess I'll need to get some more modern mags.

By way of introduction, I have been a federal LEO for the last 22 years, and am also a former Marine artillery officer (reserve retired awaiting pay). I shot Expert every time I qualified in The Corps and spent my last six months on active duty at Weapons Training Battalion at Camp Pendleton as a Range Officer. While there, I was on their rifle team that shot in the base matches, and afterwards competed with my M1A in the California Police Olympics a couple times. Although, nowadays even if I could see the broadside of the barn, I doubt I could actually hit it.

I can't wait to shoot my Sig. I may have to get back into the rifle thing big time, since the golf game appears to be unrepairable. I hope the wife doesn't mind if I use the living room to "snap-in" ;D
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The 556 loves PMags or any other STANAG mag out there. However, the stock Sig mags (the ones with the Sig name on them...) that come with the 556 or that you buy online or directly from Sig -DO NOT- work in mil spec AR's. So when you are shopping for mags remember to buy STANAG standard mags and not the Sig branded mags, unless the only rifle you will ever use them in is the Sig 556. You don't want to get any Sig branded mag mixed up with your other AR rifle mags, they will not lock into a mil spec AR ( they'll only work in a Sig branded lower...). So moral of the story is don't waste your money buying Sig branded mags, just buy PMags or any other STANAG mag and you'll be fine.



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No problems in 1300 rounds with mine. P-Mags, and GI mags all GTG.
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Went back to the shop the other day and picked up 3 Pmag 3rd generation mags. They seem to cycle and lock open as they should. I was a little hesitant to get a plastic rifle magazine, because the last time I touched one was when trying to get the "emergency" plastic mag out of the action of a M249 SAW at one of the ranges at Quantico in 1986.

Since I highly doubt I'll be doing individual rushes and diving for cover with the 556, they should work just fine. Plus, I would hope there have been advances in the plastics in the last 28 years. They certainly feel nice and are less clangy-sproingy than the metal ones.
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