Educational Zone #189 – Sig 556XI Multi-Cal

My old buddy Lien had a new rifle and invited me to go shoot it with him and do a write-up on it. It is a Sig Sauer carbine, Model Sig 556XI Multi-Cal.

This rifle comes in either .556 or 7.62 X 39. This one is the 7.62 X 39 model.

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Here it is:

This is an interesting rifle and fun to shoot. It isn’t “cheap” as the MSRP is around $1,500. But as is typical if Sig Sauer, it is an excellent weapon.

This is an interesting rifle and fun to shoot. It isn’t “cheap” as the MSRP is around $1,500. But as is typical if Sig Sauer, it is an excellent weapon.

You can open the action easily and this is what the internals look like. Very simple.

You can open the action easily and this is what the internals look like. Very simple.

The charging handle can be easily moved to either side of the action. The bolt can be locked back with a bolt hold-open button. (Since this rifle uses an AK type mag, the mag will not lock the bolt open when empty.)

The charging handle can be easily moved to either side of the action. The bolt can be locked back with a bolt hold-open button. (Since this rifle uses an AK type mag, the mag will not lock the bolt open when empty.)

The rifle comes with a removable cheek pad that can be used to get a better cheek weld on the stock.

The rifle comes with a removable cheek pad that can be used to get a better cheek weld on the stock.

Liem shot a few groups at 50 yards with some TulAmmo in 7.62 X 39.

Liem shot a few groups at 50 yards with some TulAmmo in 7.62 X 39.

He even let me burn up some of his ammo.

He even let me burn up some of his ammo.

That long magazine requires a lot of height above the bench, but then again, this isn’t really a bench rest rifle.

That long magazine requires a lot of height above the bench, but then again, this isn’t really a bench rest rifle.

We made some small adjustments to the rear sight to get the groups where we wanted them.

We made some small adjustments to the rear sight to get the groups where we wanted them.

Here’s one of Liem’s 50 yard groups.

Here’s one of Liem’s 50 yard groups.

The rifle has a folding stock.

The rifle has a folding stock.

The rifle has a folding stock.

The rifle has a folding stock.

It will fold and clamp to the right side of the receiver if desired.

It will fold and clamp to the right side of the receiver if desired.

It has a very sturdy trigger guard with an AK-type of magazine release on the front of it.

It has a very sturdy trigger guard with an AK-type of magazine release on the front of it.

The rifle comes with one Tapco magazine, but Liem has tried several kinds of AK mags and they all seem to work just fine.

The rifle comes with one Tapco magazine, but Liem has tried several kinds of AK mags and they all seem to work just fine.

It has a safety that can be worked from either side of the rifle.

It has a safety that can be worked from either side of the rifle.

The muzzle brake is a three-prong type.

The muzzle brake is a three-prong type.

The front sight is a well-protected post.

The front sight is a well-protected post.

The rear sight is an easily adjustable aperture sight.

The rear sight is an easily adjustable aperture sight.

Just in front of the front sight you can see a gas adjustment post that allows the operator to adjust the amount of gas directed towards the recoil.

Just in front of the front sight you can see a gas adjustment post that allows the operator to adjust the amount of gas directed towards the recoil.

If you get a chance to shoot one, don’t miss the chance.

It’s fun to shoot stuff.

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