Cutting the weight has really made this rifle handy. As a DMR rifle it’s designed for acquiring ad-hock positions, not just setting up in a hide for days on end. Moving around obstacles from prone it was easy to maneuver and move in and out of barricades. It was even well suited to working around positions on my vehicle. Setting up on the bumper, it was possible to stay behind as much cover as possible while still getting very solid hits. Using this position, I was able to ring the small steel at 300 yards repeatedly. Even with the suppressor and a rather heavy scope, shots at 100 yards from offhand found their mark every time. Turning to the off-set sights from Dueck Defense, running up close was not a ton different than operating a 16-inch carbine. All-in-all, it was very accurate, reliable and pretty handy for a 16-inch AR chambered in 7.62 NATO.
Sig Sauer claims the rifle runs with any suppressor, so naturally, more were tested. Gemtech’s Dagger is direct thread and weighs in at just over 14 ounces. It is quieter, but gas and back pressure intensive. There was no issue with operation—you just sucked up a ton more gas, and brass and ammunition was dirty very quickly. NG2’s MAXFLO was exactly the opposite, heavier by about three ounces, back pressure is all but non-existent. On the suppressed setting brass ejection was perfect, with no gas in your face or anything to gum up the works. Dead Air’s Sandman K kept things very short and ran great, it’s just loud as you might expect. Moving to the Sandman-S quiets things down. Impact shifts on them all ran about two to three inches low, but none experienced any vertical dispersion at 100 yards.
Sig Sauer’s Tango 6 scope was very nice, and very heavy. My guess is that’s a product of trying to meet a Mil-Spec, but it is noticeable. At just about 2.5 pounds, it took this rifle to almost 12 pounds, adding the Spuhr mount and RMR added another half-pound. If humping this thing around is in the cards, just take that into consideration.
Having tested every iteration of the 716 since its introduction each has improved, the G2 most significantly. Weight has been reduced by a couple pounds and accuracy is excellent with complete reliability. Some may balk at the KeyMod, others will prefer it, but other than that this rifle is excellent. Retailing at $3,244 puts it in the middle of the pack for accurized, piston-driven AR10s. The other two I have in inventory are well over a grand more, in one case closer to two-grand, so it’s well priced for what you get. If you are an agency looking for a semi-auto DMR or precision platform, this rifle would fit the bill nicely. For many the 16-inch 7.62 NATO is the “perfect” battle rifle, or long-range self-defense rifle. Sig Sauer’s 716 DMR is one of the better examples out there, so give it a look for sure. It may be exactly what you’re looking for. Contact SIG SAUER, Dept. OT; Tel.: (603) 610-3000; Web: www.sigsauer.com
Caliber: 308 Win / 7.62 NATO
Barrel: 16 inches
OA Length: 37 inches extended
Weight: 9 pounds
Sights: Flat Top Rail (20 MOA elevation)
Stock/Grips: Magpul CTR Stock, Sig Sauer Grip
Action: Rotating Bolt, Short Stroke Gas Piston
Finish: FDE Cerakote
Capacity: SR25 Compatible
Load Velocity Accuracy
Hornady 155-gr. AMAX BLACK 2,700 0.70 Inches
Doubletap Colt Comp 155-grr. TMK 2,650 0.60 Inches
Doubletap 125-gr. BT 2,750 0.75 Inches
Black Hills 178-gr ELDX 2,470 0.65 Inches
Velocity in feet per second measured using a Magneto Speed V3 chronograph. Accuracy in inches for three five-round groups fired from 100 yards using a bipod as a rest from behind a bench.