Yesterday I got a chance to handle, grope, fondle, caress , smell and taste both of these 7.62 rifles. I have not had a chance to shoot them both yet since they had just arrived but I did get to play with them for a pretty good while. Both of these are fairly new to the market compared to other rifles in their niche like the M14/M1A , FAL and G3 etc. But I can say in my opinion, they are better choices over these older models…..for now.
I do not mean to spend this write up crapping on the M14 and the M14 boys club but the ’14 was really too little too late before it even hit the G.I’s hands. I would hope few people reading this would argue the ergonomics of the older 30 cal battle rifles is no where near the newer generation.
The Sig is the newest of the two and it is the one I took a look at first.
The first thing I thought when I got it in it my hands was that it seemed heavier then the LMT MWS. I did not have the MWS next to it to check, but it did strike me as heavier. And then I realized of course it is, the extra piston parts would make it seem heavier up front even if it was not. The Sig weighs a touch over 9 pounds. The Lower was ambi except the safety and to me thats the most important part I want ambi.. I see a day when few people will want something that is not ambi if they intend to use it in a serious social manner. The rail felt good in the hand and had plenty of QD sockets. Sig added the Magpul ACS stock which is their answer to the SOPMOD I suppose, and it is a pretty good alternative to the pricey SOPMOD but with better battery access.
It also had the magpul grip and came with the popular 308 Pmag that can be had for 17-18 bucks if you look around. The Pmag is the SR25 KAC patter and not the M14 type used by most armalite models. The SR25 ( M110 SWS ) pattern is becoming the standard despite what some may or may not like. This is important and I will get to it latter. But suffice it to say that the KAC M110 uses this pattern and it is in the Mil system along with the LMT MWS used by the British in their DMR role. SO it is the “standard” 7.62 AR mag for the near future at least.
The gas system can be removed in the typical for AR15 P rifles way. It has a 4 position regulator on it that way some jackass can be sure to put it on the wrong setting when you are not looking or to allow you to adjust it for a suppressor And oddly enough has a bayonet lug on it. I do not know why anyone cares about the bayonet in the civilian and LEO world, but some still do. I have to say I did not care for the iron sights on the rifle but few will leave the factory provided ones on long anyway. They both fold when not needed. The barrel is 16 inches and has a 1/10 twist. I believe this to be a better choice to the 1/12 on a lot of bolt guns since it allows heavier bullets to be used.
I took the gun apart and looked it over up in them guts. Trigger is all milspec and can be expected to feel like a milspec trigger. But thats OK. A rifle meant to see abuse is no place for a Camp perry trigger. The BCG however was a nice surprise. It was coating in something that made it as slick as snot on a pump house door. I mean slick. I have no idea what the coating is right now. I was told it is the same as used on the LWRC and since Sig was sued by LWRC, this is likely. Sorry to say I am too lazy to look it up to find the specs of the coating. The carrier also had cuts in it to shed weight or to collect crude. Probably for weight saving but they would work in both ways I am sure. For people in love with pistons currently you should take note of this. Since the MFG thought their piston rifle needed a miracle coating on the bolt that should tell you not all the hype some companies spread is true. All weapons need lube and this was a really nice touch.
Over all I liked the Sig fairly well. I even thought it felt better and handled better then the SIg 5.56 piston AR oddly enough. Sig has had some problems with their quality control recently so do keep that in mind. Though the guns sell for around 1700 and that is a great deal for a 7.62 Ar rifle and a piston to boot if you want a piston this would be a better starter weapon then the MWS.
The next rifle is the SCAR-H , beloved by SOCOM/SEAL groupies and call of duty players throughout the universe. This is the 1st H I have had a chance to play with and I really wanted to like the SCAR H. In fact before I heard about the LE901, this was the gun I gave series thought to getting, It is what I consider the closet thing to a modern “battle rifle” in the older sense of the name. The Sig is more of a carbine in 30 caliber I Sig pretty much confirms that its no DM rifle but the SCAR is touted as a sniper rifle among some on the internet. Of course that doe not make it so, but you know how that it.
I hate to have to come on here and write some stuff less then flattering about the gun I wanted to like but it is what it is. I am sure the gun is reliable but it has a few down sides. The first thing I tried to do was dry fire then rifle. It had a ACOG mounted on it by the owner and I promptly tore the skin off my knuckles by the optic mount while working the bolt to the rear. I do not like having to reach over to charge the rifle like on a AK so if you are like me, you better be careful. The rear butt stock was stiff and hard to adjust and move. I do not mean just tight either. I mean I almost asked for a rubber mallet. The trigger on it was terrible. Not a big deal, it is a battle rifle. Mags did not want to drop free very easy either. Oh and since I am talking mags. The mags for the H are FN mags and do not work on anything else. They are nicely made and strong but they are not SR25 patter. I understand why FN did this, but I would rather pay 17 dollars then 80-120 or more for the SCAR mags. I am sure someday some company will make after market mags for the SCAR H but usually it takes a while for a aftermarket mag to be trustworthy unless its a magpul mag. I am confident this will happen someday. A company is currently working a lower that would accept the magpul 30 cal mag and that is something to keep in mind.
The owner told me the accuracy of the gun was so so but I do not trust the opinion of some one that accuracy tests with wolf ammo only. The SCAR has been used as a sniper support weapon in some cases so I am sure it will do fine as battle rifle. I was told it does shot softly but is louder then a A Bomb. Of course the muzzle device is the culprit for these things. The gas system of the H is adjustable for cans and for reliability like other pistons. The ergos of the gun are pretty decent since the grip is all AR15. The SCAR H is about a thousand and a half more then the Sig normally. Both can be had in FDE which is the much more popular color. Even though I was kinda rough on the H if not for the price i would still pick the FN if price was equal and had only those two to choose from. Next week I will try to get some live fire with them for some accuracy reports.