SIG SAUER Ships First SIG516 Rifles Produced at Eckernförde Plant in Germany

SIG SAUER Ships First SIG516 Rifles Produced at Eckernförde Plant in Germany
German factory adds production line to meet international demand.

Jens Higgen Law Enforcement Product Manager at SIG SAUER
Jens Higgen, the Law Enforcement Product Manager at SIG SAUER’s Eckernförde facility shows off one of the new German-built SIG516 rifles.

EXETER, NH –-( SIG SAUER is pleased to announce the first delivery of the SIG516 rifles produced by the company’s Eckernförde, Germany, production facility.

“Demand from the worldwide market has prompted the need for additional manufacturing capacity,” said Ron Cohen, SIG SAUER President and CEO. “These rifles represent the next chapter in Eckernförde’s rich firearms history.”

The SIG SAUER plant in Eckernförde is one of the most experienced firearms productions facilities in the world. More than 250 years of industrial firearms manufacturing stand behind this state-of-the-art rifle. The SIG516 Patrol models were first off the line and featured a 16? hammer-forged barrel, quad-rail for-end and collapsible buttstock.

Based on the AR15/M16 platform, the SIG516 offers users refined reliability. A short-stroke gas pushrod system prevents carbon fouling and excess heat from ever reaching the chamber, significantly improving functionality. A four-position gas valve allows operators to choose between normal gas flow, extra flow for adverse situations, a reduced flow to enhance suppressor use, and a complete gas cutoff for optimized suppression and accuracy.

Fully ambidextrous controls make the SIG516 the perfect choice for left-handed shooters while accuracy is enhanced through a built-in tensioning device, eliminating any play between the upper and lower receivers. A fully supported extractor enhances operator safety in the event of an overcharged round.

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That looks like a FAB Defense grip. I tried one on mine and I prefer the Magpul MOE grip on the 516 personally but it is a nice one. I use it on another AR of mine.

I put YHM flip up sites on my 516 and they look perfect.

Even the lower receiver looks different in the picture. I do not see the QD sling mounts to the rear.