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Buying and keeping a new Sig 556 in storage

Discussion in 'Black Rifle Forum' started by G-nineteen, Dec 9, 2012.

  1. G-nineteen

    G-nineteen

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    I don't believe our right to buy guns will be threatened any time soon. However, "just in case," and for the sheer pleasure of ownership, I'm thinking of getting a Sig 556.

    Would I be able to keep it in new condition for months or years or would it have to be driven like a car? Would a new EBR "seize up" if not used?
     
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  2. Mayhem like Me

    Mayhem like Me Semper Paratus

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    Store it with a coating of lube/rust preventative and springs at rest forever.
     

  3. raven11

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    I have used Remington Dry Lube on items to store for long term. They were just fine. However, you do need to check on things from time to time just to make sure.

    They sell storage tubes for firearms if you’re planning on burring it in your backyard. I would also wrap it in VC Paper to keep away any moister and possibly a sealable bag.:whistling:

    http://cheaperthandirtcom.blogspot.com/2009/09/long-term-gun-storage.html
     
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  5. Tango 1Zero

    Tango 1Zero Millennium Member

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    I will keep it for you....
     
  6. WoodenPlank

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    Not a fan of the SIG 556, personally.

    For what you're talking about, any well-made rifle that's been properly lubed with a rust-inhibiting preservative/lubricant and stored in a sealed bag (preferably with plenty of oxygen and/or moisture absorbers) in a safe will be fine.
     
  7. MrMurphy

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    Also not a fan of the 556.

    That said, lubed with a grease, wiped down properly and stored in a vacuum bag with some desiccants, you'd be good for many years.
     
  8. G-nineteen

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    Wow, I had never appreciated an off-topic post so much. I did a quick search on GT and found the 556 to be disliked. Will look at other piston-based options. Thanks.

    Now, back to our topic.
     
  9. Mayhem like Me

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    I like the system they work fine, I have a 551 SBR on layaway...:)

    Not a 556 fan just because of the looks they work fine...

    Clean and cover in a light coat of ballistol or simmilar rust preventative a light coat of oil on the Hard chromed parts. Plastic bag suck and seal you will not have an issue
     
  10. Spiffums

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    That's like saying I'm not gay, but I go a boyfriend just in case.


    If you think you need to bury a gun.......it's probably time to dig them up!
     
  11. G-nineteen

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    I did not say "bury." Storage may mean: wrap it up and put in back of closet
     
  12. Warp

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    Why piston?
     
  13. bmoore

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    I was thinking the same thing while reading this thread.
     
  14. smokin762

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    When the Sig 556 first came out, I bought one. I tried to like that rifle. After a year I sold it. I decided to stay with the AR rifles and added a 16” mid length to the collection. I have been happy ever since.

    A friend of mine bought his Sig 556 a week before I bought mine. He noticed a gouge on the inside of the receiver where the bolt rides. He sent it back to Sig for them to see if it was okay. They told him, he needs to give them the information for his FFL. They sent him a new one. He sold that rifle without shooting it. He didn’t want to take a chance on it.

    These are just my experiences with the Sig 556.
     
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    I said bury. I was only joking. :supergrin:
     
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    Skip the Sig 556 and the piston all together. If you want a piston gun, get an AK.
     
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  17. Matthew Courtney

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    Simce you intend to put the rifle up for an indeterminant length of time, I strongly advise a standard direct impingment AR instead of a Sig 556 or other piston rifle. The Sig 556 and other piston rifles have quite a few proprietary parts. If Sig discontinues the 556, goes under, or ceases doing business in the US due to regulatory or other issues, getting parts for a 556 could become quite challenging, whereas there are so many makers of AR parts and AR's in circulation that AR parts will likely be available long after our great-grandchildren have buried our yet unborn grandchildren. Even decades after a tranformational world altering event which ends manufacturing as we now know it, folks will still be cannibalizing irrepairable AR's for parts.
     
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    Very informative post, great points.
     
  19. G-nineteen

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    I've never owned an AR or AK and am open to getting an education. But I don't want this to devolve into a DI vs. piston thread.
     
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    Get DI for your AR. The platform was designed as and for DI, and it works very well.

    The parts compatibility was touched on earlier, and is definitely worth considering, even for short/immediate term. "Regular" DI AR15 parts are going to be so much more readily and economically available.