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Sig Battlefield Rifle - Which Maker and smaller CQB brother

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hi , I am getting back inti Airsoft , and would like to get a Sig 55X model rifle.

 

Who are the best manufacturers and what model would be recommended.

 

I would also like to caveat this with I am also looking for a smaller CQB brother to it , and would prefer if the maker is the same so I can keep a theme going.

 

Many thanks

 

James

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hi , I am getting back inti Airsoft , and would like to get a Sig 55X model rifle.

 

Who are the best manufacturers and what model would be recommended.

 

I would also like to caveat this with I am also looking for a smaller CQB brother to it , and would prefer if the maker is the same so I can keep a theme going.

 

Many thanks

 

James

 

Off the top of my head, I know JG, ICS, and King Arms make Sig rifles.

 

I would avoid JG unless you'd like to upgrade.

I know King Arms makes the shorter 556, which is a neat looking gun, but has EBB (Im not a fan), and shoots too hot for CQB, so a spring swap may be necessary there.

 

SIGs arent that popular, so your choices are slim. Your budget for each rifle will also make an impact.

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If you're looking for the Sig 556, you're pretty much looking at King Arms if you want to have a full length rifle as well as a compact version of the same brand, as KA makes both a regular length as well as a compact. They also make a DMR-style rifle, but they're a little harder to come by. There are rather limited options for Sig 556s, though, and the other main option for the standard length Sig 556 is the Cybergun branded one. You might also come across the JP (Jin Peng) Sig 556. The KA has "blowback," but it can be disabled. I would say that either the KA or Cybergun model is probably fine, but if I had to pick a basic Sig 556, I probably would go with a Cybergun. The KA has a proprietary long nozzle due to how it deals with its hop up chamber, and it's usually going to be much more expensive.

 

 

Now, if you're looking for the more standard Sig rifles (550/551/552/553), my personal opinion is that G&G makes the best Sigs on the market. It would then be followed by ICS, then TM, then JG/Cybergun, then Classic Army (and then DE below that, if you considered their LPEG an option, which you shouldn't). Some of it does depend on the particular model you're looking for.

 

You mention you're looking for a battlefield rifle and then also its CQB equivalent. Does that mean you're looking into a full length rifle (like the Sig 550) and a Sig 552 as a short option? Or, would you be looking at something like getting a Sig 551 and a Sig 552 in terms of size? Or something else? In any case, here are my thoughts on the different variants.

 

Sig 550: Options: G&G, JG, and TM. Well, I think the clear answer here is the G&G. I'll start with the TM. It's creaky, and plastic, and long. You can sometimes find them with working burst chips, but they're not particularly common. From what I recall, basically, the JG is going to be just as good externally. It just won't have a burst mode, and maybe the stock performance won't be as up to par, but it would probably be "easily" upgraded. So, with the JG, it's plastic, just like the TM, since it's a clone of the TM. They used to be pretty cheap, but nowadays, it's more common to find the Cybergun branded versions of them which is basically the same gun, and they're probably about like $180 new, though I haven't really looked at prices recently. And, the obvious choice would be the G&G, which has a steel receiver, much better quality polymer grips/stock, and just is overall a better gun. It has its quirks, like battery compartment and stock magazine compatibility. I think there's really no question when it comes to which Sig 550 is the best, but the G&G is generally comes in around $360-400 new, so it's on the slightly more expensive side. Something to note is that of the options, the G&G is by far the heaviest

 

Sig 551: Options: ICS and TM. There might also be a full metal JG with blowback somewhere, since they were "announced" awhile back, but I haven't really followed, and they likely aren't readily available, if at all. Anyway, if you're looking for a Sig 551, your best bet is the ICS. TM Sig 551s are relatively rare (especially with a good burst chip), but the ICS is going to be better overall, and they're reasonably well regarded. They have a metal receiver (though not steel, like the G&G Sigs have). They have several options for externals. You can get black or dark earth, RIS or standard handguard, standard barrel or long barrel. Basically, there's one real option for a Sig 551, ICS, and it has plenty of variants to fit your preferences.

 

Sig 552: Options: G&G, ICS, TM, JG (or the Cybergun rebrand of it), and CA. Here's where there's the most "competition" between different brands. Of those, the one I don't have is the TM, so I'm just making some assumptions here, but I would order them in the order I listed, primarily based on the externals and overall feel of the guns. Internals can be upgraded, and they can all probably be made to shoot similarly, so overall feel I think is a greater factor. And, given the compact nature of the gun, if you're using it primarily as a CQB weapon, long range and such isn't so much of a priority. The TM and JG are going to be similar in terms of externals, as they're both plastic, and the JG is a clone of the TM. They can fit a standard 8.4V NiMH battery in the receiver, so you can probably fit some some of the 7.4V lipos if you wanted to go that route. Being plastic, they're moderately lightweight. There's also a metal-bodied JG with blowback out there, but I haven't really seen much about them. And, the CA, from what I remember of last time I took it out, it's probably going to be on par with the JG, but it's more expensive, and it seemed like the body flexed a lot. For the price you can usually find used JG Sigs vs the CA, I'd lean towards the JG between the two, unless the color is a big factor since the CA is all black.

 

Now, in my opinion, the main options the Sig 552 are the ICS and G&G. As I've mentioned before, I like the G&G much more than the ICS, primarily due to overall quality of the externals, though the ICS is still decent. Either would probably be fine, so some of it might be up to availability and/or price. The ICS, I think, is usually closer to the lower- to mid-$200s, and the G&G is generally closer to $360-400 new. Both have the ability to separate the upper and lower receivers quickly, so access to the hop up chamber and barrel assembly for removal is easy for both (though the G&G's hop up chamber is held in by a screw, so it takes marginally longer to remove the barrel assembly). The G&G has a shorter and thinner grip, which is apparently closer to the real steel, and the ICS does have an aftermarket alternate more ergonomic grip available. It is important to note that the G&G Sigs all use a short type motor, where every other Sig (to my knowledge) uses a medium type, which will just be less common if you want to upgrade. Both of these options have a very small battery compartment, so either you're going to need to use certain lipos or you're going to need to run the battery externally. The ICS does come with a cheap plastic battery box, but it can only hold certain sizes of battery as well. Both have metal receivers, but they are both feel similar in weight, though the G&G feels slightly heavier, likey due to the steel. Between the two, the G&G is a little more "refined." The receiver pin locks in the G&G, the selector switch is smoother on the G&G and clicks better into position, the trigger guard on the G&G snaps into the 3 positions, the bolt assembly on the G&G is easier to move and is more "solid", the G&G has metal rails instead of plastic on the ICS, etc.

 

Sig 553: Option: G&G. Well, technically, you could consider the ICS Sig 552 with a LB kit basically the same. Otherwise, it's basically the Sig 552 with a LB kit and an upper rail with no drum sight. It comes with slightly different included rails as G&G's Sig 552 offering, and the front sight isn't hooded. They're not particularly common, but they're out there.

 

Overall if you're looking to stick with one brand for both lengths, I would say that you probably couldn't go wrong with getting the G&G Sig 550 and Sig 552, or the ICS Sig 551 and Sig 552. I would say a lot comes down to your budget, as it's probably cheaper to get the ICS combo. To an extent, the color might be a factor. The ICS versions have the option of black or dark earth, where the G&G only comes with OD furniture. The weight is also something to keep in mind. The G&G Sig 550 is definitely a heavy gun with its steel receiver and thick outer barrel. The ICS Sig 551, for its size, is much lighter. There aren't all that many reviews on these models, but from what I perceive of some of the reviews of the ICS Sigs, some people saying that the ICS is the best likely haven't seen or used a G&G. Things may have changed since I last watched a lot of those reviews, though. It's also worth noting that there are some weird compatibility "issues" when looking at the scope mounts and mags, depending on which one you get.

 

The AATV review is a pretty good comparison, though the explanation of how to change the Sig 550's battery is not the easy way to change the battery.

 

 

Note to self: I need to update my profile, as my Sig collection has grown. One of these days, I should put together a picture/video comparison of the different Sigs as well...

 

tl;dr: I have too many Sig rifles and I would recommend the G&G ones over the ICS ones, but either are probably fine.

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