I’ve owned a Sig 716 Patrol for over a year, now, so I thought it would be a good time to post an update on my experiences with this platform. The 716 has been used largely for .308 ammo tests from 100 yards with only modest firing from an unsupported (other than sling) position inside 50 yards. This fits in my general sphere of use cases for the rifle as a medium-distance platform.
The configuration remains unchanged from my previous reviews, although I plan to upgrade the bipod in the near future.
The rifle is heavy, even if you remove all the goodies, so it comes as no surprise that I would not recommend this platform for in-close fighting. You could use it for hunting, although it would be a bit of a workout to carry for any significant distance. I suppose I could write that off as cross-fit training :)
In terms of moving and setting up from different positions in a tactical, distance-engangement role, I found the 716 very easy to maneuver. So, the next reasonable question is how well does it shoot from distances I reasonably expect to engage.
Most of my experience has been from the 100-yard range. From a seated position with modest support, I found the Sig 716 to be both highly accurate and very easy to manipulate. You are invited to read any of the .308 ammo reviews from the ‘Product Reviews’ tab to see actual results. I came to the 716 from a pistol background, so I do not consider myself to be the most accurate rifle shooter. If you are looking for hyper-accuracy in a rifle, a piston-driven AR with an ACOG is probably not a good choice. Given that setup, I found the 716 to be more than accurate enough at 100 yards for any situation I might encounter from hunting to a breakdown in society to the much-anticipated Zombie Apocalypse. Please, let it happen in my lifetime!
Towards the end of the summer and just before vacation, I took the rifle out to Fusion Tactical Range for my first attempt at shooting the 716 at 200 yards. I had previously zeroed the ACOG for warm weather at 100 yards with Good To Go Ammo Match .308 168 gr. It was a typical hot and windy Texas summer day with the wind gusting right-to-left. I had a single bag on the front for support and a couple towels to balance my arms as well as provide some relief from the hot wood.
I shot two rounds, aiming at the ’10’ mark on a Zombie target using the ACOG’s 200-yard BDC mark. Although the reticle marks are supposed to be calibrated for a 168 gr. projectile, I don’t know anything beyond that. As it happens, both rounds were high and I expected them to be left due to the prevailing wind.
Just to gauge the 100-yard zero, I fired a single round using the top-line of the BDC and manually compensated for the wind. That round was low and slightly right. The next three rounds were fired using manual compensation for the wind and a point of aim about halfway between the top-line and 200-yard marks on the ACOG. These results are shown below.
I posted another target and fired a second string of five rounds using the same approximate aim. The group was just under six inches, which is probably the best I can get from ‘winging it’ in terms of wind and height compensation.
The rifle itself performed quite well. The issue at 200 yards or longer is with the sight. If I stick with the ACOG, I’m going to have to practice more at 200 and 300 yards to obtain a better feel of how to adjust for height based on ammo.
I’ll be re-zeroing the ACOG for cool weather soon and will likely use the GTG A-MAX round, so there will be a third part of this review in the future.
In terms of maintenance, I’ve found the 716 to be extremely easy to break down, clean, and lube. I clean the gas system more than I should, but I’m a stickler for a squeaky clean firearm. I also follow Robert Burke’s (The Sig Armorer) advice and use synthetic grease for a lube, not oil. I use FireClean to clean the barrel.
Reliability of the 716 has been excellent. In over a year of ownership, it’s eaten and spit out any ammo I’ve loaded. To date, I have only experienced one feed failure and I’m not sure if that was the ammo or the mag. It happened during a rapid-fire drill and I have not had the opportunity to purchase any more of that ammo for a follow-on evaluation.
Well, that’s it for my first year of ownership of a Sig 716 Patrol. So far, it’s been an excellent choice for my desired use cases. And, thanks again for spending part of your day at Texas Gun Show Review.
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