This is a brief update on my Sig 716 Patrol. Patrol, of course, refers to the barrel length of 16″ as suitable for patrol applications (as opposed to an 18″ DMR) in a LE environment. While that may be good marketing practice for Sig Sauer and I fully support law enforcement having all the necessary tools to handle bad guys, I’m not really concerned about bad guys. When they reanimate and become undead bad guys, then you can give me a call.
So, I have christened my Sig 716 with the more appropriate title of Zombie Stopper. In addition to hunting, my general interest in perimeter defense is inside 200 yards, although if I can eventually join a range that allows shooting at longer distances, I may invest some time shooting out to 400+. At that point, I’ll probably also want a different optic.
I am also interested in a rifle that has good barrier penetration potential and the ability to hunt larger game is a bonus. The AR-10 platform was very appealing for these use cases. If I ever teamed up with others to handle anything from a catastrophic breakdown in society to the Zombie Apocalypse, I would most likely provide distance support to the team. I would be less likely to be involved in move-and-fire (for which I have a tactical shotgun) and more likely to maneuver only from support position to support position. So, I don’t mind the weight of the platform.
In terms of current configuration, here are a few photos.
I’ve changed the optic to an ACOG and zeroed it at 100m with Winchester Match 168 gr. (168 gr. is the weight for which the BDC is calibrated). Barnes Vortex 168gr. shot pretty close to the zero. I also changed the hand stop and added a bipod.
Before installing it on the rail, I tested the TLR-1s light from my third-floor apartment balcony. It can easily light up Zombies out to 150yards.
So, how does it shoot? The SJC Titan compensator keeps the platform pretty stable and there is very little excess movement, even with the bipod on an uneven platform (like the ones I shot from over the weekend). It’s only necessary to deal with direct recoil, which is pretty stout as rifles go, but tame relative to shotgun slugs (especially magnums).
Here are some targets from two sessions, both on windy days and in different sun conditions. The first session was a strong left-to-right/behind wind and overcast skies. My goal in these sessions is to both better master shooting the Sig and be able to compensate for environmental conditions with good, old-fashioned Kentucky windage.
I shot some Barnes Vortex from just over 100 yards using a small sandbag rest at roughly the center area of a small Zombie Alien target. This one was interesting in that I was not facing the target, but shooting to the right of my station at about a 20-degree angle.
Even with 3.5x mag. it was very hard to make out the black target areas with the overcast conditions. The wind was really gusting hard and I made no compensation in the first group of shots. Those are low-right. I make some adjustments with the next group and managed to get a few in the inner area. The two that are closest to the ’10’ mark are both Winchester Match. I also shot those during a small window where the wind was not gusting so hard.
I had a similar experience with head shots, both between the eyes and the ’20’ ring. Half the rounds are Barnes Vortex and the other half Winchester Match. The latter resulted in the group of five that were dead-center between the eyes.
The next two targets are from my recent weekend session. The wind was not as strong, right-to-left, and mostly from behind. Sun was bright and in my face the entire session. I shot a combination of Winchester Match and SSA 168 gr. at stations that were supposed to be at 100 yards.
This is the tiniest Zombie target I have. The head area of the Zombie is roughly 4″ x 5″. I took a group of opening shots with six Winchester Match at roughly center of target, balancing the Sig on an uneven wood surface, using only the bipod for support. I also fired a small group of SSA. The SSA seemed to shoot lower and more left, while I was able to get pretty much on target with the Winchester Match.
I then opened up on the Zombie, going for the head shot. I compensated for the wind by trying to aim just above the point between the eyes. The Winchester Match rounds all impacted from the nose to the right jawline. I shot the remainder of my SSA rounds, all of which were significantly lower and more left (horizontal wind component was right-to-left). To get on the head, I had to aim at the top-right of the Zombie head, right at the upper white boundary of the target.
I let another person take a couple shots at the Zombie Alien, then we moved to stations at roughly 40 yards. I put orange markers over those two shots and switched to 150gr. FMJ rounds from Good To Go Ammo. My goal was to pick a target area and shoot ten rounds using only the bipod as support. I released the trigger to reset and fired again as soon as I could get the ACOG back on the approximate target area. Here are the results from two sets of ten rounds.
POA for the first set was the ’10’ marker and POA for the second set was roughly the throat area. I did not do a good job of managing holdover when firing fast on the first set
I did not care for the SSA rounds at distance, but the GTG FMJ seems quite good for practice inside 100m. I need to try their 168gr. Match in my next practice session.
Overall, I’m very pleased with the Sig in every aspect from feel to shooting to ease of maintenance.
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