(SIG 516 image courtesy of impact guns.)
good evening guys and gals. I hope everyone has been having a safe week.
I wanted to post a little bit about the sig 516, as it actually showed up in a blurb about a 49ers player who was involved in some domestic issues. in the blurb, a sports commentator for the local paper stated
" When they searched the home, officers found a SIG Sauer 516 short-barreled rifle. The SIG 516 is based on the popular Colt AR-15, which is the civilian version of the M16.I don’t want to wade into the whole gun control morass here. I get it, guns are fun to shoot, and many Americans hold the Second Amendment dear. But let’s be honest. The AR-15 and other semi-automatic weapons were designed for exactly one purpose — to kill people. ........ Reuben, why do you need a weapon that holds 30 rounds and can fire 750 to 900 rounds per minute? Are you planning to invade Nicaragua? Are the zombies coming for you? Doesn’t it seem like a bad idea to keep one or more of these firearms in your house? The law is a bit murky, from what I can tell, but there is also reason to believe your SIG 516 is illegal in California. "
now there are a couple glaring statements that I wanted to make clear for anyone who was unclear about them, so lets look at it quote by quote, shall we
"The SIG 516 is based on the popular Colt AR-15, which is the civilian version of the M16." key part being here is that it is the Sig 516 is a piston driven variant of the AR-15, which is a rifle patterned off of the m-16 rifle. but there are some key differences.
1) the AR-15 is just what the author of this quote says: it is the civilian model of the m-16. it is to what the winchester model 70, ruger m-77, remington 700, etc. is to the 1890s mauser rifles. the Mauser was a military rifle first, and the action was modified by manufacturers for hunting use, but varies only slightly. in fact, the remington 700 bolt action rifle that hunters use is almost exactly the same as some of the rifles used by sniper teams in our military, save for some tuning.
The AR-15 went through several modifications before it could be released by the company for civilian use. the exterior looks the same (to the untrained eye) but there are some key differences that I've mentioned before.
in addition to these features, there is no auto sear axle hole in the AR-15, meaning it can't use the same auto sear as the M-16 without some modification. the Sig also has some key differences, and improvements upon a design, borrowing from the AK/SKS series of rifles.
2) "The AR-15 and other semi-automatic weapons were designed for exactly one purpose — to kill people."
-This is somewhat a fallacy. the AR-15 uses an intermediary rifle round, which you find chambered in small game and varmint guns, and don't work as well on larger targets. this is due to the ballistics of the 5.56mm nato / .223" remington rifle round. it is actually less effective at killing than most hunting rifle rounds, such as the .308 winchester, 338 lapua magnum, 416 rigby, and others. While it can kill somebody, the reality is that the round isn't really any bigger than a 22 Long Rifle's bullet, it just has more speed.
-not all semi automatic rifles were designed to kill people. the ruger 44, which was a precursor to the venerable rimfire rifle round, was chambered in 44 magnum and was a hunting rifle/brush gun. it was never fielded as a military weapon, nor was it's design based off of one. the same can be said for many other semi-automatic shotguns and rifles, they were never intended to be used for killing anything but animals in terms of hunting, or targets in terms of shooting (depending on the model) broad generalizations and opinions aren't fact.
"Reuben, why do you need a weapon that holds 30 rounds and can fire 750 to 900 rounds per minute?"
this also a fallacy. the standard civilian AR 15 cannot shoot 750 to 900 rounds a minute. because they function as a semi-automatic rifle, they average about 45 rounds per minute, and while they can accept high capacity magazines, there are some exceptions to the rule, which we'll examine along with another quote together.
"The law is a bit murky, from what I can tell, but there is also reason to believe your SIG 516 is illegal in California. "
the law isn't murky per say, it just depends on whether or not Ruben had an NFA tax stamp, and whether or not he had a SBR/Assault rifle permit for the state of california. if he applied for both, then he's in the clear, if not, he would be. so this is the exception to the legality- what if any permits does he have.
now, if he's actually found guilty of domestic violence or charged with it, he may no longer be elligible for firearm ownership in the state and on the federal level, but it depends on whether or not he's prohibited under questions 11h. and 11i on the form 4473, and under the regulations cited on the DROS system checklist.
unfortunately partisan politics do not equate fact. I encourage you all to study the facts, and then if you feel the need, comment, but remember, that just because you believe something to be true, your political party tells you something is true, or you heard from somebody on the internet that something is true, doesn't make it true, especially with regards to firearms.
stay safe, and happy shooting.
Ken Kraushaar is a gunsmith and certified firearm specialist in beautiful sonoma county ca. ken has over 30 years of shooting experience and serves his customers in the north bay area of California.