SIG 556 Update #1
This morning after dropping the Junior Staff at school I drove back out to our training area. I had five magazines loaded up with Winchester White Box from the last "End Of America" buying spree four years ago.
Today I was working on Snap Shots. A snap shot is something Cooper advocated in his rifle programs and I have found it to be a very viable technique. The snap shot is properly applied as a proactive technique just outside of point shooting range, but short of supported position marksmanship-centric shooting. The snap shot is supposed to be fast. A head shot at 25 yards should take no more than two seconds for example...and the goal should be 1.5 seconds. A body shot at 50 yards and 100 yards should be 2 seconds and 4 seconds respectively.
So I arrived at the area and set up. I put on my High Speed gear LBE and warmed up with about 25 dry presentations. Here is a group indicative of what I was doing. I pushed the envelope hard on some, and slowed down on others. All were inside the 2.0 seconds interval.
I will say that running things as fast as I was with this rifle would have been difficult with any of my ComBloc style AKs. Sorry...that is the truth. This is like a race car that shoots.
Some have asked about heat. Well...here is what I did. On my LBE, I have three magazines on my left and one on my right. Those plus the one in the rifle makes five...or 150 rounds. I ran these drills continually, stopping only to reload. My goal was not to mindlessly burn through ammo into a hillside, but rather to make the shots hit what I wanted to hit, albeit rapidly.
The rifle got hot. But not any hotter than any one of my AKs. At no time did I have any discomfort holding on to the handguards, something nobody can claim with an AK.
Does the AK get so hot that one has to drop it and make haste to the Aloe vera burn cream to soothe the tender hands of the young shooter as M4ists would have us believe they need to do anytime they diverge from their LWRCs? Not at all, but we all know the AK, under the time drills I was running, would get quite hot at the handguard and the juncture of magazine and receiver.
The SIG did not, and I could continue holding and running it without concern. The barrel got quite hot but unless you plan to french kiss the muzzle between magazines, it is a non-issue. It certainly didn't affect accuracy in any way. The final few shots were taken at one of the binder clips I use to hold my targets in place off the back tire of my Jeep at 100 yards. I blew the (approximately 2 MOA) clip off the target on the second shot.
The TA33 ACOG I am running on this is interesting. It is a 3X optic and I had it on the 5.45 I was using to test the TWS top cover a couple of years ago. Due to the low power and the Trijicon Bindon Aiming Concept, I found that I can run this optic/rifle combination as fast as anything else, with both eyes open from 10 yards and in. Some of my 5 yard head shots were as fast as point shooting, breaking the shot as the rifle touched the shoulder and I saw the red doughnut on the target's face.
This rifle, in about one week, has shown me it is everything we tried to make the AK into, without any of the associated drama or problems. That some people, specially some members of the M4 Mafia, is very heartening as I would absolutely hate to be thought of as mainstream. The study continues.....