FAMAE SG540 Series Available in Canada

SG543

Canadians can now purchase the SIG SG540 series manufactured by FAMAE of Chile. Tactical Imports announced the SG540, SG542, and SG543 [image above] have finally been classified for importation approval. The former two are assigned a non-restrictive classification while the SG543 is considered restricted, due to the barrel length being shorter than the required 470mm (18.5 in).

SG540

FAMAE SG540

That is the good news, the bad news is the SG542 is $2699 and $2899 for the SG540 and SG543. The SG542 is a .308 rifle with a 475mm barrel (18.7 in). The SG540 has the same length of barrel but is chambered in 5.56mm, the SG543 is also in 5.56mm but with a compact 300mm barrel (11.8 in).

SG542

FAMAE SG542

From Tactical Import’s announcement:

The FAMAE SG 54X rifles are a series of gas operated rotating bolt battle rifles developed by Schweizerische Industrie Gesellschaft (SIG). The SG 54X line is license built in Chile. SIG designers used a long-stroke piston-driven action (with the recoil spring wrapped around the piston rod itself) and a 3 position adjustable gas regulator. The firearm is locked into battery by means of a rotating bolt which features two massive steel locking lugs. The receiver is made from steel and has two major parts, upper and lower, which are connected by pushpins. Rear sights are diopter drum-style. The rifles can be configured with fixed polymer buttstock or with side-folding tubular metallic buttstock. Black stock/handguard.

The rifles are available for pre-order; orders placed before the end of July, receive free shipping and a choice of fixed or folding stock. Which implies you would otherwise not have a choice. Pre-order deliveries are expected this winter, while regular inventory won’t be available until at least summer of next year.

TFB posted earlier about the FAMAE 9mm SAF Canadian importation and inside the FAMAE factory.

Any corrections or explanations on Canadian law, related to restrictive ownership, are welcome.




Ethan M

Ethan’s firearm interests are mostly with Cold War era select-fire weapons and their semi-auto counterparts.


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  • dp

    So, who do you think is making buck here; maker, importer or Cdn government?

    • http://www.thefirearmblog.com/ Phil W “Senior Writer TFB”

      The distributor in most cases makes the most.

  • Samuel Suggs

    are they allowed to have regular sig 550’s? at any rate good for them the price is unfortunate but they will pay it

    • Esh325

      They can get Sig 550’s in Canada. I would just get the superior Sig 550 if I were Canadian, it’s about the same price I believe.

      • Samuel Suggs

        ok so if they have those with and the sig 540 then why do these exist

        • Esh325

          I guess for variety?

          • Samuel Suggs

            it is the spice of life is it not :)

          • http://www.thefirearmblog.com/ Phil W “Senior Writer TFB”

            I’ll take two of each!

          • Cymond

            Diversity? There are 4 1911s …

          • Samuel Suggs

            yeah their the WASP’s of the gun world :) lolo

        • Chris

          Variety, and the FAMAE rifles are $500 or so less than the Swiss Arms Classic Green rifles we can get. I love the Swiss Arms rifles, and will likely get several of the 54X rifles to round out the collection.

        • http://aftermathgunclub.com/ Aftermath Gun Club

          I’d like the .308/7.62x51mm SG542; while I’m playing make-believe, I’d also like an SG530 variant.

          • http://www.thefirearmblog.com/ Phil W “Senior Writer TFB”

            Hey if we’re going to play make believe I want a Ma Deuce:-)

      • dp

        I do not believe that’s currently the case, however in past someone told me they owned commercial version of SIG550; yet I never seen it. There are some other importers like Mastar and AmmoCanada (one time even mail order company named SIR), but their assortment is quite limited and includes mostly items which yields high profit. They have lots of Chinese made pistols at Ammo incl.1911 which are for third of price of originals of similar Czech or Swiss models which are sold along. This by itself is practice which is definitely questionable.
        I do not want to speculate what motions and forces are behind scene, but I definitely suspect anything but transparency.

      • TV-PressPass

        The situation with the “Swiss Arms” in Canada and how they relate to the Sig550 is currently a huge mess: http://tv-presspass.com/swiss-arms-in-canada-the-full-story/

    • Chris

      We are not allowed to have Sig 550 pattern rifles, they are named as “prohibited firearms”.

      What we are allowed to have are Swiss Arms Classic Green and Black Special rifles, which are identical in appearance to Sig 550 rifles, but are supposedly based off a Sig SG541 receiver. The legal status of these rifles is currently under review because the RCMP believe that these rifles are in fact Sig 550 variants. The big problem is, the SG541 was based off the SG540 and improved for Swiss Army trials. When the SG541 project was complete, it was adopted as the StgW90 (or FASS90), and the commercial variant was named the Sig 550. Mechanically, the late versions of the SG541 are, for all intents and purposes, identical to the Sig 550, so proving lineage of the Swiss Arms Classic Green rifles may be very difficult, and it will likely be technical development information provided from the factory that will determine whether the rifle is a Sig 550 variant or not.

      I am personally a major stakeholder in the decision, as I own several of the Swiss Arms Classic Green rifles.

      • Samuel Suggs

        interesting that really sucks wont they just put these under review also

        • Chris

          No, these have just gone through review and have been approved as the design predates the Sig 550.

          • Samuel Suggs

            ok so the review board is high right

          • Samuel Suggs

            i mean on the one hand the regulation sucks but in the other hand their are more loopholes than chinese tax law

          • Chris

            This is what happens when you have people that know nothing about firearms write the gun laws in a hurry and then shove it down the countries throat.

          • Samuel Suggs

            um has their ever been a country that methodically wrote a well informed gun law grounded in logic and reality I mean its mostly emotinal reactions and scary guns

          • Chris

            I think Switzerland and a few other European countries are pretty good. My point was Canadian laws are particularly bad and poorly thought out.

          • Aienan

            Chris, the Swiss Arms Classic are under review.

            From:http://www.canadiangunnutz.com/forum/showthread.php?925983-Swiss-Arms-Black-and-Green-Rifles-Important-info-

            “With the current reclassification of these rifles by the RCMP looking very strongly like they will soon become prohibited by being moved from either Non Restricted and Restricted classes directly into the converted auto class, anyone who has a deposit on one of these rifles wishing to cancel the order for a full refund please contact us asap.”

          • Chris

            You misunderstood what I was saying. Samuel Suggs said “interesting that really sucks wont they just put these under review also”, referring to the SG 540, to which I responded no. I have posted here at length in regards to the Swiss Arms reclassification. The major issue is not that they are converted auto (this affects only a small number of rifles), but that they may be Sig 550 variants.

  • Esh325

    That’s a lot of money for stamped sheet metal.

    • Dacky44

      I would rather have stamped sheet metal than aluminum reciever. I would think the stamping and welding in this gun has 10xDacky more man hours in manufacturing than a cnc aluminum reciever. Much stronger also. You do give up the lighter weight. But who really carries one all day though that’s not a soldier.

  • Bob Barker

    Some facts about restricted firearms in Canada.

    -Handguns and certain rifles are considered restricted, but often have the appearance of being arbitrary. For example a IWI Tavor is a non-restricted firearm.

    -Owning a restricted firearm in Canada requires a RPAL (Restricted Possession and Acquisition License) which is simple additional test beyond the regular PAL. I personally don’t know anyone who only has a PAL and not an RPAL, it seems largely unnecessary considering minimal differences in the requirements.

    -Restricted firearms require a waiting period and are registered to the owner.

    Trivia: AK47 are completely banned in Canada (because they’re scary) while a CZ vz. 58 with a 15.5 inch barrel and a folding-stock is completely a-okay.

    • Samuel Suggs

      LOL

    • Chris

      “-Restricted firearms require a waiting period and are registered to the owner.”

      This is incorrect, there is no waiting period for any firearms transfer, the transfer only has to be approved. With Restricted firearms, it usually takes a week or so for the transfer to be approved, but there is no legislated wait time. There have been cases where the transfer has been approved within hours of the transfer application.

      • Bob Barker

        My mistake.

    • Aienan

      I unfortunately get to point out that the CZ 858 is in the process of “re consideration” by the RCMP and is very likely to be made prohibited.

      • TRich

        That is actually false, there is nothing saying the RCMP is reclassifying the CZ 858. The left wing gun grabbers want them to reclassify them because they look scary. They won’t be reclassified, it would be a PR nightmare for the RCMP and the PCs. There are probably thousands of non-restricted ones out there, they have no records of where they are anymore.

        • guest

          i bet you feel like a goof now haha

    • Vinicius Machado

      and in brazil you may only have 38spl, 380acp, 12ga, must be 25 yrs the barrel must be at least 24 inches for long guns, you can only mantain a gun in your house, you can only have 7 guns and buy only 50 rounds per month.. but if you have the money you can ask for a permit to the army for ANY GUN, like a G18 or a full auto ak

  • canadian winter

    Canadian firearms are classified into 3 classes, you need a licence for that class to buy/own that class of firearm. 1 unresticted i.e hunting weapons, long barelled semi auto rifles 2. Restricted i.e handguns, short barrelled rifles 3. Prohibited class

    You have to do a 2 day, Canadian firearm safety course to get your licence for the unresticted and resticted classes, only those who had prohibited class before 1995 can own prohibited class i.e short barrelled handguns, small calibre handgun, AK, FN FAL types.

    It is illegal to own a semi auto rifle with more then 5 round magazine or 10 rounds for handgun. After you do the safety course, the instructor signs your fire arms licence i.e PAL (possession and aquistion licence) form, you send that application off to Royal Canadian mounted police,

    • floppyscience

      In Ontario you don’t have to take the class, and if you do it’s just one day. I skipped the class and just took the exam because I already knew basic gun safety.

      Also the 5rnd limit only applies to centerfire semiautomatics, not all semiautomatics. Rimfire rifles have no capacity limit regardless of action. Another thing worth noting is that magazine cap laws are based on what the magazine was designed for, not what it’s used in. If you have a semiautomatic centerfire rifle that uses pistol magazines you can have 10rnds.

      • canadian winter

        I am in saskatchewan, you can also do an exam only instead of the course here, I did the firearm safety and hunter education combined.

        I am aware that 5rd magazine limit is for centrefire only, and that you can have 10 rd magazine, if it also fits a pistol. SKS rifles here are pinned to hold only 5 rounds, so the intent of the law was to criminalise more then 5rounds mag capacity, the fact that you can use a 10 round pistol magazine in your semi auto rifle, is a technicality.

        This Chilian rifle looks OK, but siG 540 was designed in 1970s, I;d rather spend another $500 and get a swiss made sig 550

      • RB

        “If you have a semiautomatic centerfire rifle that uses pistol magazines you can have 10rnds.”

        This works both ways, too. My S&W M&P 15-22 is restricted to 10 round magazines despite being 22LR because the RCMP decided based on reading S&W’s catalog that all M&P 22LR magazines are pistol magazines (because S&W also makes a 15-22 pistol) and therefore limited to 10 rounds. My 15-22 rifle by the way is also a restricted firearm (because it’s considered an AR-15 “variant” and AR-15s are restricted.) Mossberg’s “AR-15″ alike rifle however is non-restricted and no mag limit.

        Yay.

        And if anyone’s still reading this, it’s worth noting that restricted firearms are subject to very strict laws about storage, transport, and use. In short they must be stored more securely and transport is to and from an approved shooting range only (a restricted firearm’s only legal purpose in Canada is target shooting at an approved range.) There is also a registry.

  • Bob Barker

    Speaking of buying guns in Canada I thought this video was pretty funny: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kyeE6Yx9lYI

    • gunslinger

      at first i was like… where’s the Form 4473 because that can’t be a “private transfer” from what looked obvious to be a retail FFL. fact it was in a “gas station” didn’t bother me. could be in a small town. I’ve seen other places where they have a combined general store (heck walmart has a tire center and sams club sells gas)

      • http://www.thefirearmblog.com/ Phil W “Senior Writer TFB”

        We had a gun shop in North Little Rock, Ar that was in the back part of a small family owned grocery store. It was a great place:-)

  • FourString

    Time to move to Canada. Well, if you’re Californian, especially. Tavors and SIG’s, with none of that bullet button shiz. Wha.

  • Lance

    Darn 1989 import ban….. Wish it be voted out. I nice real SiG rifle be cool.

  • Hemtt

    FYI.. Note in regards to the rifles listed about. Only the SG 542-1 ERE Elite is cleared for sale in Canada. This is the only one at this time with a valet FRT number for sale and import. The standard SG 542 is not cleared.

  • Bob Woods

    Wow all of tangent. It’s a sig design in 308!! Bring them to the US. The sig 556/551 might be “front heavy” but these rifles are much lighter feeling than an AR10 variant. Sad..US got the wrong rifle.