SG 553 Pistols Available in US

SG 553

SIG SAUER announced they will be selling in the US market a limited number of imported Swiss Arms SG 553 pistols. They will be chambered for the 5.56 NATO cartridge. The pistol will have an 8.9″ barrel.

From SIG SAUER:

SIG SAUER® Offers Limited Number of Rare Swiss SG 553 Pistols

NEWINGTON, N.H. (September 2014) — SIG SAUER®, Inc. has imported a limited number of the famed Swiss Arms SG 553 pistols to the U.S. market. These Swiss-built firearms have set the standard for reliability and dependability worldwide.

Built around the famed SG 551/552 series gas piston actions, the SG 553 delivers the ultimate in reliability and function combined with the legendary Swiss design and attention to manufacturing details.

“The classic SG rifle series are highly sought among collectors and firearms experts,” said Jeff Creamer, SIG SAUER Executive Director and General Merchandise Manager. “This was a unique opportunity and the only time SIG SAUER has been able to offer the SG 553 to the commercial market in the United States.”

Featuring a two-position gas valve, ambidextrous controls and hooded front sight. The SG 553 is chambered in 5.56x45mm NATO, and has a rugged, durable Nitride treated finish.

The SG 553 is available with either the renowned Swiss Rotary Diopter Sight welded to the receiver or with an M1913 rail, for mounting any number of optics or accessories. Flip-up sights are standard on the railed models.

A polymer handguard keeps the classic lines of the SG 553 design. Legendary 30-round Swiss translucent polymer 30-round magazines and a three-prong flash hider complete the package.

About SIG SAUER, Inc.
SIG SAUER, Inc. is the largest member of a worldwide business group of firearms manufacturers that includes SIG SAUER GmbH & Co. KG in Germany and Swiss Arms AG in Switzerland. This global network of companies gives SIG SAUER a world-class firearms knowledge base, unparalleled design

expertise, and extensive manufacturing capacity, enabling the company to respond quickly and effectively to changing market conditions and the needs of its military, law enforcement, and commercial markets worldwide. SIG SAUER is an ISO 9001: 2008 certified company with more than 700 employees. For more information on SIG SAUER, any of its products, or the SIG SAUER AcademySM, log on to www.sigsauer.com.

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SG 553 Pistol
Caliber 5.56mm NATO
Action Type Semi-auto
Operating System Adjustable 2-Position Gas Piston System
Trigger Pull 7 lbs
Trigger Type MIL-SPEC 2-Stage
Overall Length (Extended) 20.2″
Barrel Length 8.9″
Rifling 1:7
Number of grooves 4
Weight w/out Mag 5.9 lbs
Mag Capacity 30 Rounds
Mag Type Swiss polymer
Accessory Rail Optional
Features Adjustable 2-Position Gas Piston System, Three-Prong Flash Hider,
MSRP $3,792.00



Richard Johnson

An advocate of gun proliferation zones, Richard is a long time shooter, former cop and internet entrepreneur. Among the many places he calls home is http://www.gunsholstersandgear.com/.


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  • ChuckyTee

    $3,700!!!! Bwahahahahahaha! Um NO!

    • G0rdon_Fr33man

      Prices of labour in Switzerland. Feel free to not afford it.

      • Zachary marrs

        It getting pretty close to a rifle from ga precision, soooo

        • G0rdon_Fr33man

          Sooo… what? Were you trying to make a point?

          Unless a European brand has a factory in the US, buying European-made firearms is not cost effective due to differences in cost of labour. On the other hand, to European shooters, American made firearms tend not to have satisfatory fit and finish to the price after being raped with European sales taxes and import fees.

          Due to regulations, who usually limits the amout of guns you can own, Europeans also tend to value high quality presicion tools. Americans on the other hand, tend to have a “collection”, and owning 4 different Glocks and 4 1911s, rather than a single Sig Sauer X-Six Supermatch and a Sphinx 3000.

          Here, an MR223 cost just a tad more than a Busmaster AR-15, and a Swiss made SG is about the same price, but AFTER having added 25% sales tax.

          ITT: Europeans buying European arms, and Americans buying American arms, and there is a very good reason for it.

          • USMC03Vet

            Translation: Europeans aren’t really impressed by said craftsmanship, so in order to negate better deals, government gets involved to protect business.

            Classic EU.

          • G0rdon_Fr33man

            Not what I meant. When comparing US-made weapons to Euro made weapons, Euro-made tends to be the better buy if you are in Europe. The other way around if you are in the US. Euro-made do tend to have better fit and finish, but in the end they tend to be overly expensive due to cost of labour.

            922r compliance. Gotta have a certain number of US-made part. Classical US.

          • J.T.

            That is only for certain long guns that are deemed to have “no sporting purpose.”

          • The Brigadier

            I challenge that premise. Have you checked out Kimber or Para Ordinance for fit or finish? How about Taurus America? Look at the fit and finish on the Long Slide automatic. Yes we do have cut rate manufacturers who satisfy the low end market niche, but that is the strength of America. We have enough freedom and innovation to make “plain Jane’s” and firearms of absolute fit and beauty. Ours are still less expensive than yours.

          • Steve_7

            Switzerland isn’t in the EU.

          • The Brigadier

            Switzerland only recently bought Sig Sauer back from the Germans.

          • Jack Flag

            You’re being a snob. That’s what you’re saying right? A European made pistol/rifle from other European (say the Czech Rep.) markets with the same fit and finish can be bought for much less. This is just SIG stupidity.

          • G0rdon_Fr33man

            Perhaps I´m snobbish, but custom competition CZs aren´t that much cheaper than other German brands. CZs are only cheaper with their bugdet models (and admittinlgy often the best buy).

          • Zachary marrs

            Im not too sure what you are trying to say, that a $3500 us made precision rifle is a piece of crap when compared to a swiss range toy?

          • G0rdon_Fr33man

            No. What I´m saying is that after that 3500$ US made rifle is imported to Europe, it is no longer the “best buy”, because it wil at that point cost 5000$ or more. So, Europeans end up buying European instead. The other way around though, Euro arms tend to be very expensive in the US, because you have to factor in cost of labour.

            A Swiss made B&T APR 338 rifle cost the same as a Desert Tech SRS after it has been imported. You can get Sako rifles for less than the cost of a comparable Rem 700… Armi Olmi custom italian revolvers for the price of a regular 686… I could go on…

          • Zachary marrs

            So its not the best buy. We agree on that, as has everyone else here.

            This is stupid, and sig knows it.

            Sell a $3700 range toy when a $500 dollar pap can produce the same results? Irs easy to see why this is limited edition. Also sig says that they will be a 100% American company by 2015, so any excuse for taxes or regulations are moot. Same with h&k

          • G0rdon_Fr33man

            Yes, but at least you have the option. I guess this is something the the US collectors.

          • Zachary marrs

            Well, this is a product that is being released in the us, not Europe, you are the one who brought them up

          • Steve_7

            They said they were moving production from Eckenforde to New Hampshire which is not the same thing, as these are made in Neuhausen.

          • Frank

            All European countries don’t have the same labor costs. Finland and Italy are far more competitive than Switzerland is.

          • Andy

            I hope your shooting’s better than your economics knowledge

          • Tucson_Jim

            Early ’60’s Finnbears in 30-06 still sell for $1100… so, how much does it really cost to own one when you consider resale value? Then, consider that both examples I have shot, could hold 3/4MOA all day long with Remington Core Lokt.

            I get a kick out of Zachary’s term, “range toys”… he apparently doesn’t know much about SG’s.

          • Steve_7

            It’s not the number of guns per se, plenty of European countries have no restrictions on the number you can own. It’s just a different mindset generally to machinery because it was seen as more of a luxury item back when people had servants, but Americans never had servants, machines were a necessity on the frontier. So the Swiss had fancy watch makers, then there were luxury car brands and Americans were more interested in pickup trucks.

          • Tucson_Jim

            The manufacturing cost of a Swiss Arms SG550 in one of the world’s wealthiest nations, Switzerland, is about $3500 these days. Could probably be made here for about $1000… that should give guys like you and me a chance to buy what is arguably the world’s finest combat rifle, w/ 1:10 20″ bbl, bipod, welded night-diopter sights, folding stock, adjustable 2-stage trigger, and about 1MOA for $2200… I’d do it.

          • The Brigadier

            $2200 for a Barbie rifle? I won’t pay more than $700 for one.

          • Tucson_Jim

            You might want to learn more about the SG550 if you consider it a, “Barbie Rifle”… you can start here:
            http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/SIG_SG_550
            http://world.guns.ru/assault/switch/sig-550–551–552-e.html
            http://www.biggerhammer.net/sigamt/550/550techinspection/

            A Swiss redesign of the AK-47, the 20″ military version comes with near-MOA accuracy using Gw Pat 90 63 gr. ammo (sub-MOA with match ammo), adjustable bipod, rugged, welded-on diopter night-sights, three-modes of select fire (single-shot, three-round burst, and full auto), 2-stage trigger, built-in cleaning kit, folding butt-stock which is also adjustable (option on newer models), adjustable gas system, interlocking magazines, and reliability and performance that are an embarassment to even the best-built AR platforms… this rifle is considered by military small arms experts as the Rolls Royce of AK platforms and the finest military rifle in operational use today, but, is currently not available in the US… the SIG 556 Classic is the Americanized version of the 16″ barrelled SG551LB compatible with the less- reliable STANAG magazine system.

          • The Brigadier

            My apologies. So many rifles worldwide and so many similar model names. I confused this with a .556 mode. While the AK is a fine assault rifle, it is not a battle rifle. Desert fighting and open field shooting requires a rifle to shoot at 400 yards accurately. I have fired thousands of rounds through AKs – Norinco, Polish and Russian models. They are all relatively accurate out to 250 yards and begin to stray at 300. Battle rifles are easily capable of shooting dead on at 400 yards and in the hands of better shooters, 500 yards with iron sights. With optics most service grade battle rifles are accurate out to 600 yards. The finest military rifle in the world? I don’t think that is even remotely decided yet.

    • Steve_7

      This is the retail price in Switzerland, this isn’t some inflated price they’ve come up with, that’s the shocker. Not clear on how they’re legal to import into the US, I thought “assault pistols” were banned from import in 1993.

    • The Brigadier

      That was my same reaction. Not to mention that the thing loaded must weigh close to the weight of a battle rifle. No is my vote also.

      • Solomon

        It weighs at least 1.5lbs more than the beefiest AR-15 you can build with this barrel length.

  • ValleyForge77

    $3700?? Did they mean Peso’s maybe?

    • Rusty Shackleford

      For that price you would at least expect a side-folding Sig arm brace for it.

      • Frank

        Then purists would complain about it. Some people want a 100% swiss gun. And that’s what they’re getting with this.

        • The Brigadier

          Maybe it has a diamond studded watch with Swiss movement in the stock. Perhaps if that was only an option, Americans would buy the ridiculous little thing. There was an AK “pistol” variant I saw at Century Arms a few years ago. I don’t think they sold many of those either.

    • Solomon

      That would be about 370USD in pesos. That would be ridiculous.

  • SP mclaughlin

    No sto…erm arm brace 🙁

  • Wetcoaster

    For that price, I hope they threw in a couple cases of ammo

  • Darren Hruska

    > DO WANT!
    > *Sees price.*
    > Erm, I’ll pass. . .

  • st4

    The price is merely reflecting that native Swiss, magical tinker gnomes built these!

  • aweds1

    If you SBR it via Form 1, do you need to add U.S. parts? As a pistol, it doesn’t need them but does it as an SBR?

    • They actually had SBR’s but sold out immediately.

      • Marcus

        Got to handle one of the SBRs at a gun show earlier this year. Good god was the lust in high gear for a long time over that one. The perfect carbine IMHO.

    • Dan Atwater

      My shop has had a couple of these in for months now, they came to us from SIG with the buttstocks packaged and sold separately, so I’d assume that SIG isn’t trying to set you up for 922r noncompliance.

    • Cymond

      I’ve read conflicting claims as to whether or not 922r applies to SBRs. Apparently, it’s yet one more area that the BATFE has contradicted themselves.

      • Dan Atwater

        Well let’s see.. Form 1 is intent to manufacture, so after that comes back approved you are considered the manufacturer of the SBR in question (and as such have to have your location engraved on the receiver). Since you’re the manufacturer and you’re based out of the U.S. then 922r wouldn’t apply.

        That’s my understanding anyhow, if I’m wrong feel free to correct me. These laws are friggin’ ridiculous.

        • Cymond

          “Manufactured in the US” isn’t based on where it is manufactured, it is based on where the PARTS are manufactured. Using more than 10 foreign parts in a rifle makes it a “foreign” rifle.

          (1) Frames, receivers, etc
          (2) Barrels
          (3) Barrel extensions
          (4) Mounting blocks (trunions)
          (5) Muzzle attachments
          (6) Bolts
          (7) Bolt carriers
          (8) Operating rods
          (9) Gas pistons
          (10) Trigger housings
          (11) Triggers
          (12) Hammers
          (13) Sears
          (14) Disconnectors
          (15) Butt stocks
          (16) Pistol grips
          (17) Forearms, hand guards
          (18) Magazine bodies
          (19) Followers
          (20) Floorplates
          So take a Colt 6920 (100% American made) and install 11 foreign parts (a foreign magazine counts as 3 parts), and you have a “foreign” Colt.

          But the question is still tricky. A “Short-Barreled-Rifle” is not legally the same as a “Rifle”, it’s a different classification so 922(r) shouldn’t apply. On the other hand, SBRs are still logically a sub-class of rifles.

          • Dan Atwater

            Ah, gotcha. Thanks for the clarification

          • Steve_7

            Yeah the question is whether the term “rifle” in Title 1 applies to Title 2. Ed Owens told me back in 1994 that it didn’t, but then people started making SBRs to get around the AW ban, so ATF changed their minds. My personal view is that ATF is wrong, but only a court could say for sure.

  • Andrew

    Hey Sig, how about you get back to working on the MPX that was supposed to be out a year ago, before you start wasting time on stuff like this.

    • You didn’t read the multiple articles on that subject. We posted that not long ago. October–November is the release date.

      This should provide all the info you need. http://www.thefirearmblog.com/blog/2014/08/01/sig-sauer-mpx/

      • Andrew

        October 2015, maybe. True, they were saying Fall 2014 a couple months ago, but everyone is saying 2015 now. You guys are behind.

        • No I’m not behind. I was at SIG several weeks ago and spoke to the marketing department (and others) as well as meeting with the CEO in his office and I also spoke with the SIG rep tonight. It doesn’t get more direct than that.
          As I said in my article on the MPX the first of August the information is directly from SIG and not from some Internet rumor mill.

          • Andrew

            lol. If any local dealers get one in before the end of the year, I’ll buy it and give it to you.

            We should trust what Sig says? Well, they also said it would already be out by now. Anddd it’s not.

            When it comes to ACTUAL release dates for new firearms, what the “internet rumor mill” says is usually a lot closer to the truth than any of the hot air that representatives of the company try to blow up our skirt.

          • Nick

            Phil, do you know how many magazines in the box? I’ve checked online – one site has them (so to speak – out of stock) @ 65 each, and another (“preorder”) @ 70 each . . .

          • Nick I’m not really sure. I never asked about the included magazines and other accessories. I imagine it will only be one mag. I’ll ask for you.

          • Nick

            Thanks for checking, Phil ! Innocent me, I thought it was price gouging . . . $1700 for the gun, plus $70 per mag . . . Ugh.

      • st4

        Totally gonna get one of those with the folding arm brace once they’re out.

  • Mr Mxyzptlk

    Do you know what would be good? If they actually sold these with the proper SG 550 series lower rather than this pug-fugly, alloy, American SIG551-A1 one. I know, this one is on paper better for a “pistol”, but it just isn’t the same. The only aluminium that belongs on an SG 553 is if there is a GL 5340 attached to the bottom of it.

    • Al

      That aluminum lower is Swiss, not Sig US. Swiss Arms has been using aluminum lowers for a couple of years now on the 553, designated as the SG 553 AL. It was implemented to cut down on the total weight. You can tell it’s Swiss manufacture as it uses the original design sheet metal side folding trigger guard.

  • Ordie1

    The Zastava PAP M85NP has performed flawlessly for me, very similar and only 500 bucks.

    http://www.cheaperthandirt.com/product/2-CAHG3237-N

    • big daddy

      Yeah I’m thinkin’ bout it. Love my cheap AK, what would be better than a AK pistol with a SB15? Cheap ammo, great gun. I wish they would make them with barrels a little longer like at least 10.5-12″. The ones I see have less than 10″ barrels and I just don’t think that’s good for standard cheapo ammo that’s out there. An 11.5″ with a Krink/KX3 type muzzle device and a SB15 would work for me.

  • Jeff S

    Who do I talk to about getting proper green furniture for the 556 series of rifles? SIG USA needs to import the real Swiss stock in green!!!
    /rant

  • Daniel

    $500 says the people at Sig patrol gunbroker. “Wait – these go for X? Let’s sell some more and make OUR price X! Christmas bonuses for everyone! “

  • DetroitMan

    I would much rather have a SIG 550 series rifle chambered in 7.62×51 than another ridiculous 5.56×45 “pistol”. And for $3800.00 they had better throw in the tax stamp and a professional service that fills out the forms.

    • Steve_7

      Not NFA.

  • Matt Black

    I’ve never been able to figure out what the difference is between sig sauer and swiss arms

    • Steve_7

      It’s a group of companies, Swiss Arms is the plant in Neuhausen, the main thing they do nowadays is service the Swiss Army rifles.

  • Sam Pensive

    leave off the stock on most any AR
    semi and this is almost what you have..
    less the Eu cache of Swiss on the nameplate
    interesting …no sale here.
    ads say it’s for LE so that must be
    where our taxes are going.

  • Tucson_Jim

    A semi-auto rifle-caliber ‘burp-gun’ pistol is virtually useless… fun, but, useless.

    Now, if SIG would get their heads out of their buffer-tubes and market a fully-loaded Swiss mil-spec SG550, or even a PES 90, especially with the STANAG compatible lower… then, I’d be impressed and we’d be talking.

  • Mark Anthony

    My HK Mark 23 cost $1760 shipped and I Can buy this Sig P553 for around 3 Grand shipped and I Personally Think it Worth the $ cuz like a nother commenter said below its %100 Swiss made and Not Cheap stamped out Sh_t like you would be getting from the Sig plant at Exheter New Hampshire! and Yes it weighs 5.9 lbs but it also holds 30 rnds over my 12 rnds of 45 acp on my Mark 23 the Only 2 pluses I See of the Mark 23 over the Sig P553 is that is weighs 3.5 lbs lighter and has a 3 inch shorter barrel! Cuz the Sig P553 has an effective range of 300 meters VS 150 meters? of the Mark 23 so to be Honest Folks Im recieving My Brand New Mark 23 from my FFL today this afternoon but Im thinking of just turnig around and selling it Today New In Box w/ 1,000 rnds of Geco 45 acp ammo and an AAC mark 23 thread protector and an extra HK Mark 23 (12) rnd mag Just to buy this limited edition firearm!!! Peace My Peeps 🙂