Bringing Swiss Arms Goodness Into The US – JDI Firearms

Unique but functional – that is my current mantra for firearm/suppressor acquisition guidelines. I have ARs. In fact, everyone has AR’s. So when I go lusting after a new rifle, I start looking at the list that includes my semi-grail guns. You know the ones – if you save up for a hefty amount of time you can swing it, but your gun budget is dead for the rest of the year. For me, one of those firearms has always been an authentic Sig 553 rifle. And even though the Sig Sauer (USA) versions are now long discontinued, JDI Firearms is making it possible to import beautiful but functional Swiss art.

Sure, magazines and parts are pricey, but just look at this rifle. Look at it!

The guns are imported as pistols due to (inane) import restrictions. However, JDI Firearms will happily provide you a serial number when you pay for your rifle in full so that you can begin your ATF Form 1 (SBR) application process.

Details, links, products and availability are listed below. Go on, let me live vicariously through you.

Current JDI Firearms Availability and Information:

You can pay in full now for either the 553R-P, 551P or the SAPR 751 pistol and get your Serial Number to file ATF Form 1. Deposits for each pistol is $500 with balance due upon shipping. We do not take payment over the website, call for payment options at (214)773-0129. Please note that all firearms come into the country as a PISTOL.

The expected delivery of the 553R pistol will be August 2017 due to a redesign of the magazine well and ejection port.

Swiss Arms Import numbers and cost:

  • 751 SAPR, 100 units, $4050, Barrel 14.3″, ATF Approved, In stock – limited availability
  • 553R, 100, $2650, 11.9″, ATF Approved, September delivery
  • 551, 51, $3250, 14.3″, ATF Approved 4/28/17, In stock – limited availability
  • 553 in 5.56, unlimited, $3250, 10.7″, ATF Approved, special order 4-8 weeks
  • 553 in .300BLK, unlimited, $3250, 12″, ATF Approved, November/December delivery
  • ​​511, .50BMG, $18,500, 3 left in stock, less then 15 imported
  • ATF has approved all 553 Conversion Kits in 5.56 and 551 short barrel conversion kit

JDI Firearms

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  • Petto

    Finally , some quality rifles from Swiss

  • Jose

    And the German branch of Sig Suer ARE STILL making STGs 550 rifles, but, without the flash hider and the bayonet lug, for sale in Germany and Europe; while Swiss Arms continues with the manufacture of the aforementioned rifles. JDI Imports currently is the distributor of Swiss Arms, for all purposes.

  • datimes

    I don’t own AR’s Pete. I have FN’s and HK’s.

    • Pete – TFB Writer

      We can still party.

    • Swarf

      I don’t either, intentionally (they’re ugly and boring and everyone’s got them).

      Buuut… I’m starting to weaken. With the new “shouldering” ruling, I’m thinking about building an AR pistol just to do it. The dark side calls.

      That’s if I can figure out the myriad laws and ATF rules that I haven’t ever bothered to pay much attention to.

      • datimes

        Take the plunge and buy the real deal. Once you’ve done your first form 4 (or 1) its a breeze. I successfully did my first SBR efiling after watching an instructional video.

      • Cymond

        The “myriad laws and ATF rules” to build a pistol are actually pretty simple.
        Step 1 – buy a “virgin” lower receiver that had never been assembled as a rifle.
        Step 2 – build a pistol.

        The “shouldering” issue is vague, and the finer points are very debatable.

        • DangerousClown

          One of my local dealers gives me a nice discount when I get a 3-pack of lowers.

  • Maxpwr

    How are these legal to make SBRs if there are no US parts made for them to comply with 922R?

    Wish Congress would repeal 922R and Trump would tear up Bush and Clinton’s import bans, but neither is unlikely to happen. Embrace the suck.

    • Craig

      SBR’s don’t have to have 922 compliance. In fact, if you want to build a kit that has no 922 parts available, register it as an SBR. Legally it *can* be a short barrel, but can have the original full length barrel, too.

      My Amd65 has all the original parts except the auto sear.

      • Klaus Von Schmitto

        I never once considered that. That is awesome in it’s simplicity and that will prevent me from having to screw up my PSG1 parts kit that I haven’t built for 10 years.

        • Malthrak

          Alas, it is not to be, SBR’s have no exemption from 922r compliance.

          • Klaus Von Schmitto

            Damn it.

      • Malthrak

        SBR’s absolutely have to be 922r compliant, hence the issues with SBRing the CZ Scorpion when it first came out, and why their stock only came as part of a “922r compliance” kit with mag followers and a new flash hider and disconnector and whatnot.

    • Christian Hedegaard-Schou

      922r only applies to licensed manufacturers anyways.

      • Maxpwr

        That’s incorrect.

  • TheNotoriousIUD

    Question: Why would you ever need such a thing?

    Answer: Because.

  • USMC03Vet

    I’m shocked the ATF would even allow such high concentrated unobtanium to enter the country.

  • nooky

    This is great news. Swiss Arms make outstanding rifles and new market is always welcome. It’s actually a very small company now. Can’t wait to see some SAPR vs Scar 17 review (spoiler 751 win, IMO)

    • Dingus

      Owning a 751 and a SCAR16, and having trigger time on a SCAR17, I can say that the 751 is substantially heavier. That is probably the biggest drawback for the 751. Also, the loss of velocity due to the shorter barrel could be seen as a weakness. Finally, the muzzle device is milled into the barrel. So no customization or suppressor mounting options, short of whatever B&T purpose-builds for it.

      • BaconLovingInfidel

        “Finally, the muzzle device is milled into the barrel. So no customization or suppressor mounting options, short of whatever B&T purpose-builds for it”

        That sucks

  • john huscio

    My grail gun as well…….but too rich for my blood sadly

    • James Young

      It’s not a gun, it’s art. Think of it as an investment. How many art pieces do you have that you can pull off the wall in case of emergency?

  • Currie864

    Pete, if it is unique but functional you are looking at and you are open to 7.62×39, might I suggest the PTR 32 Gen 2. While a bit on the heavy side- it is pretty accurate out to 300 yards, much cheaper than the unobtainium above, and easier to find parts for. I have had my PTR 32 Gen 2 for a couple years now and have really enjoyed it.

    • Pete – TFB Writer

      Have you been reading my mind? My next rifle purchase looks like it will be a PRR. Not a 7.62×39… and it’s a surprise.

      • Currie864

        A surprise like Christmas in July kind of surprise? You know, your gift to yourself for being such a good boy this year.

        • Pete – TFB Writer

          I haven’t been that good. Going to be a month or two I think. But I’ll write about it…

          I’ve asked the ‘top shelf’ roller lock builders and they have said that they are quality for the money.

          I don’t own this caliber yet…

          • lynyrd65

            PTR94 in 10mm?!

          • Pete – TFB Writer

            No. But that is one I will have to go look up.!

          • lynyrd65

            It doesn’t exist yet but it’s been rumored for a while. PTR was supposed to be working on a 9mm model for release in the fall of last year. There haven’t been any updates on the progress of that gun since it was first introduced. I was hoping you might have gotten your hands on one.

          • Pete – TFB Writer

            Interesting. No, this is a purely a personal purchase idea… but I should follow up on the 10mm.

      • Dingus

        Another thing to take into account, with 7.62×39 guns that are built on platforms not originally design for the round, is the growing pains. The PTR32 had some issues early in its existence, and I am anticipating problems out of the 553r as well. Heck, it’s already been delayed for months and months, due to redesigns of the mag well and ejection port. I am hoping SAN does it right, and makes sure it’s an ass-kicker, before they send them out.

        I had a PTR32. I don’t have it anymore. Also had a Czechpoint VZ58. Don’t have it anymore. My favorite 7.62×39 gun I ever owned was a SigUSA 556r. I would still have it, if I hadn’t ordered the 553r.

  • john huscio

    Actually still kicking myself for missing the louisiana DNR 551-2s that micheals machines was selling a few years ago.

  • Fast Forward

    I had a dream! ……..SIG SG510

  • Seth Hill

    I own a SIG 556. I just wish I had jumped on the 556/522 combos that CDNN had years ago.

  • Adam D.

    There aren’t many firearms that do this to me, but when I see these SAN SIGs, I totally geek out.
    The 14″ 551, the 553R in both LB and 11″, the 553 in 300 BLK (this gun was destined for the caliber!), and most of all, the 751 SAPR, especially with the 18″ barrel.
    Just damn.
    If you like guns, these OG SIGs just get your inner commando ninja fantasies going on. 🙂

    • Pete – TFB Writer

      Right? Up there with H&K sexiness.

      Speaking of which, what would make the better 300Blk suppressor host: A 553R or a H&K roller clone?

      • Adam D.

        That’s a hard question!
        I’ve never had the luck to shoot an original SAN SIG or an HK 53K/33,
        and although I live fairly close to Switzerland and Germany I have a hunch I won’t for a while. These guns aren’t common here in the region,
        not even amongst collectors, as far as I know.
        Some Swiss SIGs find their way to other European countries, but I don’t know about a single example in mine.
        In Switzerland they are plentiful of course.
        Building or buying an MR556, finding a G3 in decent shape or even converting an SL8 is easier, but haven’t seen a single 550 series SIG or HK53 yet.

        As for the technical side, the G3/91 is a bit violent,
        but the MP5 is a pussycat to shoot.
        The 300 BLK should be somewhere in between with a roller gun.
        The 33 is pretty heavy for being a 5.56 (a general 5.56 tendency at HK it seems, considering the weight of the 53, G36 and the 416), so it should be a mild shooting gun, bun in an MP5 sized chassis, I’m not that sure, maybe.
        Dakota Tacticals 300 looks nice, but looking nice and shooting well are two different things of course. 🙂

        For a modern 300 BLK, I think I’d go with the 553.
        It’s probably more “gassy” towards the shooter, but you don’t have to fiddle around with buffers, locking piece angles and the amount of ga required for smooth operation.
        Adjustable gas plug, cleaner guts (piston versus roller locked), polymer mags, easier charing of the weapon, bolt hold open.
        (Maybe I’m just a p.%!y, but even the MP5 is a bit tiresome to charge after 5-6 reloading. Curse of any blowback action.)

      • Dingus

        .300BLK Sig, all day. IMO. That’s partly because I have an extreme prejudice against roller-lock, outside of the mp5. The adjustable gas on the Sigs is a nice feature for a gun that is destined for suppression. And those gas valves are customizable too. Assuming you have access to a drill-press or mill, and nice bits.

  • Dingus

    I have three SAN guns. Two of which I got from JDI. I am still waiting on the 553R. I also have a couple excellent clones, built off SigUSA receivers, and a myriad of other SigUSA guns and misc SAN and US parts. I am what I would consider a “Sig guy”. I personally think they are the ultimate evolution of the AK. Yes, better than a Galil, Valmet, etc. Do I think they are the be-all end-all of firearms in general? Hell no. I just like them a lot, and they are the niche gun that I collect. I have not had as much time behind my 751 as I would prefer, due to work, but I can say its accuracy surprised me. The barrel is a scant 14 inches, but it is quite heavily profiled. I haven’t had any time behind my SAN 551yet, as I have been away from home since it arrived, and I am still awaiting the 553r. My SAN 553 is a blast to shoot, of course, but isn’t noticeably different than my clones.

    • Adam D.

      You are one lucky man Dingus, I hope you know that. 🙂
      From the very first time I’d shot an older 522 with the SAN style unadjustable stock and rifle length handguard I was hooked on the 550 ergonomics.

      What accuracy are you getting from the SAN guns?
      Do they shoot as good as their price and “proverbial quality” would dictate?
      I’m very curious what accuracy the 751 and the 553R are capable of.

      You also mentioned clones: is it feasible from a financial standpoind
      to have clones made? Are these converted from 556 models or built from the ground up from parts kits?

      By the way, one more question if you don’t mind: are 556 and SAN grips interchangable?

      • Dingus

        Accuracy is no better or worse than any other comparable carbines, as far as i have been able to tell. The price of these guns does not necessarily equate quality and/or accuracy. You are paying for a collectible item, in the case of the older DNR and similar guns, and you are paying for the importation, in the case of JDI guns. My 751 has proven more accurate than i expected, but i have not tested it against a comparable gun of a lower price point. I don’t collect these guns because they are capable of some kind of fantastic Swiss precision. I collect them because i think they are fantastic guns for what they are, and i like the exclusivity and collect-ability.

        The clones are not necessarily a good alternative to the real thing. My clones are built on SigUSA receivers. The cost of a good clone is extremely close to the cost of a no-shit SAN gun, when it’s all said and done. The only good reason to make a clone is if you want a gun in the older gray/green color finish, without having to re-paint a brand new SAN gun.

        The grips are not interchangeable.

        • Adam D.

          I see, thanks for the info Dingus!
          Yes, I get what you mean, of course a decent part of the price comes
          from the fact that these are really hard to get rifles.
          Also most collectors don’t buy these to shoot the crap out of them, but since they’re considered to be very precisely built guns like B+Ts, I’d expect at least 1.5 MOA out of these with good ammo.
          Strangely enough I’ve never seen a detailed accuracy test on any of these SANs.

          Thanks again for the info!

          • Dingus

            I buy all my guns with the intention to shoot the crap out of them. As far as I am concerned, a gun like a SAN is like a car. As soon as I put one round through it, I may as well have put 500. The collectibility just took a big hit, with that first round fired, and that first scuff behind the ejection port.

            Also, when we’re talking about AR vs. 55x accuracy, we’re talking about DI vs piston. The AR has a head start, right out the gate. But, I have no real test data to prove anything either way. I am just working off the known attributes of the respective operating systems.

            I love my Sigs. But I also love the AR.

          • Adam D.

            Then alongside my boss, you are one of the few collectors who think this way, Dingus! 🙂
            I have to say I really like this approach.
            It’s really cool to see stuff actually work instead of sitting lonely in a box. 🙂

  • Mazryonh

    I thought that part of the whole draw of using the SIG SG rifles was the fact that they can use magazines that have clamps on them, so you can clamp the magazines side by side to each other for quicker reloading without using dodgy methods like duct tape or homemade metal clamps, but I don’t see any trace of those proprietary magazines in this article.

    Regardless, those magazines combined with a SIG SG rifle can let you honestly claim that you have 90 rounds on your gun that aren’t in a drum magazine. Showing up to the range with three or more magazines clamped to each other with one loaded into your rifle would probably get you strange looks, though.

  • carlcasino

    Move the decimal point one space to the left and send it on.

  • CavScout

    Not worth the $3k that I’m sure they cost. Only ones than can afford that is countries with tiny militaries that don’t fight.