POTD: SIG Sauer SG 553 R

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POTD SIG Sauer SG 553 R

SIG Sauer AG, the Swiss small arms division of SIG Sauer, still produces the SG 550 series of rifles. The company shared this picture of an SG 553 R rifle on their social media pages. The main difference of this model from other SG 553 rifles is that it is chambered in 7.62×39 and is fed from AK-47 magazines. There is also a civilian 7.62×39 version of these rifles called SIG 556 R.

Here are the tech specs of the SIG Sauer SG 553 R rifle:

Description Value
Calibre 7.62 x 39
Trigger pull weight 35 N (3,5 kg)
Weight (empty) 3.080 g
Weight with (20 / 30 rounds) 3.900 g
Function principle Gas operated
Bolt pattern Rotating bolt
Cycle rate approx. 700 rd / min
Magazine capacity 30
Total length 810 mm
Length folded 578 mm
Height 185 mm
Line of sight 343 mm
Length of twist 240 mm (9,5“)
No. of grooves 4
Energy 1.900 J
Gas pressure system adjustable
POTD SIG Sauer SG 553 R

The learn more about SIG Sauer AG, visit the About Us section of the company’s website where you can find their history timeline.

Pictures by SIG Sauer AG, www.sigsauer.swiss

Hrachya H
Hrachya H

Managing Editor Being a lifelong firearms enthusiast, Hrachya always enjoys studying the history and design of guns and ammunition. Should you need to contact him, feel free to shoot him a message at Hrachya@TheFirearmBlog.com

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  • Edward Rowin Edward Rowin on May 12, 2023

    As someone new to SIG Sauer, I find it fascinating that they continue to produce the SG 550 series rifles. The SG 553 R's chambering in 7.62×39 and compatibility with AK-47 magazines is an interesting departure from other models. It's great to know about the civilian version, SIG 556 R, too.


    • Andrew Andrew on May 13, 2023

      @SP mclaughlin Honestly, at this point I’m not even sure if I’M real.