Familiar handling, unfamiliar power, SIG SAUER has taken the proven features of the SIG516 and applied them into a potent AR-based rifle chambered in 7.62 NATO. Utilizing the tried and true Direct Impingement System, an M1913 Mil-Std rail, free-floating barrel, aluminum forend, and telescoping stock, the SIG716 is the rifle of choice when you require the power of a larger caliber carbine.
Sig Sauer 716I TREAD
Here’s what our experts had to say about the SIG Sauer 716i TREAD in their testing for the 2020 issue of Ballistic’s Best:
“The SIG Sauer TREAD lived up to its name as a good value, and for $1,399 you get a great AR-10 with a nice trigger, an ambidextrous safety, and upgraded grip and stock. Reliable and accurate, it was for the most part a dead heat. You simply cannot go wrong with any of these rifles.”
- Caliber: .308 Win.
- Barrel: 16 inches
- Overall Length: 37 inches
- Overall Weight: 6.5 pounds (empty)
- Stocks: BCM
- Sights: None
- Action: Direct Impingement
- Finish: Hard anodized
- Capacity: 20+1
- MSRP: $1,429
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2020 Reader’s Choice for “Best Semi-Auto AR-10 Rifle”
The nominees for our 2020 Reader’s Choice “Best Semi-Auto AR-10 Rifle” were:
- POF-USA Rogue
- Rock River Arms Select Target BT-3
- SIG Sauer 716i TREAD
Before we get to the winner, here are all of the categories in our 2020 Reader’s Choice voting:
In total, there were 12,080 votes for the “Best Semi-Auto AR-10 Rifle” category. Grabbing more than 7,000 of the votes for a total of 59.13 percent is the winner: the SIG Sauer 716i TREAD.
With its new aluminum-frame 716i TREAD, SIG defiantly steps into the .308 AR market. The new rifle is essentially a lightweight, direct-impingement version of SIG’s popular 716 series. It also features a precision 16-inch barrel and free-floating M-LOK handguard. Beyond that is an oversized ambidextrous mag release, charging handle, safety selector, and rear QD cups. The two-stage Matchlite Duo trigger and six-position adjustable stock round out a really nice package.
Overall, this is an intriguing .308 entry. The last part of the equation is MSRP. Currently, the MSRP is $1,429.99, but we expect a “street price” closer to $1,299.99. We’ll be looking to test one very soon. For more information, please visit sigsauerweapons.com