amzn_assoc_asins = "B00VVEOB54,B00XLFX788,B00XLFWYU0,B00XNCTQG6,B07HWTQR7W,B01DAF51ZU,B00TIZQK9S"; Tom Claycomb has been an avid hunter/fisherman throughout his life as well as an outdoor writer with outdoor columns in the magazine Hunt Alaska, Bass Pro Shops, Bowhunter.net and freelances for numerous magazines and newspapers. Not only do I get great control of the weapon, but the wide and airy space around the barrel ensures that gas gets ejected without burning up my hand, and that the barrel cools as quickly as possible. Mike has three ARs. Of course, there are drawbacks to the short-stroke piston system. .223 is a little femmy and all the variations are compromises. It's claim to fame is the modular design. Carry an AR if you want to. Accuracy * * * * The charging handle internals are a little different than a standard AR’s, so it’s one of the parts that’s not interchangeable. Due to their previous history with their CO2 airguns, I figured it had to be great. All machines fail. There’s often lots of “review updates” where folks go back and say “Loved it til it stopped working”. SIG was clearly thinking of shooters with gloves who may be asked to patrol with the Virtus Patrol. Overall * * * * 9/10ths Check with Midwest or Lancer before ordering to verify fitment as there have been some developmental design changes to the MCX along the way. It had been beaten apart between the rim and the shoulder. A few versions of the AR-18 were fitted with Sionics MAW-A1 suppressors and Redfield 3-9X optics during the Vietnam war. Eleven months. SIG Virtus vs Colt AR15 BCG side view, note dual springs (image courtesy JWT for thetruthaboutguns.com). Manufacturers took another look at the short-stroke piston system for the AR pattern rifle. PSA's Daily Deals: The best way to go broke saving money. For this review, I shot IMI’s M193 55gr FMJ, a bunch of 62gr green tip of unknown origin, IMI’s 77gr OTM, Winchester 64 grain Power Point, Wolf 55gr FMJ, and Sinterfire’s 45 gain Reduced Hazard Frangible Ammunition along with whatever was laying round in the bottom of a few ammo cans. Owned a few. The Virtus barrel has a heavier profile than the standard MCX. Of course, the whole thing about it not working was kind of a bummer. SIG Sauer chose to elongate the handguard instead of having what would have been an extremely large circular tube. Doesn’t, that box. With the relocation of the action springs, the rifle can be outfitted with a folding stock for easier transport or storage. I’ve submerged the gun completely in water for hours, poured out the water and shot it. Rather have an original AR-180 aka “The Widow Maker”. Alas, the US Army had already married itself to the Colt-licensed AR-15, and it would remain dominant to this day. It’s hard enough that it’s very unlikely to break, and if, for some reason it does, SIG sells the entire assembly on their website for $49. Mark H. has a couple of ARs “just because.” He also said they would be the last thing he would take out of the safe if the SHTF. That was 1959. You HAVE to make sure the firing pin is seated properly in the bolt after field stripping or it won’t function. Long-time readers of my reviews will recognize this round, and this same issue. as the firearm they mimicked. Plus, more rounds = more fun. He’ll tell you none of them are half the rifle his 91 is. One thing I was concerned about was the rifle’s ability to maintain zero when pulling the barrel and switching from one caliber to the next. Yes, I”m being really picky here. I’ve said this before. 9mm to 7.62 NATO. The grip on the Virtus is similar to the Magpul in that it’s also a textured firm polymer with a storage compartment in the bottom. That means that cantilever mounts aren’t necessary and shooters can go with stronger traditional two-piece rings. The cold hammer forged barrel sports a welcome 1:7″ twist rate. SIG is also planning to sell an MCX conversion kit that includes the complete upper and a stock assembly. But you must admit that the level of enthusiasm can also be affected by the aggressiveness of a marketing group in soliciting reviews. Just a couple of years later, Howa Machinery Ltd. in Japan was producing and exporting the AR-18 and the semi-auto civilian version, the AR-180. My preference is almost always for a heavier gun, depending on where the balance point is. 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In March, after not shooting it for a while, I took it out, didn’t clean the rifle, but sprayed some more CLP in it, and started shooting it again.