04/06/2015 - IWA 2015 / SAN - Swiss Arms showcased the 7,62x51mm caliber SG751 SAPR semiautomatic and full-automatic rifle platform
Headquartered in the Swiss town of Neuhausen, the SAN - Swiss Arms AG company is the direct heir of the legendary SIG - Schweizerische Industrie Gesellschaft in the field of small arms manufacturing for military, law enforcement and government customers.
Currently the SAN - Swiss Arms company manufactures the SG-550, SG-551, SG-552 and SG-553 assault rifles, the SAN-511 .50-caliber long-range rifles and the SIG 40mm grenade launchers system for global professional sales; the Company also manufactures most of the civilian-grade variants of said products currently available on the global commercial/sport shooting markets.
At the 2015 edition of the IWA OutdoorClassics expo in Nuremberg (Germany), the SAN - Swiss Arms company showcased its latest entry in the field of tactical rifles: the SG751 SAPR system.
Not exactly a new product − it has actually been around for a couple of years now − the SG751 SAPR rifle system is currently the mainstay of the SAN - Swiss Arms MIL/LE products line, and is also available in a semiautomatic only civilian-grade variant.
A direct knock-off of the legendary SG-550 assault rifle, the SG751 SAPR is built around a stamped and welded steel receiver housing externally finished with a ceramic-reinforced coating; as usual with the Swiss industry, the SG751 SAPR is built with the best available materials and through the use of state-of-the-art machineries and technologies.
Although described by SAN - Swiss Arms as a "precision rifle", the SG751 SAPR is best described as a medium-range battle rifle or as a designated marksman rifle.
It is still based upon the SG-550's tried-and-true long-stroke gas piston system, but the caliber has been beefed up for maximum performance, passing from 5,56x45mm NATO (or .223 Remington) to 7,62x51mm NATO (or .308 Winchester). The SG751 SAPR will feed through detachable polymer or metal double-stack magazines, holding twenty or thirty rounds of ammunition.
Sporting a fully stainless steel gas system and a plethora of gas nitrided, phosphated, hardened and tempered components (such as the barrel, bolt and bolt carrier group and the firing pin), the SG751 SAPR offers one of the highest levels of workmanship, accuracy and reliability on the market today. After all, it is a direct descendent of what is currently known as the most finely manufactured modern assault rifle in the world.
Two variants of the SAN - Swiss Arms SG751 SAPR rifle are available: the SB model sports a 365mm/14" long, heavy, cold hammer-forged barrel; the LB model comes with a longer, but otherwise identical, 455mm/18" barrel.
The SG751 SAPR is available for commercial purchases as a sporting rifle: those civilian-grade variants are semiautomatic only in nature and can not be converted to select-fire operation. The SAN - Swiss Arms SG751 SAPR SB and LB versions as sold on the MIL/LE/Govt. only markets instead come with a fire selector that enables semiautomatic or full-automatic fire, with a cyclic rate of approximately 700 rounds per minute.
All variants come standard with SIG's classic polymer side-folding stock and handguard, available in several colors. The SG751 SAPR also sports SG-550 type iron sights, and a top MIL-STD-1913 "Picatinny" rail for optical sights. The standard stock can be replaced with a folding/adjustable stock model, while the polymer handguard can either be equipped with accessory rails or outright replaced with a machined aluminum quad-rail variant.