[Review+Video] Sig Sauer 716i Tread: Kick Ass AR-10

We’re always on the lookout for great AR-10s because we love ’em, and finding a good one can be tricky.

While Sig Sauer doesn’t have a reputation for producing budget firearms for the cost-conscious, there is no denying that this company can manufacture some really great rifles.

Sig Sauer 716i Tread AR-10 sniper johnny shooting
Sig Sauer 716i Tread AR-10 in Action

So we had to find out if the 716i Tread would live up to the Sig name with it’s reduced price.

Sig Sauer 716i Tread AR-10 asleep in the hay
Sig Sauer 716i Tread AR-10

Johnny took the Sig Sauer 716i Tread out to the range and loved it so much that he won’t give it back! We’ll go over all the details and tell you why in this review.

Or, if you want to hear it from the man yourself, take a look at our video!

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Sig Sauer 716i Tread Vs. 716G2

The main difference between the two Sig Sauer AR-10s is that the 716G2 is a short-stroke gas piston action while the 716i uses direct-impingement (like most AR-15s and AR-10s).

Direct Impingement vs Piston
Direct Impingement vs Piston

There are other minor differences, such as a different Magpul stock, slightly different Sig grip, and the 716i has a longer handguard but the same barrel length.

Sig Sauer 716i Tread AR-10 mag dumping
Johnny with the Sig Sauer 716i Tread, blasting hard!

As a byproduct of being a short-stroke gas piston, the 716G2 is also a full pound heavier than the 716i.

But when it comes right down to it, the action is really the only difference that matters. Oh, and the price. You can get a 716G2 for around $1,800 and the 716i for closer to $1,300 (pre-pandemic).

Specs

A spec sheet. Because y’all like that kind of thing.

  • Caliber: .308 Win
  • Barrel Length: 16-inches
  • Action: Semi-Auto
  • Gas System: Direct Impingement
  • Stock: Magpul
  • Trigger Type: Single Stage
  • Twist Rate: 1-10
  • OAL: 37-inches
  • Weight: 8.5 lbs.
Sig Sauer 716i Tread AR-10 chilling
“I look good on blue” -Sig Sauer 716i, probably.

Range Report

Ya, the rifle ran flawlessly. The end.

Okay, okay! I’ll elaborate. Not only did it run exquisitely, it was also gassed from the factory perfectly, the Ambi-controls are awesome, and it was a REAL nail driver!

The first and second groups out of this rifle were outstanding, even with Johnny shooting!

Sig Sauer 716i Tread AR-10 johnny's second ever group
Johnny’s second ever group with the Sig 716i. Nice.

Shooting off a Deathgrip Tripod and from the shoulder, this rifle is just nice to shoot.

Gas System

DI is the classic gas system used in the AR-10 and the AR-15. It’s also a system that is often over gassed to improve reliability. More gas = more oomph to make the system work.

One of the big complaints we’ve had with a few AR-10s is that they are waaay over-gassed. To the point of being annoying to shoot!

But Sig nailed it with the 716i. This rifle is perfectly gassed right out of the cardboard box it came in.

Sig Sauer 716i Tread AR-10 and a cardboard box it comes in
Plain clothes, but a great personality!

Controls

Ambi-controls on a “budget” rifle is really nice to see. It’s not the end of the world if you don’t have them, but what a great feature to include on the Sig Sauer 716i Tread.

That said, the 716i isn’t perfectly Ambi. It comes with an Ambi-safety and mag release, but the bolt release/hold open and charging handle is left side only.

Sig Sauer 716i Tread AR-10 side controls
Sig Sauer 716i Tread Ambi-controls, nice!

Since Sig designed these controls, you can expect high-end quality. The safety is crisp, the Sig grip is very Sig-like, and the trigger is clean if a bit milspecy.

Sig Sauer 716i Tread AR-10 grip from sig
Skateboard grip type stippling makes for a grippy… grip.

If you’ve shot a P365, the grip is kind of like that but bigger and fills the hand well.

Scope

If you’ve been reading our AR-10 reviews, you’ll have seen this scope in action on the Danial Defense DD5 V4!

DD5 V4 Primary Arms PLx 6-30x56mm
Primary Arms PLx 6-30x56mm

The Primary Arms PLx 6-30×56 is a great scope and a perfect pairing for an AR-10.

Low-end magnification is low enough for hunting or close target shooting, and the clear glass with 30x high-end magnification really lets you stretch your rifle out to the limit.

1500
at Primary Arms

Prices accurate at time of writing

Prices accurate at time of writing

Downsides?

One thing we need to pick on is the charging handle.

We’re not fans of the milspec charging handles as it is, but the 716i comes with one that is extra slippy on the sides, making it difficult to get a solid grip.

Sig Sauer 716i Tread AR-10 milspec charging handle
Ya, not a fan of the charging handle.

Due to their size, it can be difficult to get a real good grasp on an AR-10’s charging handle, especially if you have a scope mounted.

The best upgrade we can recommend is to replace that charging handle with something new! That’s Johnny’s plan, also.

Personally, I’d recommend the Radian Raptor AR-10 charging handle. I love this charging handle; it’s equipped on my Aero Precision M5 AR-10 build and my AR-15s.

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at Primary Arms

Prices accurate at time of writing

Prices accurate at time of writing

Check out some more details in the Best Charging Handle review!

By The Numbers

Reliability: 5/5

It runs like butter.  

Ergonomics: 4/5

I like the grips. Good adjustable stock. And love the ambi mag release. 

Accuracy: 5/5

The only reason to own a 308. If your AR-10 isn’t a 5/5, find a new one. 

Customization: 5/5

The AR-10 platform has so much more room for activities. 

Value: 4/5

Solid value in the mid-tier market. The Sig Sauer 716i kicks ass!

But right now, the price is really high due to pandemic inflation, so…

Overall: 4.5/5

Throw on some quality glass, and you’re all set. Solid, solid rifle. 

Conclusion

Sig is known for their high-end rifles and their outstanding pistols. They’ve changed the market with the P365, and they landed that sweet Army contract with the M17 and M18.

Sig Sauer 716i Tread AR-10 sniper johnny shooting
Sig Sauer 716i Tread AR-10 Pew Pew

The Sig Sauer Tread 716i mid-tier AR-10 is a champ that runs like butter with great ergonomics, exceptional accuracy, and looks pretty to boot. Perhaps the best recommendation is that our reviewer demanded he be allowed to buy it for his personal collection.

Here’s the video review one more time if you missed it!

What are your thoughts on AR-10s? Are we going to see a new battle rifle become the standard? Let us know in the comments!

And don’t forget to take a look at the Best Long Range Optics for some choice glass to mount or Best AR-10s for some other options.

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11 Leave a Reply

  • T8 P

    What is the MOA, to 100 yards respectively, that you were getting out of the gun.

    2 weeks ago
  • Lurker

    Just a heads up, Radian Raptor charging handles are not compatible with the Sig 716i.

    4 weeks ago
  • Larry Bettie

    What's the distance of the AR10 ?

    1 month ago
  • N8

    Nice review. How does it stack up against S&W M&P10? I’m interested in buying one of the two once pandemic insanity settles down.

    1 month ago
  • Gordon

    Just a question, did ANYONE from "Pew Pew" get compensated in ANY way for the review? Thanks and have a great day.

    1 month ago
    • David, PPT Editor

      PPT as a company nor any of us personally were compensated from outside sources to review any item in this or any other article on the site.

      1 month ago
  • Gary Johns

    OMG ITS Gomer Pyles son

    1 month ago
  • Ironpoopie

    Buyer Beware: I picked up the radian-raptor-ambidextrous-ar-10-sr25-charging-handle to go with my 716i and it doesn’t work. It seems the SIG charging handle is smaller and the radian gets stuck. I tested the Ambi Radian on my Troy 12.5 308 and it works like a charm. The 716i is supposed to come with an ambi charging handle and if you call they tell you call back next month.

    1 month ago
    • Mike

      I have the sig 716i too awesome rifle but I’m finding out there’s not much out there for a ambi charging handle. Is sig sauer going to give a ambi charging handle to the customers who have bought one? Are they making a ambi charging handle for the 716i ? I hope so because the charging handle that’s on it sucks!!

      1 month ago
    • Kozmo

      I had the same issue with an Aero Precision 308 ambi charging handle. Great rifle though.

      1 month ago
    • David, PPT Editor

      Oh man, good to know! Thanks for telling us!

      1 month ago
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