View Full Version : Swiss Miss and Czechx Mix

06-26-2015, 08:55 PM
I stopped by the watering hole today and bailed a couple of "pistols" out of jail..... a SIG 553 and a CZ Scorpion. These will, of course, be made into SBR's. Both of these (especially the SIG) were a long time coming. I was so excited that I didn't even clean the packing/storage oil off of them before snapping the pictures so the finish might look a little funky in some of the shots.

http://i870.photobucket.com/albums/ab269/Combloc/Misc/P1130528_zpsvzljqbfj.jpg (http://s870.photobucket.com/user/Combloc/media/Misc/P1130528_zpsvzljqbfj.jpg.html)

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Look very closely and you'll see that the SIG is 100% made in Switzerland NOT the US. Swiss rifles have not been imported into this country since the late 80's and this may very well be last chance we have to buy a new Swiss made 55x series rifle ever. Accurate out to 300m, the 553 is just a hair longer than the Scorpion and it's more petite too. The diopter sights make HK's look cheap and the build Quality is obscene. I thought I'd never own either of these firearms but sometimes you get lucky! Today was like Christmas in June baby!!

Here's the Swiss family Robinso er, um I mean SIG:

http://i870.photobucket.com/albums/ab269/Combloc/Misc/P1130532_zpsxgilqky1.jpg (http://s870.photobucket.com/user/Combloc/media/Misc/P1130532_zpsxgilqky1.jpg.html)

All that's missing is an M75 pistol. That's a Swiss made and issued P220. I'll find one at a reasonable price eventually.

Tradition is a wonderful thing. In the picture below, we see a 1953 P210 lying on top of the 2013 made 553. 60 years later and the old cross and shield stamp is still in use. Absolutely Schweet!!

http://i870.photobucket.com/albums/ab269/Combloc/Misc/P1130537_zps2qh0vfzu.jpg (http://s870.photobucket.com/user/Combloc/media/Misc/P1130537_zps2qh0vfzu.jpg.html)

Here we see the bottom of the pistol grip on the SIG:

http://i870.photobucket.com/albums/ab269/Combloc/Misc/P1130544_zpsdt43v6tu.jpg (http://s870.photobucket.com/user/Combloc/media/Misc/P1130544_zpsdt43v6tu.jpg.html)

Slide the cover off and we have storage for an adjustment tool, cleaning cord or whatever else you want to stuff in there, just like many other modern rifles. But the really neato thing about this otherwise common and mundane feature is that, after all these long years, the craftsmen at Neuhausen are still supplying the little white plastic troop tag. It feels like it's made from the exact same material that I've encountered on K31's from back in the early 40's:

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http://i870.photobucket.com/albums/ab269/Combloc/Misc/P1130540_zpsxkwpdgao.jpg (http://s870.photobucket.com/user/Combloc/media/Misc/P1130540_zpsxkwpdgao.jpg.html)

There's not much to say about the Scorpion that you can't easily find in lots of already existing excellent online references. It's Czech goodness! As well built as an HK and dirt cheap in comparison, this little gem just might give the MP5 a run for its money. Here is a shot showing a size comparison between the Scorpion and the um...well....Skorpion:

http://i870.photobucket.com/albums/ab269/Combloc/Misc/P1130539_zps9eqsvbvs.jpg (http://s870.photobucket.com/user/Combloc/media/Misc/P1130539_zps9eqsvbvs.jpg.html)

Once I get these clunkers set up on some form 1's, it's off to the range for some GOOD times!!

06-26-2015, 09:16 PM
Pretty neat - thanks for sharing!

06-26-2015, 09:39 PM
Very nice! Thanks for the photos and congrats.

06-27-2015, 01:56 PM
The SIG rifle is beautiful work of art. The ultimate Cold War full power battle rifle (in the looks department). Combination of wood and steel that looks like a cross between WW2 German and a Star Wars movie prop. (Cold War Comic book too) Wood butt stock and super slender forearm, serrated lines on the pistol grip vent holes a blued steel barrel jacket. Swiss type Tee shape bolt handle. FAL , M14 type high quality steel magazine. And the barrel and gas tube looks like they have a super long hot bluing processed and then buffer wheel. Topped off with a Swiss Cross.

If it had a optional snail drum and early FAL type bi-pod you would have the true uber:rifle

Man those Swiss have class. I like all their surplus items from cleaning kits to rain ponchos , all first class price is of no concern to them in Bern.

06-27-2015, 02:35 PM
No snail drum but it does have a bipod. It just stows above the barrel jacket so it kind of blends in:

http://i870.photobucket.com/albums/ab269/Combloc/SIG%20510-7/P1110825_zps9ce47e6f.jpg (http://s870.photobucket.com/user/Combloc/media/SIG%20510-7/P1110825_zps9ce47e6f.jpg.html)

That might be what you thought was a gas tube. Actually, there is no gas system. Instead, it's a roller locked delayed blowback design just like an HK.

06-27-2015, 02:56 PM
No snail drum but it does have a bipod. It just stows above the barrel jacket so it kind of blends in:

That might be what you thought was a gas tube. Actually, there is no gas system. Instead, it's a roller locked delayed blowback design just like an HK.

Thanks for the added information. I did not know much about the rifle except for seeing them in photos. The Roller lock delayed blow back design makes sense with the times. And hidden folding Bi-pod matches early CETME and FAL tactical thinking.
The rifle itself is a Force multiplier

I need to read more on the this machine.

06-27-2015, 03:08 PM
If you're interested, I did a long and detailed write-up about the 510. Here's a link:


06-27-2015, 05:28 PM
I am starting to read now but need time to digest the information. I must say as a Cold War rifle buff your overview of the SIG is right up my alley. I cannot express my interest in battle rifle and close combat carbine development from 1945 to 1965.
after I read it, I will post

Thank you

06-27-2015, 07:03 PM
Sure thing. Enjoy!

06-27-2015, 09:21 PM
Combloc Outstanding article, very good photos as well

You take the SIG piece by piece and show the amazing attention to detail the Swiss are known for.
The huge recoil spring was interesting, it looked like a Anaconda snake next to the G3 spring.

I must plead ignorance of the SIG being a roller lock rifle I guess my thinking the highly finished folded bi-pod was a tube at first glance.

Will say after reading this is it backs up my thinking of how the West viewed the rifleman after 1945.
This being the most extreme example. That is every rifleman should be able to deliver a high volume of precise long range fire. Rifles like this and metal forearm Bi-pod equipped FAL G1 seem to show that Cold War vision of the high quality battle rifle.

My comments are no way taking away from M 14, MAS 49 or G3 CETME series rifles

06-28-2015, 08:49 AM
^^^ What he said plus one. It took me a while to go through the article you wrote and the pictures were a great help in understanding the text. You really are good at this sort of write up. Thanks for your posts and pictures and I look forward to seeing and reading about what you bring out next.

07-13-2015, 10:37 AM
Thanks guys. I appreciate the kind words!