(GunReports.com) — The Delaware State Police Special Operations Response Team (SORT) has chosen SIG Sauer’s SIG516 as its new duty long arm.
The 5.56mm SIG516 rifle was chosen after an evaluation of accuracy, reliability and durability. The short-stroke gas-piston system of the SIG516 reduces carbon and heat buildup, which leads to enhanced functioning. Delaware State Troopers currently carry SIG Sauer Model P229 pistols in .357 SIG as their approved duty sidearm. Troopers in the First State were the first to adopt the .357 SIG for duty use.
Approximately 40 SORT members are available to respond to hostage incidents, armed barricade situations, high-risk warrant service, dignitary protection and crisis situations throughout the state.
“With the wide selection of AR-platform rifles on the market, we feel the SIG516 stands out for its superior design and operating system,” said Tom Jankiewicz, Director of Operations, Law Enforcement, Government and Military Sales. “We’re honored the Delaware State Police SORT felt the same way.”