PE90 Finally

The country that avoids war and the country that fights but has a hard time winning have been combined. The Swiss made some excellent firearms and the French made some unique and occasionally inspiring ones. We have added the Belgian and Dutch since they are neighbors.

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PE90 Finally

Post by ArchFluffy » Thu Sep 03, 2020 9:14 pm

The Swiss Army currently arms its soldiers with the 5.56 SIG 550 (the Swiss call it the STGW90 for Sturmgewehr 90). The civilian version of that rifle is the PE90. Swiss citizens can buy their PE90 through gun clubs and take part in shooting matches. The rifle is identical to the military version except that the trigger group was never given burst or full auto capabilities. It's semiautomatic only.
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Looks alright.
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Ooh, an M1990 bayonet
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The bayonets were made by either Wenger or Victorinox. Mine is a Wenger.
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Here it is in stabby configuration.
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That bulge thing on the barrel is the attachment point for grenade launching. There is a shiny metal spring that rests in a groove there. The barrel is milled from one piece including the flash hider.
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Bipod. Unstable shooters = bad. When it's deployed it moves around a lot with the legs able to move independently forward and back and they can swing side to side but their width of stance is fixed.
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Two pins hold the upper and lower together. Magazines rock-in and are released by that latch.
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Trigger guard flips out of the way for shooting with mittens in the winter. Drink some Swiss Miss.
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The front sight is protected by that big ring. Here it is with the night sight down
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And now with the night sight up.
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The rear sight also accommodates night shooting because duh.
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The stock can be folded. Controls are still accessible. The stock locks onto the front hand guard so it's not swinging free.
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The sling attaches with these hooks. I think these were replaced with more secure looking one later.
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Translucent 20 round magazines. They can be locked together.
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It's a snap! Eh, what next.... I took a lot of pics...
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That plunger behind the trigger is not the trigger. It's spring loaded and you can twist it in or out to adjust the trigger. I have it far enough back so I feel the spring right as I hit the trigger release. That way I have a two stage trigger. Feel the resistance and I know just a teeny tad more and it lets go.
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So does the Swiss Army actually use Swiss Army knives? If anyone ever asks you that you can say, "Yes, but the current issue ones are black instead of the ubiquitous red." Just like the bayos, they were made by Victorinox and Wenger. Newer ones are all made by Victorinox ever since they bought out Wenger.
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The knife has a chuck on on end that is fixed and does not fold. It interfaces with the diopter adjuster.
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Click click right or left.
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For elevation this fold-out tool is for that screw.
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Twist the B for more T or H. I'll figure it out later.
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That front blade with the hole is the gas regulator. This is normal operational setting.
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And this is for fouled. Eww. It allows more gas through to work the action if it's needed.
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There you have it! I think it even looks nice too. Me-ow.
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Yay! :SWI:
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Re: PE90 Finally

Post by Niner » Thu Sep 03, 2020 10:41 pm

Best post on this site related to a gun subject in years. Well done with lots of images and knowledge of the subject.

I almost want one. Being Swiss it has to be good and with well thought out engineering design and craftsmanship. Your post makes me want to shoot one. Tell us about the experience. And I know from the chats that you hadn't shot it yet at last report.
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Re: PE90 Finally

Post by DuncaninFrance » Fri Sep 04, 2020 3:55 pm

Outstanding Arch, :SWI: :SWI: :SWI: :SWI: :SWI:
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Re: PE90 Finally

Post by ArchFluffy » Fri Sep 04, 2020 6:09 pm

I'll keep you informed.

Thank you! :D

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Re: PE90 Finally

Post by Miller Tyme » Tue Sep 08, 2020 7:38 pm

That is too sweet Arch, sure looks like some range time is in your future.
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Re: PE90 Finally

Post by joseyclosey » Thu Sep 10, 2020 12:41 pm

The Swiss think of everything, there are some pretty cool features on that rifle. Being a fan of swiss knives too, I wonder where I could pick up one of those wee pocket knife/tools, I tried google but they don't show up in my searches.
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Re: PE90 Finally

Post by ArchFluffy » Thu Sep 10, 2020 6:48 pm

Thanks for the love, guys!

joseyclosey, I found some knives just like the one I have on ebay. I searched "SIG 550" The ones I can see that have the parts deployed look like they match mine. I hope this helps! ;)

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Re: PE90 Finally

Post by joseyclosey » Fri Sep 11, 2020 8:39 am

Cheers Arch :D
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