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Sig Sauers latest AR: Sig556XI

Mine is the standard Polymer handguard model.

Directly from Sig:

The evolution of the SIG556® platform, the new SIG556xi gives you unparalleled modularity in barrel length, caliber, magazine type, and stock configuration. A folding stock combined with ambidextrous magazine release, bolt release, safety selector and charging handle. Accepts any MIL-SPEC AR-15/M4/M16 or AK-style magazines depending upon lower. Available with a polymer or aluminum handguard.


- 3-position adjustable gas piston operating system with rotating bolt
- Swiss-style folding stock with removable cheek riser
- Ambidextrous controls
- Locking flip-up front and rear sights
- Polymer handguard (compatible with Magpul® MOE® accessories)
- Caliber convertible: 5.56 NATO / 7.62 x 39mm / 300 Blk

Photos by Mike Nielson

Lord of Wolves is an exotic shotgun. This weapon can only be obtained through Prison of Elders. This bounty is called The Elder Cipher and its a guaranteed drop on level 35 Skolas. On level 34 it has a possibility to drop aswell but as always the chance is pretty small. 

First of all let us see which perks this shotgun has. As always we start off with the ballistic perks:

  • Smart Drift Control - Predictable and controllable recoil. Penalty to range.
  • Soft Ballistics - Less recoil. Penalty to Impact
  • Linear Compensator - More predictable recoil. Slight boosts to range and impact. More recoil. 

Since its a shotgun and the range isn’t that long i went for linear compensator. It gives me a boost to range and impact even tho its just the slightest bit. Everything you can add to range is good. The range is short in stats when you look at it but because you shoot in bursts the range get a bit more extended by it. The rest of the perks are more based on stability.

  • Hip Fire - This weapon has bonus accuracy while firing from the hip
  • Speed Reload - Reload this weapon quickly
  • Extended Mag - A larger magazine
  • Perfect Balance - This weapon has extremely low recoil

And the perk that this gun is build around…

  • Devil’s Touch - Kills with this weapon rally nearby allies with +3 recovery. Lasts 30 seconds

Hip Fire is a perk you need to select anyway to advance to the next upgrade tree. The hip fire perk doesn’t need much explaining since people know what hip fire is (shoot without use of sights or scope).

Speed Reload is really handy when playing in PVP since shotgun reloads are slow. But since this shotgun uses the same reload technique as an auto rifle, which makes it reload pretty damn quick already without the perk. But everything you can add to shorten the reload time while playing in pvp is crucial to stay alive longer.

Extended Mag is nice since it takes your magazine size from 30 to 39. Which means about 2 bursts more than without. Downside is it doesnt give you more ammo in reserve like the field scout perk does. Is it useless therefor? No and its all on how you play and what you prefer.

Perfect Balance gives this weapon extremely low recoil especially when you use it with the ballistics perk Smart Drift Control. But that does mean the range is taken down with 50%. I rather use Linear Compensator in combination with Perfect balance. Main reason for this is that linear compensator gives me a slight boost to range and impact but also takes away a lot of stability. Perfect balance adds more stability and put it back to the same level as had. Which makes it no lost in balance but gained impact and range. Like i said with a shotgun you have the stopping power but not the range. Add range and you are even more lethal when you already were.

Devil’s Touch is a really nice addition to the list of perks weapons already had and can come in handy in so many situations. This perk boosts your fireteams recovery IF they are within range of you after you killed an enemy. This boost lasts 30 seconds BUT!!!!…..if you are not close from your teammate that has lord of wolves and killed with it, it doesnt mean you cannot get the boost. If you are able to get in range of the recovery boost within those 30 seconds it is active you can still get it.

I noticed after playing with some friends that even tho i wasn’t within range of this recovery boost when they killed enemies. Yet when i regrouped with my fireteam within those 30 seconds i still heard the sound of the recovery boost and also saw it appearing in my screen.  So don’t worry if you are hurt and not within range…just get your character as close and as quick as possible to your teammate who is using the Lord of Wolves.

Conclusion: Lord of Wolves is BEAST! This shotgun got the highest amount of reserve ammo (240+ bullets) and the highest magazine size (30 standard, 39 with extended mag perk) of all shotguns. Ofcourse when you have armor that increases the shotgun ammo you can carry you will have even more. Its nicely balanced and the burst of 5 bullets gives the option to kill multiple targets if they run towards you or when you “spray” your bullets. Because of the high amount of bullets this gun feels like a primary. It also feels like you are running around with an extremely heavy pulse rifle. The only wake up moment is when you notice you are lacking in range when you try to kill that one enemy that is just a but further than you anticipated. But for the people that play really in your face than this gun is surely a must have….but then again…its a must have anyway.

It looks badass with the flames at the end of the barrel. I have no negative feel towards this gun nor do i feel that i am lacking when i use this gun. Sight of the gun is nice and clear.

I hope you enjoyed this review and feel free to comment/message and share opinions about this gun, any gun or destiny in general.