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SOFIC 19 – SIG SAUER Exhibits Next Gen Squad Weapons

Thursday, May 23rd, 2019

In a surprising move, SIG exhibited their final prototype candidates for the US Army Next Generation Squad Weapon program which seeks to replace the M4 Carbine and M249 Squad Automatics Weapon with a new family of 6.8mm* Weapons which are lighter, yet feature a longer range and more lethal ammunition capable of defeating sophisticated threat body armor.

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There are currently two Army efforts underway simultaneously. Both are leveraging an alternative form of procurement referred to as Other Transactional Authority, where Prototype Opportunity Notices are issued to industry and multiple candidate technologies are quickly developed and assessed. The initial round of the multi-phased, first PON to produce a Next Generation Squad Automatic Rifle to replace the SAW comes to a close soon. It includes a requirement for a 20% reduction in weight over legacy brass cased ammunition, but in 6.8mm.

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There are currently five companies, delivering six candidate weapons to the Army:
W15QKN-18-9-1017 – AAI Corporation Textron Systems
W15QKN-18-9-1018 – FN America LLC. (Design 1)
W15QKN-18-9-1019 – FN America LLC. (Design 2)
W15QKN-18-9-1020 – General Dynamics-OTS Inc.
W15QKN-18-9-1021 – PCP Tactical, LLC W15QKN-18-9-1022 – Sig Sauer Inc.

Senior Army leaders are expected to fire the weapons next month at Fort Benning in addition to a formal evaluation to determine which candidates move to the next phase.

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A second, more ambitious PON for Squad Weapons is just beginning with a requirement for both SAW and Carbine replacement as well as ammunition. SIG informed us they plan to submit the same belt-fed Machine Gun along with their new, fully developed Carbine.

It’s important to note that although the program calls for replacement of the current 5.56mm NATO M4 and M249 in the Rifle Squad of Brigade Combat Teams, this is a .30 class weapon. If everything goes as planned, the Soldier will have an improvement over not only their 5.56mm weapons, but the 7.62mm NATO ones as well such as the M240 Machine Gun.

Previously, SIG had shown their 338 Norma Mag SIG Light Machine Gun at both AUSA and SHOT Show as well as a 6.8mm Carbine Concept called MCX Medium Range, during AUSA. Their Next Generation Machine Gun candidate is very much a smaller version of their SL LMG.

These latest revelations show a much more mature design.

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The Machine Gun weighs in at 11.97 lbs, while the Carbine is 8.1 lbs with no Optic or Suppressor.

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One of the concerns of the more to the 6.8mm cartridge is recoil impulse. Like with their 338 NM-class weapon, SIG has incorporated a recoil mitigation technology into the Next Gen belt-fed. This brings the recoil in at 2.8 lbs while an M240 in 7.62mm has a Recoil impulse of 13.1 lbs. Considering they are seeing a muzzle velocity of over 3000 FPS for a 16″ barrel, this is impressive. The Carbine on the other hand is delivering 2850 FPS with a 13″ barrel.

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As you can see, the optic isn’t mounted to the feed tray cover. Additionally, the weapon can be set up for left or right feed and loading is as simple as inserting the belt into the cover.

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The Carbine boasts an interesting feature. It incorporates both a side folding non-reciprocating charging handle and an AR-style charging handle above the boat carrier group.

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This is so the weapon can be charged or immediate action drills implemented without the shooter moving his head from behind the weapon.

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The side charger is also not operational when the collapsible folding stock is in the stowed position. Obviously, the side charging handle is not ambidextrous, but the other controls are.

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As part of the program, SIG has also introduced a new three piece construction hybrid ammunition. It features a Brass case, Steel base and an internal clip to connect the two.

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So far, they have manufactured 40,000 of their 6.8 x 51 cartridge at their plant in Arkansas and are working on an additional 60,000. Due to its construction, the hybrid ammo offers increased velocities over standard ammunition in the same caliber and can be used in all current weapon systems, unlike some next generation ammunition proposals.

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As the final Army requirement begins to coalesce, expect to see a Designated Marksman Rifle variant of the Next Generation Carbine as well. This, combined with the increase of performance of 6.8mm over 7.62mm signals the eventual end of 7.62mm weapons in the close combat formations of the BCT along with 5.56mm.

*Editor’s note: This new cartridge is not the 6.8 SPC looked at by USSOCOM a decade ago, but rather something completely new, with performance close to .270 win short mag.

SIG SAUER Ultra-Compact MPX Copperhead Now Shipping

Thursday, March 21st, 2019

NEWINGTON, N.H., (March 20, 2019) –SIG SAUER, Inc. is pleased to announce the ultra-compact MPX Copperhead is now shipping and available in retail stores.

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The SIG MPX Copperhead redefines the sub-gun category with a new level of operator safety, in-field adaptability and proven reliability in the harshest environments with unconventional design, unmatched performance, and familiar AR handling. Completely ambidextrous, the SIG MPX is great for left- or right-handed shooters with its dual-sided selector switch, magazine release, charging handle and bolt release. The SIG MPX operates from a fully-closed and locked rotating bolt, offering enhanced reliability and safety in use. A short-stroke gas piston allows the SIG MPX to run all weights and brands of 9mm ammunition with no adjustments to the gas valve.

The MPX Copperhead features a monolithic elite Series Cerakote® finish upper receiver, with an integrated stock knuckle lower, and a 3.5” barrel with integrated muzzle brake. The MPX Copperhead comes equipped with the new, rapid deploy SIG SAUER Pivoting Contour Brace (PCB) giving pistol users a brace that easily adapts to the movement of the shooters arm with a patented swivel operation for perfect placement.

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Hands On – SIG MPX Copperhead

Monday, January 7th, 2019

Although it came first to market, the SIG MPX has screamed for an ultra compact treatment like its big brother, the MCX Rattler. And that’s just what SIG did when they created the MPX Copperhead.

I got the chance to take a full auto version of this 9mm to the range last summer. It boasts a 3.5″ barrel within a one-piece upper receiver and an overall length of 14.5″ in its pistol configuration with new proprietary collapsible SIG stabilizing brace. The Copperhead in the photos is fitted with their standard collapsible stock. Additionally, the Copperhead will be offered in a Tan cerakote.

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SIG SAUER Releases Enhanced MPX Pistol Caliber Carbine with Upgraded Features

Saturday, December 1st, 2018

SIG SAUER Releases Enhanced MPX Pistol Caliber Carbine with Upgraded Features
Newington, N.H. (November 27, 2018) – SIG SAUER, Inc. is pleased to announce the release of the enhanced MPX Pistol Caliber Carbine (PCC), redesigned and upgraded for performance shooting sports, and to fulfill the needs of competitive and professional shooters alike.

needs of competitive and professional shooters alike.

The newly optimized SIG SAUER MPX PCC platform includes a Timney® single-stage trigger, free-float ergonomic slim line M-LOK™ handguard, 16” threaded barrel, 5-position telescoping stock, 3 chamber compensator, and ambidextrous controls. The MPX PCC is a black hard-coat anodized aluminum frame that comes optics ready with a 30-round magazine capacity.

“The enhanced MPX PCC offers a more robust set of features making it ready to go right out of the box at the same price point,” said Tom Taylor, Chief Marketing Officer and Executive Vice President, Commercial Sales, SIG SAUER, Inc. “Our team of engineers has incorporated improvements into the MPX PCC that will benefit the end-user of this product, while reducing the overall weight of the rifle by a pound. At SIG we are always looking to combine value with the quality our consumers demand from us, and the enhanced MPX PCC is a great example of this.”

The SIG SAUER MPX PCC is a favorite of the competitive PCC shooter, and is the exclusive rifle of Team SIG Professional Shooter Lena Miculek. Regarded as the top female competitive PCC shooter in the world Miculek recently became the first female to earn a top five overall finish in PCC at the 2018 USPSA Nationals, and was the first female to win Master Class for PCC.

“When it comes to my competition equipment I want a rifle that’s reliable, accurate, and easy to shoot, and the SIG MPX PCC checks all the boxes,” added Team SIG Professional Shooter Lena Miculek. “With my MPX PCC I move easily between stages, and I have seen improved speed, greater accuracy, and really elevated my competition to the next level. The enhancements that SIG has incorporated into the MPX PCC will make a real difference to the professional shooter and be quickly realized in competition.”

The new SIG SAUER MPX PCC rifle is currently chipping, and available in retail stores. To learn more about the MPX PCC visit sigsauer.com.

Team SIG’s Lena Miculek Takes “High Lady” Title at 2018 NRA World Shoot

Sunday, October 14th, 2018

Newington, N.H. (October 11, 2018) – SIG SAUER, Inc. congratulates Team SIG member, Lena Miculek for her recent win at the 2018 NRA World Shooting Championship held September 20th – September 22nd at the Peacemaker National Training Center in Glengary, West Virginia. The NRA World Shooting Championship assembles professional and amateur shooters for a twelve-stage match testing various styles of shooting disciplines using firearms, ammunition, and equipment provided by the NRA.

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“Every year I look forward to the NRA World Shooting Championship because it really tests your skills as a shooter. At this match I do not have access to the firearms and ammunition that I normally use so I relied on all of my practice and training throughout the competition,” began Miculek. “This year I felt that I really hit my rhythm early on and as a result I outperformed my expectations to receive the High Lady title for a second year in a row.”

To claim the “High Lady” title Miculek received the highest overall score in the ladies division throughout the twelve-stage match. Overall, Miculek placed 14th amongst 330 competitors.

“Lena has really become a dominating force in in the ladies division of professional shooting, and this recent achievement at the NRA World Shoot is truly impressive” began Tom Taylor, Chief Marketing Officer and Executive Vice President, Commercial Sales, SIG SAUER, Inc. “At this match Lena was tested in various disciplines using equipment she hasn’t trained on, and may have never used. Her marksmanship skills were really put to the test throughout the entire match and she was still able to compete at the very highest level. We could not be more proud of Lena’s continued success.”

This title is the second “High Lady” title for Miculek in September. Miculek recently earned the “High Lady” title at the 2018 Walter Arms USPSA Area 4 Championship in Pistol Caliber Carbine with the SIG SAUER MPX Carbine, ROMEO1 Optic, and SIG SAUER Match Elite Competition Ammunition.

About SIG SAUER, Inc.
SIG SAUER, Inc. is a leading provider and manufacturer of firearms, electro-optics, ammunition, airguns, suppressors, and training. For over 100 years SIG SAUER, Inc. has evolved, and thrived, by blending American ingenuity, German engineering, and Swiss precision. Today, SIG SAUER is synonymous with industry-leading quality and innovation which has made it the brand of choice amongst the U.S. Military, the global defense community, law enforcement, competitive shooters, hunters, and responsible citizens. Additionally, SIG SAUER is the premier provider of elite firearms instruction and tactical training at the SIG SAUER Academy – a world class, state-of-the-art, 140-acre training facility. SIG SAUER is headquartered in Newington, New Hampshire, and has more than 1,700 employees across eight locations, and is the largest member of a worldwide business group that includes SIG SAUER GmbH & Co. KG in Germany. For more information about the company and product line visit: sigsauer.com.

Tomb of the Unknowns Guards Begin Use of Custom M17 Pistols

Saturday, October 13th, 2018

Yesterday, Tomb Guards from the US Army’s 3d U.S. Infantry Regiment (The Old Guard) were presented with 4 ceremonial M17 pistols at Arlington National Cemetery. These works of art were created by SIG SAUER specifically for use by the Guards.

This ceremony marks the first use of the M17, which will accompany the Sentinels of the Tomb of the Unknown Soldiers they stand guard 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year.

The unique distinguishing features for the M17 Tomb of the Unknown Pistols include:

Pistol Names: each of the four pistols bears the name of Silence, Respect, Dignity, or Perseverance and is featured on the dust cover. Dignity and Perseverance represent “The Sentinel’s Creed,” and Silence and Respect represent the request to the public by Arlington National Cemetery when visiting the Tomb of the Unknown, and during the Changing of the Guard;

Custom Wood Grips: in 1921 the chosen Unknown was transported to the United States of America aboard the USS Olympia. The custom wood grips are made with wood from the USS Olympia and include the crest of the 3rd Guard, Tomb of the Unknown Soldier identification badge inset;

Cocking Serrations: XXI cocking serrations are engraved on the slide to signify the twenty-one steps it takes for the Tomb Sentinels to walk by the Tomb of the Unknowns and the military honor of a 21 Gun Salute;

Sight Plate: an engraved impression of the Greek Figures featured on the east panel of the Tomb – Peace, Victory, and Valor – are featured on the sight plate;

Sights: a glass insert made with marble dust from the Tomb of the Unknown fills the sights of the ceremonial pistols;

Engraved Magazines: the 21-round magazines feature an aluminum base plate engraved with the names of the Greek figures featured on the Tomb of the Unknown – Peace, Victory, and Valor – and include a name plate on the bottom of the magazine engraved with the Tomb Sentinel badge number.

Serial Numbers: the pistols are serialized with a unique set of serial numbers that incorporate items of significance to the Old Guard: “LS” represents line six of the Sentinels’ Creed, “My standard will remain perfection; “02JUL37” to signify the first 24-hour guard posted at the Tomb of the Unknown on July 3, 1937; “21” to signify the 21 steps it takes the Tomb Sentinels to walk by the Tomb of the Unknown, and the military honor of a 21 Gun Salute. The full series of M17 Tomb of the Unknown Soldier Pistols serial numbers are LS02JUL37A21 (Silence), LS02JUL37B21 (Respect), LS02JUL37C21 (Dignity), LS02JUL37D21 (Perseverance).

(U.S. Army photos by SPC Gabriel Silva)

USSOCOM Selects SIG SAUER To Provide Squad-Variable Powered Scopes (Second Focal Plane)

Thursday, October 11th, 2018

Late last year, Naval Surface Warfare Center – Crane, working as the weapons procurement arm of the United States Special Operations Command, released a solicitation to industry for Squad-Variable Power Scopes to be used on M4 carbines out to 600m.

The plan was to buy First Focal Plane Scopes and other associated items as a 100% set-aside for small business, while a Second Focal Plane Scope and other associated gear would be full and open competition. SIG Optics replied to the Second Focal Plane Scope portion of the solicitation.

Today, they announced the Second Focal Plane contract, awarding a little over $12 Million to SIG SAUER for the same optic selected by the US Army for the Squad Designated Marksman Rifle.

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We first wrote about the Tango 6 earlier this year, during Enforce Tac.

This 6x optic is a variant of their commercially available Tango 6 optic, with final assembly in their Oregon plant. You can lock out the red dot on the custom BDC reticle between settings and the optic comes equipped with a throw lever. It also includes a SIG mount, manufactured there as well.

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SIG plans to offer the Tango 6 for both government and commercial sale.

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Legendary U.S. Army Marksmanship Unit Shooter Daniel Horner Joins Team SIG

Tuesday, October 9th, 2018

NEWINGTON, N.H., (October 9, 2018) –SIG SAUER Inc., is pleased to announce multi-discipline World Champion Shooter Daniel Horner has officially joined the SIG SAUER Professional Shooting Team – Team SIG. Horner recently left the service of the U.S. Army where he rose to the rank of Sergeant First Class. He was recruited into the Army to join the U.S. Army Marksmanship Unit (USAMU) where he became one of the most decorated shooters in team history, and served as the Coach of the USAMU Action Shooting Team.

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“I started shooting at six years old when I would go to the range with my Dad. When I was twelve years old I shot my first IDPA match, at sixteen I won my first IDPA national title, and at eighteen I enlisted in the U.S. Army to join the AMU,” began Horner. “For basically my entire life I have been shooting competitively, and for as long as I can remember it’s been a lifelong goal of mine to shoot professionally. To have this opportunity to represent industry leader SIG SAUER and join Team SIG is really a dream come true and I can’t wait to start working with the company and competing.”

Horner is a 3-gun shooter and will compete primarily in multi-gun matches, and long-range rifle competition as a member of Team SIG. In competition Horner will use a P320 X-Five full-size pistol with iron sights, an M400 SDI Comp rifle with a TANGO6 1-6x24mm second focal plane riflescope, and a KILO2400ABS. Horner will also use a variety of SIG SAUER Ammunition during competition including: 9mm Match Elite Competition, 223 REM Elite Match Grade, and 223 REM Varmint and Predator.

“We are thrilled to bring Daniel to Team SIG to join forces with Max and Lena as they compete for SIG SAUER. His record as a 3-gun shooter is truly remarkable and is a direct result of his hard work and dedication to the sport,” said Tom Taylor, Chief Marketing Officer and Executive Vice President, Commercial Sales. “Daniel is also a man of exceptional character and will be an outstanding ambassador for the SIG SAUER brand and role model for the next generation of professional shooters.”

Horner’s first competition on behalf of Team SIG will be the SIG SAUER Fort Benning Multi-Gun Challenge at Krilling Ranges Thursday, November 15th – Sunday, November 18th in Fort Benning, Georgia.

“I am excited about Daniel joining Lena and I on Team SIG and we welcome him to the team,” added Team SIG Captain Max Michel. “I worked with Daniel for several years at the AMU and I got to see first-hand exactly what makes him a championship shooter. He works hard, he’s focused, and he does whatever it takes to accomplish his goals. Daniel is going to bring a lot of wins to Team SIG and he will be a great teammate as we represent the SIG brand together. I look forward to watching his future on the professional shooting circuit unfold.”

To learn more about Daniel Horner, and Team SIG visit: www.sigsauer.com/company/team-sig and danielhorner.com