USSOCOM Completes Safety Certification and Purchase of SIG SAUER MG 338 Machine Guns, Ammunition, and Next Generation Suppressors

Big news from SIG. For the first time in over a century, the US military has safety certified bot a new weapon as well as ammunition at the same time.

They also certified a suppressor at the same time, a first.

These weapons are undergoing a combat evaluation by MARSOC on behalf of USSOCOM and the US Marine Corps.

I recently had an opportunity to fire the SIG SAUER MG 338 machine gun. It is extremely controllable and weighs less than an M240.

Here is their press release.

NEWINGTON, N.H., (January 13, 2020) – SIG SAUER, Inc. is pleased to announce the United States Special Operation Command (USSOCOM), working closely with SIG SAUER, has completed a safety certification of the new SIG SAUER MG 338 Machine Gun, SIG SAUER 338 Norma Mag Ammunition, and Next Generation Suppressors.  Following this historic official safety certification, SIG SAUER has completed deliveries of multiple systems, comprised of the MG 338 Machine Guns, 338 Norma Mag Ammunition, and Next Generation Suppressors – all researched, designed, engineered, and manufactured by SIG SAUER in the U.S.A.

“The safety certification of the complete SIG SAUER MG 338 system, and delivery of the system to USSOCOM is historically very significant.  For the first time in decades the U.S. Military certified a new machine gun, ammunition, and suppressor at the same time, bringing new innovation, portability, and increased lethality to our ground forces, with all components coming from one company,” began Ron Cohen, President and CEO, SIG SAUER, Inc.  “This certification was achieved following the outstanding performance of the complete MG 338 system through the rigors of the extensive function, durability, and safety tests set forth by USSOCOM.”

The SIG MG 338 bridges the gap between the current machine guns currently in use with the U.S. Military.  In comparison to the current M240 (7.62x51cal) machine gun, which has been in service with the U.S. Military for 60 years, the SIG MG 338, is noticeably lighter, weighing only 20 pounds, and provides significantly more range and lethality.  In comparison to the M2 (.50cal), which has been in service with the U.S. Military for 110 years, the MG 338 is approximately one-quarter the weight, and in a historic first, offers a man-portable solution with similar effective-range.  Making this system even more desirable are the new SIG SAUER Next Generation Suppressors which drastically reduces the impact of harmful toxic fumes and signature, making the operator less vulnerable.  

The SIG SAUER MG 338 machine gun is a belt-fed, lightweight medium machine gun weighing under 20lbs., chambered in 338 Norma Mag.  The MG 338 features a short-stroke gas piston system and a proprietary recoil mitigation system, with a free-floating, quick-change barrel, ambidextrous controls, switchable feed tray, charging handle that can be alternated to either side depending on operator preference, and as a modern, multi-caliber, modular system the new SIG MG 338 is easily convertible to 7.62x51cal.

“We are incredibly proud of this historical accomplishment and honored to have received this safety certification by USSOCOM for the performance of the complete MG 338 system,” concluded Cohen.

9 Responses to “USSOCOM Completes Safety Certification and Purchase of SIG SAUER MG 338 Machine Guns, Ammunition, and Next Generation Suppressors”

  1. Joshua says:

    I hope they have one of these on display at SHOT. Pretty cool capability advancement if everything pans out.

  2. ArmorGuy says:

    Does this mean Sig is 1 Step closer to wining the Next Generation Squad Weapon contract?

    Personally from a logistics standpoint it makes more sense to simply adopt all Sig Weapons (Considering the adoption of the M17/18).

  3. Troy M. says:

    Put that back Eric, you can’t have it! See you at SHOt in a few days!

  4. mark says:

    Does this mean the SIG .338 has been officially adopted / won the competition against General Dynamics LWMMG? Or just thats it has passed safety certification?

    If SIG has won the competition, thats gotta be pretty brutal for GD, given that they basically invented the concept and desire for the .338 machine gun back in 2012.

  5. Kaos-1 says:

    Does it really weigh less than 20lbs ?

    What’s a 50rd belt weigh ?

  6. Marcus says:

    Negative. The MAG-58 was rolled out to the Belgian military in 1958. I don’t see the “US military” adopting it as the m240 until 1977.