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November 7th, 2022

Amazing Flying Drone Video at SIG SAUER Experience Center

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SIG SAUER Academy has released a remarkable FPV (First Person View) fly-through drone video recorded at the new SIG SAUER Experience Center in New Hampshire. This modern 40,000-square-foot facility includes the SIG SAUER Flagship Store, the SIG SAUER Academy Shooting Center/Indoor Range, the SIG SAUER Museum, plus a Conference/Events Center. Watch this video below:

Guys, take the 3.5-minutes to watch! Amazing indoor rage sequence starts at 2:30 time-mark:

Viewers have raved about this video. Here are some comments:

“As a professional drone pilot, long-time firearm instructor, and proud Sig (P226, P365) owner, this is fantastic! Well done!”

“Excellent! What an amazing video! Incredible job that that was done in one take. Kudos to … that drone operator. The facility is magnificent! Almost makes me want to leave retirement and Florida.”

“That was the best FPV video tour I have ever had! That was awesome. Can’t believe everyone kept a straight face as that thing was whipping through there. Some serious skills flying like that too.”

Training Courses at SIG SAUER Academy in New Hampshire
SIG SAUER Academy offers a comprehensive course schedule that caters to all types of shooters from beginner to expert for handgun, rifle, shotgun, and hunting. Visit sigsaueracademy.com to review the 2023 course schedule at the SIG SAUER Academy in Epping, New Hampshire and SIG SAUER Academy Outpost locations in Florida or California.

SIG SAUER Academy Seminars cover a wide variety of subjects from Concealed Carry to Wilderness Survival. Seminars run 2-6 hours, typically cost $30, and require no equipment to participate.

To learn more about SIG Experience Center programs contact secevents [at] sigsauer.com or call 603-610-3456. The SIG SAUER Academy Campus and SIG Experience Center are located at 231 Exeter Road in Epping, New Hampshire and open daily from 8:00 am to 7:30 pm.

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August 4th, 2022

GUNFEST at Sturgis Rally in South Dakota — August 5-7, 2022

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This week, as part of the annual Sturgis Motorcycle Rally, there will be shooting range demo days — the inaugural GUNFEST 2022 presented by GunBroker.com. This 3-day event at the Buffalo Chip Shooting Complex gives visitors the opportunity to test out the latest firearm products, ammunition, accessories and more in a supervised, controlled environment.

Participating companies include: AMMO Inc., Bellmark, Boss Bullets, GunBroker, IWI, KelTec, Kimber, SIG Sauer, Silencer Central, Springfield Armory, Umarex, and Walther.

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GUNFEST 2022 offers visitors the chance to try out live ammunition, thermal optics, air guns, shotguns, rifles, and handguns in private shooting lanes. The event is free and open to the public — but shooters must purchase the ammunition they use.

GUNFEST is a three-day shooting event held August 5th, 6th, and 7th at the Sturgis Buffalo Chip Shooting Complex. General admission is free but shooters must pay for ammo. Attendees will have the opportunity to try out new firearms and suppressors. The event runs from 8:30 am to 3:00 pm on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday, August 5-7, 2022.

Location: Buffalo Chip Shooting Complex – 20622 Fort Meade Way, Sturgis, South Dakota

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Guidelines for Participation at GUNFEST
Participants must first register with valid ID. Those who want to test firearms must then purchase an “ammunition punchcard” offering 25, 50, 75, or 100-round ammunition “round experiences”.

The event website explains: “When you decide what firearm you’d like to experience you will let the Sponsor booth’s representative know what you’d like to shoot. The Sponsor booth’s representative will then have their assigned GUNFEST RANGE OFFICER escort you and the firearm you’ve selected to experience into 1 of the Sponsor’s private shooting lanes.

It is here, AND ONLY HERE, ammunition will be provided to the participant to shoot at the various steel targets down range within the assigned range lane. NO ammunition will leave the range firing line and NO REFUNDS on ammunition purchases.”

This Video was filmed in 2017 at the Sturgis Shooting Complex during Rally Week:

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July 16th, 2022

Saturday at the Movies: Five Classic Metal-Frame 9mm Pistols

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This week we focus on five classic metal-framed 9mm pistols. These five world-class handguns all shoot the 9mm Luger (9x19mm) cartridge. Most have been used by military and police forces as well as used by civilians for sport-shooting and defense. This Editor has shot all five pistol types and owned three. I can recommend all of them. Metal-framed pistols typically have a lower center of gravity and weigh more than Glocks and other polymer-framed handguns. Consequently, they tend to have less muzzle flip, and less perceived recoil than polymer-framed handguns.

SIG Sauer P226

The SIG Sauer P226 is a high-quality, ultra reliable single-action/double action handgun with a proud Swiss/German heritage. It has a very ergonomic grip that fits most hands very well. Standard P226s do NOT have a manual safety, but the P226 has a decocking lever drops the hammer safely. This Editor has trained new shooters with a Sig P226 and Glock 17. For 80% of my trainees the Sig P226 pointed better due to the superior grip design. This meant that the sight picture was better, and the trainees achieved better results with the P226 vs. the Glock 17. The P226 is also a very reliable firearm. I have over 6000 rounds through my P226 with not one single jam. That’s impressive. The first video, reviewing the SIG P226, has over 1.4 million YouTube views, indicating it is very popular with pistoleros.

HK P7 Series (PSP, P7m8, P7m13)

This Editor has shot a P7m8 extensively. It is superbly accurate. With a very low bore axis, it has much less muzzle flip than most 9mm pistols. And with a fixed barrel, the slide moves straight back during cycling. The HK P7 blowback-operated semi-automatic pistol was designed and manufactured by German gun-maker Heckler & Koch (H&K) from 1978 to 2008. It is thin, superbly accurate, with a precise trigger that shames the Glock. The P7m8 features a unique gas-delayed blowback system, which uses gas from the cartridge to retard the rearward motion of the slide. This works via a barrel port and a piston inside a cylinder under the barrel. The signature feature of the P7 series is the “squeeze cocker” on the front of the grip. Squeezing the cocking lever cocks the firing pin. When the front of the grip is released, the weapon is fully de-cocked, making it safe with a round in the chamber.

Browning Hi-Power

The Browning Hi-Power is a single-action, semi-automatic handgun with a legendary heritage. This handsome all-metal pistol was based on a design by American John Moses Browning, and completed by Dieudonné Saive at Fabrique Nationale (FN) of Herstal, Belgium. J.M. Browning died in 1926, several years before the design was finalized. FN Herstal initially named the design the “High Power”, which alludes to the 13-round magazine capacity, almost twice that of other designs such as the Luger or Colt M1911. The name was later shorted to “Hi-Power”. The Browning Hi-Power has served military forces and police in many countries throughout the world. It is a very well-balanced pistol, with a nice, crisp trigger. After 82 years of continuous production, FN Herstal announced that the Hi-Power would be discontinued in 2018. However, in 2022 FN resumed Hi-Power production, so this classic lives on.

CZ 75

The CZ 75 is the flagship pistol of CZ-USA and has been a staple among 9x19mm fans for over 45 years. Originally introduced in 1975, hence the name, the CZ 75 remains viable as a defensive pistol. CZ claims the CZ 75 is “used by more governments, militaries, police, and security agencies than any other pistol in the world”. The CZ 75 is very reliable and works well for both defense and IDPA competitions. The ergonomics are good, controls are intuitive, and the trigger is very nice. Over the years, CZ has made numerous variations of the CZ 75 pistol, but the original is still an excellent handgun.

Beretta 92FS and Military M9

For Americans, the Beretta 92 series of pistols is best known as the official sidearm of the American military for 30+ years. The United States military replaced the .45 ACP M1911A1 pistol in 1985 with the Beretta 92FS, designated as the “M9″. The M9 and the civilian models 92/92FS have a distinctive, recognizable feature — the cut-away slide which exposes most of the 9mm barrel. The metal frame also has an attractive grip design. The 92FS pistols we’ve shot were accurate and reliability was good. There have been various modifications and upgrades over the years. However the M9 was replaced in 2017 by the new polymer-framed SIG Sauer P320, adopted as the military’s M17/M18 modular pistols.

This Hickok 45 video review of the Beretta 92FS has over 2.5 million views:

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May 23rd, 2022

Wall of Guns at NRA Meeting in Houston May 26-29, 2022

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Wall of Guns — Are You Feeling Lucky?
The 2022 NRA Annual Meetings and Exhibits is just a few days away. The big event runs May 26-29, 2022 in Houston, Texas at the George R. Brown Convention Center. One popular feature of NRA Annual Meetings is the Wall of Guns — a large, wood-framed display with 40+ firearms that will be awarded to lucky ticket purchasers. There will be firearms from gun-makers SIG Sauer, Henry Repeating Arms, Taurus, Diamondback Firearms, and Kel-Tec. Other guns come from online gun seller Gallery of Guns.

NRA Conventional Houton Texas 2022 Wall guns giveaway ticket
NRA Conventional Houton Texas 2021 Wall guns giveaway ticket

Stop by the NRA Foundation’s popular Wall of Guns where a $20 ticket gives you the chance to win a prize from the wall featuring over 40 firearms. All proceeds benefit The NRA Foundation and the future of shooting sports. The NRA Foundation’s Wall of Guns runs the full duration of the NRA Annual Meetings and Exhibits, starting Thursday evening the 26th of May.

NRA Conventional Houton Texas 2021 Wall guns giveaway ticket

Drawings take place after 100 tickets are sold. Winners choose one firearm from the “Pick One” side or two firearms from the “Pick Two” side. Along with single $20 ticket sales, there are other options which increase your change to win.

$20 for 1 Ticket
$100 for 5 Tickets, 1 GX4 Reload Ticket
$200 for 10 Tickets, 3 GX4 Reload Tickets
$500 for 5 Tickets, Kel-tec P17 OR Henry AR-7, T-Shirt, 8 GX4 Reload Tickets

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May 13th, 2022

Inaugural SIG Freedom Days Event Draws Over 4000 Participants

Ben Avery Sig Sauer Freedom days shooting event

SIG Freedom Days — one of the biggest shooting events in America — was a huge success last weekend. Over 4000 firearms fans attended the first-ever SIG Freedom Days fun shoot/gear demo at the Ben Avery Shooting Facility in Phoenix, Arizona.

Ben Avery Sig Sauer Freedom days shooting event

Over the weekend of May 6-8, 2022, 4000+ guests participated in the inaugural SIG Freedom Days — a unique, consumer-focused shooting experience. Attendees had the opportunity to shoot a wide variety of SIG Sauer firearms including the new SPECTRE series guns, the P320/P320-M17/P320-M18, the EDC P365 series, and the MCX rifle in multiple configurations. Participants also enjoyed an exclusive first look at the soon-to-be-released CROSS PRS and P320 X10. Additionally, many attendees were able to shoot the SIG SAUER Next Generation Squad Weapons: the MCX-SPEAR (XM5) and the SIG-LMG (XM250).

The event included live daily demonstrations from Team SIG’s pro shooters: Max Michel, Dan Horner, Lena Miculek, and Jerry Miculek. There were also machine gun demonstrations, K9 demonstrations and more. But the big attraction was being able to shoot a variety of SIG Sauer firearms. The $75/day fee included ammunition for pistols, rifles, and shotguns.

SIG FREEDOM DAYS Participants Were Able to:

— Shoot nearly 50 new and existing SIG SAUER firearms
— Learn from world-class SIG SAUER Academy Instructors
— Shoot Mossberg Shotguns and Xpedition Archery Crossbows
— Shoot the SIG SAUER “Next Generation” Machine Gun (additional fee)
— See stage presentations by pro shooters, industry leaders, and personalities
— Watch live demos by Team SIG pros Max Michel, Dan Horner, Lena Miculek, and Jerry Miculek.

Ben Avery Sig Sauer Freedom days shooting event

“As a company we challenged ourselves to… bring our brand right to the consumer outside of the typical tradeshow and retail environment and offer enthusiasts, second amendment advocates, [and] SIG lovers an authentic hands-on total SIG experience. SIG Freedom Days connected the consumer with the product in a first-of-its-kind range event…”, stated Tom Taylor, SIG SAUER Chief Marketing Officer & Executive VP, Commercial Sales.

SIG Freedom Days major sponsors included USCCA,, Mossberg Shotguns, XPEDITION Archery, 5.11 Tactical, Guns.com, Fieldcraft Survival, and Black Rifle Coffee Company. Additional sponsors included Arizona Fish & Game, Hogue Knives, Silencer Shop, Tactacam, and Timney Triggers. Non-profit partners included the Best Defense Foundation and the Firearms Policy Coalition.

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May 11th, 2022

Brownells Contest — $9999 Prize SIG .277 Fury MCX-Spear

.277 Sig Fury MCX-Spear rifle

So, are you feeling lucky? Then you may want to head over to Brownells.com. Right now Brownells and SIG SAUER are running a cool contest, with an impressive Grand Prize valued at $9,999.00.

PRIZE PACKAGE: Brownells customers will get a chance to win a SIG MCX-Spear chambered in .277 Fury, along with a training class hosted at the SIG SAUER Academy, airfare to the class and lodging, and an SLX suppressor. The hardware and the Academy training trip have a combined value of $9,999.00.

The contest runs through May 15, 2022. Get more INFO or enter via the Brownells SIG MCX-Spear & Training Sweepstakes page. No purchase is necessary. However, the winner must be legally eligible to own the SIG MCX-Spear, and must be from a state where Suppressors and Short Barreled Rifles are legal with the ATF tax stamp.

.277 Sig Fury MCX-Spear rifle

.277 Fury — Modern Hybrid Cartridge That Delivers Amazing Velocities
The .277 Fury cartridge (shown below) is the same length as the .308 Winchester and has a unique hybrid three-piece cartridge case allowing for increased pressures that drive bullets at high velocities. The MCX-Spear is the civilian version of the SIG rifle recently chosen by the US Army as the new Next Generation Squad Weapons System.

.277 Sig Fury MCX-Spear rifle

“Right now, civilian variants of the MCX-Spear are very limited in number and almost impossible to find,” said Brownells Marketing V.P. Ryan Repp. “This giveaway is a great chance for somebody to win one, and we’re very happy we can partner with a great company like SIG SAUER to offer this fantastic prize.”

MCX-Spear Rifle Features Short Barrel and Suppressor
The MCX-Spear Prize Rifle is a Short Barreled Rifle (SBR) with a 13″ barrel and SLX suppressor optimized for this and its special ammunition. Both the rifle and suppressor are subject to Federal paperwork and rules under the ATF. Brownells will cover the $400 for the two required tax stamps. Obviously, the winner will need to live in a state that permits suppressors and short-barreled rifles.

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April 21st, 2022

SIG Sauer Wins Contract for Next Gen Squad Weapons System

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SIG Sauer has been awarded the Next Generation Squad Weapons System (NGSW) contract by the U.S. Army after a 27-month testing/evaluation process. This contract is for a new basic rifle and a new lightweight machine gun. Both new NGSW arms will use a new high-velocity 6.8mm cartridge — the 6.8×51 FURY. This 6.8×51 FURY Hybrid Ammunition features a patented bi-metal hybrid case designed to handle pressures higher than conventional ammo, resulting in significantly increased velocity and on-target energy in lighter weapons. These new rifles will also feature SIG Sauer suppressors.

The SIG-LMG (XM250) lightweight belt-fed machine gun and SIG MCX-SPEAR Rifle (XM5) are purpose-built to use SIG FURY 6.8 Common Cartridge Ammunition enabling greater range and increased lethality while reducing the weapon/ammo weight carried by soldiers. Both the SIG-LMG (XM250) and MCX-SPEAR (XM5) deliver significant advancements compared to the current M249 and M4/M4A1.

SIG Sauer’s new 6.8×51 XM250 and XM5 combat weapons both have a suppressor as standard issue equipment. SIG SLX Suppressors are designed to reduce sound signature and flash, and they feature a patented quick-detach design for easy installation/removal.

“The U.S. Army is taking a bold step toward the command of the 21st-century battlefield and SIG SAUER is immensely proud to be the selected provider for this historic revolution in infantry weapons. The fielding of the SIG SAUER Next Generation Squad Weapons System will forever change the dynamic of military engagement for America’s warfighters with American innovation and manufacturing,” stated Ron Cohen, President, and CEO of SIG Sauer, Inc.

Sig Sauer next generation squad weapons system NGSW army program weapons new 6.8x51 hybrid ammunition

SIG Sauer states: “The SIG FURY Hybrid Ammunition, SIG-LMG (XM250), SIG MCX-SPEAR Rifle (XM5), and SIG SLX Suppressors meaningfully advance soldier weapons technology to meet the emerging requirements of the U.S. Army.”

But is there a downside to switching to a completely new cartridge type? Yes — the problem is building ammo supplies. BreakingDefense.com notes: “While both the legacy rounds [5.56×45 and 7.62×51] have significant stockpiles built up over the years, getting ammunition levels to where they need to be is a daunting challenge”. At a Pentagon media briefing, Brig. Gen. William Boruff, executive officer for armaments and ammunition explained: “Current ammunition is such that the availability is almost an afterthought. This is because the Army has spent decades refining its process to ensure a sufficient inventory of 5.56 ammunition is available and the industry base is present to continue replenishing on a consistent basis. The Army has not introduced a new caliber for about 65 years[.] Doing so will require extensive coordination” to ramp up production and build 6.8×51 inventories.

Sig Sauer NGSW army program weapons new 6.8x51 hybrid ammunition

The SIG Sauer XM5 rifle offers advantages over current U.S. military rifles. The new SIG rifle is built on the MCX platform with the added firepower of the 6.8×51 round. The XM5 features familiar AR-style ambidextrous ergonomics for easy transition from the legacy weapons to the SIG NGSW system. The weapons will also employ SIG Sauer “Next Generation” Suppressors.

SIG Sauer 6.8x51 Next Generation Squad Weapons System NGSW hybrid ammo ammunition suppressor

SIG Sauer is proud to offer the advancements of the NGSW System in the SIG 277 FURY Hybrid Ammunition (the commercial variant of the SIG 6.8×51 FURY Ammunition round), SIG MCX-SPEAR Rifle, and the SIG SLX Suppressors available to the consumer. For more information about these products visit sigsauer.com.

SIG Sauer 6.8x51 Next Generation Squad Weapons System NGSW hybrid ammo ammunition suppressor

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April 15th, 2022

Test New Guns and Train with Champs at SIG Freedom Days

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Ben avert Sig sauer freedom daysIf you’re anywhere near Phoenix, head down to the Ben Avery Shooting Facility on May 6-8, 2022. You’ll have a chance to shoot a variety of SIG Sauer pistols and rifles. That’s right, you can test drive nearly 50 new SIG guns at one of America’s best ranges, and SIG Sauer even provides the ammo. There is a fee of $79.95 per day. When you consider the cost of ammo, that’s a good deal.

SIG FREEDOM DAYS

Ben Avery, May 6-8, 2022
The first-ever SIG Sauer Freedom Days fun shooting event will take place May 6- 8, 2022, at the Ben Avery Shooting Facility in Phoenix, Arizona. Guests will be able to shoot nearly 50 different SIG SAUER firearms. A $79.95 daily pass let you shoot 10 stages featuring SIG pistols and rifles. Ammunition is provided along with access to professional demonstrations.

CLICK HERE for SIG FREEDOM DAYS Registration Page »

At SIG FREEDOM DAYS Participants Can:

— Shoot nearly 50 new and existing SIG Sauer firearms
— Learn from world-class SIG SAUER Academy Instructors
— Shoot Mossberg Shotguns and Xpedition Archery Crossbows
— Shoot the SIG SAUER “Next Generation” Machine Gun (additional fee)
— See stage presentations by pro shooters, industry leaders, and personalities
— Watch live demos by Team SIG pros Max Michel, Dan Horner, Lena Miculek, and Jerry Miculek.

Included in $79.95 per day pass: Access to all activities, expert stage presentations, and the opportunity to shoot up to 10 different stages, featuring SIG pistols and rifles, Mossberg shotguns, and Xpedition Archery Crossbows. Shoot an additional five stages for $29.95 extra. CLICK HERE for more INFO about SIG Freedom Days.

Watch Max Michel Demo Drill (This Guy is Blazing Fast!)

In this video, Max drills 18 rounds in just over five seconds with two mag changes. We timed that unofficially at 5.21 seconds.

Some the world’s best action shooters will be on hand to showcase their skills. Meet Jerry Miculek, the world’s revolver shoter. Get tips about carry optics from Team SIG Captain Max Michel. Top 3-Gun ace and former USAMU team member Daniel Horner will also share his expertise about precision shooting.

Sig Sauer Freedom Days Ben Avery

Rifle Skills for Multi-Gun Competition — Grip, Stance, and Body Position

Location: Ben Avery Shooting Facility, Phoenix, Arizona
Dates: Friday, May 6 – Sunday, May 8, 2022
Times: 10:00 am – 5:00 pm
Cost: $79.95 per person per day (food can also be purchased on-site).

CLICK HERE for big MAP of Ben Avery Shooting Facility showing shooting bays and ranges.


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March 23rd, 2022

New P322 .22 LR Rimfire Pistol from SIG Sauer

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SIG Sauer has introduced a new .22 LR rimfire pistol that should be popular with SIG’s centerfire handgun owners (and anyone who wants a quality, polymer-framed .22 LR pistol). This new P322 pistol offers excellent ergonomics and 20+1 capacity, making it good for cross-training and fun rimfire shooting.

This VIDEO explains the features of the new P322 (Loud Volume — turn down at work):

The new P322 was designed and built by SIG Sauer in the USA. It has many premium features, including an optics-ready removable rear sight plate allowing installation of a red dot optic without adapter plates. The P322 offers ambidextrous controls, interchangeable flat and curved triggers, and fiber optic front and rear sights. The P322 even comes with a threaded barrel adapter making it suppressor-ready right out of the box. And with a 20-rd magazine for 20+1 total capacity, the new P322 is the highest-capacity .22 LR pistol in its class. (And a mag extension is offered for 25-rd capacity).

Though it may look like a striker-fired pistol, the SIG P322 is a hammer-fired, single-action-only design (the hammer is enclosed by the rear of the slide). The P322 is blow-back operated with a fixed (non-tilting) 4″ barrel. This helps contribute to excellent accuracy and reliability.

Hands-On P322 Testing by Ammoland.com Staffer
Jim Grant of Ammoland.com recently posted a very thorough review of SIG’s new P322 rimfire pistol. Grant shot hundreds of rounds both with and without a suppressor. He concluded that the P322 was extremely reliable and fun to shoot: “SIG P322 Verdict –Is the SIG P322 worth a buy? Abso-freaking-lutely yes. The P322 ships with two mags, a threaded barrel, two triggers, and an optic cut. That is an already impressive package but add… that the gun is literally peerless in terms of reliability and you have a recipe for total market dominance. What’s even better is that the gun has a MAP of $399.” WATCH Grant’s video review:

SIG Sauer P322 Pistol Features:

Ambidextrous Controls With Reversible Magazine Catch
Optics-Ready Removable Rear Sight Plate
Fiber Optic Front and Rear Sights
Hammer-fired, Single-Action-Only, Fixed 4″ Barrel
Suppressor-Ready With Included Threaded Barrel Adapter
Interchangeable Trigger Shoes (flat and curved included)
20 Round Magazine Capacity (with +5 optional mag extension)
SEE PRODUCT PAGE

sig sauer p322 .22 LR 22LR rimfire pistol optics ready
sig sauer p322 .22 LR 22LR rimfire pistol optics ready
sig sauer p322 .22 LR 22LR rimfire pistol optics ready

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October 7th, 2021

SIG Kilo 2200 BDX Laser Rangefinder — under $350 for Hunters

Sig Kilo 2000 LRF laser rangefinder one mile

Hunting season is here. Time to organize your gear before heading to deer country. If you don’t have a quality, compact Laser Rangefinder, here’s a great deal. The 7x25mm SIG Sauer Kilo 2200 BDX Rangefinder is now on sale for under $350.00. This is an accurate LRF that ranges deer-sized targets at long distances quickly. The scan mode is fast and very effective. The unit is compact and light — a bonus for hunters.

This SIG LRF sold for over $500.00 when it was introduced. Now you can save 30%, with the Kilo 2200 BDX selling for just $346.99 at Amazon, with Free Shipping. Given its performance, that’s a steal. (With very similar performance, the SIG Kilo 2200 BDX is less than half the price of SIG’s Kilo 2400 BDX, $799.99 on Amazon.) We have tested a variety of LRFs from Bushnell, Leica, Leupold, Sig, Swarovski, and Zeiss. This SIG Kilo 2200 BDX will run with anything in the sub-$500 price range. If you are looking for a small LRF that can fit in a shirt pocket, this Kilo 2200 BDX is a good choice. Glass is good, controls are good, ranging capability is good. Light-Wave DSP Technology enables the Kilo 2200 BDX to range extremely fast. Scan mode refresh rate is an ultra-fast 4 times per second. The unit’s “smart” OLED Lumatic Display automatically runs bright in full sunlight, while dimming down to low levels at dusk and dawn.

And the BDX (Ballistic Data Xchange) capability is a big bonus if you have a compatible SIG Sauer BDX riflescope. This rangefinder can communicate with BDX scopes or phone Apps, providing ballistics solutions. Using Bluetooth, the built-in BDX system sends an illuminated holdover dot to any Bluetooth-enabled SIG Sauer BDX scope. Even with a conventional scope, the SIG Kilo 2200 BDX rangefinder will communicate with a free ballistics App on your mobile device.

Sig Kilo 2000 LRF laser rangefinder one mile

SIG Kilo 2200 BDX Verified Buyer Reviews

Read the reviews on Amazon. 87% of verified buyers gave this SIG LRF Five Stars:

Five Stars: “I spent a lot of time agonizing over which rangefinder to purchase, and I’m glad I went with this one. I’ve easily ranged objects out to 1300 yards. Pairing it with the Sig Sauer BDX App and imputing some ballistic and wind data shows me MOA adjustments both in the App and directly in the rangefinder while I’m ranging.” (Review by A. Kirzner, June 2020)

Five Stars: “Amazingly fast and accurate readings. The fact that they pair with Bluetooth to the ballistics App on my phone makes long range shooting much easier.” (Review by Eric A., May 2019)

Five Stars: “Quick to acquire target, easy to use, red reticle works great in low light conditions.” (Review by Brian C., October 2019)

And here is a review of the previous model, the SIG Kilo 2000: “It’s small — palm-sized. If you’re a backcountry shooter and every ounce counts, you can wear this unit around your neck all day long. In my experience and opinion, the Sig Kilo 2000 is an amazing laser rangefinder at a very reasonable price. When it comes to the raw function of a laser rangefinder, to give accurate, repeatable distance measurements within your target range, the Sig Kilo 2000 blows away anything even remotely close to it in its price range.” (Review by Verified Customer, July 2016)

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August 10th, 2021

Gearbox GiveAways for August — Over $15,000 in Prizes

Gearbox Giveaway Contest August

So, are you feeling lucky? If so, head over to the NSSF’s Gearbox Giveaway webpage. To celebrate National Shooting Sports Month (NSSM), gun and gear manufacturers are offering big prize packages — the Gearbox Giveaways. Enter to win rifles, pistols, ammo, and other valuable prizes. Total Product Value is over $15,250! Many of the Gearbox packages are worth over $2500. Enter as many of the Gearbox Giveaways as you like, but time’s running out — the last day to enter is August 31, 2021.

Shown below are the 6 Gearbox Giveaways starting with the most valuable products offered in the prize packages. You’ll find more details of the prize packages on the NSSF website. NOTE: You need to enter separately for each Gearbox Giveaway prize package. Good luck!

Gearbox +ONE GiveAway Page — SEE ALL Prize Packages »

1. SIG Sauer Gearbox GiveAway — Total MSRP: $3638.98

Gearbox Giveaway Contest August NSSF SIG Sauer

What’s in the Gearbox:
SIG SAUER CROSS (.308 Win or 6.5 Creedmoor): $1,649.99
SIERRA3 BDX KIT (includes scope and rangefinder): $1429.00

    This combo kit includes:
    – SIERRA3 4.5-14x50mm Riflescope
    – KILO1800 Rangefinder
    – Features BDX 2.0 for app-free pairing
    – Smart BDC reticle with pre-loaded ballistic groups

ELITE HUNTER TIPPED Ammo (10 boxes): $459.99
SIG SAUER GEAR: $100.00
Total MSRP: $3638.98

2. Mossberg Gearbox GiveAway — Total MSRP: $2,695.97

Gearbox Giveaway Contest August NSSF Mossberg

What’s in the Gearbox:
Mossberg MC2c Compact 9mm, w/ Night Sights ($613)
Mossberg 500 12 Gauge Retrograde ($553)
Mossberg MVP Precision Bolt Action, 6.5 Creedmoor ($1,450)
Mossberg Soft Case ($24.99)
Mossberg Aluminum Water Bottle ($19.99)
Mossberg T Shirt ($19.99)
Mossberg Baseball Hat ($15)
Total MSRP: $2,695.97

3. Primary Arms Gearbox GiveAway — Total MSRP: $2,863.90

Gearbox Giveaway Contest August NSSF Primary Arms

What’s in the Gearbox:
Geissele Automatics Super Duty Rifle Gray 16″ ($2,225.00)
Primary Arms SLx Advanced Rotary Knob Microdot Red Dot Sight ($129.99)
Reptilia Corp DOT Mount for Aimpoint Micro Black ($98.96)
SureFire M640DF Scout Light Pro Dual Fuel Weapon Light 1500 Lumens ($296.00)
Arisaka Defense M-LOK Indexer ($30.00)
Blue Force Gear Vickers Push Button Sling Wolf Gray ($83.95)
DURAMAG .223 Steel Magazine Orange Follower 30 Round ($81.50)
Tru-Spec 24/7 Series Original Tactical Pant ($49.95)
Primary Arms Logo T-Shirt ($24.99)
Total MSRP: $2,863.90

4. Bear Creek Arsenal Gearbox GiveAway — MSRP: $1,418.89

Gearbox Giveaway Contest August NSSF bearcreek rifle

What’s in the Gearbox:
AR15 16″ bbl 5.56×45 complete rifle ($639.99)
5.56 Gen 2 16″ upper ($264.99)
7.62 gen 2 10.5″ upper ($233.99)
Canted Flip up sights ($39.99)
Standard Scope ($129.99)
BCA Trucker Hat ($11.99)
BCA Shirt ($14.99)
Oval BCA Bear Sticker, bumper sticker, BCA Decal ($10.00)
5.56 Cleaning Kit ($9.99)
Cerus Gear BCA Mat ($23.99)
Gat Monkey BCA Sling ($34.99)
BCA Slack Pack ($3.99)
Total MSRP: $1,418.89

5. Winchester Gearbox GiveAway — Total MSRP: $1,140.00

Gearbox Giveaway Contest August NSSF bearcreek rifle

What’s in the Gearbox:
Choice of Winchester Ammunition (Subject to Availability) – $500
30” Red Swivel Bar Stool (2) – $190
Winchester Red Floor Mat (Choice of Vertical or Horizontal) – $79.95
Winchester Gun Cleaning Mat Only (Pistol & Rifle) – $27
Winchester Gun Cleaning Kit (Choice of Pistol & Rifle or Shotgun) – $23
Winchester Stormtech Duffle Bag – $70
Winchester Red Gun Case (2) – $96
Team Winchester Solar Charger – $20
Winchester Super X 100th Anniversary T-Shirt – $18
Winchester Super X 100th Anniversary Hat (2) – $36
Winchester Black Hoodie – $30
Winchester USA Valor T-shirt – $25
Winchester USA Valor Hat (2) – $50
Total MSRP: $1,140.00

6. Glock Gearbox GiveAway — Total MSRP: $3,500.00 claimed*

Gearbox Giveaway Contest August NSSF Glock

What’s in the Gearbox:
G43X 4 Pistol Range Bag MOS – $582
6 Multi-Mag Pouch
Quadcamo Hat
Carry Confidence Shirt
Training course from GLOCK’s Director of Training
All expenses paid trip to tour Glock USA factory
Personalized fan video from Chuck Norris: Priceless
Personalized letter from Mr. and/or Mrs. Glock with both autographs: Priceless


* This $3500.00 stated value is based largely on expenses-paid trip to U.S. Glock Factory. The actual retail value of good is less than $1000.00

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July 22nd, 2021

SIG Sauer Sponsors First Hunter Games in Wyoming

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The popularity of PRS shooting has inspired a variety of new field-style marksmanship competitions, conducted in open country. These events combine hiking, rangefinding, and shooting from improvised positions. The newest outdoor rifle competition in North America is the Hunter Games, a tough 3-Day event sponsored by gun- and optics-maker SIG Sauer. Conducted June 13-16, 2021 on a private Wyoming ranch, the course covered a variety of terrain and elevation. There were flats, rivers, high ridges and Aspen groves. This was the opposite of a “lay down and shoot” rifle match.

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Competitors had to navigate tough terrain from stage to stage. During the course of the event, there were multiple creek crossings, and over 1000 feet of elevation on one stage. Contestants had only 30 minutes to traverse between stages.

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SIG SAUER Cross Rifle ammunition hunter games gun digest true pierceTrue Pearce, Editor of GunsAmerica Digest and Hunt365, attended the Hunter Games, and shot many of the 22 challenging stages, filling in for an injured competitor. Pearce noted: “The stages were designed to be blind hunting scenarios where the contestants had only 15 minutes to find the targets, range them, figure out a shooting position… and make the shots.” The targets were steel plates shaped/sized to match a game animal’s vital zones. These plates were placed in front of a life-sized illustration of the animal, but only hits on the plates counted.

At the first-ever SIG SAUER Hunter Games, there were ten teams in total. Each team consisted of a professional hunter, two invited celebrities, and a Range Officer who kept score and enforced rules. The RO also carried an extra rifle, radio, and first aid kit.

This was quite different than a typical shooting match where the competitors sign up. All the “celebrity” competitors were invited by SIG Sauer, which provided SIG Cross Rifles, SIG optics, and SIG hunting ammunition. We like the idea of a hunting-focused match, with everyone shooting the same rifles and ammunition.

In a lengthy companion article, GunsAmerica publication Hunt365 covers the gear used at the Hunter Games. Click HERE for True Pearce’s review of the SIG Cross rifle, SIG Scopes, SIG Kil03000BDX LRF Binoculars, SIG ZULU6 Image Stabilized Binocs, and SIG Elite Series Ammo.

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Winning the first-ever SIG SAUER Hunter Games was Team Ramshorn: Trent Fisher, Scotty Lago, and Justin Rackley. In addition to the trophy, each team member won a SIG Legion Custom Works P320 AXG pistol.

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True Pearce observed that the challenges of this unique outdoor event, along with camping together in the wild, brought people together: “Complete strangers became lifelong friends — Most of the contestants had never met each other and were from very diverse walks of life. After ‘hunting’ together for two days, the comradery was really something to see and I have no doubt many lifelong friendships were created.”

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July 7th, 2021

9mm Pistols Are Most Popular Handguns in USA

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What is the most popular pistol chambering in the USA? It is the 9mm Luger (aka 9x19mm Parabellum). And nothing else is very close. Four out of every 10 pistols made from 2010-2020 were 9mms. And the percentage of 9mm is on the rise. In the year 2010, 27.9% of all handguns produced were 9mms. But in the year 2019, 9mm pistols represented 56.8% of all handguns made in the USA. For the entire decade, 9mm pistols made up 42.8% of all pistols produced domestically (15,111,566 of 35,315,097).

Pistol Production usa decade 2010 2020 ATF 9mm Luger 9x19mm handguns statistics Smith Wesson Sig SauerBased on data collected by the ATF, we can compare production numbers for the entire decade 2010 through 2020. During this 10-year span 15,111,566 9mm pistols were produced. That’s roughly twice as many as the next largest category, .40 up to .50 caliber, with 7,661,896 produced. Americans also liked their .22-caliber handguns, with 4,605,411 “up to .22″ handguns produced.

According to Shooting Industry Magazine: “9mm pistols were the most prolifically produced caliber in the 2010s. Thanks to the ATF’s Annual Firearms Manufacturing & Export Report (AFMER) … we’re able to able to quantify the scope of [the 9mm caliber’s] dominance.”

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Smith & Wesson is Now America’s Top 9mm Pistol Manufacturer
Among 9mm pistol producers, Smith & Wesson (S&W) tops the field, with the M&P line leading the way. In second place is SIG Sauer, followed by Ruger (3rd), and Glock (4th). Notably, Glock seems to have lost market share over the past decade. S&W produced nearly four times as many 9mm pistols as Glock.

This YouTube Video Compares the SIG P365 and the S&W Shield

SIG Sauer made a big jump in the last decade: “The second-largest 9mm producer, SIG Sauer grew at an impressive rate during the 2010s — no doubt led by its P320 Modular Handgun Series and high-capacity, micro-compact P365.” (Shooting Industry.) Notably, SIG Sauer also secured the U.S. Military contract for the M17/M18 9mm pistol.

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Click Photo for Field Test Comparison of Three Popular 9mm Carry Pistols:
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May 1st, 2021

SIG Sauer Develops Next Generation Squad Weapons

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SIG Sauer just released a video featuring the U.S. Army’s Next Generation Squad Weapons (NGSW) Program. In this video, SIG Sauer President/CEO Ron Cohen talks about the challenges in developing new hybrid ammo, along with a new NGSW Rifle and lightweight belt-fed machine gun (NGSW-AR). These new military guns will employ 6.8×51 hybrid ammunition that combines a brass case with a steel alloy base. This allows significantly higher pressures and velocities, compared to conventional ammo.

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“The Army’s Next Generation Squad Weapons program is the most audacious effort in decades. It is the ability to participate in writing history and whatever happens now will dictate the next twenty, thirty, forty years”, said Cohen. This program is a result of the Army’s push for a transformational change in small arms to achieve greater lethality and capability.

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The SIG Sauer NGSW system features new 6.8×51mm hybrid ammunition — a lightweight cartridge designed to handle signficantly higher pressures for increased velocity and terminal performance. With this high-velocity 6.8mm round, SIG’s new Lightweight Belt-Fed Machine Gun (NGSW-AR) doubles the effective range of the current M249 while being 40% lighter in weight. SIG Sauer even claims reduced felt recoil.

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The SIG Sauer NGSW-R rifle offers advantages over current U.S. military rifles. The new SIG rifle is built on the MCX platform with the added firepower of the 6.8×51 round. Both the NGSW-AR and NGSW-R feature familiar AR-style ambidextrous ergonomics for easy transition from the legacy weapons to the SIG NGSW system. The weapons will also employ SIG Sauer “Next Generation” Suppressors.

Sig Sauer NGSW army program weapons new 6.8x51 hybrid ammunition

SIG Sauer is hoping to win a big military contract with its NGSW weapons. The company stated that it “has committed virtually every part of the company to develop the NGSW weapons, engineering resources, manufacturing resources to develop the most advanced system possible.” SIG Sauer CEO Ron Cohen adds that: “We are the only company that makes the ammunition and the weapons so we were able to harness the engineers on the weapons side with the engineers on the ammunition side. SIG has the engineering resources, manufacturing resources, asset base and commitment to do this.”

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April 24th, 2021

Need for Speed? Train with Max Michel, World’s Fastest Pistolero

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Do you enjoy action pistol shooting? How would you like to practice your skills with one of the greatest handgun aces on the planet — Max Michel. This guy has won world championships, and, as the multi-time winner of the world Speed-Shooting Championship, Max can rightfully claim to be the fastest semi-auto pistol shooter on the planet.

Speed Shooting Class with Max Michel
SIG Sauer Academy in New Hampshire recently announced that a Speed Shooting with Max Michel class has been added to the 2021 course schedule. Tom Taylor, SIG Sauer’s Chief Marketing Officer posted: “This summer, we are excited to announce that Max is coming to SIG SAUER Academy for an exclusive speed shooting course. [That course] will cover everything from recoil management to the dynamic drills that Max utilizes in his own training routines.”

Watch Max Michel Demo Drill (This Guy is Blazing Fast!)

In this video, Max drills 18 rounds (6×3) in just over five seconds with two mag changes. We timed that unofficially at 5.21 seconds.

The two-day Speed Shooting with Max Michel training classes will cover: recoil management, power stance, grip, sight picture, draw, reloads, transitions, movements, and more. Two June 2021 session dates are now available at the SIG Sauer Academy in Epping, New Hampshire. To register and/or review the course outline (or to see other Academy training classes) visit SigSauerAcademy.com. 2021 Dates for the Max Michel Speed Shooting classes are:

Session 1: June 9-10
Session 2: June 14-15

Here is another amazing speed run by Max Michel. Max draws from holster and drills 18 hits on three targets (with two mag changes). This was officially timed in just 4.79 seconds!

At age 39, Max Michel is a legend within the world of competitive shooting. A seven-time Steel Challenge World Speed Shooting Champion, eight-time USPSA National Champion, and four-time U.S. Steel National Champion, Max is a dominant force in pistol shooting sports. Born and raised in New Orleans, Louisiana, Max began shooting when he was just 5 years old. In 1999 Max joined the USAMU’s Action Pistol Team and served in the U.S. Army for 10 years as an Army shooter and trainer. Today, Max is recognized worldwide as a top-tier athlete and instructor.

Follow Max Michel, Jr., on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/maxmichel.us.

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