SOCOM– which earlier this year for up to $5 million worth of “Reduced Signature” PDW weapons in the form of modified commercial SIG MCX Rattlers in both 5.56 NATO and .300 Blackout– posted the notice for 7.62x39mm uppers for the platform in late October.
“Due to developing requirements,” explains the notice, the force at the tip of the spear is seeking conversion kits to include all “required hardware and ammunition magazines that will fit with the SIG Sauer Rattler and RSAR/PDW converted M4A1 lower receiver groups.”
SOCOM may be in luck as SIG recently debuted their first 7.62×39-chambered offerings in the MCX Spear-LT series. One of the options in that series is a factory SBR with an 11-inch barrel and an overall length of 29.75 inches, something that puts the company within striking distance of the RFI notice.
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SIG Sauer developed the MCX series back around 2014 with a “particular customer in mind” and then transitioned it to fill both the demands of the military– the Army’s new 6.8mm Next Generation Squad Weapon-Automatic Rifle or NGSW-AR, adopted earlier this year as the XM5, is based on the MCX Spear, while SOCOM went with the shorty Rattler variant in 5.56/.300BLK — and the consumer market, namely with the MCV Virtus line. With a decade of success in the rearview, the company decided to, rather than sit on its laurels, to instead push the platform to the next level.
Meet the new MCX Spear LT, which brings back compatibility with standard AR trigger packs– opening a world of modularity lost with the Virtus– slimming the rifle down by about a pound, and delivering better ergonomics. Also, the new gun will be offered in eight different models, including carbines, pistols, and SBRs available in 5.56 NATO, .300 Blackout, and 7.62×39– the latter new for the platform and a caliber unusual altogether for SIG.
I got to play around with these in New Hampshire last month and was really impressed.
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