As a 19th Century fella in an increasingly breaking down 20th Century meat suit, I feel like I cut my teeth on the classics regarding handgun calibers: .45 ACP, .38 Special, and .22LR. When I was in my teens, 9mm was still seen as kinda new, even though it had been around for 80 years, and the funs that fired them were high-tech and largely (except for those from S&W) European. Then came (and went) the 10mm.
It is 2022 and, while we don’t have jet packs and Mars colonies, 10mm has come back with a bang.
With that, I’ve recently added a new, Government Issue-sized, pistol to my T&E in-box, but it is in no way a M1911.
Left: old reliable. Right: The new Sig Sauer XTen, a modular new 10mm that runs the same size and weight but has a 15+1 capacity magazine, XRay3 day/night sights, and is optics ready.
Did I mention it is modular, with a fire control unit that can easily be swapped around to other slides and grip modules?
See why I am catching feelings?
Sig’s newest addition to its CROSS bolt-action precision rifle family picks up some weight to clock in on the PRS circuit.
On the rifle range at Sig’s Freedom Days event at the Ben Avery Shooting Center outside of Phoenix last week was an interesting new CROSS model that only went “live” with Sig on Thursday.
The new PRS model rifle differs from the standard CROSS as it has a bull barrel, a redesigned stainless steel buttstock, a straighter pistol grip, and a full-length steel Arca rail on the bottom for bipod and tripod action. This takes the rifle up to 14.5-pounds, which is quite a weight gain from the CROSS’s typical 6.5-pound range, but the original series is meant for hunting and tactical use in the field whereas the new CROSS PRS is more for Precision Rifle Series matches where extra heft isn’t a bad thing– so long as it helps with accuracy.
Even at 14.5 pounds and fitted with a can and some decent glass, the CROSS PRS has a good balance to it. (Photo: Chris Eger/Guns.com)
More in my column at Guns.com.
So I spent most of last week hanging out in Phoenix with some friends, covering Sig’s Freedom Days event. Tons of fun, even if I had to set up the Guns.com booth with my buddy, Ben.
Of course, I am the Jerry Garcia-looking character in the above.
Check out some of these highlights:
Anywho, got to hang out and detail the action, so expect lots of neat stuff next week about what I saw, heard, and found out.
Now to nurse that sunburn…