In Guns.com’s ongoing Select Fire series, I somehow talked SIG Sauer into letting us into its expansive and modern facility in Newington, New Hampshire.
While SIG Sauer had its origin in a 1976 team-up of Swiss-based SIG with West Germany’s J.P. Sauer & Sohn (which itself dates to 1751), by 1985 a U.S. spinoff, SIGARMS, was up and running in Tysons Corner, Virginia. After moving to New Hampshire in 1990, the latter company started domestic production here in America– turning blocks of steel and aluminum into firearms.
And they haven’t looked back, now making over 1 million guns per year in the “Live Free or Die” State.
Check out the video if you have 10 minutes to kill.
Earlier this year in Dallas I got a chance to put some rounds downrange with Sig Sauer’s new SUR300, a suppressed .300 BLK upper that uses a 6.75-inch barrel with a permanently attached Ti suppressor that incorporates 19 baffles. It was hearing safe without earpro (we’re talking ~120dB range), good for 400 meters due to the combined length of the barrel and baffle stack, shorter than a comparable rifle with a threaded barrel and can, and had less blowback in my face when firing.
The SUR300, (Photo: Chris Eger)
While Sig has not released the upper on the commercial market just yet that I can find, they did recently pick up a $48 million contract for SOCCOM’s long-awaited Suppressed Upper Receiver Group (SURG) program, which intends to marry a full-auto capable full-time hushed upper with standard M4A1 lowers, so you can expect lots more quiet time on the sharp end in coming years.