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  • Sig Drops a Few Models in 2015

    We've been seeing quite a few new 2015 models (rifles, pistols, P320's, and CALX Kits, from Sig Sauer between scouring distributor websites for leaks and Sig's own Instagram page.

    We're now finding out that a few more models are being discontinued for 2015. We also listed a significant chunk of discontinued part numbers back in June. Continue reading

  • New Rifles From Sig Sauer

    We've talked about the P320's and the other pistols that Sig is coming out with next year, now it's time to talk long guns, including the much-anticipated MCX line.

    SKU Description MSRP
    MCX
    RMCX-16B-CAL-P MCX, 5.56mm NATO, 16" Barrel, Aluminum Handguard, Collapsible Stock $1,999.00
    RMCX-300B-16B-CAL-P MCX, .300 Blackout, 16" Barrel, Aluminum Handguard, Collapsible Stock $1,999.00
    RMCX-762R-16B-CAL-P MCX, 7.62X39 MM, 16" Barrel, Aluminum Handguard, Collapsible Stock $1,999.00
    RMCX-300B-16B-CAL-P-CKIT MCX, 300 Blackout, 16" Barrel, Aluminum Handguard, Collapsible Stock, 5.56mm Kit $2,285.00
    716
    R716G2-16B-P SIG716G2, Patrol, 16" barrel, Aluminum Handguard, Sig Stock & Grip $2,399.00
    R716G2-16B-P-ODG SIG716G2, Patrol, OD Green, 16" barrel, Aluminum Handguard, Sig Stock & Grip $2,399.00
    R716G2-16B-P-FDE SIG716G2, Patrol, FDE, 16" barrel, Aluminum Handguard, Sig Stock & Grip $2,456.00
    R716G2-16B-SRP SIG716G2, Sight-Ready Platform, 16" barrel, Aluminum Handguard, Sig Stock & Grip $2,170.00
    R716G2-16B-SRP-ODG SIG716G2, Sight-Ready Platform, OD Green, 16" barrel, Aluminum Handguard, Sig Stock & Grip $2,090.00
    R716G2-16B-SRP-FDE SIG716G2, Sight-Ready Platform, FDE, 16" barrel, Aluminum Handguard, Sig Stock & Grip $2,090.00
    R716G2-H16B-DMR SIG716G2, DM, 16" barrel, Match Trigger, Aluminum Handguard, Magpul Grip & PRS Stock $3,062.00
    R716G2-16B-HUNTER SIG716, Hunter, 16" barrel, Aluminum Handguard, Magpul CTR Stock, Kryptec Finish $3,062.00
    M400
    RM400-300B-16B-ECP SIGM400, .300 BLACKOUT, ENHANCED PATROL, 16" barrel, Flip sights $1,485.00
    RM400-300B-16B-ECP-ODG SIGM400, .300 BLACKOUT, ENHANCED PATROL, OD Greeen, 16" barrel, Flip sights $1,485.00
    RM400-300B-16B-ECP-FDE SIGM400, .300 BLACKOUT, ENHANCED PATROL, FDE, 16" barrel, Flip sights $1,485.00

    KRYPTEC! Did NOT see that coming! Looks like Sig is acknowledging that people use AR's to hunt with this new 716, and that is a very good thing indeed.

    You had to figure that Sig would go .300Blk with their AR's, as that's a fairly easy thing to change, and with Kevin Brittingham on-board, it makes even more sense.

    Follow up question: How long before Kryptec 516G2's chambered in .300Blk show up? Or maybe a Kryptec M400 Predator model for all you coyote hunters out there?

    Tomorrow we'll be talking about the new pistol braces and Caliber Exchange Kits coming out soon from Sig and what may still be coming from Sig later this year.

  • Sig Sauer On The Move

    Over the past few weeks, Sig Sauer's been hinting at some cool stuff coming our way very soon. First off, it's no secret that Sig has hired Kevin Brittingham, formerly of Advanced Armament Corporation. AAC is/was known for a) ridiculously cool guns and b) ridiculously cool silencers*/suppressors, so it makes sense that Sig is coming out with much the same things.

    And they are.

    The MCX takes the MPX to new levels, and our friends at The Firearm Blog got to shoot one earlier this year and were very impressed with how it shot. We'll have more on this gun later in the year, so stay tuned.

    Sig MCX

    And suppressors! Did we mention suppressors!? Take a look at what Sig posted on Instagram earlier this month:

    Sig Suppressors

    "SIG SAUER is bringing the best silencers ever produced to market. SIG hired the founder and lead engineer from #aac. The new #sigsilencers are the next generation."

    Cool.

    But what's suppressor without somewhere to put it? As we reported earlier, it looks like the Designated Marksman Rifle is going on a diet and turning itself into a lean, mean shooting machine.

    New Sig DMR

    Word on the street is that this gun will come it at around 9 pounds without an optic, and unless we miss our guess (and we're pretty good at guessing) that's a quick-detach suppressor mount on the front of that gun.

    As far as handguns go, look for more additions to the P320 line, along with this interesting critter designed to meet the Army's requirements for a modular pistol.

    Modular 320

    According to the Military Times, it has an ambidextrous thumb safety with a 1911-esque thumb shelf, as well as a slide release lever that is smaller, angled more forward than a stock 320, along with a loaded chamber indicator and a bunch of other tweaks.

    We'll have more updates on what else is coming out from Sig Sauer this year, so stay tuned.

    * Hiram Maxim, the guy who invented the darn things, called them "silencers" on the patent application. Look, I know and you know they don't actually "silence" the gun, but that was his name for it and he invented it, and let's just roll with that for now.

  • What Makes A Good AR-15?

    What's a Good AR?

    The popularity of the AR-15 has zoomed to new levels in recent times. From the buying sprees brought on by worries of new legislation to the rise of shooting sports like 3 gun, the AR now has has a permanent home in America's gun safes. If you're one of the thousands (if not millions...) of people who have purchased an AR in the past few years, you know how easy it is to re-configure an AR to your specific needs. But what makes a good AR? What makes one rifle stand out from the others?

    1. Function
    The AR is built from the ground up to be flexible and expandable. An AR lower is a blank slate and can be turned into an almost limitless variety of guns. If you've got an AR that has been sitting in the gun safe unused, maybe it's time to give it a makeover and turn it into something that gets taken to the range or out into field more often. Thinking about hunting? A .300 Blackout or 7.62x39mm upper is a good choice for deer hunting, or stretch out your reach with 20" heavy barrel and take a look at long-range varmint or predator hunting.

    Maybe you see your AR as a defensive tool, a task for which it's almost ideally suited. A laser, rail-mounted flashlight or red dot scope can turn a plain-jane AR into a rifle that's set up to defend your life and the lives of the ones you care about.

    The introduction of the Sig Sauer pistol brace has brought on a renewed interest in AR pistols. A short-barreled AR pistol makes an excellent gun for close-range self defense, and they're a heck of a lot of fun to shoot as well.

    Creating an AR that's suited to your needs is just half of what makes a good AR: The other half is making sure your AR is up to the task.

    2. Form. 
    If you've gone car-shopping recently, you've noticed that cars are starting to look pretty much the same. The same platform that Chevy uses for its small cars is pretty much the same that Buick and Cadillac also use for their cars. Same is true of many of Ford and Lincoln cars, or many other brands as well.

    While the mechanicals make look the same, the fact is, those cars drive very differently. Each manufacturer tweaks the basics of the car to meet their audience, sometimes with cosmetics, sometimes with performance tweaks that turn a plain-jane family car into a snarling beast.

    The same is true with AR's. You can buy great AR's for a very reasonable price that work day in, day out, or you can pull out all the stops and buy something that's built to handle the worst that life can throw at you. A $700 AR and a $2000 AR may look the same, but the care that's taken to build those two rifles will show up under stressful use. There are other differences besides fit and finish, of course: A gas piston action (one that uses a pushrod to move the bolt) usually costs more than a direct impingement (DI) system that uses the propellant gases to cycle the action. Piston action AR's, as a rule, can go longer in between cleanings than gas guns can, but direct impingement guns have served in the U.S. military for decades, making them a very viable choice for almost every potential AR owner.

    A well-built AR is like a budget AR taken to new levels. A high-end AR like a Patriot Ordnance Factory or LWRC gun are built to satisfy the needs of demanding customers like America's most elite military and law enforcement units and represent the state of the art in AR's. They're not for everyone, but if you demand a little bit more from your rifle, they may be right for you.

    When it comes right down to it, what makes a good AR is up to you: Only you know what your budget is, what your needs are and what level of craftsmanship you demand, and that same flexibility and adaptability is a big part of why the AR is so popular. The AR platform allows you to build the gun of your dreams, and then change that gun when your dreams change. For that reason, (and many others) the future of the AR is bright indeed.

  • Building the perfect home defense AR-15

    Image courtesy of Tom McHale

    Ever since the first days of the double-barreled break action, the shotgun has reigned supreme as the home defense long gun of choice. But that is changing as the AR-15 and related guns becomes more and more popular with American gun owners as a range gun, competition gun and hunting rifle.

    But how does it work for defending your home?

    Very well, thank you.

    First off, let's talk about what we want a long gun (i.e. "not pistol") to do in a home defense scenario. Whether's it's buckshot, rifle rounds or higher-veloctity pistol ammo, a long gun should "bring more to the party" than what your CCW gun does. A home-defense long gun should also extend the engagement range beyond the 25 or so yards, yet still be able to maintain a decent volume of fire and not be too big our unwieldy inside the home. Taking all of that into account, today's AR-15's make a lot of sense for keeping your home safe.

    So what would the ultimate home-defense AR look like?

    I'd suggest starting with a pistol-length AR-15 for size and ease of maneuver inside your home. Then add a SIG Sauer pistol stabilizing brace for comfort and accurate fire, along with a laser sight for accurate fire from awkward positions, a rail-mounted flashlight for navigation and target identification and a sling for keeping it near you moving around the house. Lastly, because rifle rounds like .223 are LOUD compared to pistol ammo, consider adding a suppressor to your rifle in order to protect your ears and the hearing of your family.

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