Sig Sauer Headquarters And Factory Tour

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This past July I was fortunate enough to tour the Sig Sauer Headquarters and manufacturing facilities in New Hampshire. Now most of you will immediately think of Exeter and you would be partially correct. Sig moved into the new facility, shown above, one year and four months ago. The Exeter facility is still in use by R&D as well as a few other functions based there. The new “Campus”, as Sig calls their facilities, is the base for the manufacturing of all weapons as well as the headquarters for all the executive staff and CEO.

The new “Campus” is a beautiful modern structure and is very impressive when viewed from the front of the building. As one enters the main foyer the first thing you see is a large two story circular room with a receptionist desk and security station. This area is obviously meant to impress and it surely succeeds.

Looking to the right you see a larger meeting room shown below. Of course there are plenty of Sig rifles and pistols mounted on backlighted walls.

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As you look down and left from the observation platform you’ll see a portion of the 72 CNC machines. All of the 72 machines are in use creating various basic shapes of handguns and rifles.

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Just to the right of center is the assembly area then the indoor test range. On the farthest right side is a large storage area for parts with which the assemblers draw from during the day.

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The indoor test range:

Entering the door to the fully enclosed range you step into a control room which is part security camera station while the rest of the station monitors the range lines as well as the environmental systems.
Each person shooting/testing these new pistols and rifles fire one magazine through each gun making sure they function and live up to the accuracy standards within that controlled environment. After two hours each shooter is rotated throughout the shift.

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Here are other areas where sanded and buffed guns are then placed in vats for color or anodizing.

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So after all of this work you get something that should look very familiar and a heck of a lot of them!

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Gallery:




Phil White

Retired police officer with 30 years of service. Firearms instructor and SRU team member. I still instruct with local agencies. My daily carry pistol is the tried and true 1911. I’m the Associate Editor and moderator at TFB. I really enjoy answering readers questions and comments. We can all learn from each other about our favorite hobby!


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  • Nicholas C

    Looks like fun Phil!

    • http://www.thefirearmblog.com/ Phil W “Senior Writer TFB”

      It sure was interesting seeing them made start to finish! What was fun was turning the corner and seeing all those black boxes full of pistols. Just a tremendous amount of guns then the same with the rifles above them.

      • USMC03Vet

        Did you get any swag?

        • http://www.thefirearmblog.com/ Phil W “Senior Writer TFB”

          A Sig T-shirt and mag pouch to fit the P320, hearing protectors

  • USMC03Vet

    Neat.

    This factory is up just in time too since Germany has now halted exports of Sig Sauer.

    • dp

      Does it mean that this is the end of European operation?

  • Samson

    I didn’t know girls could build guns!!!!

    • http://www.thefirearmblog.com/ Phil W “Senior Writer TFB”

      Yep small hands using small parts:-)

      • 1leggeddog

        More true then you think!

        It actually does matter a lot for fit and finish for mass production lines. Women are prefered over males with their attention to details and ease of repetition.

        • http://www.thefirearmblog.com/ Phil W “Senior Writer TFB”

          Yea I was actually being more serious than it sounded. I watched those ladies for a few and they could get all the internals installed really fast.

  • A.g.

    The heaven…

    • http://www.thefirearmblog.com/ Phil W “Senior Writer TFB”

      It was!

  • ed

    are they lookin for help?.. i have over 20 yrs in CNC lathe exp.

    • http://www.thefirearmblog.com/ Phil W “Senior Writer TFB”

      They may be. Heck if you’re serious I’d call HR. That eating area is actually the employee cafeteria. It looks like a good place to work.

    • Evil Merlin

      Actually Sig is laying off workers currently (I live right down the street from Sig). Gun orders are way down as things “return to normal” in the gun and ammo industry.

  • Kovacs Jeno

    awesome. thx for the report.

  • dp

    Very impressive shoe and clear indication that SIG has become major contender in what is left from firearms industry.

  • 1911doc

    I don’t care what’s in the boxes, just gimme one of those pallets!

  • gunslinger

    so is all of the waste from cnc/milling recycled?

  • hANNABONE

    Love it. That is quite the set-up. I am a proud owner of SIG and continue to enjoy their products. Good job on the pics. Maybe a vid next time..?