New Markings on SIG Guns & Suppressors


Firearm industry powerhouse SIG SAUER recently announced that all new firearms and sound suppressors will feature a new fabrication mark that identifies the place of manufacture as Newington, NH. Previously, guns made by the company in the United States have been marked simply with “Exeter, NH.” In the future, that mark will be replaced with “Made in Newington, NH.”

For collectors of SIG products, the change indicates an increasingly reduced quantity of Exeter marked guns in the future. While that may not sound like a big deal at the moment, for some it can be. I know that I wished I still had my old SIG P220 marked with “Made in W. Germany.” With the relatively short time the company has been making sound suppressors, I imagine that the Exeter models may be desirable in the future for collectors of such things.

The marking change reflects the company’s investment in a new, state of the art manufacturing and testing plant located at Pease International Tradeport in Newington, New Hampshire. The new plant and corporate headquarters takes up 206,000 square feet and has a multi-position firing range as part of its high tech design. The size of the building reflects the fact that the company is a significant employer in the state.

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  • TheNotoriousIUD

    They should try putting different markings on their price tags.

    • randomswede

      Ah, the good old: “I want the quality you produce but I don’t want to pay extra for it” approach?

      • TheNotoriousIUD

        I already have the quality they produce except its marked “Glock”.

        • randomswede

          There’s those who say the same thing about Glock.
          Also, if you don’t want their products what does the price matter?

          • TheNotoriousIUD

            If the quality is so high why wouldnt my P238 feed HP’s out of the box? Why did I have to return it?

          • randomswede

            So you argument is then “SIG is overpriced crap”?
            In that case, why do you care what they charge?
            Are you OK with a crappy gun if it’s cheap?

          • TheNotoriousIUD

            Settle down, missy.
            Im saying they have QC issues that make their pricing out of whack.

          • randomswede

            At what price are you OK with poor QC?
            I’m just trying to nail down what your issue is, note how there’s question marks after each statement. Also I’m not insulted by “missy”, tough I am a little put off by you trying to assert yourself by using it.

          • TheNotoriousIUD

            I couldnt care less about how put off you are.
            Your tone is pedantic, obnoxious and obtuse so im sure this is not the first time you have gotten this response.
            How many times do you need this explained to you? Or is it a language issue?

            Do you need more help?

          • randomswede

            First off: I’m sorry, I didn’t intend to offend.
            It is the first time I’ve been called obnoxious and obtuse, but pedantic comes from caring about what’s true.

            What I need help understanding is why you post “They should try putting different markings on their price tags.” instead of “They should change their QC routines while they are at it.”

          • TheNotoriousIUD

            Could you not discern from my other comments that their QC issues were my concern? As well as from the other commenters?

            It seemed like you were looking for conflict here. Maybe im wrong. I apologize too.

          • randomswede

            As a european my view of “Sig quality” is evidently out of whack, and that is probably the saddest thing I’ve learned from this discussion.

            What I was “poking at” with your first comment is that, to my perspective, it sounded like an echoing off the sentiment that “XXXX is overpriced, I don’t see why anyone would choose it over YYYY”. I’m of the school that “you get what you pay for, if you don’t want it don’t pay for it” In this case it seems that you aren’t getting what you thought you payed for.

            My problem with that sentiment is that it’s the path to wall to wall Hi-Points; if there’s no value put to quality.
            I’m largely echoing, probably poorly, what Ian and Karl talk about in “Culture, Commentary & Rant #1 – Quality Vs Cost” v=Hwn7M8mWm08

          • TheNotoriousIUD

            I have no problem paying top dollar for a quality product but I tend to become very pissed when that product fails on a regular basis.

          • randomswede

            I understand that perfectly, and that should be addressed publicly so that others who, like me, equate Sig with quality can stop assuming and find out where the truth lies.

          • TheNotoriousIUD

            Fair enough, sorry for not making myself clear from the first.

          • Anonymoose

            Because it an aluminum 1911-based design and not a traditional SIG? Also, I was reading the Battlefield Vegas report article from last year and how P226s go through recoil springs faster than any other gun.

          • TheNotoriousIUD

            Yeah, I read that.
            Maybe thats why NSWC is switching to Glocks.

        • Dr. Longfellow Buchenrad

          If we are discussing what you get for your money, you know you are obnoxiously overpaying for your Glocks. Because Glock pretty much gives away their guns to government agencies, you have to pay the difference. They are only able to do that because they know people like you will pay. How does it feel to pay $550 for a $350 gun?

          • TheNotoriousIUD

            ECON101: The reason for the price differential is because the gub’mint buys 50,000 guns at a time and I only buy one.

          • KestrelBike

            a $350 gun? Hardly. Glocks are an incredible value at the $500 street price.

          • Rodney Jenkins

            Gen 4 Glocks cost 650..where are you buying one brand new out the door for 500?

          • Bob

            I got one on sale for $500 last year…

          • Orion Quach

            They are not 650, you are getting ripped off bad man haha hella bad at that. You should be paying like $530 at most pre tax/shipping for one and never more than $550 excluding the 34 and comp ones.

          • KestrelBike

            The Gen 3s are at the 499 mark as well, but agreed on the gen 4 at 529.

        • andrey kireev

          P320 is priced competitively to a glock, while still coming with night sights… not sure what point you’re trying to make here.

      • Vitsaus

        Most of my pistols are SIGs, and most are West German marked. I paid what most people are currently playing for Glocks because I got them a long time ago. The new SIG pistols with their known QC issues, bad batches and over hyped marketing based on colors and grips shows quite clearly that they are marked up to feed a marketing machine that has no shame.

        • randomswede

          So your problem with them is that you can no longer buy the Sig you want because they have poor QC?
          Essentially they no longer produce what you want to buy?
          I can sympathize with that, it’s a common practice these days, you see it especially in the handheld powertools industry. DeWalt and Milwaukee used to be craftsmen’s tools but about 10 years ago they started putting out crap tools with the same names.

      • ARCNA442

        Well, you do have to wonder why a P226 costs around $850 when a Beretta 92FS is only around $550 given how similar they both are.

        • randomswede

          Most likely because Sig sells as many (or more) P226s as they are willing to produce at that price.
          It’s up to the consumers to choose where they spend their money.
          If “SIG Sauer Inc.” are living off the reputation of “SIG Sauer GmbH” and their guns are infact overpriced, that is to say you don’t get what you thought you paid for then that is relevant and should be made common knowledge.

          If the 92FS is a bargain over the P226 why not just buy the Beretta and be done with it?

      • Sam

        Sig quality and features without the price tag? Did I hear someone say CZ?

  • vereceleritas

    I doubt Exeter guns will have much collector value. Unlike the W. German SIGs, they don’t have a great reputation. SIG’s recent quality issues are the reason people go out of their way to find used, German made pistols to begin with.

  • Dean Carpenter

    Glad to hear SIG is doing well and updating their digs instead of staying entrenched in past.

  • JW

    I doubt it will make a SIGnificant difference in sales if the quality is there.