The German Police orders hundreds of SIG Sauer MCX Rifles

Good news for SIG SAUER GmbH & Co. in Eckernförde, Germany.

According to the a large German State Police Force has ordered several hundred MCX rifles. The HK MP5 is getting old(er) and need replacing. 9 millimeters are also out, the 5,56 is in.

Competition from Heckler & Koch and potentially other supplier must be fierce, so it must be a great win for SIG Sauer, especially as the German Army is also looking for new rifles and the competitor Haenel are said to have troubles getting their rifles to work with the desired ammunition.

As TFB has reported multiple times now, many German Police Forces are updating their firearms and equipment to be able to respond to new threats. This is controversial, as many politicians think that the Police should not be equipped like the Military.

SIG Sauer already equipped the London Metropolitan Police but this is the first large sale to a German Police Force.

The source states that the English Special Forces SAS are also equipped with SIG Sauers, but I find no other sources to confirm this.

Unfortunately there is no information on the exact specifications of the MCX rifles, other than the very general comment that they are “produced with specifications specially adapted to the wishes of the Police“.

There are some potential configurations and options at the bottom of this page:

Photo: SIG SAUER GmbH & Co.

The modular and compact design as well as other high-quality technical features convinced the buyer to chose SIG Sauer in the competition.

This order underscores the trend in the armament of security forces to focus on the procurement of guns, which are slowly replacing the HK MP5”  said SIG Sauer’s CEO Franz von Stauffenberg.

Photo: SIG SAUER GmbH & Co.


SIG Sauer is well on the way to gaining points even in the coming tenders. “We have a very competitive offer and our team is well positioned to meet all upcoming requirements in Europe”, explains Franz von Stauffenberg.bH & Co. KG manufactures and markets handguns and long firearms. It offers firearm products ranging from modern service and modular high-performance target pistols to semi-automatic and bolt action rifles. The company serves the civil market, including sportsmen, collectors, and hunters; and law enforcement and military markets. It offers its products through dealers in Asia, Africa, North and South America, Australia/Oceania, and Germany and other parts of Europe. The company is based in Eckernförde, Germany with subsidiaries in Exeter, New Hampshire; and Neuhausen, Switzerland. SIG SAUER GmbH & Co. KG operates as a subsidiary of L&O Holding GmbH & Co. KG.

Photo: SIG SAUER GmbH & Co.


I can’t remember if the MCX was there, but I saw the Sig Sauer MPX at Enforcetac (Germany) many years ago and thought that it was a great invention.

You can check SIG Sauer Law Enforcement (Germany) for more information:

Eric B

Ex-Arctic Ranger. Competitive practical shooter and hunter with an European focus. Always ready to increase my collection of modern semi-automatic firearms, optics and sound suppressors. Owning the night would be nice too.


  • Herr Wolf

    A PDW stock would look so much better than that skeleton side-folder

  • Brett baker

    What, the Germans aren’t screaming for 7.62?😉

  • Dr. Longfellow Buchenrad

    MCX > HK416

    There. I said it.

    • Mohammed Alnahyan

      Quality wise ?

    • am

      once they get away from keymod, than it’s true

      • They are both using keymod, so in that respect they are even.

        • Dr. Longfellow Buchenrad

          Correct me if Im wrong, but I thought the HK system only looks like Keymod but is actually some proprietary mess.

          Or can you still attach Keymod accessories to it?

      • Dr. Longfellow Buchenrad

        From a marketing standpoint they probably are better off using M-Lok, but (disregarding availability and accessory variety) Keymod is my preferred system and the only one I have spent any money on so I dont mind at all.

        • nth

          I assume you haven’t heard the news about the navy trial.

      • Haulin’ Oats

        It’s not even keymod. It’s a proprietary bastard child of keymod called H-Key.

    • Haulin’ Oats

      I’d argue the 416 is much more accurate than the sig. Sig was probably chosen because it’s far more affordable and the 416 is “military” overkill for police use.

  • UWOTM8

    Interesting how Sig is marketing their optics as the preferred setup for these rifles, too. Must have confidence in them.

    • Evan

      Early Sig optics (products that aren’t sold anymore) were hit and miss but I’ve been impressed by what I’ve seen lately. I was looking at the Whiskey 5 scope at the local sporting goods store about a week ago. I noticed it had “Designed by Sig Sauer in Oregon, Assembled in Japan” on the side.

      • UWOTM8

        I own a Romeo 5 and it is excellent quality for the price. Didn’t the FBI adopt the Romeo 4?

        • John

          They adopted the 4M. Its a specific variant and is a few $ more

      • You can tell the early “SIG” optics because they are from the SigTac line. Which were nothing more than Chinese junk made for an Israeli Company called iTac.

    • KidCorporate

      I have one of their Tango6 1-6 scopes and it’s pretty impressive, especially at the price I paid for it. Made in the same facility as the Vortex Razor HD line with what I strongly suspect is the same glass.

  • Some Guy

    It is most likly not replacing the mp5. The mp 5 is used by your standard police officer and there is one in every police car(exept for the states that replaced the mp5 with the mp7).

    First of all it can`t replace the mp5 in general use with only a few hundreds ordered for any state police(they would need thousands even for the smaller ones like Berlin).

    Second assault rifles are not needed for the regular police officer, because normal 9m AP ammo will go trough most wests and your regular cop will never be in a shootout(last year only 52 shots with 11 killed were fired in Germany by the police). The shootings will be carried out by the BFEs, BFE+, the SEKs or GSG 9. These units can be deployed very quickly to any place in Germany.

    Thirdly any general issue would require rewriting laws, because a special qualification is needed to be allowed to use an asault rifle(which any member of special units gets). This would have caused a debate about militarized police, but there was nothing.

    This leads me to the conclusion that these rifles replace assault rifles already in use by one of these special units(possibly the g36).These units already have assault rifles and mps(5, 7 and possibly even more) which they can choose between for different situations.

    • Dr. Longfellow Buchenrad

      I would imagine if they were replacing the MP5 the MPX would be chosen over them MCX.

      Though if I wanted a PDW style weapon my choice would be a short barreled MCX in .300Blk over any pistol caliber gun.

  • Fast Forward

    “Unfortunately there is now information on the exact specifications of the MCX rifles,”
    The above is slightly confusing.

    Possible text correction:

    Unfortunately there is no information on the exact specifications of the MCX rifles,

  • LazyReader

    At German police headquarters
    “But what about HK rifles”

    • Brett baker

      If the politicians are worried about looks though, maybe it’s time to build more SL-6s? Not that they wouldn’t be more expensive than the SIG.

  • Jack

    Which version? Gen 1, 1.5, 2, 2.x, Virtus, Virtus Black…..

    I like my gen 1.whatever but damn they need to get this figured out.

  • Bob

    Is this the chunky new version or the lighter streamlined model they should have stuck with?

  • Mitch

    Funny how procurements can influence our views sometim-es… MCX’s just never perked my interest, and all of a sudden I want one. If nothing else, that new stock ( last, and 3rd to last photos)! If the lockup is tight, I’ll move heaven and earth to get my hamds on one. Anyone else a fan?

    • Joe

      I’ve had my MCX since May of 2016 and it’s been my favorite rifle by far. I’ve barely shot any of my others. I actually think it recoils less than my normal AR.

    • Rocky Mountain 9

      That stock is great, speaking from personal experience. You can order one from SIG customer service if you give them a call!

  • The Forty ‘Twa

    “English Special Forces SAS”

    Given the jokes about the number of jocks in the unit not sure they can be called English!

  • john huscio

    Meh…….this batch will get recalled like the rest. Its been out a shorter length of time than the p320 and is already in its second generation (virtus).

    Aside from the sp2022, they dont make anything i’d trust longterm anymore.

    • John

      Virtus is gen 2, but you forget gen 1.1 and 1.2 were also there due to recoil springs failing. 1.1 they pinned the removable guide rods then the 1.0’s were recalled to make BCG changes which I believed changed the AR trigger compatibility (A selling point for me). This coupled with the gen 2 MPX and the P320 trigger “voluntary upgrade” to the M17 trigger (which says they knew it was an issue and it even states in the manual they are not drop safe) all in a 2 or 3 year span, I have started to sell off all my Sig products. This as a previous MCX/P320/P226/Sig 1911/P938/SSG3000 owner

      • Haulin’ Oats

        I agree with you but the SSG3000 is a keeper; it’s the last piece of olde sig quality.

        • John

          I admit I still have my 938 as well. Shopping for a replacement. I see the M&P Shield 2.0 is open for preorder on Brownells.

          • Haulin’ Oats

            Honor Guard and Styer M9 are also worthy of your considerations.

  • Mr Mxyzptlk

    That is rubbish about the British SAS using the MCX, they recently started using the L119A2 (this is the signature weapon for distinguishing SAS from police when they have done joint operations after recent terrorist incidents like Manchester). I assume that the source is confusing them with Counter Terrorist Specialist Firearms Officers who started using the MCX a few years ago, however since then they have been adopted by some regular ARV units to replace their G36Cs.

    • derpmaster

      They’ve been with the Diemaco Colts for over 20 years, M16s before that. I think the A2 is only a few years old. Nothing wrong with a well built DI gun.

  • Jason Culligan

    Yeah I really don’t get what that source is talking about RE British special forces and the MPX.

    They’re using an AR alright, but it’s the Colt Canada C8 not the MPX. It has been in service since the late 1990’s under the L119 designation.

  • Geoff

    Procuring state of the art carbines while importing millions of hostile invaders, giving them $$$ to rape German girls and punishing anyone who speaks up.

    Dat’s some Next Level strategy, dawg. Only an eeeeeeeeeeevil Naahhhhzi would disagree.

  • USMC03Vet

    Watch out German internet posters. Ze government is arming up to come get you for posting observations online about protected groups of subversive criminals.

  • Dom

    It’s always good news a renewal. But I’m becoming more and more suspicious, a new rifle is good, but the guy behind it shoots how many times a year?
    We will all agree that even with the best technology in the world, it’s training that will always make a difference.

  • Stephen Beat

    ER…Ah hem, ‘English SAS’? Your will find a lot of Scots, Welsh and Irish (and even some Fijians) in he SAS. So the correct term is ‘British’. Don’t forget that the founders of the SAS were a Scot and and Irishman!