Good news for SIG SAUER GmbH & Co. in Eckernförde, Germany.
According to the Presseportal.de 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: http://sigsauer-le.com/mcx/
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.
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.
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: http://sigsauer-le.com/