[SHOT 2020] Coming In Hot From SIG Sauer’s Range Day

    TFBtv's very own James Reeves after running the MG 338 (Matthew Moss/TFB)

    We had the pleasure of attending SIG Sauer’s SHOT Show pre-range day, and check out some of their recent new offerings ranging from the P365 SAS all the way up to the MG 338. There’s something for everyone at the range day and we certainly enjoyed working our way along the firing line. Let’s take a look at some of the products SIG brought out.

    Let’s start with the main star of the show – the new MG 338, which had just been purchased by US SOCOM for evaluation – news which we broke here on TFB, just a few days ago. Fair warning this article is going to be pretty photo heavy – after all that’s what you want to see!

    An overview of the MG 338 with suppressor mounted (Matthew Moss/TFB)

    A close up of the MG 338’s detached barrel and ammo pouch (Matthew Moss/TFB)

    Our very own Editor In Chief, Pete, behind the beast- (Matthew Moss/TFB)

    We only got to put 10 rounds through the gun but with a cyclical rate of around 600-700 rpm it was easy to get in a couple of bursts. With the ROMEO8 red dot it was easy to stay on target.

    A close up of the MG 338’s pistol grip assembly and AR-like controls (Matthew Moss/TFB)

    A close up of the MG 338 with a belt ready to roll (Matthew Moss/TFB)

    Left side view of the MG 338 (Matthew Moss/TFB)

    James after his turn behind the the MG 338 – suitably happy to be behind the beast (Matthew Moss/TFB)

    Close up of the feed tray open and the barrel about to be removed (Matthew Moss/TFB)

    There were plenty of the MG 338’s spent cases and links laying around after our turn running the new light weight medium tmachine gun (Matthew Moss/TFB)

    But there was plenty of .338 NM ammo ready to go in 10-round belt segments (Matthew Moss/TFB)

    Sadly, the 6.8mm MCX Spear and MG 6.8 – SIG’s entries into the US Army’s current Next Generation Squad Weapon program were not present, as planned, as they were needed for a US SOCOM range day else where – but the chance to get behind the MG 338 more than made up for that.

    What Else Graced SIG’s Range?

    We had the chance to put some rounds through a number of SIG guns, old and new, during the day. First up was a suppressed 5.56 MCX.

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    (Matthew Moss/TFB)

    Next up we have the new Tread 7.62 rifle, which with the SIG Tango6T was a blast to shoot.

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    7.62 Tread with Tango6T optic (Matthew Moss/TFB)

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    Next SIG had their full range of P365 pistols, including the P365 SAS. I was surprised by how much I liked the SAS’ unconventional sights and pleasantly surprised to connect with the 50 yard steel plate.

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    SIG’s P365 line up at the range (Matthew Moss/TFB)

    SIG’s extremely popular P365 series (Matthew Moss/TFB)

    Breaking from the pistols I took a look at a couple of MPX pistol calibre carbine and braced MPX pistols, with the suppressed 6.5in barrel MPX being especially fun to blitz through a falling-plate rack with.

    SIG MPX Copperhead and MPX braced pistols (Matthew Moss/TFB)

    Of course the M17 and M18 pistols were out on the line, with the M17 running a ROMEOZero.

    The M18 & M17 (Matthew Moss/TFB)

    The full range of SIG pistols ranging from the P226 and P229 Legion pistols to the new P210 line:

    SIG Legion pistols (Matthew Moss/TFB)

    The P210 Compact and the P210 Target (Matthew Moss/TFB)

    The P210 Compact and the P210 Target – both a joy to shoot (Matthew Moss/TFB)

    One of my favourite pistols was the P210 Compact, a sleek, very aesthetically pleasing, smaller companion to the new P210.

    Last but not least, while I didn’t get a look at the new CROSS rifle myself, Joel over at TFBtv did take a look and you can check out his video here. I did manage to speak to SIG about the new hybrid .277 Fury round and they had a very cool over-sized model to demonstrate the round’s make up.

    At over a foot tall the model shows how the stainless steel base and the brass case connect nicely (Matthew Moss/TFB)

    (Matthew Moss/TFB)

    SIG also confirmed the .277 Fury is currently identical to the 6.8x51mm round they are submitting to the US Army’s Next Generation Squad Weapon program.

    Be sure to follow TFB’s SHOT Show 2020 coverage for more coverage of SIG’s new products and much more this week!

    Matthew Moss

    Matthew Moss – Assistant Editor.

    Matt is a British historian specialising in small arms development and military history. He has written for a variety of publications in both the US and UK he also runs www.historicalfirearms.info, a blog that explores the history, development and use of firearms. Matt is also co-founder of www.armourersbench.com, a new video series on historically significant small arms.

    Reach Matt at: [email protected]


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