In December of last year, TFB first reported on a forthcoming new bolt-action rifle from SIG Sauer, the Cross. SIG gave us a better look at this bolt gun at SHOT 2020, and TFB TV got their hands on one as well. With an initial offering of three calibers and two finish options, SIG let us know at that time that they were shooting for a summer 2020 release date. They positioned this new offering as a hybrid between traditional hunting rifles and modern, lightweight precision rifles. They also emphasized the similarities, particularly with regard to controls, with the AR-15 platform. The idea with these was to provide an easier, more seamless transition from one of the world’s most commonly-used firearms, with which so many shooters are already familiar and comfortable. After months of waiting, this hotly-anticipated rifle is finally on the way to dealers and end users. In an August 6th press release, SIG has announced that it is shipping now. The release reads as follows.
SIG SAUER, Inc. is pleased to announce the SIG SAUER CROSS Bolt-Action Rifle is now shipping and will be available in retail stores soon. Whether your hunting the steep terrain of mountains or densely forested hills, the CROSS delivers PRS performance, built for the backcountry hunter.
The SIG CROSS rifle is the first-ever true crossover bolt-action precision hunting rifle, engineered to meet the demands of today’s hunter. The SIG CROSS was designed and built, from concept to completion, at the SIG SAUER research and development facilities in New Hampshire with the input of the industry’s premier competitive shooters, some of the world’s best long-range shooters, and a team of professional hunters that the CROSS is built for.
The SIG SAUER CROSS features a precision free-floating stainless-steel barrel fitted to a one-piece aluminum receiver, with no need for bedding or action screws, to deliver extreme accuracy; an aluminum M-LOK™ handguard for quick and easy attachment of bipods, rails, night-vision or thermal clip-on optics; familiar AR-15 styled controls for a seamless transition to the CROSS platform; a unique two-stage match-grade trigger that can be adjusted from 2 to 4.5lbs, and AICS pattern magazines for the ultimate compatibility across calibers, platforms, cartridges, and loads.
The unique folding and locking precision stock of the CROSS offers toolless adjustment that can be modified for any shooting position while in the field. With folded stock the CROSS measures as short as 25” making it the ideal hunting rifle to fit in any backcountry backpack.
The SIG SAUER CROSS is available in .308 WIN and 6.5 Creedmoor with an 18” barrel, and the all-new 277 SIG Fury Hybrid cartridge with a 16” barrel.
CROSS Bolt-Action Rifle Specs (6.5 Creedmoor):
Overall Length: 35.5””
Folded Length: 27.0”
Barrel Length: 18”
Barrel Twist: 1:8
Weight (w/o magazine): 6.4 lbs.
CROSS Bolt-Action Rifle Specs (308 WIN / 277 FURY):
Overall Length: 36.5””
Folded Length: 25.0”
Barrel Length: 16”
Barrel Twist: 1:10 / 1:85
Weight (w/o magazine): 6.2 lbs.
Are you interested in trying out this new bolt gun? What do you think of the features, caliber offerings, and First Lite camo finish option? Are you most interested in the .308 Win model, the 6.5 Creed, or in SIG’s own .277 Fury version? Have you attended this year’s SHOT Show or a SIG event where you got an advance testing opportunity with it? What did you think? Let us know your feedback in the comments below! See you at the range.
Photos courtesy of SIG Sauer.
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