Since SIG SAUER launched their TREAD series in 2018, TFB has brought you news coverage and reviews on this AR lineup. From their original 16″ 5.56 M400 model, to the 11.5″ pistol variant, to the 7.62 upsize in the 716i model, to the enhanced Coil version, the TREAD lineup has typically been well received. In general, they have been assessed as offering good value and performance for the price point, for those who can’t/don’t want to shell out bigger bucks and just need a straightforward AR on the more wallet-friendly end of the cost spectrum. SIG is now further expanding the lineup to include a specialized variant optimized for hunting predator animals. Meet the new SIG SAUER TREAD Predator, announced with the following March 29th press release.
SIG SAUER Expands Hunting Rifle Line-Up with Introduction of SIG M400 TREAD PREDATOR
NEWINGTON, N.H., (March 29, 2021) – SIG SAUER, Inc. is pleased to introduce the SIG M400 TREAD PREDATOR, the newest addition to the SIG hunting rifle line-up. The TREAD PREDATOR is an MSR platform hunting rifle, designed specifically for predator hunting, that incorporates many of the TREAD features with design enhancements to suit the needs of hunters.
“The M400 TREAD PREDATOR combines the popular features of the TREAD series of rifles, including ambi-controls and easily interchangeable TREAD branded accessories, with new attributes that optimize the M400 platform for hunters,” said Tom Taylor, Chief Marketing Officer and Executive Vice President, Commercial Sales. “The new features include a stock that easily adjusts for both length of pull, and comb height so the hunter can get properly aligned no matter the circumstance, QD mounts to attach a sling for easy carry, a new TREAD handguard system with a flat surface bottom, and a Cerakote Elite Jungle finish to minimize visibility and protect the rifle in woods and brush environments.”
The M400 TREAD PREDATOR is an aluminum frame rifle with a Cerakote Elite Jungle finish, a precision style adjustable stock that maintains a lightweight design, a 16” stainless steel threaded barrel with thread protector to eliminate snag points that can be removed to add a suppressor, a lightened free-float M-LOK™ 15” PREDATOR handguard, a hardened polished trigger, and ambidextrous controls. The rifle is chambered in 5.56 NATO and ships with (need #) five round magazines for hunting.
M400 TREAD PREDATOR Specs:
Overall Length: 35.5in.
Overall Height: 7.5”
Overall Width: 2.5”
Barrel Length: 16”
Barrel Twist: 1:8”
Weight (incl. magazine): 7.5lbs.
Additionally, the SIG SAUER M400 TREAD PREDATOR is fully compatible with the full line of TREAD accessories to include: varying lengths of M-LOK Handguards, a 3-chamber compensator; an ambidextrous charging handle made of aircraft-grade aluminum; flip-up front and rear iron sights that are easy to install, adjustable, and deploy quickly; an M-LOK front sight adapter with co-witness height made of lightweight aluminum; and multiple configurations of M-LOK grip kits made of high-strength polymer.
M400 TREAD Branded Accessories Specs:
M-LOK Handguard 10” $149.99
M-LOK Hnadguard 13” $149.99
M-LOK Handguard 15” $149.99
Two-stage flat blade trigger $119.99
Adjustable Flip-Up Sights $149.99
Sight Rail, M-LOK Screws and Nuts $29.99
Ambidextrous Charging Handle $49.99
3-Chamber Compensator $49.99
M-LOK Front Sight Adapter $29.99
TREAD Vertical Grip Kit $29.99
TREAD Handstop Kit $29.99
TREAD M-LOK Forward Grip Kit $49.99
The M400 TREAD PREDATOR is now shipping and available at retailers. To learn more about the M400 TREAD PREDATOR, or watch the product video with Patrick Hanley, Rifle Product Manager, visit sigsauer.com.
It will be interesting to see how the market receives this new version’s departures from prior models. In particular, some features that readily stand out are the handguard eschewing a traditional Picatinny top rail, and the stock’s precision-style adjustability. Though an official MSRP isn’t yet listed, it’s likely a pretty safe guess that pricing will end up reasonably close to the range of existing 5.56 baseline models, perhaps slightly more due to the development of specialized components.
What do you think, readers? Will this gun be a hit for culling ecosystem- and agriculture-damaging animals like coyotes, bobcats, hogs, and more? Does this rifle’s configuration fit your needs for varmint management, or is there anything you’d change? Let us know in the comments below! See you at the range.
Photos courtesy of SIG SAUER.
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