Sig Sauer is responsible for some of the most innovative designs in the firearms industry. The new for 2015 line of MCX rifles and MPX pistol caliber carbines are no different, and in true Sig fashion they have created a lot of buzz across the shooting sports, law enforcement, and military community. These new rifles and carbines are designed to give the operator the ultimate in adaptability, reliability, and functionality to tackle any duty.
The MCX rifles are designed around the popular .300 AAC Blackout cartridge, but with a quick change of the barrel and bolt they can easily be converted to 5.56 NATO or 7.62×39. Similarly the MPX can be converted from 9mm to .40 caliber and .357 Sig. Both models are available in multiple barrel lengths and stock configurations to allow the end user to adapt their weapon as needed.
Along with these new rifles Sig Sauer has created a new division called SIG AIR tasked with bringing the same innovation they are famous for to the airgun community. SIG AIR has made its first foray into the world of airguns in a big way, releasing 4 new air guns with promises of more on the way. The first two are CO2 powered versions of the new Sig Sauer MCX air rifle and Sig Sauer MPX air rifle. These high quality airguns feature metal housings, full synthetic stocks, full picatinny top rails, flip up adjustable sights and well 30 round magazines.
To put it bluntly, these new guns are simply badass.
Whats even more intriguing about these guns is what SIG AIR has planned for the future. While at SHOT Show 2015 we had the opportunity to meet with Lou Riley, Lou is the man behind SIG AIR and he comes from a strong background in the airgun industry. When I brought up the fact that CO2 guns struggle to perform in adverse weather conditions or during sustained rapid fire I got an answer that I simply was not expecting. SIG AIR plans to release PCP versions of these new rifles within the next year. Yes, thats right, a semi auto PCP with a 30 round magazine. Lou also mentioned that when the PCP versions hit the market we should see them in not just .177 and .22, but .25 caliber as well.
SIG AIR isn’t just bringing new innovations to the airgun world, they are getting ready to turn it completely upside down.
A 30 round magazine in a semi automatic pre-charged pneumatic rifle redefines what is possible for airguns, but they airgun magicians over at SIG AIR didn’t stop there. SIG is also bringing two of its most popular handguns to the airgun market as well.
The Sig Sauer P226 gained its fame by being the handgun favored by members of the United States Navy’s SEAL Teams and the Sig Sauer P250 is one of the most popular home defense pistols available today. SIG AIR has created faithful 1 to 1 copies of these two handguns as CO2 pellet pistols available in .177 caliber.
These new pistols have been manufactured with quality in mind and Sig even plans for them to pull duty at the famed Sig Sauer Academy in Epping, NH. These guns will feature 16 round magazines, blowback operation and realistic controls. Think of them as a way to bring the training range home. Now, instead of heading to the range and blasting your way through $50 or $100 of centerfire ammunition in an afternoon, you can set up some targets in the basement or backyard and for the price of some pellets and CO2 cartridges you can practice to your heart’s content, all while keeping your wallet happy.
These new pistols are extra exciting to me as most of my firearms background is in competitive defensive handgun shooting. With these new pistols, instead of practicing a few days a month, I can practice a few days a week in my own backyard.
SIG AIR made a big splash at SHOT Show 2015. We can only hope that as the months roll on we will see more innovation and more new product that continues to push the boundaries of what can be done with an airgun. Make sure to stay tuned to airgundepot.com to get all the updates on new products, accessories or anything airgun related. Make sure to like us on Facebook, Instagram, and subscribe on YouTube to get all the updates.