A Glance back at Sig Sauers Past

It is no wonder than SIG Sauer has a worldwide reputation for making extremely high-quality firearms. The company has been in existence since 1853. Ironically, SIG Sauer—founded by Friedrich Peyer im Hof, Heinrich Moser, and Conrad Neher in Switzerland—began as a wagon company call the Swiss Wagon Factory. Yet, in 1864 the Swiss Wagon Factory won a prestigious gun competition put on by the Swiss Army. Their muzzle loading rifle changed their product line from wagons to small arms. Because of the company’s transformation, the founders changed the name to Swiss Industrial Company (or the Schweizerische Industrie-Gesellschaft) otherwise known as SIG. And, thus, one of the most recognizable names in small arms was born.

 

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SIG did not come to the United States until the 1980s, when it opened SIGARMS in Tyson’s Corner, Virginia. With their move to the US, SIG began to produce some of their most well-loved pistols, such as the P228 and P229. Since the 1990s, SIG has been expanding their catalog, branching out from firearms to training and accessories. This opens up a lot of purchasing options for fans of the brand. SIGARMS change their name to SIG Sauer in 2007, and in 2014 completed a move to their new corporate headquarters in Newington, NH, where they currently develop and test all in-development pistols.

 

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SIG Sauer

 

If you want some of the best and most reliable firearms, and don’t mind spending the money required to purchase them, then look no further than Sig Sauer. The Swiss company has been around since 1853, so it’s no wonder that they have perfected firearm design. In today’s article we look more in depth at Sig Sauer’s history, and some of the reasons why this company makes great firearms for the novice and expert gun owner alike.

 

Company History

As mentioned above, SIG Sauer was founded in 1853 by Friedrich Peyer im Hof, Heinrich Moser, and Conrad Neher in Switzerland. Initially the Peyer, Moser, and Neher created the company to manufacture wagon parts not firearms. But, the Swiss Wagon Factory—as it was then called—entered and won a prestigious contract providing rifles to the Swiss Army in 1864. Since that time the company has concentrated on firearm manufacturing, and the name was quickly changed to Schweizerische Industrie-Gesellschaft (Swiss Industrial Company, or SIG).

 

You may be wondering how three men who make railway cars and wagons transitioned into firearms manufacturing. But, the answer lies in their educational background. All three were engineers. And so, could apply that knowledge to any product they decided to create. Sig has continued this tradition of engineering excellence and innovation today.

 

Like many of its German and Austrian counterparts—Walther and Heckler & Koch (HK) in particular—Sig has made its share of famous weapons. In the early 1900s, they created the Mondragon, an auto-loading rifle with automatic and rapid-fire options.[1] Sig’s first pistol offering for civilians was the P210, which released in 1949 and quickly gained popularity.

 

Sig began selling firearms in the United State in 1985.[2] They opened a distribution facility in Tyson’s Corner, Virginia under the name SIGARMS, Inc. and began to create some of their most loved pistols like the P226 and P228.[3] In 1990 the company moved headquarters to New Hampshire and began increasing their civilian line of firearms. Additionally, toady the company makes training materials—and holds classes—and firearm accessories. Their current headquarters in Newington, New Hampshire produces all but five of their gun models.[4]

 

Sig had been partnering with the German firearms manufacturer Sauer & Sohn since the 1970s when the Swiss government required domestic firearms manufacturers to partner with foreign companies in order to remain in business.[5] But, it was not until 2007 that they would change the name of their American arm from SIGARMS to SIG Sauer. The Swiss parent company of SIG Sauer is Swiss Arms AG, which is one of the largest firearms manufacturers in the world today.[6]

                          

Different Models

Sig concentrates on making high-quality pistols and rifles. We discuss each model of firearm below. See our smaller break-out articles for a more detailed look at the various products Sig offers.

 

            Pistols

The P series earned Sig the reputation as a maker of excellent pistols, which the company followed up with their first polymer-framed pistol the SP2022 and their version of the class 1911. Read on to learn more about the many pistol models that Sig currently offers.

 

                        P-Series

Most of the alloy-framed pistols Sig manufactures fall under their P-series line. This line includes a variety of sizes (sub-compact to full-size) in a lot of model types and allows for a great diversity of calibers (9mm, .40 S&W, .45 ACP, or .357 SIG are the most common). No matter what you desire in a pistol, you can find it in Sig’s P-series.

 

P210: Sig’s first pistol for civilians. It was introduced in 1949 and had a military counterpart, the P49, used by the Swiss military until 1975.[7] The current models of P210 includes the features that made the original a classic while updating the ergonomics and featuring a target trigger.

 

P220: Sig launched their P-series line with the P220 in 1975. Originally the pistol only used .45 ACP but now there are 10mm options.

 

P225: The P225 is essentially a smaller P220. Sig developed it in the 1980s as their first carry weapon. The redesign of this classic pistol features G-10 grips and a short reset trigger.

 

P226: Sig first developed the P226 for the U.S. Army trials but lost to the Beretta 92SBF. Still, the P226 is a much-loved combat pistol that is still carried by elite military forces around the world.

 

P227: The P227, released in 2013, can be seen as an update on Sig’s P220 line. It features a double—instead of single—magazine and uses Sig’s newer wraparound grip.

 

P229: You can choose you caliber and size with the P229. Even the full-sized version of this pistol is smaller than the P220, but Sig also offer compact versions. Overall, this is an ideal conceal carry pistol.

 

P238: If you love 1911s but want a conceal carry firearm, then the P238 is for you. Sig cuts down the 1911 design into a smaller package that’s chambered in .380 Auto.

 

P320: This is the only polymer-framed, modular P-series pistol that Sig currently offers. It has their first SAO trigger option. The modular design allows for ultimate customizability, while the polymer frame keeps the price down.

 

P365: With the P365 Sig has created a 9mm micro-compact that has an astonishing 10 + 1 magazine capacity. This pistol also ships with an extended magazine for easier carrying.

 

P938: Sig’s other 1911 inspired P-series pistol. This small gun is chambered in 9mm instead of the P238’s .380 Auto.

 

SP2022: The SP2022 was Sig’s answer to Glock’s success in the U.S. market. This was Sig’s first polymer-framed, lightweight pistol. It also includes a modular design that makes it easy to configure to any hand.

 

1911: John Browning’s legendary design lives on at Sig Sauer. The company added a fastback frame and combat night sights to this already wonderful pistol.

 

            Rifles

You can’t discuss SIG Sauer without at least mentioning their rifles. It was with rifles that the company first broke into the firearms world in the 1860s. Here are the five current rifle models that Sig offers to the U.S. market.

 

SIG MPX: This sub-machine rifle was released in 2015. It has a fully closed and rotating bolt and piston system—the first of its kind. This system makes the rifle much safer for the civilian to fire.

 

SIG716: With the SIG716 Sig combined the features of the SIG516—discussed below and put them into a AR-based rifle. This firearm is chambered in the powerful 7.62 x 51mm.[8]

 

SIG516: Sig based this rifle’s design on the AR-15 and M16. It released in 2010 and includes a short-stroke pushrod system for durability and adjustable gas valve. These enhancements have made the SIG516 one of the company’s most popular rifles.

 

SIGM400: This semi-automatic rifle is based on the M4 and AR-15. It was released in 2010 and includes a direct impingement gas operating system and a rotating locking bolt. Sig also claims that they provide an extended charging handle latch, built-in tensioning device, and ambidextrous controls standard. These features would have normally been only available in the after-market.

                       

SIG MCX VIRTUS: Sig’s first modular rifle, you can configure the SIG MCX Virtus in over 500 ways. Sig has also designed the rifle to fire correctly for over 20,000 rounds without needing to replace any parts.

 

Reliability

Sig Sauer has been around for over 150 years at this point, and so know how to create reliable firearms. In fact, the company puts a lot of resources and time into making their gun models as durable as possible. You only have to hear about the over 20,000 rounds that can pass through a SIG MCX VIRTUS without you having to replace any parts to fully understand how seriously Sig takes reliability.

 

Some experts have recently noted a seeming decline in Sig’s reliability. The company has issued a few recalls in recent years. Firearms that have been recalled include the SIG716 DMR, SIG516 Carbon Fiber, SIGM400 Predator, and P320.[9] Despite recent problems, Sig has been committed to remedying the situation. Their limited lifetime warranty—discussed below—provides original owners the security of knowing that if a defect is found, Sig will replace the firearm.

 

 

 

Warranty

SIG Sauer stands by their firearms, which is why they provide a limited lifetime warranty for all of their guns. This warranty covers the lifetime of the original purchaser only. SO, if you buy a used Sig firearm, you will not be covered. However, for the original purchaser, Sig vows to correct any defect.

 

In order to take advantage of Sig’s limited lifetime warranty, you need to register your firearm here. When you need to make use of the warranty you will need to send your unloaded firearm with freight prepaid to Sig Sauer at

 

18 Industrial Dr.

Exeter, NH 03833

 

Safeties

SIG Sauer includes a four-point safety system in all of their pistols. This system uses a de-cocker, safety notch, firing pin drop safety, and a trigger bar disconnector. The de-cocker keeps the hammer away from the firing pin when it is lowered. Thus, you do not have to worry about the gun firing when you are moving the hammer. The safety notch also helps separate the hammer from the firing pin. The firing pin safety keeps the firing pin from moving until the trigger is pulled, which prevents accidental discharges when the gun is dropped. Finally, the trigger bar safety separates the firing pin from the cartridge, which prevents the gun from discharging when a round is cycling.[10] Some of Sig’s pistols, especially those that use a SAO trigger, come with a manual safety instead of the de-cocker.

 

As can be seen from Sig’s four-point safety system, most of the safeties on the firearms are passive—the user does not manipulate them—and are used to keep the pistol from accidentally discharging. This should make those people who hate a lot of safeties on their guns happy, for there are not many extra levers on the frame of the pistol. However, becoming proficient with Sig’s system, specifically the de-cocker, takes time and practice. If you are not willing to put that level of effort then a Sig firearm may not be for you.

 

Conclusion

Sig Sauer has been a trusted name in the firearm world for over a hundred years. Their commitment to excellence has helped the company grow from a wagon parts manufacturer to one of the largest firearms producers in the world. The company continues to create new and exciting gun designs, as well as update their classic models. The new ergonomic grips and trigger systems are a testament to Sig’s willingness to change.

 

For the first-time gun owner buying a Sig firearm gets to the reliability but also a high level of accuracy. This can, of course, help the experience gun owner as well. All of Sig’s guns, especially the P220, are renowned for their accuracy. In many instances the gun shots even better than its person. Therefore if you are looking for a high-quality firearms that shoot well and will protect you for years to come, then we recommend giving a Sig Sauer a long look.

[1] Education, “The Incredible History of Sig Sauer,” The Range 702 (September 12 ,2017), http://www.therange702.com/blog/incredible-history-of-sig-sauer/ (accessed April 5, 2018).

 

[2] Diane DiPiero, “Fact About Sig Sauer: History, Locations, and Information,” Newsmax.com (April 7, 2015), https://www.newsmax.com/fastfeatures/guns-sig-sauer-gun-history/2015/04/07/id/637015/ (accessed April 5, 2018).

 

[3] Sam M., “SIG Sauer P229 Review,” Gunivore (May 17, 2016), http://gunivore.com/pistol/sig-sauer-p229-review/#doc1 (accessed April 5, 2018).

 

[4] Foghorn, “Taking a Tour of SIG Sauer’s Manufacturing Plant,” The Truth About Guns (April 25, 2014), http://www.thetruthaboutguns.com/2014/04/foghorn/taking-tour-sig-sauers-manufacturing-plant/ (accessed April 5, 2018).

[5] Sam M., “SIG Sauer P229 Review,” Gunivore (May 17, 2016), http://gunivore.com/pistol/sig-sauer-p229-review/#doc1 (accessed April 5, 2018).

 

[6] Sam M., “SIG Sauer P229 Review,” Gunivore (May 17, 2016),

SIG Sauer

 

If you want some of the best and most reliable firearms, and don’t mind spending the money required to purchase them, then look no further than Sig Sauer. The Swiss company has been around since 1853, so it’s no wonder that they have perfected firearm design. In today’s article we look more in depth at Sig Sauer’s history, and some of the reasons why this company makes great firearms for the novice and expert gun owner alike.

 

Company History

As mentioned above, SIG Sauer was founded in 1853 by Friedrich Peyer im Hof, Heinrich Moser, and Conrad Neher in Switzerland. Initially the Peyer, Moser, and Neher created the company to manufacture wagon parts not firearms. But, the Swiss Wagon Factory—as it was then called—entered and won a prestigious contract providing rifles to the Swiss Army in 1864. Since that time the company has concentrated on firearm manufacturing, and the name was quickly changed to Schweizerische Industrie-Gesellschaft (Swiss Industrial Company, or SIG).

 

You may be wondering how three men who make railway cars and wagons transitioned into firearms manufacturing. But, the answer lies in their educational background. All three were engineers. And so, could apply that knowledge to any product they decided to create. Sig has continued this tradition of engineering excellence and innovation today.

 

Like many of its German and Austrian counterparts—Walther and Heckler & Koch (HK) in particular—Sig has made its share of famous weapons. In the early 1900s, they created the Mondragon, an auto-loading rifle with automatic and rapid-fire options.[1] Sig’s first pistol offering for civilians was the P210, which released in 1949 and quickly gained popularity.

 

Sig began selling firearms in the United State in 1985.[2] They opened a distribution facility in Tyson’s Corner, Virginia under the name SIGARMS, Inc. and began to create some of their most loved pistols like the P226 and P228.[3] In 1990 the company moved headquarters to New Hampshire and began increasing their civilian line of firearms. Additionally, toady the company makes training materials—and holds classes—and firearm accessories. Their current headquarters in Newington, New Hampshire produces all but five of their gun models.[4]

 

Sig had been partnering with the German firearms manufacturer Sauer & Sohn since the 1970s when the Swiss government required domestic firearms manufacturers to partner with foreign companies in order to remain in business.[5] But, it was not until 2007 that they would change the name of their American arm from SIGARMS to SIG Sauer. The Swiss parent company of SIG Sauer is Swiss Arms AG, which is one of the largest firearms manufacturers in the world today.[6]

                          

Different Models

Sig concentrates on making high-quality pistols and rifles. We discuss each model of firearm below. See our smaller break-out articles for a more detailed look at the various products Sig offers.

 

            Pistols

The P series earned Sig the reputation as a maker of excellent pistols, which the company followed up with their first polymer-framed pistol the SP2022 and their version of the class 1911. Read on to learn more about the many pistol models that Sig currently offers.

 

                        P-Series

Most of the alloy-framed pistols Sig manufactures fall under their P-series line. This line includes a variety of sizes (sub-compact to full-size) in a lot of model types and allows for a great diversity of calibers (9mm, .40 S&W, .45 ACP, or .357 SIG are the most common). No matter what you desire in a pistol, you can find it in Sig’s P-series.

 

P210: Sig’s first pistol for civilians. It was introduced in 1949 and had a military counterpart, the P49, used by the Swiss military until 1975.[7] The current models of P210 includes the features that made the original a classic while updating the ergonomics and featuring a target trigger.

 

P220: Sig launched their P-series line with the P220 in 1975. Originally the pistol only used .45 ACP but now there are 10mm options.

 

P225: The P225 is essentially a smaller P220. Sig developed it in the 1980s as their first carry weapon. The redesign of this classic pistol features G-10 grips and a short reset trigger.

 

P226: Sig first developed the P226 for the U.S. Army trials but lost to the Beretta 92SBF. Still, the P226 is a much-loved combat pistol that is still carried by elite military forces around the world.

 

P227: The P227, released in 2013, can be seen as an update on Sig’s P220 line. It features a double—instead of single—magazine and uses Sig’s newer wraparound grip.

 

P229: You can choose you caliber and size with the P229. Even the full-sized version of this pistol is smaller than the P220, but Sig also offer compact versions. Overall, this is an ideal conceal carry pistol.

 

P238: If you love 1911s but want a conceal carry firearm, then the P238 is for you. Sig cuts down the 1911 design into a smaller package that’s chambered in .380 Auto.

 

P320: This is the only polymer-framed, modular P-series pistol that Sig currently offers. It has their first SAO trigger option. The modular design allows for ultimate customizability, while the polymer frame keeps the price down.

 

P365: With the P365 Sig has created a 9mm micro-compact that has an astonishing 10 + 1 magazine capacity. This pistol also ships with an extended magazine for easier carrying.

 

P938: Sig’s other 1911 inspired P-series pistol. This small gun is chambered in 9mm instead of the P238’s .380 Auto.

 

SP2022: The SP2022 was Sig’s answer to Glock’s success in the U.S. market. This was Sig’s first polymer-framed, lightweight pistol. It also includes a modular design that makes it easy to configure to any hand.

 

1911: John Browning’s legendary design lives on at Sig Sauer. The company added a fastback frame and combat night sights to this already wonderful pistol.

 

            Rifles

You can’t discuss SIG Sauer without at least mentioning their rifles. It was with rifles that the company first broke into the firearms world in the 1860s. Here are the five current rifle models that Sig offers to the U.S. market.

 

SIG MPX: This sub-machine rifle was released in 2015. It has a fully closed and rotating bolt and piston system—the first of its kind. This system makes the rifle much safer for the civilian to fire.

 

SIG716: With the SIG716 Sig combined the features of the SIG516—discussed below and put them into a AR-based rifle. This firearm is chambered in the powerful 7.62 x 51mm.[8]

 

SIG516: Sig based this rifle’s design on the AR-15 and M16. It released in 2010 and includes a short-stroke pushrod system for durability and adjustable gas valve. These enhancements have made the SIG516 one of the company’s most popular rifles.

 

SIGM400: This semi-automatic rifle is based on the M4 and AR-15. It was released in 2010 and includes a direct impingement gas operating system and a rotating locking bolt. Sig also claims that they provide an extended charging handle latch, built-in tensioning device, and ambidextrous controls standard. These features would have normally been only available in the after-market.

                       

SIG MCX VIRTUS: Sig’s first modular rifle, you can configure the SIG MCX Virtus in over 500 ways. Sig has also designed the rifle to fire correctly for over 20,000 rounds without needing to replace any parts.

 

Reliability

Sig Sauer has been around for over 150 years at this point, and so know how to create reliable firearms. In fact, the company puts a lot of resources and time into making their gun models as durable as possible. You only have to hear about the over 20,000 rounds that can pass through a SIG MCX VIRTUS without you having to replace any parts to fully understand how seriously Sig takes reliability.

 

Some experts have recently noted a seeming decline in Sig’s reliability. The company has issued a few recalls in recent years. Firearms that have been recalled include the SIG716 DMR, SIG516 Carbon Fiber, SIGM400 Predator, and P320.[9] Despite recent problems, Sig has been committed to remedying the situation. Their limited lifetime warranty—discussed below—provides original owners the security of knowing that if a defect is found, Sig will replace the firearm.

 

 

 

Warranty

SIG Sauer stands by their firearms, which is why they provide a limited lifetime warranty for all of their guns. This warranty covers the lifetime of the original purchaser only. SO, if you buy a used Sig firearm, you will not be covered. However, for the original purchaser, Sig vows to correct any defect.

 

In order to take advantage of Sig’s limited lifetime warranty, you need to register your firearm here. When you need to make use of the warranty you will need to send your unloaded firearm with freight prepaid to Sig Sauer at

 

18 Industrial Dr.

Exeter, NH 03833

 

Safeties

SIG Sauer includes a four-point safety system in all of their pistols. This system uses a de-cocker, safety notch, firing pin drop safety, and a trigger bar disconnector. The de-cocker keeps the hammer away from the firing pin when it is lowered. Thus, you do not have to worry about the gun firing when you are moving the hammer. The safety notch also helps separate the hammer from the firing pin. The firing pin safety keeps the firing pin from moving until the trigger is pulled, which prevents accidental discharges when the gun is dropped. Finally, the trigger bar safety separates the firing pin from the cartridge, which prevents the gun from discharging when a round is cycling.[10] Some of Sig’s pistols, especially those that use a SAO trigger, come with a manual safety instead of the de-cocker.

 

As can be seen from Sig’s four-point safety system, most of the safeties on the firearms are passive—the user does not manipulate them—and are used to keep the pistol from accidentally discharging. This should make those people who hate a lot of safeties on their guns happy, for there are not many extra levers on the frame of the pistol. However, becoming proficient with Sig’s system, specifically the de-cocker, takes time and practice. If you are not willing to put that level of effort then a Sig firearm may not be for you.

 

Conclusion

Sig Sauer has been a trusted name in the firearm world for over a hundred years. Their commitment to excellence has helped the company grow from a wagon parts manufacturer to one of the largest firearms producers in the world. The company continues to create new and exciting gun designs, as well as update their classic models. The new ergonomic grips and trigger systems are a testament to Sig’s willingness to change.

 

For the first-time gun owner buying a Sig firearm gets to the reliability but also a high level of accuracy. This can, of course, help the experience gun owner as well. All of Sig’s guns, especially the P220, are renowned for their accuracy. In many instances the gun shots even better than its person. Therefore if you are looking for a high-quality firearms that shoot well and will protect you for years to come, then we recommend giving a Sig Sauer a long look.

[1] Education, “The Incredible History of Sig Sauer,” The Range 702 (September 12 ,2017), http://www.therange702.com/blog/incredible-history-of-sig-sauer/ (accessed April 5, 2018).

 

[2] Diane DiPiero, “Fact About Sig Sauer: History, Locations, and Information,” Newsmax.com (April 7, 2015), https://www.newsmax.com/fastfeatures/guns-sig-sauer-gun-history/2015/04/07/id/637015/ (accessed April 5, 2018).

 

[3] Sam M., “SIG Sauer P229 Review,” Gunivore (May 17, 2016), http://gunivore.com/pistol/sig-sauer-p229-review/#doc1 (accessed April 5, 2018).

 

[4] Foghorn, “Taking a Tour of SIG Sauer’s Manufacturing Plant,” The Truth About Guns (April 25, 2014), http://www.thetruthaboutguns.com/2014/04/foghorn/taking-tour-sig-sauers-manufacturing-plant/ (accessed April 5, 2018).

[5] Sam M., “SIG Sauer P229 Review,” Gunivore (May 17, 2016), http://gunivore.com/pistol/sig-sauer-p229-review/#doc1 (accessed April 5, 2018).

 

[6] Sam M., “SIG Sauer P229 Review,” Gunivore (May 17, 2016), http://gunivore.com/pistol/sig-sauer-p229-review/#doc1 (accessed April 5, 2018).

 

[7] Leroy Thompson, “Sig Sauer P210 and the Swiss Army P49,” Tactical Life (October 15, 2013), https://www.tactical-life.com/firearms/sig-sauer-p210-and-the-swiss-army-p49/ (accessed April 5, 2018).

[8] NRA Staff, “SIG716,” American Rifleman (September 4, 2012), https://www.americanrifleman.org/articles/2012/9/4/sig716/ (accessed April 5, 2018).

 

[9] Randall Davis, “More Sig Sauer Recalls Lead to Reliability Questions,” American Concealed (September 20, 2017), https://americanconcealed.com/news/more-sig-sauer-recalls-lead-to-reliability-questions/ (accessed April 5, 2018).

[10] Sam M., “SIG Sauer P229 Review,” Gunivore (May 17, 2016), http://gunivore.com/pistol/sig-sauer-p229-review/#doc1 (accessed April 5, 2018).

/pistol/sig-sauer-p229-review/#doc1 (accessed April 5, 2018).

 

[7] Leroy Thompson, “Sig Sauer P210 and the Swiss Army P49,” Tactical Life (October 15, 2013), https://www.tactical-life.com/firearms/sig-sauer-p210-and-the-swiss-army-p49/ (accessed April 5, 2018).

[8] NRA Staff, “SIG716,” American Rifleman (September 4, 2012), https://www.americanrifleman.org/articles/2012/9/4/sig716/ (accessed April 5, 2018).

 

[9] Randall Davis, “More Sig Sauer Recalls Lead to Reliability Questions,” American Concealed (September 20, 2017), https://americanconcealed.com/news/more-sig-sauer-recalls-lead-to-reliability-questions/ (accessed April 5, 2018).

[10] Sam M., “SIG Sauer P229 Review,” Gunivore (May 17, 2016),

SIG Sauer

 

If you want some of the best and most reliable firearms, and don’t mind spending the money required to purchase them, then look no further than Sig Sauer. The Swiss company has been around since 1853, so it’s no wonder that they have perfected firearm design. In today’s article we look more in depth at Sig Sauer’s history, and some of the reasons why this company makes great firearms for the novice and expert gun owner alike.

 

Company History

As mentioned above, SIG Sauer was founded in 1853 by Friedrich Peyer im Hof, Heinrich Moser, and Conrad Neher in Switzerland. Initially the Peyer, Moser, and Neher created the company to manufacture wagon parts not firearms. But, the Swiss Wagon Factory—as it was then called—entered and won a prestigious contract providing rifles to the Swiss Army in 1864. Since that time the company has concentrated on firearm manufacturing, and the name was quickly changed to Schweizerische Industrie-Gesellschaft (Swiss Industrial Company, or SIG).

 

You may be wondering how three men who make railway cars and wagons transitioned into firearms manufacturing. But, the answer lies in their educational background. All three were engineers. And so, could apply that knowledge to any product they decided to create. Sig has continued this tradition of engineering excellence and innovation today.

 

Like many of its German and Austrian counterparts—Walther and Heckler & Koch (HK) in particular—Sig has made its share of famous weapons. In the early 1900s, they created the Mondragon, an auto-loading rifle with automatic and rapid-fire options.[1] Sig’s first pistol offering for civilians was the P210, which released in 1949 and quickly gained popularity.

 

Sig began selling firearms in the United State in 1985.[2] They opened a distribution facility in Tyson’s Corner, Virginia under the name SIGARMS, Inc. and began to create some of their most loved pistols like the P226 and P228.[3] In 1990 the company moved headquarters to New Hampshire and began increasing their civilian line of firearms. Additionally, toady the company makes training materials—and holds classes—and firearm accessories. Their current headquarters in Newington, New Hampshire produces all but five of their gun models.[4]

 

Sig had been partnering with the German firearms manufacturer Sauer & Sohn since the 1970s when the Swiss government required domestic firearms manufacturers to partner with foreign companies in order to remain in business.[5] But, it was not until 2007 that they would change the name of their American arm from SIGARMS to SIG Sauer. The Swiss parent company of SIG Sauer is Swiss Arms AG, which is one of the largest firearms manufacturers in the world today.[6]

                          

Different Models

Sig concentrates on making high-quality pistols and rifles. We discuss each model of firearm below. See our smaller break-out articles for a more detailed look at the various products Sig offers.

 

            Pistols

The P series earned Sig the reputation as a maker of excellent pistols, which the company followed up with their first polymer-framed pistol the SP2022 and their version of the class 1911. Read on to learn more about the many pistol models that Sig currently offers.

 

                        P-Series

Most of the alloy-framed pistols Sig manufactures fall under their P-series line. This line includes a variety of sizes (sub-compact to full-size) in a lot of model types and allows for a great diversity of calibers (9mm, .40 S&W, .45 ACP, or .357 SIG are the most common). No matter what you desire in a pistol, you can find it in Sig’s P-series.

 

P210: Sig’s first pistol for civilians. It was introduced in 1949 and had a military counterpart, the P49, used by the Swiss military until 1975.[7] The current models of P210 includes the features that made the original a classic while updating the ergonomics and featuring a target trigger.

 

P220: Sig launched their P-series line with the P220 in 1975. Originally the pistol only used .45 ACP but now there are 10mm options.

 

P225: The P225 is essentially a smaller P220. Sig developed it in the 1980s as their first carry weapon. The redesign of this classic pistol features G-10 grips and a short reset trigger.

 

P226: Sig first developed the P226 for the U.S. Army trials but lost to the Beretta 92SBF. Still, the P226 is a much-loved combat pistol that is still carried by elite military forces around the world.

 

P227: The P227, released in 2013, can be seen as an update on Sig’s P220 line. It features a double—instead of single—magazine and uses Sig’s newer wraparound grip.

 

P229: You can choose you caliber and size with the P229. Even the full-sized version of this pistol is smaller than the P220, but Sig also offer compact versions. Overall, this is an ideal conceal carry pistol.

 

P238: If you love 1911s but want a conceal carry firearm, then the P238 is for you. Sig cuts down the 1911 design into a smaller package that’s chambered in .380 Auto.

 

P320: This is the only polymer-framed, modular P-series pistol that Sig currently offers. It has their first SAO trigger option. The modular design allows for ultimate customizability, while the polymer frame keeps the price down.

 

P365: With the P365 Sig has created a 9mm micro-compact that has an astonishing 10 + 1 magazine capacity. This pistol also ships with an extended magazine for easier carrying.

 

P938: Sig’s other 1911 inspired P-series pistol. This small gun is chambered in 9mm instead of the P238’s .380 Auto.

 

SP2022: The SP2022 was Sig’s answer to Glock’s success in the U.S. market. This was Sig’s first polymer-framed, lightweight pistol. It also includes a modular design that makes it easy to configure to any hand.

 

1911: John Browning’s legendary design lives on at Sig Sauer. The company added a fastback frame and combat night sights to this already wonderful pistol.

 

            Rifles

You can’t discuss SIG Sauer without at least mentioning their rifles. It was with rifles that the company first broke into the firearms world in the 1860s. Here are the five current rifle models that Sig offers to the U.S. market.

 

SIG MPX: This sub-machine rifle was released in 2015. It has a fully closed and rotating bolt and piston system—the first of its kind. This system makes the rifle much safer for the civilian to fire.

 

SIG716: With the SIG716 Sig combined the features of the SIG516—discussed below and put them into a AR-based rifle. This firearm is chambered in the powerful 7.62 x 51mm.[8]

 

SIG516: Sig based this rifle’s design on the AR-15 and M16. It released in 2010 and includes a short-stroke pushrod system for durability and adjustable gas valve. These enhancements have made the SIG516 one of the company’s most popular rifles.

 

SIGM400: This semi-automatic rifle is based on the M4 and AR-15. It was released in 2010 and includes a direct impingement gas operating system and a rotating locking bolt. Sig also claims that they provide an extended charging handle latch, built-in tensioning device, and ambidextrous controls standard. These features would have normally been only available in the after-market.

                       

SIG MCX VIRTUS: Sig’s first modular rifle, you can configure the SIG MCX Virtus in over 500 ways. Sig has also designed the rifle to fire correctly for over 20,000 rounds without needing to replace any parts.

 

Reliability

Sig Sauer has been around for over 150 years at this point, and so know how to create reliable firearms. In fact, the company puts a lot of resources and time into making their gun models as durable as possible. You only have to hear about the over 20,000 rounds that can pass through a SIG MCX VIRTUS without you having to replace any parts to fully understand how seriously Sig takes reliability.

 

Some experts have recently noted a seeming decline in Sig’s reliability. The company has issued a few recalls in recent years. Firearms that have been recalled include the SIG716 DMR, SIG516 Carbon Fiber, SIGM400 Predator, and P320.[9] Despite recent problems, Sig has been committed to remedying the situation. Their limited lifetime warranty—discussed below—provides original owners the security of knowing that if a defect is found, Sig will replace the firearm.

 

 

 

Warranty

SIG Sauer stands by their firearms, which is why they provide a limited lifetime warranty for all of their guns. This warranty covers the lifetime of the original purchaser only. SO, if you buy a used Sig firearm, you will not be covered. However, for the original purchaser, Sig vows to correct any defect.

 

In order to take advantage of Sig’s limited lifetime warranty, you need to register your firearm here. When you need to make use of the warranty you will need to send your unloaded firearm with freight prepaid to Sig Sauer at

 

18 Industrial Dr.

Exeter, NH 03833

 

Safeties

SIG Sauer includes a four-point safety system in all of their pistols. This system uses a de-cocker, safety notch, firing pin drop safety, and a trigger bar disconnector. The de-cocker keeps the hammer away from the firing pin when it is lowered. Thus, you do not have to worry about the gun firing when you are moving the hammer. The safety notch also helps separate the hammer from the firing pin. The firing pin safety keeps the firing pin from moving until the trigger is pulled, which prevents accidental discharges when the gun is dropped. Finally, the trigger bar safety separates the firing pin from the cartridge, which prevents the gun from discharging when a round is cycling.[10] Some of Sig’s pistols, especially those that use a SAO trigger, come with a manual safety instead of the de-cocker.

 

As can be seen from Sig’s four-point safety system, most of the safeties on the firearms are passive—the user does not manipulate them—and are used to keep the pistol from accidentally discharging. This should make those people who hate a lot of safeties on their guns happy, for there are not many extra levers on the frame of the pistol. However, becoming proficient with Sig’s system, specifically the de-cocker, takes time and practice. If you are not willing to put that level of effort then a Sig firearm may not be for you.

 

Conclusion

Sig Sauer has been a trusted name in the firearm world for over a hundred years. Their commitment to excellence has helped the company grow from a wagon parts manufacturer to one of the largest firearms producers in the world. The company continues to create new and exciting gun designs, as well as update their classic models. The new ergonomic grips and trigger systems are a testament to Sig’s willingness to change.

 

For the first-time gun owner buying a Sig firearm gets to the reliability but also a high level of accuracy. This can, of course, help the experience gun owner as well. All of Sig’s guns, especially the P220, are renowned for their accuracy. In many instances the gun shots even better than its person. Therefore if you are looking for a high-quality firearms that shoot well and will protect you for years to come, then we recommend giving a Sig Sauer a long look.

[1] Education, “The Incredible History of Sig Sauer,” The Range 702 (September 12 ,2017), http://www.therange702.com/blog/incredible-history-of-sig-sauer/ (accessed April 5, 2018).

 

[2] Diane DiPiero, “Fact About Sig Sauer: History, Locations, and Information,” Newsmax.com (April 7, 2015), https://www.newsmax.com/fastfeatures/guns-sig-sauer-gun-history/2015/04/07/id/637015/ (accessed April 5, 2018).

 

[3] Sam M., “SIG Sauer P229 Review,” Gunivore (May 17, 2016), http://gunivore.com/pistol/sig-sauer-p229-review/#doc1 (accessed April 5, 2018).

 

[4] Foghorn, “Taking a Tour of SIG Sauer’s Manufacturing Plant,” The Truth About Guns (April 25, 2014), http://www.thetruthaboutguns.com/2014/04/foghorn/taking-tour-sig-sauers-manufacturing-plant/ (accessed April 5, 2018).

[5] Sam M., “SIG Sauer P229 Review,” Gunivore (May 17, 2016), http://gunivore.com/pistol/sig-sauer-p229-review/#doc1 (accessed April 5, 2018).

 

[6] Sam M., “SIG Sauer P229 Review,” Gunivore (May 17, 2016), http://gunivore.com/pistol/sig-sauer-p229-review/#doc1 (accessed April 5, 2018).

 

[7] Leroy Thompson, “Sig Sauer P210 and the Swiss Army P49,” Tactical Life (October 15, 2013), https://www.tactical-life.com/firearms/sig-sauer-p210-and-the-swiss-army-p49/ (accessed April 5, 2018).

[8] NRA Staff, “SIG716,” American Rifleman (September 4, 2012), https://www.americanrifleman.org/articles/2012/9/4/sig716/ (accessed April 5, 2018).

 

[9] Randall Davis, “More Sig Sauer Recalls Lead to Reliability Questions,” American Concealed (September 20, 2017), https://americanconcealed.com/news/more-sig-sauer-recalls-lead-to-reliability-questions/ (accessed April 5, 2018).

[10] Sam M., “SIG Sauer P229 Review,” Gunivore (May 17, 2016), http://gunivore.com/pistol/sig-sauer-p229-review/#doc1 (accessed April 5, 2018).

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