The name SIG SAUER refers to the company established in US in 1985. It is a company representing the Swiss Arms AG which was established in 1853. The roots of the original SIG SAUER was in Switzerland where the owners started out as wagon manufacturers. But a competition conducted by the Swiss Defense Ministry made them manufacture a musket which won the competition. After winning the competition, the founders decided to focus on gun manufacturing. The company name, Schweizerische Industrie Gesellschaft (SIG) was born. It was only in 1970 that the company decided to expand their production line. To improve their cost reduction plans, they partnered with J.P. Sauer and Sons. During that time, J.P. Sauer is already an established gun manufacturer in Germany. SIG SAUER was eventually established because of this agreement. The US representative of SIG SAUER has been manufacturing firearms because of its success as a distributor and importer.
When SIG SAUER (Called SIGARMS until 2007), reached the US shores, the first handgun they made available to the public was the SIG P220. This gun was based on SIG210 which was used during WWII. The updated SIG P220 was first released in 1975 but only became officially available in 1985 through SIGARMS.
SIG P220 is known for its “heel mounted” release. This increases the speed of reloading of users for any occasion. Subsequent versions of SIG P220 would move the magazine release in different parts of the grip. The most popular version of SIG P220 is the P220 Rail wherein it has a Picatinny rail for optical sights.
SIG Blazer Tactical
With the collaboration of German gun manufacturer Blazer, SIG SAUER released SIG Blazer Tactical. This highly powerful rifle is extensively being used by most European armies. The latest Blazer Tactical available in the US market is the Blazer Tactical 2. This updated rifle of Blazer has an efficiency range of at least 1.5 kms. It uses straight pull action, which is a traditional bolt action in the popular Lee Enfield rifles. By using straight pull, reloading and firing is faster. User movement is very minimal when using straight pull action rifles.
The non-shooting parts of Blazer tactical rifles are fully interchangeable. The user’s firing hand could stay with the trigger while changing the components of the rifle. Professional shooters could change the parts of this rifle using only one hand in less than a minute.
SIG SG 556
SIG SG 556 is based on one of the most popular semi-automatic rifle SIG SG 550. SIG SG 556 is the modern counterpart of the 70s semi-automatic. It has all the basic features of the powerful SG 550 – only with considerable difference that upgrades the performance of the SG 556. The upgrade is on the trigger housing of SG 556. With this upgrade, the semi-automatic becomes a lightweight semi-automatic that packs the same power. The popular adjustable gas piston of the SG 550 is still found in this rifle. What’s more is that the SIG 556, like the 550, has two system gas controls that could cater to any need of the user.