|Owner(s)||Lüke & Ortmeier Gruppe|
|Subsidiaries||SIG Sauer Inc|
|Website||SIG SAUER Homepage|
SIG Sauer GmbH is the German subsidiary of German-based manufacturing firm L&O Holding (HQ: Emsdetten, Germany), which also owns Swiss Arms AG. It was founded in 1751 as J. P. Sauer und Sohn GmbH. Initially SIG Sauer Inc was established in 1985 with the name SIGARMS (until October 2007) to import and distribute SIG firearms into the United States. Since 2000 SIG Sauer Inc is organizationally separate from manufacturer SIG Sauer GmbH.
History[edit | edit source]
The origins of the original SIG company lies in the Swiss Wagon Factory created in 1853 by Friedrich Peyer im Hof, Heinrich Moser and Conrad Neher. After winning a competition put on by Switzerland's Federal Ministry of Defense, a contract to produce 30,000 muskets was awarded. They changed their name to Schweizerische Industriegesellschaft (SIG), German for "Swiss Industrial Company"(in French regions of Switzerland was known as Société Industrielle Suisse).
Sauer & Sohn[edit | edit source]
In the 1970s, SIG began work on designing a handgun that would balance price with quality. Swiss law limits the ability of Swiss companies to manufacture firearms and Swiss companies who wish to do this have to do so by using a foreign partner. In the case of SIG they chose the German firm of Sauer & Sohn. The SIG Sauer line of handguns began in 1975 with the SIG Sauer SIG P220. Prior to World War II, Sauer had been primarily a maker of shotguns and hunting rifles. During the war, they produced a handgun, the Sauer 38H, but afterwards had withdrawn from this market. With SIG as their partner/owner, Sauer returned to the business of manufacturing handguns.
SIG also produced a machine gun, the MG 710 which was a general-purpose machine gun chambered in 7.62x51mm NATO and based on the German MG42. It also used roller-delayed blowback as used in the CETME/G3/SIG 510 rifles and sometimes had a muzzle capable of launching rifle grenades. However, the MG 710 had a high price so the weapon was only exported to Bolivia.
SIG Sauer Inc.[edit | edit source]
In 1985, Sigarms Inc. was created as the American branch of SIG in Tysons Corner, Virginia to import the P220 and P230. In 1987 Sigarms moved to Herndon, Virginia, and in 1990 moved to Exeter, New Hampshire to accommodate new manufacturing.
Sigarms, and its European sister companies, Sauer & Sohn, Blaser, Mauser Jagdwaffen GmbH and Swiss Arms were bought by Michael Lüke and Thomas Ortmeier in October 2000. On October 1, 2007, Sigarms officially changed their name to SIG Sauer Inc.
Ron Cohen, SIG Sauer's president and chief executive officer joined the privately held firm in 2004. Born in 1963 and of Israeli ancestry, Ron Cohen studied at Technion – Israel Institute of Technology and served in the Israeli Defense Forces. Cohen was a commander of a combat unit between 1979 and 1984.
Today, SIG Sauer is the largest of the five companies and one of the largest firearms manufacturing entities in the world. It is also the fastest growing firearms maker in the United States, expanding its operations and increasing sales nearly 50% since 2005. SIG Sauer has recently tripled its work force and invested eighteen million dollars into state-of-the-art manufacturing facilities and equipment.
According to SIG Sauer, one-third of U.S. police use SIG firearms.
SIG Sauer operates a firearms training school in the U.S. led by German specialists, the SIG Sauer Academy, in Epping, New Hampshire.
Products[edit | edit source]
Handguns[edit | edit source]
- SIG P210
- SIG P220
- SIG P226
- SIG P230
- SIG Sauer P238
- SIG Sauer P938
- SIG P250
- SIG P290
- SIG GSR (M1911 clone)
- SIG Mosquito
- SIG Pro series (includes SP 2009, SP 2022 and SP 2340)
Rifles[edit | edit source]
- SIG-Sauer SSG 2000
- SIG-Sauer SSG 3000
- Sauer & Sohn
- Swiss Arms
- SIG 510/STGW 57
- SIG M400: 5.56 NATO with direct gas system
- SIG SG 540
- SIG SG 542
- SIG 550 (Fass 90 / Stgw 90)
- SIG 551
- SIG 552
- SIG 553 SOW
- SIG 516: 5.56 NATO with AR-15 design (gas piston), 16" barrel
- SIG 716: 516-based .308/7.62x51, due to be released in early 2011
- SIG 522LR
- SIG 556
- SIG 751 SAPR (PE 90 based 308/7,62)
- SIG SHR 970 (Swiss Hunting Rifle). Multiple calibers. Barrel change capability.
- Mauser Jagdwaffen GmbH
Machine guns[edit | edit source]
See also[edit | edit source]
References[edit | edit source]
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- Swiss Arms AG official website
- SIG Sauer Inc, U.S. website
- Sauer & Sohn, the German half of SIG Sauer
- Sig Pistols Factory: An inside Look at how SIG Sauer Pistols are made from SIG's Plant in Germany on YouTube
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