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Grand Opening of the SIG SAUER Experience Center

SIG SAUER Experience Center ready to welcome its first visitors

On July 14th SIG SAUER cut the ribbon and threw open the doors of the all-new SIG Experience Center (SEC). The SEC is located at the same campus as the SIG SAUER Academy in Epping, New Hampshire. The Grand Opening concluded the two-year project to build a facility where shooters could come and enjoy total immersion in the Sig community.

View from the 2nd floor, 1751 Club

The new SIG Experience Center includes a huge flagship store, a 30-position indoor shooting range, the SIG SAUER Museum, and the members-only 1751 Club. The store has a huge selection of Sig firearms, scopes, suppressors, and accessories. The number of barrels, grip modules, magazines, and red dot optics there for your Sig pistols is truly amazing. In addition to the Sig products, there are many additional selected items from top-level manufacturers.

All the firearms, parts, holsters, gear, and ammunition you need for the range

It’s tough to fully appreciate how many firearms models Sig now offers until you see all of them in the wall cases around the shop. While wandering the store it’s hard not to stop by the Black Rifle Coffee counter and get a boost from the iconic coffee company. The pristine range has a wide variety of SIG firearms that can be rented, so you can try before you buy.

SIG SAUER began across the sea before we were a country, and now it is bigger, better and all made in the USA

To fully appreciate the SIG Experience, the museum is a must-see. The information and displays illustrate the milestones from the founding in 1751 to the latest products. On another wall of the museum are the firearms and military contract awards that SIG has won. Those firearms have changed the capabilities of our forces and our allies.

Handguns, carbines, optics, and ammunition are all part of SIG’s military wins

SIG SAUER’s operations in the US have grown from around 100 employees in 2004, to over 3000. On the M17/ M18 military pistol contract alone, Sig has delivered over 400,000 pistols. However, SIG’s market isn’t limited to just the USA, it is also the largest small arms exporter in the United States. The next big step in the military market is SIG’s delivery of the Next Generation Squad Weapons.

Next Generation weapons on display for handling, much lighter than you would expect

The grand opening was attended by many state and local officials, law enforcement officers, first responders, and the Governor of Arkansas, Asa Hutchinson. So, right now you’re asking why an Arkansas Governor is there? Well, he is part of the SIG growth story. He successfully lobbied for SIG to build its ammunition in Arkansas, and that is now one of the 11 facilities they have across three states.

SIG’s new hybrid ammunition is likely to change the ammunition game for years to come

Over the last decade SIG SAUER has grown significantly; winning military contracts and taking the consumer market by storm with the P320 and the #1 selling pistol in America, the P365. Listening to SIG’s president Ron Cohen speak of the company’s path forward; I expect there are many more great things to come.

Cleanliness and efficiency in the plant

Though not a part of the SIG Experience Center, a tour of the SIG manufacturing plant illuminated the dedication to quality control, efficiency, and rapid production. Everyone in the process had the same forward-leaning attitude Mr. Cohen had expressed. The in-house range allows for testing firearms as they are completed before even being boxed up for shipping.

Along with the great firearms, the SIG Experience Center and SIG SAUER Academy now make Epping NH a destination stop for the serious shooter; stop-in shoot, shop, and train, and Portsmouth is a great town to visit, full of history, and great food

Sig Experience Center

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About the author:
Jeff Cramblit is a world-class competitive shooter having won medals at both the 2012 IPSC World Shotgun Championship in Hungary and more recently the 2017 IPSC World Rifle Championship in Russia. He is passionate about shooting sports and the outdoors. He has followed that passion for over 30 years, hunting and competing in practical pistol, 3gun, precision rifle and sporting clays matches. Jeff is intimately familiar with the shooting industry – competitor, instructor, RO, range master, match director. Among his training credits include NRA Instructor, AR-15 armorer, FBI Rifle Instructor, and Officer Low Light Survival Instructor. As a sponsored shooter, Jeff has represented notable industry names such as: Benelli, 5.11 Tactical, Bushnell, Blackhawk, DoubleStar, and Hornady. He has been featured on several of Outdoor Channel’s Shooting Gallery episodes and on a Downrange TV series. Jeff’s current endeavors cover a broad spectrum and he can be found anywhere from local matches helping and encouraging new shooters as they develop their own love of the sport, to the dove field with his friends, a charity sporting clays shoot, backpack hunting public land in Montana, or the winners podium of a major championship.

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