Military Review

Swiss non-Swiss CWS SIG50

In the world of handgun weapon it is far from always possible to understand from where the “legs” of one or another type of weapon “grow”. The merger of companies, the separation of large representative offices from large firms with already different names and their joint work with other companies confuses traces very well. What is most interesting is that even the name of a weapon does not always mean that it belongs to a particular weapons company. A striking example of this can be the SIG 50 large-caliber sniper rifle, which appeared relatively recently, but has already managed to establish itself as a weapon that is accurate enough for its class and reliable. It is with this model that we will try to get acquainted in this article, and at the same time we estimate how much this Swiss weapon is.

This rifle appeared due to the rather large demand for large-caliber sniper rifles, which has been kept stable since the end of the 80-s of the last century. However, during this time, the demand for weapons, although remained unchanged, but the requirements for such rifles have increased significantly. If earlier, the CWS could be close to the PTR by its accuracy, and far from being the best, now the large-caliber sniper rifle is beginning to become a high-precision weapon capable of hitting the enemy at considerable distances, of course, if a sniper with the appropriate training is attached to the weapon. Thus, many companies could afford to do production of CWS earlier. Now, with sufficiently high requirements for weapons, the production of large-caliber sniper rifles is quite expensive, and it is not known whether the weapon will pay for itself, because besides the weapon you need to make, you still need somehow sell, and here without additional costs can not do. Thus, not every enterprise can afford the purchase of rather expensive equipment and materials for production and even fewer small arms companies can afford full advertising of their weapons. However, if everything runs smoothly, then success will be and the weapon will pay for itself many times. It is the potential profit from the creation of new accurate large-caliber rifles that makes many companies unite or divide the work on design and production among themselves, although the profit also has to be shared later.

So a division of the Swiss company Swiss Arms AG, located in the United States, SIGARMS at the beginning of 2011, introduced a new sniper rifle SIG 50. I think it would not be superfluous to remind you that in 2000, this company stopped having something in common with Schweizerische Industrie Gesellschaft, but history we will leave the departments for another material, just to take into account that now it is almost an independent arms company, part of the SIG SAUER concern. In other words, the company is "spinning" already for its money and is moving forward thanks to its ideas. In this case, as it turned out, the idea was only to create a weapon, and the money was completely spent at least. Without delaying, I will immediately say that almost everything in the sniper rifle was made by the hands of the designers of McMillan, moreover, the weapons are even made in the factories of this company. SIGARMS gave only an idea, made a clear assignment for a weapon, lent their name, and now they are only engaged in selling and servicing weapons. This is how people work now, it turns out.

Knowing who developed and manufactures weapons, it becomes clear why the rifle seems familiar, because in fact it is a reworked McMillan TAC-50. The weapon has a longitudinally sliding bolt locking the bore when turning on two lugs. The surface of the shutter has sloping valleys, the task of which is to facilitate the progress of the shutter when contaminated with dirt, sand and other things. The trigger mechanism of the weapon is adjustable along the trigger, as well as the pressing force. The rifle butt is folding, fixed by a clutch, which eliminates any backlash, even for weapons with a long track record. Butt has the ability to adjust its length, has a height adjustable stop for the cheek. The barrels of weapons are free-hanging to increase the rigidity of the barrel, reduce its weight and better cooling, it has longitudinal fits. In front of the forearm fasten folding, height-adjustable bipod.

Swiss non-Swiss CWS SIG50The rifle length with a barrel length of 737 millimeters is equal to 1448 millimeters. The weight for this class of weapons is small, only 10,7 kilograms. It feeds weapons from detachable single-row box-type magazines with a capacity of 5 cartridges. Accuracy for a series of ten shots at a distance of 2000 meters equals one angular minute, however, it all depends on the ammunition used.

In other words, the weapon came out as simple as possible, with good characteristics and quite viable. The only drawback of this rifle is that there is only a Swiss name in it, and no matter how cool one even such deception is unpleasant. But from whom, and from them, I did not expect this.
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  1. avt
    avt 13 June 2013 09: 05
    “The only drawback of this rifle is that there is only a Swiss name in it, but whatever one may say, even such a deception is unpleasant. That's from whom, and from them I did not expect this. "---------- But the quality of production will still be Swiss smile
    1. Mister X
      Mister X 13 June 2013 17: 21
      Swiss in it is only the name

      This brand of household appliances is considered Austrian only because
      that is registered in Austria.

      As for the rifle, I don’t see anything terrible.
      This focus is called "cost optimization" and
      "selling a new product under a well-known brand"
  2. Obliterator
    Obliterator 13 June 2013 12: 57
    Does she have hydraulics in the butt? There is simply a new box for the TAC-50 A1R2, with a hydraulic brake buffer. They say that the payback is almost completely extinguished, and in appearance it is one on one with the one that this SIG50 has.
    1. bazilio
      bazilio 13 June 2013 16: 26
      To almost completely dampen the returns of the 50BMG, this is certainly powerful. I think the limit of dreams for the power of bestowal can be recoil, comparable to the recoil of a 12-gauge gun. Although I may be wrong))
  3. Ch0sen1
    Ch0sen1 13 June 2013 16: 06
    Well, McMillan is also not the last company in this business. winked
  4. bazilio
    bazilio 13 June 2013 16: 27
    Overall a good trunk. I agree with Ch0sen1, McMilan does not knit brooms, they also make good trunks, and this is not the first year
  5. Raphael_83
    Raphael_83 13 June 2013 17: 56
    Does it really matter who exactly produces this sample? Moreover, in this case, there is just no reason for concern - "Mac" produces quite good products.
    And why immediately - a hoax? Normal cooperation: we provide them with cost coverage and product placement, they give us finished products under our brand and without a headache on implementation issues. Everyone is happy.
    An example of more than fruitful cooperation in this area is the SigZauer-220/226 pistols manufactured by the Germans, but under a Swiss sign and local quality control winked .
  6. Drno
    Drno 11 November 2013 17: 01
    I recommend the author to look at the top-end versions of such an extremely popular "bolt" as the Remington 700. In the top-end versions from Remington, only the receiver will probably remain, and the barrel, trigger (USM), stock, bracket with the magazine shaft and the store itself will be third-party manufacturers. But this in no way worsens the properties of these modifications, on the contrary, in these versions the rifle will cost several times more expensive than the basic SPS version. It's just that the specialization of different offices on specific parts of the weapon has developed, Remington also makes excellent barrels, but to make barrels like Krieger, a different approach is needed (almost manual production), and you cannot make a gross profit on this. The same with stocks, Ha-es ki, or Bell Carlson, or the same McMillan, this is not a gross stock SPS or even a Hogue, and they cost many times more, but are needed only for a certain circle of shooters (for those who shoot, or plan shoot at the level of technical accuracy of the barrel - better than 0,5 arc minutes). Regarding this particular rifle - I think that if the McMillan label was on it, then it would simply be of interest to more shooters by the brand name, since in the segment of "bolt" rifles for high-precision shooting, the McMillan brand will be more weighty than the ZigZauer, unlike segment of pistols or semi-automatic rifles or carbines.