One sure indicator of a hot market is when new suppliers attempt get in on the action, and so SIG Sauer’s soon-to-be entry into the .50 BMG rifle category confirms what military operators, 1,000-yard competitors and tactical shooters have all discovered—the big, long-range round’s time has come.
The new rifle has been keenly anticipated since SIG revealed an earlier prototype at its SHOT Show booth back in January, but uncertainty over the release date have kept big-bore enthusiasts guessing. We still don’t know when the official intro will take place, but have been assured it will be soon.
Here’s what we know about the big SIG50 so far:
To balance portability and recoil management, the bolt-action rifle will weigh in at 23.5 pounds. It will carry a 29-inch, heavy-contour fluted barrel with a 1:15-inch rifling twist to go along with the gun’s match-grade trigger. The stock features adjustable cheekpiece and length of pull, and the receiver is fitted with a full-length rail unit for attaching optics and accessories. No word yet on pricing.
Keep in mind that this isn’t just any random gun company lining up to make a splash. This is SIG, whose precision-engineered firearms are respected by the military and LE community worldwide for performance, durability and value. Look for a full report here as soon as we can get a test-run behind the trigger.