Changing the hunting game, Sig rethinks the field gun with the introduction of the Cross Rifle.
Each year, it’s difficult to pick the top new product to hit the gun market. Sig Sauer, however, made it easy in 2020. Minting its first new bolt-action rifle in quite a spell, the prolific gunmaker has come up with one of the most innovative and, honestly, intriguing firearms of the year. In short, the Sig Cross Rifle is anything except blah.
What sets the bolt gun apart from other precision rigs to take the stage in recent years is it’s not a chassis gun. Yes, it certainly has the look, but if you study it closely you’ll see it has a solid-piece receiver running from the handguard back to where the buttstock attaches. Milled from 7075 aircraft-grade aluminum, the hunk of metal creates a rigid platform required for repeatable accuracy. At the same tick, it also keeps the rifle light, making it more practical away from the benchrest and precision-rifle matches. Exactly what Sig was shooting for, given the company bills the Cross Rifle as a modern-day hunter.
Top to bottom designed by Sig, using almost all Sig components (except pistol grip), the company poured a lot of itself into the Cross. Translate this too, there are plenty of forward-looking features that get and keeps it on target. Starting at the front and working back, it has a tapered muzzle for the addition of a Sig suppressor, a stainless steel heavy barrel, a lightweight handguard with ample M-Lok slots, a 60-degree bolt throw, an ambidextrous selector and a proprietary adjustable trigger. Further, the Cross rifle is a switch barrel. Need a longer pipe? Want to jump calibers (three available, .308 Win., 6.5 CM and .277 SIG Fury)? Easy as pie and executable at home without the aid of a gunsmith. Finally, the gun boasts a fully-adjustable, skeletonized, folding buttstock.
Needless to say, a lot is going on with the Sig Cross Rifle and plenty to catch the eye, including its starting MSRP of $1,499. As stated, it at the top of the heap when it comes to new guns.
For more information on the Sig Cross Rifle, please visit sigsauer.com.
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