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January 21, 2011
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Tom Marx Casting a Critical Eye on Weapons Technology and Training
with Tom Marx

SHOT Show 2011: Personal defense weapons from Sig Sauer

During SHOT Show 2011, I spent some time with the people at the Sig Sauer booth, looking at their pistols, revolvers and long guns. Below are just two of the weapons that caught my eye.

Not all Mini-Guns are 9mm
Further rounding out their line and new for 2011, is the 3.3” barrel, alloy frame, .45ACP, 1911 Ultra Compact from Sig Sauer. With a seven-round magazine capacity, the Ultra Compact offers a shortened grip frame that still affords a good purchase for those with average and larger hands. That frame is hard coat black anodized while the slide is finished in its natural stainless. Beautifully crafted wood grips are fitted to the frame while SIGLITE night sights adorn the slide. A beavertail-type grip safety, a slightly oversized but not intrusive manual safety, and Sig’s “Triangle” 3-hole trigger are but a few of the custom features found on this production pistol that is only 6.8” long, 4.8” high, and 1.4” wide.

The 516PDW Chambered in 5.56x45mm
The people at Sig Sauer are justifiably proud of their SIG516PDW. It is beautifully crafted and with its seven inch barrel, it offers an overall length of only two feet with the stock collapsed. The gun is based on their reliable, advanced, pushrod gas operating system with its three-position short stroke adjustable gas valve (a fourth-position is optional) as applied to an AR platform. Chambered in 5.56x45mm NATO, this gun was the first thing the people at Sig showed me when we moved from handguns to long guns within their booth at the Shot Show.

This Personal Defense Weapon accepts most M16 type magazines and is available in both Select and Semi-Automatic versions. The gun comes with a free-floating aluminum M1913 quad rail forend, a flat top upper with a M1913 accessory rail, and flip up iron sights. Without a magazine installed, it tips the scale at only six pounds.

About the author

Tom Marx left the Chicago Police Department in 1988 to become an instructor at the Smith & Wesson Academy. After several years of teaching full time both nationally and internationally, he shifted roles at Smith: first to a series of technical positions and then as Head of their Domestic Law Enforcement Operations. He left S&W to organize a Law Enforcement Division for Michaels of Oregon as well as to help design much of their police-related duty gear. Leaving Uncle Mike’s, Tom became Director of Intellectual Property for BLACKHAWK Products Group; focusing on the patent efforts for all of their divisions. Today, he is a consultant in various firearms, accessory and training matters. Throughout the years, Tom has continued to lecture and instruct both inside and outside the US with such diverse groups as ILEETA, IALEFI, WIFLE, LETC, NDIA, the NRA, and Team One Network. .

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