By: Friedrich Seiltgen
Reviews are coming in for the SIG Sauer Cross Rifle, and it’s a hit!
For years now, Sig Sauer has been blazing a trail in the firearms industry that’s hard to follow. They provide the U.S. military sidearm M17/M18 sidearm, and their P365 has been a leader in the concealed carry market. Now, after a 28-year hiatus in bolt guns, the last being the SSG 3000, SIG has another star in their lineup: The Cross Rifle!
Designed and built from the ground up, the Cross Rifle was developed with input from hunters, snipers, and long-range target shooters….you know, the people who actually use the product! The Cross is a true hybrid rifle available in .308 Win, 6.5 Creedmoor, and 277 SIG FURY.
The Cross uses a one-piece aluminum receiver that eliminates the bedding required of a typical bolt action gun. It also features a free-floating M-LOK aluminum handguard with plenty of rail space for mounting optics. The handguard is bolted to the receiver and not held on by the barrel nut.
The Cross is manufactured with an extremely hefty three lug, floating bolt head that rides in a modular bolt carrier. It’s been reinforced to handle SIG Sauer’s proprietary 277 SIG Fury cartridge. The Cross features interchangeable barrels using barrel extensions and interchanging bolt heads. Since headspace is done at the factory, changing calibers has been made easy!
The stock is a skeletonized aluminum 3-position folding stock that is fully adjustable for length of pull, comb, and recoil pad vertical adjustment. The stock folds over the bolt handle, which allows the rifle to keep its slim profile, and also acts as a bolt lockout.
This gun is equipped with AR-type controls; there’s an ambidextrous safety and a two-stage trigger with 2.5 lb. to 4 lb. adjustment range.
The magazine is of the AICS type. AICS, otherwise known as the Accuracy International Chassis System, is a magazine format created as a standard detachable magazine pattern for military format sniper rifles.
Action Type: Bolt
Caliber: 308 Win, 6.5 Creedmoor, 277 FURY
Magazine capacity: 5
Barrel: Stainless Steel, match grade, threaded 5/8 x 24 tpi
Barrel Length: 16” or 18”
Length: 36.5 or 38.5
Weight: 6.5 pounds
The last SIG Sauer bolt action rifle was introduced in 1992 and designed in Germany. The Cross was designed and built at the SIG SAUER Research and Development facilities in New Hampshire and is all American. It looks like SIG Sauer has yet another winner on its hands! The Cross is a lightweight, sub-MOA, accurate, backpack portable, bolt action rifle that doesn’t cost a fortune!
That’s all for now folks! Please keep sending in your questions, tips, and article Ideas. And as always – “Let’s be careful out there.”
Friedrich Seiltgen is a retired Master Police Officer with 20 years of service with the Orlando Police Department. He conducts training in Lone Wolf Terrorism, Firearms, First Aid, Active Shooter Response, and Law Enforcement Vehicle Operations in Florida. His writing has appeared in The Counter Terrorist Magazine, American Thinker, Homeland Security Today, and The Journal of Counterterrorism & Homeland Security International. Contact him at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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