Skip to main content

SIG Sauer Ammunition — How Good Is It?

We go behind closed doors at the factory to see how SIG Sauer's ammo is developed and manufactured!

SIG Sauer Ammunition — How Good Is It?
Photo by Richard King. SIG Sauer’s ammo division has a highly respected staff who has already demonstrated their ability to find solutions where others have failed.

When SIG Sauer first announced they were selling ammunition many questioned who was actually loading the ammunition. It is not uncommon for the companies that only make ammunition to produce ammunition for firearms companies, creating a “white label” product. The name on the box might have said “SIG Sauer” but curious customers wondered who actually manufactured the ammunition inside the box.

SIG Sauer did, even from the very beginning. The guy that got the ammunition division started was Dan Powers. Dan owned Precision Ammunition in Tampa for over a decade before he sold it to RUAG (one of Europe’s largest ammunition providers) eight years ago. Once the company sold to RUAG, Dan stayed on as CEO of RUAG Ammotech USA for 2-3 years.

He left RUAG and started consulting for SIG Sauer and then came on full-time to start up the ammunition division. Dan’s background was an important piece of the puzzle because it allowed SIG to bring in significant tribal knowledge right from the beginning.

SIG’s first entry into ammunition was pistol cartridges loaded with V-Crown bullets. There was a ton of development and testing done on the V-Crown and pistols are where SIG Sauer sells the most guns, so pistol ammunition for self-defense made a lot of sense.


The V-Crown bullet is one of the very few that pass all of the FBI protocols. These tests require a bullet to successfully penetrate 12-18 inches of gel while passing though clothing, sheetrock, plywood, and sheet metal. It is very hard to successfully negotiate the tests, but the V-Crown did it. While bullet production may have started with V-Crown, it has since greatly expanded to include rifle cartridges with expanding bullets and non-expanding match bullets.


SIG-Ammo
Photo by Richard King. Firearms News magazine was given a behind closed doors look at SIG Sauer’s new ammunition production, and everything it entails.

SIG designed and built their first bullet, V-Crown, but also designed and built the HT late last year. The HT is SIG Sauer’s hunting bullet and it is a monolithic copper expanding bullet. The HT is ideal on game animals because they are pliable enough to expand quickly when fired at rifle velocity, yet tough enough to handle impacting heavy bones without suffering core/jacket separation like frequently happens with jacketed bullets.

In 2017, SIG Sauer’s production of brass cartridge cases began. SIG is a very large company, and they took the jump into ammunition production seriously. They have spent millions of dollars on a full metallurgy lab and testing equipment to ensure that their brass is top notch. Initial production started with .308 Win and .300 Win Mag and expanded from there.

SIG-Ammo
Photo by Richard King. Modern high speed rotary loading equipment allows SIG Sauer to load high quality ammunition at a rapid rate to meet the needs of their customers.

SIG started loading their ammunition on machines of their own design that they purchased and placed in leased factory space in Kentucky. However, they soon relocated and consolidated ammunition production into a new and high-tech factory in Arkansas.

Worldwide Brand

While consumer sales are a big part of the reason why SIG got into ammunition production, it also allowed them to offer packaged sales internationally. If you look at SIG’s sales company-wide, the split between U.S. consumer sales and foreign/military sales is about 70-percent consumer and 30-percent military and foreign. Two years ago that split was 90/10. Foreign sales are definitely trending up and the ammo is part of the growth.


SIG-Ammo
Photo by Richard King. While consumer sales are a big part of the reason why SIG got into ammunition production, it also allowed them to offer packaged sales internationally.

The presence of SIG’s ammunition manufacturing capacity also allows them to realize considerable savings on their quality control ammunition budget. SIG builds a ton of guns and the number produced goes up every year. They recently won the Army’s modular handgun contract, so the next few years will see an incredible spike in firearms production. Every one of those guns has to be fired before it leaves the factory. That turns into millions and millions of rounds just to test firearms at the factory.

I’ve been able to shoot a fair amount of SIG Sauer’s match ammunition in both .308 Win and .223 Rem. It has been incredibly consistent and is regularly one of two brands that every rifle shoots the most accurately. This is due to the projectiles SIG uses and the care with which they load it. In my opinion, no other factory match ammunition will beat SIG’s numbers.

SIG is a big company that is very quickly getting bigger. The ammunition production portion of the company is doing the same. While the size of a company doesn’t really mean much to the customer, the concept of economies of scale does. It’s because SIG is so big that they can do things like an expanding subsonic 300 BLK bullet for the special operations crowd, and make their own cartridge brass.


SIG-Ammo
Photo by Richard King. Two .223 Rem 60-grain HT’s recovered from testing in 10% ballistic gelatin, note the excellent expansion.

The payoff is that we customers get better stuff for less money. SIG has the industrial capacity, sophistication and the will to design and build products that others can’t or won’t. They also have very efficient supply chains and distribution channels in place to get their products in convenient reach to customers everywhere.

The goal of their ammunition division is to build very high quality products, but to also make shooting affordable again. This is a worthy goal and one in which I think they’ll be successful for the reasons outlined above. For more information visit www.sigsauer.com.

GET THE NEWSLETTER Join the List and Never Miss a Thing.

Recommended Articles

See More Recommendations

Popular Videos

SilencerCo MSR Hunting

SilencerCo MSR Hunting

Hunters, save your ears! Patrick Sweeney reviews suppressors from SilencerCo.

Firearms News Reviews the S&W M&P 2.0 9mm Compact Pistol

Firearms News Reviews the S&W M&P 2.0 9mm Compact Pistol

Firearms News editor Vince DeNiro runs the Smith & Wesson M&P 2.0 9mm compact pistol through a self-defense drill.

Springfield Hellcat OSP Review

Springfield Hellcat OSP Review

Patrick Sweeney takes the Springfield Hellcat OSP to the range to test it out!

See More Popular Videos

Trending Articles

Unless Democrats rescind their proposed Gun Issuing Board, threats and anti-rights promises don't matterGun Control Speeches at DNC Misleading 2nd Amendment

Gun Control Speeches at DNC Misleading

JPFO - August 21, 2020

Unless Democrats rescind their proposed Gun Issuing Board, threats and anti-rights promises...

Anarchy Outdoors has introduced a series of upgrades for the T/C Compass and Venture rifles.Anarchy Outdoors Introduces Upgrades For T/C Compass and Venture Rifles Rifles

Anarchy Outdoors Introduces Upgrades For T/C Compass and Venture Rifles

Firearms News Staff - August 22, 2020

Anarchy Outdoors has introduced a series of upgrades for the T/C Compass and Venture rifles.

The Masada is IWI's first striker-fired pistol and is an accurate, good looking polymer handgun that has a great trigger.IWI Masada Pistol Review Handguns

IWI Masada Pistol Review

Bob Taubert - August 19, 2020

The Masada is IWI's first striker-fired pistol and is an accurate, good looking polymer...

One New York lawmaker is pushing legislation to bypass the Protection of Lawful Commerce in Arms Act (PLCAA) and allow gunmakers to be sued if their lawfully made products are used for criminal purposes.New York Targeting Gunmakers Instead of Criminals 2nd Amendment

New York Targeting Gunmakers Instead of Criminals

Mark Chesnut - August 19, 2020

One New York lawmaker is pushing legislation to bypass the Protection of Lawful Commerce in...

See More Trending Articles

More Ammo

Originally developed for US Special Operations, we examine the development of SIG Sauer's 300 BLK Tipped Hunting load.SIG Sauer Expanding 300 BLK V-Crown - How Good Is It? Ammo

SIG Sauer Expanding 300 BLK V-Crown - How Good Is It?

Tom Beckstrand - July 02, 2020

Originally developed for US Special Operations, we examine the development of SIG Sauer's 300...

James Tarr tests seven 7.62x39mm loads fired from a 1969 Polish AKM into gel blocks to see just how well they actually perform.7.62x39mm Gel Test - 7 Loads Put to the Test Ammo

7.62x39mm Gel Test - 7 Loads Put to the Test

James Tarr - August 26, 2020

James Tarr tests seven 7.62x39mm loads fired from a 1969 Polish AKM into gel blocks to see...

Economical Russian steel case ammunition is now available in 300 AAC Blackout! We hit the range with it to find out how well it performs.Barnaul Steel Case 300 AAC Blackout Review Ammo

Barnaul Steel Case 300 AAC Blackout Review

Samantha Knight - July 28, 2020

Economical Russian steel case ammunition is now available in 300 AAC Blackout! We hit the...

CCI partnered with MeatEater's Steven Rinella to create a new line of MeatEater Series rimfire ammo.CCI Introduces a New Line of MeatEater Series Rimfire Ammo Ammo

CCI Introduces a New Line of MeatEater Series Rimfire Ammo

Firearms News Staff - August 02, 2020

CCI partnered with MeatEater's Steven Rinella to create a new line of MeatEater Series rimfire...

See More Ammo

Magazine Cover

GET THE MAGAZINE Subscribe & Save

Digital Now Included!

SUBSCRIBE NOW

Give a Gift   |   Subscriber Services

PREVIEW OUR CURRENT ISSUE Arrow

Buy Digital Single Issues

Don't miss an issue.
Buy single digital issue for your phone or tablet.

Buy Single Digital Issue on the Firearms News App

Other Magazines

Special Interest Magazines

See All Special Interest Magazines

GET THE NEWSLETTER Join the List and Never Miss a Thing.

Phone Icon

Get Digital Access.

All Firearms News subscribers now have digital access to their magazine content. This means you have the option to read your magazine on most popular phones and tablets.

To get started, click the link below to visit mymagnow.com and learn how to access your digital magazine.

Get Digital Access

Not a Subscriber?
Subscribe Now