My SIG rant...
SIG - Not Sig
"Schweizerische Industrie Gesellschaft"
Properly written as "SIG" in
capital letters. It should not be written as "Sig" in mixed case.
Yes it matters. If doing things correctly still matters to you. SIG
is an acronym and should be written in upper case letters (SIG) like
all acronyms. Upper case letters just like H&K or S&W or AK-47. More
and more I visit "so-called" gun information webs to see "Sig" in
"Swiss Industry Group"
SIG is German for "Schweizerische
Industrie Gesellschaft" which translates literally to the
English as "Swiss Industry Society" or less literally "Swiss
Industry Group". The latter "Swiss Industry Group" is probably a bit
easier for English speaking persons to remember and certainly easier
to pronounce. It also uses the same letters as the original German
Arms companies have changed ownership and corporate affiliations
over the last 30 years, so usage of the trade names involved with
the "Swiss Industry Group" has varied. This is complicated by the
fact that SIG has always been a group of companies and is now
further complicated by the fact that the original SIG Corporation in
Switzerland has reorganized and has divested is arms making
companies. The firearms group and a few new holdings now fall under
SIGARMS Incorporated of Exeter NH, USA. with the "Swiss Industry
Group" no longer makes firearms.
newly reorganized SIGARMS Inc. includes: SIGArms, SIG Sauer, J.P.
Sauer, Mauser, Hämmerli, Blaser and SAN Swiss Arms (Swiss Arms
Neuhausen) in Switzerland and uses the name SIGARMS Incorporated.
And the fact remains that my guns still say SIG on the side in
capital letters as do all SIGARMS products. Gun owners all over the
world still call our beloved SIG Sauer guns "SIG Sauer" "SIG" or
acceptable usage is SIG Sauer, SIG-Sauer, SIGARMS, SIGArms & SIG
Arms, with these all being variations of the trade names used by
"SIG" and "SIGARMS Inc." over the last 30 years. The SIG Arms
companies have never used Sig and neither should you. It just makes
you look like a "Glop" owning moron.
Is it just me? Maybe I have just
been spending too much time writing the
Gun Glossary and am
becoming a bit too pedantic with "proper" gun terminology. Or should
we just add this to the "Dumbing Down" of America and ignore it? I
think not. SIG Sauer firearms are for intelligent people. SIG's are
for gun owners with brains and for the armed professional. No gang
bangers and Glock owning idiots around here.
I think intelligent SIG owners
should send a properly worded and polite e-mail message the "Sig"
offenders and ask them to change Sig to SIG or to SIG Sauer. Or even
to the newer SIGARMS. Or maybe they should change the other arms
acronyms to mixed case. HK to Hk and S&W to S&w and AR-15 to Ar-15.
If they get several hundred e-mail messages from Unofficial SIG Web
readers they may get the idea. I have brought this to the attention
of the "Sig" offenders, and my requests for this simple and easy to
make modification to there web sites has apparently been ignored.
If you would like to voice your
intelligent opinion, the worst offender is
GunsAmerica.com. Guns America brokers and lists hundreds
of SIG Sauer (Sig) hand guns for sale. Would you buy a SIG from
someone who did not know how to spell it? I note this web uses "all
caps" for the other (many other) firearm acronyms on the site.
For Guns America send
Update - Security Arms
changed Sig to SIG.
Dissenting views - or if you
think I have lost it... (again) send e-mail to:
Date Your SIG
coming in on how to determine the date code or manufacturing / proof
house date of SIG-Sauer hand guns. Though the article has been
online for 4 years now, it may have been obscured by the other
content here at the Unofficial SIG Web.
Proof Mark 101 or "Date
Your SIG" is found by
Marv on SIG
I have had the pleasure
of owning and carrying SIG Sauer hand guns for about 20 years.
I was introduced to my first SIG P226 in 1983 while station in Bad
Tőlz Germany with the 10th Special Forces Group. I bought one
of my own shortly thereafter and have owned and carried a SIG ever
My favorite is still the
SIG P226 in 9mm with the SIG-Sauer Model P228 coming in second
place. I am a 9mm man. I have a few very nice shooting .357 SIG
guns. But I am a better shot with a 9mm (as are most of my students)
and I like 15+1 ammunition capacity.
I have used SIG Sauer
hand guns for all my shooting activities, including IDPA and IPSC
"Action Shooting" and for CCW and Personal Defense. As a
Firearms Instructor I have trained hundreds of shooters on the SIG
Sauer classic "P Series" pistols. I have also hunted game with
my P226 and P210 and have used my issued SIG-Sauer P226 for CQB, CT
and SOT work while in the Army.
I have carried a SIG in
every type of terrain and weather imaginable from the mountains to
the desert and from the arctic to the jungle. My SIG has never
let me down, in fact they have saved my life on a few occasions.
Most of my shooting
buddies have switched to SIG Sauer handguns after shooting, testing
and evaluating SIG Sauer guns from my collection. I still carry a
SIG Sauer P226. I can't give a better endorsement, than the fact
that I carry SIG and I recommend SIG Sauer hand guns to my friends
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