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Swiss Arms



SIG, standing for Schweizerische Industrie Gesellschaft (Swiss Industrial Company), is a Swiss group with a historically major involvement with firearm manufacture. The group was originally founded as Schweizerische Waggon Fabrik (Swiss Wagon Factory) in 1853 by Friedrich Peyer im Hof, Heinrich Moser, and Johann Conrad Neher. The company entered a rifle design competition for the Swiss Army around 1860s, which they won and are awarded with a contract for the production of their Prelaz-Burnand rifle. This prompted the company to shift its focus and begin its firearm manufacturing production, as well as renaming itself to SIG in 1860.

SIG would continue to expand its firearm manufacturing capabilities in the following decade, with many of its weapons adopted by the Swiss Army. They produced the Mondragón Rifle in early 1900s and developed the SIG P210 in 1937. The company purchased J. P. Sauer & Sohn and Hammerli in 1970, and entered a partnership with the German Sauer due to Swiss laws preventing firearm export, creating SIG Sauer GmbH from which they could expand into the global market. SIG also created SIGARM Inc. in the United States to import its weapons into USA.

SIG today no longer manufactures weapons, and are instead a major player in the food packaging industry. In 2000, to refocus its manufacturing on to food packaging, all of SIG's firearm manufacturing subsidiaries and subdivisions were sold to Michael Lüke and Thomas Ortmeier. SIG's own firearm division became Swiss Arms, and is now a part of the Lüke & Ortmeier Gruppe. Many of Swiss Arm's weapons are imported into USA by SIGARM Inc., now named SIG Sauer Inc.


Founded: 1853 (SIG), 2000 (Swiss Arms)

Country: Switzerland

Products: Pistols, Assault Rifles, Sniper Rifles, Machine Guns, Grenade Launchers



Weapon Caliber(s) Capacity Produced Variants Image
SIG P210 9x19mm 8 1949-2003
Sig P210.jpg

Submachine Guns

Weapon Caliber(s) Capacity Produced Variants Image
SIG MKMS 7.65x22 mm Luger
7.63x25 mm Mauser
9x19 mm Luger
9x25 mm Mauser
30, 40 1934-1941 MKMS
SIG MP-310 9x19mm Parabellum 40 Late 1940s - 1972 MP-48 Sig mp310.jpg


Weapon Caliber(s) Capacity Produced Variants Image
SIG SG 510 7.5mm Swiss
7.62x51mm NATO
20, 24, 30
20, 24, 30
1957-1983 SIG-StG-57.jpg
SIG SG 540 5.56x45mm 20, 30 1977-2002 SIG SG 543 Sig sg540 1.jpg
SIG SG 542 7.62x21mm 20, 30 ?? Sig sg542.jpg
SIG SG 550 5.56x45mm NATO 5, 20, 30 round proprietary box magazine 1986-Present SIG550.jpg
SIG SG 551 5.56x45mm NATO 5, 20, 30 90s-Present Sig-551.jpg
SIG SG 552 5.56x45mm NATO 5, 20, 30 1998-Present SIG SG 553 SIG SG552.jpg
SIG SG 556 5.56x45mm NATO 5, 20, 30 2006-Present SIG SG 556 Classic Sig556 classic.jpg

Sniper Rifles

Weapon Caliber(s) Capacity Produced Variants Image
SIG SG 550 SR 5.56x45mm NATO 5, 20, 30 1988-???? 550sniper.jpg
SIG SG 556 DMR 5.56x45mm 5, 20, 30  ????-Present 556-DMR-Bi-Pod-Up.jpg
SG 511 .50 BMG 5 2011-Present SAN 511-2 (27.5).jpg

Machine Guns

Weapon Caliber(s) Capacity Produced Variants Image
SIG KE7 7.92×57mm Mauser 25 1929-1938 SIG KE7.jpg
SIG MG50 .30-06 50
1951-???? M/51 SIG MG50.jpg

Grenade Launchers

Weapon Caliber(s) Capacity Produced Variants Image
SIG GL 5040 40x46mm 1 1997-Present SIG GL 5140 SIG GL 5040.jpg

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