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Sig Sauer has won another government contract, this time from SOCOM for an off-the-shelf Personal Defense Weapon(PDW).

The Sig Sauer Rattler was chosen as the winner of Special Operations Command’s(SOCOM) Commerical Personal Defense Weapon Contract.

The contract itself was for a firearm that suited SOCOM’s definition of a PDW and was commercially available or “off-the-shelf”.

The company has made leaps and bounds in regard to its success in military contracting in recent years.

This marks Sig Sauer’s 3rd major military contract, its other success being the NGSW contract as well as the contract for the Army’s latest handgun. Sig Sauer introduced the MCX Spear for the Next Generation Squad Weapons program and the Sig P320 for the Army’s standard sidearm.

From The Firearm Blog:

SIG Sauer is set to be awarded a contract to fulfill US Special Operations Command’s requirement for a commercial, off-the-shelf, personal defense weapon (CPDW). A notice of intent from SOCOM to award a five-year Firm Fixed Price (FFP) contract was shared on 19 May. Following on from their recent success with the NGSW program, SIG Sauer’s MCX Rattler has been selected and will be procured in 5.56x45mm and .300 BLK. The contract also includes SIG’s SL suppressors.

We saw the SIG Rattler PDW demonstrated at a US Army Expeditionary Warrior Experiments (AEWE) event back in 2019 in a configuration which might not be too far from what SOCOM have selected. Check out our earlier article on that here.

SOCOM’s program for a PDW has been running since 2017, with numerous weapon tested, the contract notice stated that “Sig Sauer is the only vendor that can fulfill USSOCOM’s need for the Commercial PDW requirement.” Interestingly, the notice also explains that the commercial off-the-shelf nature of the program meant that submissions which were not in production or were not from the Original Equipment Manufacturer (OEM) could not be considered.

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1 month ago

I’d still like to know why they refuse to use the 7.62 NATO (.308 Winchester) round. It’s time-tested and battle proven. It makes no sense to change to a cartridge that is grossly over-pressured, which reduces the durability of the entire device. The result will be scrapping and replacing these firearms at a high rate due to stress weakening. But, that’s irrelevant, since it’s only taxpayers’ money paying for it.

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