As an aside, when it comes to hardware I tend to be more hands-on than some, e.g. I gotta putz around with something before I really feel comfortable with it. So my old friends Kevin Brittingham and John Hollister, late of AAC and now spearheading the Sig Sauer suppressor juggernaut, spent some time taking me through the Sig Sauer MCX, the new AR-ish platform Sig introduced earlier this year.
I knew that the MCX was in some ways a continuation, sort of a "Gen 2," of the "Honey Badger" project that the Brittingham Brain Trust began at AAC (we featured it on SHOOTING GALLERY years back when it was still just a printed pre-prototype). In short, "One AR to rule them all...", a gun that could serve both as a PDW but with the ability to perform at mid distances, say out to 300 yards. The centerpiece of the platform would be the .300 Blackout cartridge, and it would be built from the ground up to be suppressed.
I didn't realize how neatly those ideas we featured in the Back When have come together. The MCX is hugely impressive, with each feature designed to solve specific military problems. I'm going to bring SHOOTING GALLERY up to Sig Sauer later this summer so I can take you all through the gun and
Sig silencers (part of our continuing coverage of very quiet stuff!), plus the surprising Sig air gun initiative. Neat stuff!
On the plane now...