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SIG Sauer [ɛs iː ɡeː ˈzaʊ̯ɐ] is the brand name used by two sister companies involved in the design and manufacture of firearms. The original company, SIG Sauer GmbH, is a German company, formed in 1976 as a partnership between Schweizerische Industrie Gesellschaft (SIG) of Switzerland and J.P. Sauer & Sohn of Germany.

SIG (now known as SIG Combibloc Group) no longer has any firearms business. Their firearms subsidiary, SIG Arms AG, was sold to L&O Holding in western Germany and was first renamed SAN Swiss Arms AG—commonly known as Swiss Arms—and in late 2019 was further renamed SIG SAUER AG.

A separate company was founded in Virginia in 1985 with the name SIGARMS to import and distribute SIG Sauer firearms into the United States; its headquarters were moved to New Hampshire in 1990. This company was renamed SIG Sauer Inc. in 2007 and since 2000 has been organizationally separate from SIG Sauer GmbH.

L&O Holding is currently the parent company of German-based SIG Sauer GmbH & Co. KG, Swiss-based SIG SAUER AG and US-based SIG Sauer Inc.

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}} SIG Sauer GmbH is the German subsidiary of Switzerland-based manufacturing firm L&O Holding, which also owns Swiss Arms AG. Initially SIG Sauer Inc was established in 1985 with the name Sigarms (until October 2007) to import and distribute SIG firearms into the United States. Since 2000 SIG Sauer Inc is organizationally separate from manufacturer SIG Sauer GmbH.


The origins of the original SIG company lies in the Swiss Wagon Factory created in 1853 by Friedrich Peyer im Hof, Heinrich Moser and Conrad Neher.<ref name=“About Us”>About Us<!-- Bot generated title --></ref> After winning a competition put on by Switzerland's Federal Ministry of Defense, a contract to produce 30,000 muskets was awarded. They changed their name to '''S'''chweizerische '''I'''ndustrie'''g'''esellschaft (SIG), German for “Swiss Industrial Company” (in French regions of Switzerland was known as Société Industrielle Suisse).<ref name=“About Us”/>

Sauer & Sohn

In the 1970s, SIG began work on designing a handgun that would balance price with quality. Swiss law limits the ability of Swiss companies to manufacture firearms and Swiss companies who wish to do this have to do so by using a foreign partner. In the case of SIG they chose the German firm of Sauer & Sohn. The SIG Sauer line of handguns began in 1975 with the SIG Sauer SIG P220. Prior to World War II, Sauer had been primarily a maker of shotguns and hunting rifles. During the war, they produced a handgun, the Sauer 38H, but afterwards had withdrawn from this market. With SIG as their partner/owner, Sauer returned to the business of manufacturing handguns.

SIG also produced a machine gun, the MG 710 which was a general-purpose machine gun chambered in 7.62x51mm NATO and based on the German MG42. It also used roller-delayed blowback as used in the CETME/G3/SIG 510 rifles and sometimes had a muzzle capable of launching rifle grenades. However, the MG 710 had a high price so the weapon was only exported to Bolivia.<ref>BELLUM - SIG Maschinengewehr (MG) 710-1, 710-2, 710-3<!-- Bot generated title --></ref>

SIG Sauer Inc.

In 1985, Sigarms Inc. was created as the American branch of SIG in Tysons Corner, Virginia to import the P220 and P230. In 1987 Sigarms moved to Herndon, Virginia, and in 1990 moved to Exeter, New Hampshire to accommodate new manufacturing.<ref name=“About Us”/>

Sigarms, and its European sister companies, Sauer & Sohn, Blaser, Mauser Jagdwaffen GmbH and Swiss Arms were bought by Michael Lüke and Thomas Ortmeier in October 2000. On October 1, 2007, Sigarms officially changed their name to SIG Sauer Inc.

Ron Cohen, SIG Sauer's president and chief executive officer joined the privately held firm in 2004. Born in 1963 and of Israeli ancestry, Ron Cohen studied at Technion – Israel Institute of Technology and served in the Israeli Defense Forces. Cohen was a commander of a combat unit between 1979 and 1984.<ref></ref>

Today, SIG Sauer is the largest of the five companies and one of the largest firearms manufacturing entities in the world.<ref name=“About Us”/> It is also the fastest growing firearms maker in the United States, expanding its operations and increasing sales nearly 50% since 2005.

SIG Sauer has recently tripled its work force and invested eighteen million dollars into state-of-the-art manufacturing facilities and equipment.<ref name=“About Us”/>

According to SIG Sauer, one-third of US police use SIG firearms.<ref>SIG Sauer Military/LE customers</ref>

SIG Sauer operates a firearms training school in the U.S. led by German specialists, the SIG Sauer Academy, in Epping, New Hampshire.<ref></ref>




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