In recent years, SIG Sauer has expanded its product lines and acquired industry talent in order to build category-leading guns in seemingly every corner of the firearm market. However, within the company's expansive array of offerings, there has always been one glaring omission: the lack of a SIG-Sauer-branded bolt-action precision rifle. In December 2019, SIG announced it would be filling that gap with the launch of the company's new CROSS bolt-action rifle.
“When our product management team and engineers researched developing a bolt-action rifle, they looked at what was missing from the market, and what new innovation SIG could bring to hunters and precision shooters,” said Tom Taylor, chief marketing officer and executive vice president, Commercial Sales. “Hunting rifles are typically focused on less weight, and accuracy is secondary. Precision rifles are designed for extreme accuracy, with no weight limitations. What was missing from the market was a true crossover. Our product management team and engineers took the best of both worlds and developed the CROSS featuring the characteristics of a hunting rifle with the accuracy of a precision rifle.”
Though designed for hunting, at first glance, the SIG Sauer CROSS Rifle looks like it'd be more at home in a PRS match than in a hunting blind. The three-lug action is set inside a one-piece aluminum receiver, which negates the need for bedding and is designed to enhance accuracy and precision. The gun feeds from detachable, AICS-pattern box magazines. The stainless-steel barrel is surrounded by a free-float, M-Lok, full-length handguard that provides plenty of mounting space for accessories and allows for a bipod to be placed farther out toward the muzzle for enhanced stability.
Other features found in the SIG Sauer CROSS Rifle include a two-stage, match-grade trigger adjustable for a pull weight between 2.5-4 pounds, as well as an ambidextrous safety and an interchangeable bolt handle. The receiver includes a full-length, replaceable Picatinny optics rail available with 20 MOA or 0 MOA of built-in elevation.
One of the stand-out features of the CROSS Rifle is the skeletonized, adjustable stock, which can be fitted to a shooter without the need for tools. The stock's adjustment points include length-of-pull and comb-height. For easy carrying in the field and compact transport and storage, the stock folds along the side of the receiver and features a spring-loaded mechanism that allows for fast, one-handed operation.
“Right out of the box, the CROSS comes loaded with new innovation and features that hunters and precision shooters will appreciate at a very affordable $1,779 MSRP price point,” Taylor said. “The CROSS delivers on all fronts, and we are especially proud that everything about the CROSS from concept to completion is 100 percent SIG Sauer and comes directly from our U.S. operations here in New Hampshire.”
The SIG Sauer CROSS Rifle can be had in .308 Win., 6.5 Creedmoor and the soon-to-be-released 277 SIG Fury hybrid ammunition. In 6.5 Creedmoor, the overall length of the rifle is 35.5 inches with the stock extended, and folding the stock alongside the receiver reduces the overall length to 27 inches. Each 6.5 Creedmoor model features an 18-inch barrel with a 1:8-inch twist rate. In .308 Win. and 277 Fury, the gun's overall length measures 36.5 inches with the stock extended and 25 inches with the stock folded. The barrel length on these models will measure 16 inches long and will have a 1:10-inch and a 1:8.5-inch twist, respectively. The weight on the rifle, without a magazine, is 6.2 pounds.
In keeping with the CROSS Rifle's hybrid inspiration, the gun will be available with a black-anodized or a First Lite camouflage finish. The suggested retail price on the rifle starts at $1,779. For more information on the new gun, visit sigsauer.com.