In the time between the mid-1800’s and the 20th century, SIG produced a number of firearms for the Swiss military, its law enforcement offices, and its general population.
In the 1970’s, The Swiss government decreed that local gun manufacturers had to partner with a foreign company, if they are to continue manufacturing weapons in Switzerland. SIG opted to partner up with Sauer & Sohn, a German firearms manufacturer, which was founded in 1751. This company was producing handguns and rifles, and it was already known for its quality hunting rifles, shotguns, and handguns. The partnership with SIG only improved Sauer & Sohn’s reputation, and the partnership between these brilliant designers and engineers continues to produce amazing firearms to this day. Like I said, it is the story of great minds.
The SIG small arms division was growing rapidly, and in the 1980’s the company turned its attention to the United States, as it saw the proverbial land of opportunity as a way to increase its share of the global market, and as a chance to supply Americans with high-quality firearms. SIG Sauer was on a mission.
In 1985, SIGARMS, Inc. – the company’s U.S. branch – was established in Virginia. The American subsidiary imported handguns from Europe, and went on to produce several models of its own, such as the P225 9mm, the P226, and P228. In the year 1990, the company’s headquarters moved to New Hampshire, and there began the production of the P229, chambered in .40 S&W.
In the 80’s and 90’s, the company made serious advancements in the field of firearm manufacturing. It spearheaded state-of-the-art technologies and designs. It was, and continues to be, a leader and trend-setter, rather than a mere follower of mainstream gun-making.
Today, the company’s headquarters are still located in New Hampshire. In 2007, the U.S. branch changed its name from SIGARMS to SIG Sauer, and business is still booming for this arms manufacturer. Their guns are known for their accuracy and dependability, all over the world.