Keep­ing It Sim­ple

SIG Sauer SIGM400 Elite

American Survival Guide - - TABLE OF CONTENTS - by Jeff Thomp­son

Sig Sauer SIGM400 Elite

By now, you’ve heard that feral pigs are one of the most de­struc­tive species of wild an­i­mals in the United States. Th­ese feral swine are de­scen­dants of pigs that were brought to North Amer­ica in the mid-six­teenth cen­tury by the Span­ish when they ex­plored and col­o­nized the New World. Since those many years ago, cross­breed­ing be­tween th­ese swine and both do­mes­tic pigs and im­ported boars re­sulted in hogs that not only vary in ap­pear­ance, but a pop­u­la­tion that is grow­ing out of con­trol. In at least 39 states, there are an es­ti­mated five to six mil­lion hogs run­ning amuck, caus­ing an ex­cess of $1.5 bil­lion in dam­ages per year. In Texas alone, it is es­ti­mated that the state is home to roughly half of the feral pig pop­u­la­tion. Th­ese wild hogs dis­place other wildlife, de­stroy recre­ational ar­eas, and can even ter­ror­ize peo­ple. As you can imag­ine, Texas, as with other states, wants them gone. Be­cause of this, states such as Texas, South Carolina and Florida al­low hunters to hunt feral pigs with no num­ber limit. This is where we step in to save the day. As hunters, it’s be­come our duty to help thin out the masses. But when you hunt for hog, which tool of the trade do you reach for? Let’s back it up and ask this first. In terms of ri­fle cal­ibers, which do you reach for when you go hog hunt­ing? Do you sub­scribe to the no­tion that feral hogs have thick hides that re­quire larger bul­lets such as 6.5 Creed­moor or .308 Win to help dis­patch them with? We’re not here to ar­gue the con­trary, but we are here to point out that this isn’t al­ways the case. In fact, medium game that weighs some­where be­tween 50 and 300 pounds are rou­tinely taken by rounds as small as .223 Rem­ing­ton. With the ad­vent of mod­ern, hunt­ing spe­cific rounds that fea­ture specialty bul­lets, the ven­er­a­ble car­tridge is now a vi­able and pop­u­lar choice when hunt­ing wild pigs. The Sigm400-line of Ar-15-type ri­fles were cre­ated to pro­vide shoot­ers with not only a reli­able and high-qual­ity foun­da­tion that we’ve come to ex­pect from SIG Sauer, but a plat­form that comes com­plete and straight out of the box with up­grades that even the most die-hard of AR con­nois­seurs will en­joy. Un­like many other of­fer­ings out on the mar­ket that come with “throw-away” parts such as old-fash­ioned plas­tic hand­guards and grips that are of­ten­times re­placed be­fore the ri­fle’s very first out­ing, the SIGM400 Elite comes equipped with a va­ri­ety of up­graded ac­ces­sories in­clud­ing a full-length alu­minum free-float­ing M-LOK hand­guard, an en­hanced trig­ger and a pro­pri­etary SIG Sauer fur­ni­ture set that looks as good as it feels to use. No up­grades re­quired and no parts wasted. The SIG Sauer part num­ber for the model you see here is the RM400-16B-E, which fea­tures the afore­men­tioned ac­ces­sories as stan­dard. Its long M-LOK hand­guard mea­sures 15 inches in length and is topped with an un­in­ter­rupted Pi­catinny rail for the ease of mount­ing op­tics and other ac­ces­sories such as a light or laser. The hand­guard also fea­tures M-LOK mount­ing points over the rest of its sur­faces. M-LOK is a proven sys­tem that al­lows for re­peat­able and sturdy mount­ing of ac­ces­sories. The hand­guard is slipped over a 16-inch long ni­tride coated car­bon steel bar­rel that is ri­fled in a 1:7 twist rate to bet­ter sta­bi­lize heav­ier bul­lets. This quick twist rate is good for in­creased pro­jec­tile ac­cu­racy over longer dis­tances,

which need­less to say, is de­sir­able for hunt­ing. The SIGM400 Elite runs on the tra­di­tional di­rect im­pinge­ment sys­tem that the AR-15 is fa­mous for. Its bar­rel is drilled for a carbine length gas sys­tem, which en­sures that even low-pow­ered am­mu­ni­tion will func­tion cor­rectly. It is but­toned up with a SIG Mi­cro-light Gas Block, which not only looks slick but also is as lightweight as they come. This re­sults in lighter front-end weight that im­proves ac­cu­racy and han­dling when com­pared to a heav­ier gas block. The de­sign­ers and en­gi­neers at SIG Sauer also de­vel­oped their own poly­mer grip and butt­stock set for use on SIGM400 Elite ri­fles. The 6-po­si­tion butt­stock in­cludes two in­te­gral quick-de­tach sling-mount­ing points. It doesn’t mat­ter if you’ve got long or short arms or are wear­ing bulky

cloth­ing, the stock can be ad­justed for com­fort and mul­ti­ple shoot­ing po­si­tions for hunters of all sizes. Per­for­mance wise, it’s al­ways wise to have a smooth pulling trig­ger that is nei­ther hair trig­ger light or one that re­quires so much pres­sure that it moves the ri­fle when break­ing the shot. You want to hit the hog don’t you? The En­hanced SIG trig­ger on the M400 Elite feels smooth with a nice, clean re­set that can be felt and heard. The weight of its pull is rated by the fac­tory to fall in-be­tween 5 ½ to 7 pounds. Our test model was mea­sured at a hair over 6 pounds, which is where we like it for a ri­fle that we take into the field. If you’re a hunter that sim­ply wants a ready to go, ac­cu­rate and reli­able ri­fle that is ready out of the box, the SIGM400

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