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Sig Sauer Releases MCX 'Rattler' Short-Barrel Rifle

Sig Sauer Inc., the New Hampshire-based subsidiary of the German-Swiss gun-maker, this week released a new product called the MCX Rattler short-barreled rifle.

The company made headlines this year when it was picked to develop the U.S. Army's new handgun and more recently when it issued voluntary upgrades to the P320 pistol -- upon which the service's Modular Handgun System (MHS) is based -- to better protect users from unintentional discharges.

Now, Sig is out with a new SBR to its MCX line: the Rattler.

"This gun was designed from the ground up to be as discrete as possible while retaining all the capabilities of the MCX," according to the company's website.

Sig recently demonstrated a full-auto version of the MCX Rattler, according to the National Rifle Association publication American Rifleman.

The semi-automatic Rattler comes in two versions -- PSB and SBR. Both feature a gas-piston operating system, 5-½-inch barrel, 300 Blk caliber round, AR-15 style magazine and free-floating hand guard. But the latter also features a thin, durable folding stock and retails for slightly more -- $2,727 vs. $2,719.

Sig Sauer's new MCX Rattler SBR featuring a folding stock (Sig Sauer photo)

Sig Sauer's new MCX Rattler SBR featuring a folding stock (Sig Sauer photo)

Here are the specifications for each:

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Specifications MCX Rattler PSB MCX Rattler SBR
SKU: PMCX-300B-5B-TAP-PSB RMCX-300B-5B-TAP-SBR
MSRP: $2,719 $2,727
Caliber: 300 Blk Same
Barrel Length: 5.5 in (140 mm) Same
Mags Included: (1) 30rd Aluminum Mag Same
Mag Type: AR-15 Same
Action Type: Semi-Auto Same
Stock Type: Telescoping 3 Position Brace Folding SBX
Barrel Material: Carbon Steel Same
Trigger Type: SIG Enhanced Same
Trigger Weight: 5.5-9 lbs (24-40 N) Same
Twist Rate: 1:05 Same
Overall Length: 19.3 in (489 mm) 23.5 in (597 mm)
Overall Width: 2.8 in (71 mm) Same
Height: 8.0 in (203 mm) Same
Threads: N/A Same
Accessory Rail: M-LOK Same
Operating System: Gas Piston Same
Weight: 5.1 lbs (2.7 kg) 5.7 lbs (24-40 N)
And here are some more photos:

Sig Sauer's new MCX Rattler features a 5-1/2-inch barrel (Sig Sauer photo)

Sig's MCX Rattler features a 5-1/2-inch barrel (Sig Sauer photo)

Sig Sauer's new MCX Rattler includes a free-floating handguard (Sig Sauer photo)

Sig's MCX Rattler includes a free-floating handguard (Sig Sauer photo)

Sig Sauer's new MCX Rattler SBR featuring a folding stock (Sig Sauer photo)

Sig's MCX Rattler SBR model features a folding stock (Sig Sauer photo)

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