By David Crane
defrev (at) gmail (dot) com
November 19, 2011
A two days ago (Thursday), DefenseReview (DR) received a heads-up from our friend Rob Silvers at AAC (Advanced Armament Corp.) about SIG SAUER offering a 300 AAC Blackout (300BLK / 7.62x35mm)-version SIG516 (also written SIG 516) gas piston/op-rod (push-type operating rod) tactical AR carbine (AR-15 carbine) for the civilian tactical shooting/commercial market sometime in 2012. As it happens, your humble correspondent just visited the SIG SAUER plant in Exeter, NH and test-fired the SIG516 Patrol tactical AR carbine at the SIG SAUER Academy tactical training (tactical shooting) range, but the folks at SIG didn’t mention anything about the 300BLK 516 while I was there.
It’s possible that SIG will be displaying it at their booth at SHOT Show 2012 in Las Vegas, but we’re not sure.
Rob was also kind enough to send us a link to a video of him demo’ing a suppressed 300 AAC Blackout LVAW (Low-Visibility Assault Weapon) Honey Badger suppressed tactical AR SBR (Short Barreled Rifle)/sub-carbine at an indoor range. It would appear that the LVAW utilizes an integral suppressor (silencer/sound suppressor), but DR hasn’t yet confirmed this. We did receive the following statement from Mr. Silvers, though, in response to some questions we asked relating the the suppressor type and dB level:
We just measured the dB level. It is as quiet as an MP5-SD but with much more range, power, penetration, and accuracy. We have never said what kind of suppressor it has as it is competition sensitive. There are others developing 300 BLK military weapons.
Anyway, here’s the AAC LVAW Honey Badger video clip:
And, here are some video clips of Defense Review owner/editor-in-chief David Crane firing both a suppressed 300 AAC Blackout tactical AR SBR/sub-carbine and Mk46 Mod 1 machine gun on full-auto at the range during NDIA Infantry Small Arms Systems Symposium 2011 Range Day back in late May (2011) that DR:
Company Contact Info:
Advanced Armament Corp. (AAC)
2408 Tech Center Parkway, Suite 150
Lawrenceville, GA 30043
Website 1: http://300aacblackout.com
Website 2: http://www.advanced-armament.com
SIG SAUER, Inc.
18 Industrial Drive
Exeter, NH 03833
Law Enforcement Sales
Mil/Fed Govt. Sales/Exports
Training Facility for Law Enforcement, Military, and Civilian personnel
SIG SAUER Academy
233 Exeter Road
Epping, NH 03042
Remington Arms Company, Inc.
870 Remington Drive
P.O. Box 700
Madison, NC 27025-0700
Military, Law Enforcement, & Federal Agency Sales
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