An admitted SIG fanboy, I’ve long had my eye on the expensive Blaser R93 line of precision guns. But at north of $3K, these will have to remain in the realm of fantasy for now. I’ve also considered SIG’s own home grown precision rifle, the SSG 3000, designed in Switzerland and made in Germany. The SSG doesn’t have the caliber/barrel interchangeability of the R93 line, but it makes for a pretty competent .308 rifle. I’ve done a some research, and while it’s not as well known or popular as some other guns, it’s been pretty well reviewed. But it isn’t cheap either, with an MSRP of $2,799. If you can attend a class at the SIG Academy, you can grab one for under $2,300. Cheaper, sure than the Blaser, but still not exactly cheap. But that’s about to change . . .
According to a recent change on SIG’s website, the price of the SSG-3000 is about to drop. This page (which isn’t linked from SIG’s site, but can be found through Google) puts the MSRP at $1,499. No, it’s not a misprint. I confirmed this with some of my contacts at SIG. But there’s a catch – this is going to be the price for an SSG-3000 made in the U.S.
So, let’s get this straight – move the production from Germany to the U.S. and knock $1,200 off the price of the gun? Okay, I know it costs more to build a gun in Germany and import it to the U.S., but a $1,200 difference? Folks I spoke with at SIG tell me that the stock on the U.S. gun will be different, but that hardly accounts for even a fraction of the price change.
“Something,” as Shakespeare wrote, “it rotten in Denmark.” Either SIG has decided to offer one of the greatest bargains in precision scoped rifles or else someone knows that the U.S. version is going to be a piece of crap and have priced it accordingly. Consider the fact that under the new pricing scheme, the SSG 3000 has a lower MSRP than Sig’s 516 AR-15 style patrol rifle. Hell, it has a lower MSRP than a couple of my SIG pistols (granted, they were made in Germany, but still).
So what does this mean for this gun? Your guess is as good as mine. If I had the cash, I’d probably look at picking up the German model while it’s still available. On the other hand, it’s tempting to roll the dice and see what comes out of Exeter when the U.S. model begins to ship. We may be looking at one of the great gun bargains of our time, but the sound of the old adage, “you get what you pay for” is hard to get out of my head.