SIG SAUER Hires Kevin Brittingham

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Well, Kevin Brittingham, Advanced Armament Corp founder and former employee, has landed on his feet. Not that anyone was really worried about him after his recent court victory. He’s been hired by SIG SAUER to — wait for it — lead their new SIG-SD Silencer business. Looks like the Remington Defense has a new, well-financed competitor to worry about. Press release after the jump . . .

NEWINGTON, N.H. (February 17, 2014) — SIG SAUER® is proud to announce that Kevin Brittingham and Lindsay Bunch are joining its staff, adding decades of product design, R&D, and military experience. Their collective expertise will further enhance the company’s existing state-of-the-art special weapons development capabilities.

SIG SAUER welcomes Kevin Brittingham to lead its new SIG-SD Silencer business unit, as well as other special programs within its Military/Law Enforcement development activities.

Brittingham, the founder of Advanced Armament Corporation, currently holds more than 40 patents in the firearms industry. As part of his work at AAC, Brittingham also led the development of the .300 AAC Blackout cartridge. Recently, Brittingham was a founding member of the American Silencer Association, an advocacy group dedicated to championing the use of suppressors and lifting restrictions on ownership.

SIG SAUER is also pleased to announce the addition of Lindsay Bunch as Product Manager, Special Weapons Development Group.

Bunch joins SIG SAUER after serving more than two decades in the United States Army. With more than 10 years as an Army Sniper, Bunch moved into Special Operations Command, where his skills and experience were used in research and development of many of the U.S. military’s precision weapons systems in use today. His extraordinary knowledge will help SIG SAUER continue as an innovator and leader in the precision weapons category.

“SIG SAUER’s commitment to attracting the best minds in the industry drives our cutting-edge weapons systems,” said Ron Cohen, SIG SAUER President and Chief Executive Officer. “The addition of Kevin and Lindsay to the team demonstrates the company’s strategic investment in personnel to help design and engineer the finest weapons, technology, and support for our military customers.”

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  1. avatar Highvoltage says:

    Hopefully he’ll steer them away from the goofy looking cans they are currently putting out.

    1. avatar rblaut says:

      +1 Consumers tend to steer toward products that look good on their firearms, even if they have to pay a little more. The sad part is that Sig Sauer isn’t exactly known for producing very low cost items, so I am not exactly betting on Brittingham quality at lower than AAC prices. Maybe better than AAC quality for around the same price.

    2. avatar Colby says:

      So does this mean that I’ll be able to get a suppressor with sweet tribal images laser engraved on it to match the P227 Elite Tactical Rainbow Equinox Diamondplate Tribal Scorpion that I am going to buy the moment I see it on the shelves?

      I love my standard black and/or stainless Sigs. Maybe Mr. Brittingham’s better sense of style will rub off on Sig rather than the reverse.

      ETA: I like the Sorpions too though. I know, it’s a slippery slope.

  2. avatar Rusty Owen says:

    Man, SIG is on a roll.

  3. avatar shawn says:

    Hopefully priced right.

  4. avatar Gov. William J. Le Petomane says:

    Wasn’t he the bad guy in Act of Valor?

  5. avatar JasonM says:

    I hope he’s not in charge of security there.
    By putting his ID badge out on the internet, with the barcode visible to the world, he just made a major oops. Anybody with a decent printer and laminating machine can now have access to whatever that barcode grants access to.

    1. avatar Dyspeptic Gunsmith says:

      Yea, I had to face-palm at that one.

    2. avatar KCK says:

      Imbedded radio chip, doors usualy don’t have laser barcode scanners

      1. avatar Jus Bill says:

        You’d be surprised, my friend. I’ll bet with a real looking ID and some social engineering I could get the gate guard to help me with my stuff while I was going in the door. Damn chips never work when you need them to. My wife washed my ID by mistake – sorry.

        Oh, and it’s probably en embedded piece of magnetic coded wire. Much cheaper than a chip, ya know.

        1. avatar knightofbob says:

          Eh, well over 90% of hacking* is social engineering. If you can pull that part off well enough to slip by, you can probably get them to issue you a brand new ID. A good story and confident demeanor seem to be the only requirements to slip into the Pentagon, and that’s not to say anything of sneaking into the White House**.

          Proximity chips are actually cheaper than the magnetic strips these days, for most applications. The military switched over around a decade ago, and they sure as hell didn’t change the standard because of concerns over performance.

          *According to the annual information security training I had to do as both active duty military and civilian government employee. They never did say in the test where that figure came from.

          **Meant both satirically and literally.

        2. avatar CarlosT says:

          Well, a couple did bluff their way into a White House dinner by looking and acting the part.

        3. avatar Dirk Diggler says:

          I managed to bullshit my way into SCOTUS to see John Roberts get sworn in. . . . even got the lead officer on duty to personally escort me to the front of the line and walk me in. . . just saying. social engineering and acting like you belong there goes a long way.

    3. avatar Jus Bill says:

      He’s obviously Operator as Fsck.

    4. avatar Liberty7 says:

      Any company dumb enough to let security ride on a 4 digit (likely sequential) ID gets whatever they have coming to them.

      1. avatar Rokurota says:

        There’s also a password, which in this case is “password.”

      2. avatar Liberty7 says:

        And of course, the barcode is just Code 39 / 3 of 9 for ‘3912’, the number on the badge.
        IIRC, this was the same scheme my high school used for lunch cards. So, yeah, security!

        1. avatar Matthew says:

          The combination is 1, 2, 3, 4, 5… like an idiot would have on his luggage!

        2. avatar Unarmed and Unnamed says:

          Amazing, that’s the number on MY luggage!

  6. Glad to see this turned out for him.

  7. avatar Jus Bill says:

    Nice move, Zippy – now I know what the Sig Sauer IDs look like, and a have a valid barcode to work with. I wonder what tomorrow’s special in the cafeteria is?

  8. avatar G says:

    2 smart hires by SIG.

  9. avatar Chris Dumm says:

    And the Freedom Group hemorrhaging continues…

    1. avatar Samuel Leoon Suggs says:

      Um yeah; that’s what happens when you create an environment that discourages innovation and creativity.

  10. avatar Matt in FL says:

    Good for him, I suppose.

  11. avatar 505markf says:

    Now that could lead to interesting things… I’ve never owned a SIG – like them, just sort of went a different route via CZ. But the idea of a tuned, matched set, say of a nice SIG pistol with a SIG silencer… that might drive me to invest in one.

    I hope he is able to actually invent shit instead of getting squashed by the bureaucracy inherent in larger manufacturing companies… I’ll try to stay tuned into this one. Could be interesting.

  12. avatar Quinn says:

    Perhaps he can talk Sig into steering away from the Kimber buisness model and start building quality firearms again.

    1. avatar Haji says:

      Unlikely, since Ron Cohen came to SIG from Kimber.

  13. avatar mrvco says:

    I hope he cut a better / tighter deal with Sig than he did with Remington.

  14. avatar peirsonb says:

    Minor point, but isn’t it officially 300 AAC Blackout?

  15. avatar Samuel Leoon Suggs says:

    Considering the MPX kinda usurped/imitated the honey badger I’m not surprised.

  16. avatar GS650G says:

    It’s admirable that he took a job despite the millions he won from FG.

    1. avatar Matt in FL says:

      Guys like him need to work. They need an outlet, and although he’s got plenty of money and resources, the infrastructure (purchasing power, equipment, etc.) needed to make his ideas a reality cost a not-insignificant amount. He could afford to do it on his own, but why do that when someone will let you use their stuff and pay you to do it?

  17. avatar Mariano Revenga says:

    Too bad he got canned this week.

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