The new Sig Sauer MCX ASP air rifle is a lookalike for their MCX center fire rifle and is powered by 88 and 90 gram CO2 capsules. ASP stands for advanced sport pellet. It is NOT a true semi automatic, and if you have been disappointed in lookalike air rifles where you had to crank a bolt, brake a barrel or pump between shots, read on.
The rifle not only matches the size and shape, it matches the weight too. the frame appears to be alloy, and the handguard is a thick polymer (their literature says alluminium). The only deviation from its centerfire cozen in the polymerbutt tube that is oversized to contain the CO2 capsule. The ambidextrous safety. the right hand magazine release and the charging handle are all functional. colors are basic black or earthtones for those air gunners that want to lay down a field of fire in an environmentally manner.
Many lookalike guns are smooth bore, but the Sig comes with a 20 inch rifled barrel. If the accuracy is compatible with the small targets SIG sells, this rifle will be a natural for the Maryland challenge that we shoot at the Idaho Airgun Field Target Club. The detachable magazine holds 30 round belt that can be removed for recharging or replacement. The magazine doesn’t fall free when the release catch is pressed. I like that. punching your magazine out into the mud may look cool, but not with my magazines. Down the road, the SIG guys said there is going to be a 60 round magazine. Right now, you can buy a kit with two 30 round belts for a rapid belt change.
If your tastes run more to sub guns, there is a MPX ASP that is a lookalike for the SIG MPX. It has a 9 inch barrel and churns up 600 and 475 fps in .177 and .22 respectively.