Configurable in more than 500 combinations and enhanced for a 20,000-round service life without a single part replacement: these are two of the most salient qualities of the MCX Virtus, the new rifle just introduced by SIG Sauer.
The MCX Virtus is available in 5.56 NATO and 300 BLK and is engineered and built to be the “most adaptive, accurate and longest-lasting rifle available”, according to its producer. The original SIG MCX rifle was conceived for the demands of the Special Operations community and designed as a modular platform for durable performance and full end-user configurability.
From users' feedbacks, the added features and enhancements of the MCX Virtus include increasing accuracy and additional modularity: between barrels, stocks, handguards and colors, the MCX Virtus can be configured for any possible need or mission.
Its cold hammer-forged barrel (with a heavier contour profile to increase accuracy) is available in 9”, 11.5” and 16” lengths and features an advanced interchangeable design so that it can be exchanged at the operator level.
SIG Sauer MCX Virtus: a compact and low-recoil rifle
From a mechanical point of view, the MCX Virtus is a gas piston operated rifle. It utilizes the SIG SAUER short-stroke piston system and unique internal recoil system that eliminates the M4-style buffer tube. This produces a compact and light-recoiling weapon. Another interesting mechanical feature is the the new Matchlite Duo trigger, a two-stage unit that provides the shooter with a crisp, clean feel. The new tapered bolt lug design results in smoother cycling and extends the bolt life. The MCX Virtus can be equipped with eight new free-floating M-LOK handguards available in standard and suppressor-ready configurations.
The AR-style controls are ambidextrous. The magazines are AR-15 type too.
MCX Virtus is offered in three versions: Patrol, SBR and Pistol. The MCX Virtus Patrol and SBR are equipped with a folding and collapsible 5-position stock, enabling the rifle to be tailored to any shooter. The MCX Virtus Pistol is equipped with a folding SBX Pistol Stabilizing Brace instead. All versions are available in Stealth Gray or FDE color.
Price of the SIG MCX Virtus
With a suggested retail price of 2,233 US dollars for the full-lenght Patrol version, 2,341 for the SBR and 2,235 for the Pistol, MCX Virtus “is ready for any mission”, SIG says.