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Sunday night range Pr0n: Sig Sauer’s John Hollister visits Reno Guns & Range.

John Hollister and a SIG MPX

John Hollister and a SIG MPX

A new indoor shooting range 25,000 square feet in size just opened up in Reno, Nevada. Reno Guns & Range opened its doors this past month and while part of the facility is still under construction, it is complete enough to host a celebrity of the shooting industry: John Hollister of Sig Sauer’s relatively new Silencer Division.

Having been a close friend of the author for almost two decades, Hollister took time out of his busy schedule of promoting Sig’s silencers at a local trade show to put on a demo at the Biggest Little City’s Biggest Little Shooting Range: Reno Guns & Range.holly copy
The pro-shop of Reno Guns & Range is said to be the largest Sig Sauer Dealer on the West Coast and carries a large inventory of NFA (National Firearms Act) items from short barreled rifles and silencers to machine guns. The rental section offers a host of NFA items for use on the 20 lanes that make up the range in this 25,000 square foot facility, so we were not necessarily putting the 1911s, P226s or Sig 320s you expected through their paces. This demo was all about silencers and sub guns!
Sig 938 with a short 9mm can

Sig 938 with a short 9mm can

This particular model has not been released yet to the general public. We saw a recent glimpse of it in the pages of RECOIL and had to try it out for ourselves. As short as it ism it is completely hearing safe when run wet!
Hollister threads a can on

Hollister threads a can on

The star of the night had to be the SIG MCX.
SIG MCX

SIG MCX

This completely modular rifle allows the shooter to move between 5.56 NATO, 300 Blackout and 7.62 X 39.  Our sample featured an 8″ barrel, a happy switch and an unusual can for 300 BO.
SRD 338TIQD: The Cadillac of silencers

SRD 338TIQD: The Cadillac of silencers

Most 300 BO shooters use a 9mm pistol can when running subsonic rounds or a short 308 rated suppressor. In this instance we ran the SIG SSRD338Ti-QD: The Cadillac of silencers. The SRD338Ti-QD is rated up to the 338 Lapua Mag and any other rifle cartridges that are of equal or less projectile diameter, pressure and case capacity. Examples of this would be 204 Ruger, 223/5.56x45mm, 5.45x39mm, 300 Win Mag, 7.62x39mm, 7.62×35 (300 Blackout), 6.5 Grendel, 6.5 Creedmoor, 6.8 SPC, 260 Remington, etc.
It may seem like overkill, but with an MSRP of under $1,000 it has a lot of versatility We wanted to look under the hood and as luck would have it, Hollister brought along a cutaway model.
Cross section of SRD338Ti-QD

Cross section of SRD338Ti-QD

The baffles are robo-welded and this is what the inside of one of these looks like after a few thousand rounds are fired. The quick connect muzzle device is mounted on the left side of the picture showing how simple attachment is for this model.
You will need the muffs if you attempt to shoot the cutaway

You will need the muffs if you attempt to shoot the cutaway

They could probably make a small fortune selling these cutaways to deck out man caves across the country!
As cool as it looks inside, it works much better as intended! We hope to do an exhaustive test of this model in the very near future.
Hollister queues the MCX

Hollister queues the MCX

Jay Hawkins fires the MCX
Look real close for the projectile heading downrange

Look real close for the projectile heading downrange

MCX in full autoThe little brother to the MCX was on hand as well in the form of a semi-auto SBR. tyler2 copy

SIG MPX

SIG MPX

When that model comes out in 357 SIG, we will probably dance a jig on YouTube!

The SRD22 rimfire can was on hand and while we were disappointed when we first held it, it is a nice performing silencer.rimfire copy

beintedos copyAfter shooting, John explained the finer points of silencers, what cans worked best on which platforms and provided a very good lesson plan for the knowledgeable staff.

Hollister speaks

Hollister speaks

What's in the case?

What’s in the case?

What are your plans next week? It’s Sunday — that gives you 5 days to make arrangements to go loud with your friends, your family or a reputable instructor — hell, why not all three?

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