SIG SAUER, a U.S.-based leading manufacturer of law enforcement and military firearms, has been selected to provide SIG556 SWAT rifles to the Philadelphia Police Department’s Special Weapons and Tactics (SWAT) Unit.
The choice of the SIG556 came after an intensive testing protocol to identify and purchase a more compact 5.56mm carbine platform. With its folding stock, gas piston operating rod system and rotating bolt, the SIG556 SWAT delivered the reliability, accuracy and function sought after by this elite unit.
“We’re honored that a unit with the history of the Philadelphia SWAT has chosen SIG SAUER,” said Tom Jankiewicz, SIG SAUER director of operations, law enforcement, government and military sales. “With a major airport, three major sporting complexes and one of the nation’s busiest airports to protect, a reliable rifle like the SIG556 is a must-have.”
In 1964, the Philadelphia Police Department was one of the first agencies in the nation to create a SWAT-style unit. Originally designed to be a fast-response team to bank robberies in progress, Philadelphia SWAT has evolved into a specially trained unit. Today, the team is responsible for high-risk warrants, hostage situations, counter sniper duty, hazardous material response and barricaded suspects.
SIG SAUER introduced the SIG556 in 2007 as the first model in its domestic rifle platforms. In this relatively short time, SIG SAUER rifles have become known for their legendary performance and reliability and becoming the rifle of choice for the nation’s elite tactical teams.
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