Hot News! The New SIG MCX Virtus PCP Air Rifle
Hot news is the first sighting of the new SIG MCX Virtus PCP air rifle!
I attended today’s Premier Media Event, held by SIG SAUER at the outstanding Clark County Shooting Complex outside Las Vegas. This was the first pre-show event of the 2019 SHOT Show and SIG Air had several new products to show.
The SIG MCX Virtus PCP air rifle is a development of the existing SIG Air ASP MCX CO2-powered air rifle – but considerably improved! The obvious change is that this model uses regulated High Pressure Air, giving somewhere around double the Muzzle Energy of the CO2-powered original version.
The SIG MCX Virtus PCP air rifle fills to 3,000 PSI. That pressure is then throttled-down to 1,100 PSI by the regulator for use in the action. As you would expect, the 13 Cubic Inch HPA tank provides somewhere north of 150 consistent shots, before the regulator cuts-in.
Below, SIG Air’s Development Manager Ed Schultz was also shooting the Virtus PCP…
And so was SIG Air’s Stephanie Kee…
SIG Air’s General manager Joe Huston told me that the new SIG MCX Virtus PCP air rifle will be available sometime in the second quarter of 2019. That’s before July. The gun will be available only in .22 caliber – at least at first – and the power level is set to a Muzzle Energy of 11 Ft/Lbs. That equates to a maximum Muzzle Velocity of 700 FPS.
That’s part of the reason for the great shot count. It also means that the SIG MCX Virtus PCP air rifle will comply with UK legal power restrictions from first introduction. So British shooters will be able to buy the SIG MCX Virtus PCP air rifle this Summer, too!
Of course, the SIG MCX Virtus PCP air rifle uses the high-capacity rotary belt magazine system of the existing ASP MCX. It also has the same rapid fire capability as the CO2-powered version.
MSRP for the US market is to be $349.99. So we can expect to see a Street Price rather less than that…