Let’s See How They Build The SIG AIR ASP20 Air Rifle
As part of the SIG AIR ASP20 air rifle launch event, the company showed us the assembly line where the new air rifles are built. As a reminder, the SIG AIR ASP20 is not only designed in the USA, it’s also manufactured and assembled right here in New Hampshire!
This assembly line has been used to build centerfire rifles. Now air rifles will share line time here with SIG firearms…
When these photographs were taken, initial assembly was being undertaken by SIG Design Engineering staff. Having designed the gun, they’re refining the best ways to assemble it. Then that knowledge will be transferred to regular assembly line operators for ongoing production.
As is normal practice, the SIG AIR ASP20 air rifle is built in stages using a number of assembly stations. Each station is manned by one person. The first stations are devoted to building specific sub-assemblies. As you progress along the line, these sub-assemblies are combined until the complete air rifle emerges from the final workstation.
The SIG AIR ASP20 air rifle is built in a “horseshoe-shaped” line. On one side, the Matchlite trigger assembly is built. This is then combined into a complete, working trigger pack.
Below. Assembling the Matchlite trigger…
… which is then installed into the assembled trigger pack.
On the other leg of the line, the Glidelite sub-assembly is built at one station. It’s then installed into the cocking lever which is attached to the breech block of the barrel. This makes another complete sub-assembly.
Below, Tanner Landis shows us the complete cocking assembly.
Then the suppressor is built. The piston assembly comes together at a separate workstation.
Below. Zach Amico explains the piston assembly to us for the SIG AIR ASP20 air rifle…
…before installing it into the compression tube.
Then the gas ram is installed in the compression tube. Next the barrel assembly is attached along with the trigger pack. That completes the action of the SIG AIR ASP20 air rifle!
At the final workstation, the stock is installed, together with the safety levers and the now-completed gun is given a final check.
Below. Ethan Schenck looks very happy with the finished result.
Racks of completed guns are then taken to the packing area, where they are boxed for sale.
Then they go off into the distribution system for us to buy…