Sun, sand and lots of guns

Sig Sauer held its first SIG Freedom Days event May 6-8, 2022 at the Ben Avery Shooting Range on the north side of Phoenix, Arizona.

The sun shone as about 4,000 participants marched across the sandy ground to fire from handguns, rifles, and even their newest machine gun, the SIG LMG.

On April 20, Breitbart News reported that the US military had adopted the LMG as part of its new gun platform for soldiers. It is a belt-mounted machine gun that fires SIG’s 6.8×51 FURY hybrid ammunition. (SIG designates ammunition as “hybrid” because the case of each cartridge is part brass and part steel, providing a stronger case – where more strength is needed – while reducing weight and thus reducing the energy soldiers burn while carrying munitions in the field.)

We shot the LMG during SIG Freedom Days and the lack of recoil was amazing, as was the accuracy.

AWR Hawkins fires a SIG-LMG at the Ben Avery Range in Phoenix, Arizona during the inaugural SIG Freedom Days event, held May 6-8, 2022. (AWR Hawkins)

For those looking for handguns, the options were plentiful. They included, but were not limited to, the P220 Legion 10mm Service Pistol; the P320 XTEN 10mm service pistol; the M17 and M18 service pistols, both 9mm; the P320 MAX competition pistol; the P320 Specter Comp pistol; and the P210 Target and P226 Pro-Cut, which are also competitors.

The P938 Legion and P365XL Specter Comp were both present at the event for attendees to shoot as well, as were the P210 Carry and P229 Legion Compact SAO RXP.

The P322 .22LR and deleted P322LR drew large crowds, because plinking never gets old.

There were also many other Sig Sauer handguns laid out on tables for attendees to shoot, and the queues never shortened when it came to shooting a SIG MCX, the SIG Rifle Cross and the MPX carbine, among others.

Mossberg also participated in SIG Freedom Days, spotlighting Mossberg shotguns. And Hogue was there to show off its new knives, pistol grips and other products, as were Viking Tactics, 5.11 Tactical, Fieldcraft Survival and others.

Coach Justin Melnick from the TV show seal team was also on hand, partnering with his dog Pepper to show attendees how protection works in the field.

There was constant gunfire in the background as we walked from station to station during the event and the gunfire did not bother us. In fact, it was the sound of freedom.

AWR Hawkins is an award-winning Second Amendment columnist for Breitbart News and author/curator of Down Range with AWR Hawkins, a weekly newsletter focused onn all Second Amendment stuff, also for Breitbart News. He is a political analyst for Armed American Radio and an ambassador for Turning Point USA. Follow him on Instagram: @awr_hawkins. Contact him at You can sign up to get Down Range at


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