Sig MCX, courtesy Sig Sauer website

Jun 17, 2016 1:17 PM

Rifle used in Orlando attack manufactured by NH company Sig Sauer

The latest New Hampshire connection to the Orlando shooting has surfaced in the company that manufactured the gun used to kill 49 people at the Florida nightclub Pulse.

The rifle, used by shooter Omar Mateen, was made by Sig Sauer, a company based in Newington. Originally described as an "AR-15 type assault rifle," law enforcement later clarified it was actually a Sig Sauer MCX.

The Washington Post described the rifle as "aesthetically similar to and just as lethal as an AR-15."

The newspaper goes on to say the weapon was designed for U.S. Special Operations forces and built to be lightweight and short. It accepts “a broad array of accessories, enabling you to build a complete weapon system for any scenario or environment,” Sig Sauer’s website says.

The key difference between the standard AR-15 series of rifles and the MCX is the operating system used to mechanically propel the bullet from the gun and cycle the next round to be fired.

Efforts to reach Sig Sauer for comment on Friday were not immediately successful.

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