Sig Sauer BDX technology

Testing the Sig Sauer BDX technology at IWA 2019

Introduction

Quite recently, Sig Sauer introduced something fresh – the Ballistic Data Xchange (BDX) technology. The feature looks quite promising, which is why we have decided to take a closer look at it.

BDX

The technology will be integrated into the KILO BDX rangefinders and SIERRA3BDX riflescopes once they are launched on the market. BDX allows the user to exchange ballistic information wirelessly between the devices that have the feature. The system is designed so that it is intuitive and simple to use. First, the user has to download the „SIG BDX“ app that is available for Android and iOS smartphones. Once the app is on the phone, the KILO BDX rangefinder and the SIERRA3BDX riflescope have to be paired. The user then proceeds with setting up the ballistic profile. Once that is done, the BDX technology can be used when hunting. The spotter, using the KILO BDX rangefinder, ranges the target. When the distance is displayed, the information will automatically be sent to the SIERRA3BDX riflescope. With the help of the ballistic profile that the user created, an illuminated dot will appear on the reticle of the riflescope. A blue LED on top of the magnification ring of the riflescope will blink, signalizing that the BDX system has been successfully paired. The user simply aligns the illuminated dot with the target and shoots.

Flashing light on the Sierra3BDX riflescope indicates that the BDX system has been successfully paired (Source: Sig Sauer Optics)

The flashing light on the Sierra3BDX riflescope indicates that the BDX system has been successfully paired (Source: Sig Sauer Optics)

The advantage of the SIERRA3BDX riflescopes is that they are not as bulky as standard riflescopes with the rangefinding ability. The only indicator of the integrated modern technology is the blinking LED on top of the magnification ring. Sig Sauer managed to preserve the traditional, elegant look. SIERRA3BDX riflescopes also come at a much lower price than most rangefinding riflescopes. BDX is a system that takes both your ballistics and environmental conditions into account when displaying the holdover dot.

Sig Sauer SIERRA3BDX 6.5-20x52 and KILO2200BDX

Sig Sauer SIERRA3BDX 6.5-20×52 and KILO2200BDX

 

Holdover dot displayed on the BDX-R1 reticle of the SIERRA BDX riflescope (Source: Sig Sauer Optics)

Holdover dot displayed on the BDX-R1 reticle of the SIERRA BDX riflescope (Source: Sig Sauer Optics)

Sig Sauer‘s BDX technology is currently expected to be available on the following devices:

Rangefinders

  • KILO1400BDX
  • KILO1800BDX
  • KILO2200BDX
  • KILO2400BDX
  • KILO3000BDX Binocular
     
    The KILO BDX family (Source: Sig Sauer Optics)

    The KILO BDX family (Source: Sig Sauer Optics)

    Testing the Sig Sauer BDX technology at IWA 2019

    Testing the Sig Sauer BDX technology at IWA 2019

    Testing the Sig Sauer BDX technology at IWA 2019

    Testing the Sig Sauer BDX technology at IWA 2019

Riflescopes

  • SIERRA3BDX 3.5–10×42
  • SIERRA3BDX 4.5–14×44
  • SIERRA3BDX 4.5–14×50
  • SIERRA3BDX 6.5–20×52

    The SIERRA BDX riflescope family (Source: Sig Sauer Optics)

    The SIERRA3BDX riflescope family (Source: Sig Sauer Optics)

KILO1400BDX will be available at the retailers from 15th June while 1800, 2200 and 2400 versions will be released at the beginning of July. KILO3000BDX is expected in September and the Sierra3BDX riflescopes series will be launched at the end of June. Both the devices and the electronic components will come with a 5-year warranty.

Sig Sauer SIERRA3BDX 6.5-20x52

Sig Sauer SIERRA3BDX 6.5-20×52

Devices with BDX also come with the KinETHIC™ feature which provides assistance when energy on target drops below a threshold. The threshold can be set in the BDX app. Sig Sauer added the feature to ensure an ethical hunt.

Conclusion

The prices of the products have not yet been unveiled. Sig Sauer claims that both the riflescopes and the rangefinders with BDX will be affordable. If that is so, the feature is sure to become popular. We are looking forward to testing it in practice.

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3 thoughts on “Sig Sauer BDX technology”

  1. So you have to buy a rangefinder to be able to shoot at long range with these scopes? Not cool IMHO. Also the comparison between Swarovski DS5 is laughable because you dont need an rangefinder to actually shoot with swaro, its a part of the scope itself. Also Burris have this figured out if im correct and you dont need another piece of equipment to measure distance. I think sauers solution is way more complicated. Im not saying this isnt working but Swaros and Burris solution is much more simple. And its not fair to compare prices of Swaro and Burris with sig because yeah sig is much cheaper but you have to mention that you need an rangefinder (also from sig sauer obviously) to make this thing work. Its interesting addition from Sig anyway and Im looking forward to test from you guys.

  2. Can anyone help with a supplier of parts for my 4.5x14x44 sierra bdx scope battery turret cap. I am unable to use my scope with out this part.
    I’m from New Zealand and am struggling with getting parts?

    Regards Wattie007

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