Once in a great while, a product comes along that is so good that it is actually hard to review. The new SIG Kilo 2400ABS is one such device. I could close, right now, just by saying: “It’s perfect” and walk away leaving nothing on the table. Despite all the features and performance of the 2400ABS, I feel like this will be a shorter than normal editorial. The 2400ABS attains such high marks in all fields that to stretch words around it would degrade my opinions.
- Power: 7X
- Objective: 25mm
- Ballistic Solver: Applied Ballistics with custom curve library
- Length: 4.25 in.
- Height: 3 in.
- Width: 1.5 in.
- Weight: 7.5 oz.
- MSRP: $1,800
- Manufacturer: SIG Sauer
Range Finding Capability
Given its advertised capabilities, I was shocked by the small size of the Kilo 2400 unit. It is roughly the same size as the old golf range finders we’ve all bought when we were broke that were only usable out to 300 meters. The SIG has a range of 2 miles, and it delivers. The electronics on board this unit are so good, I actually wonder if SIG Sauer is losing money per unit just to gain market share. Inside of 1 mile, it blows the doors off anything else I’ve witnessed in terms of both speed and ease of acquisition. The scan mode delivers half meter corrections near instantly at 800-meter ranges and quite possibly beyond. I was effortlessly able to range targets at 1200 meters, free handing the unit. If you have ever spent time with a range finder, you know what that statement means. As a U.S. Army soldier in multiple sniper units, we developed and used all sorts of improvisations to make a range finder steady enough to get a reading. The Kilo made me feel like I could have a cup of coffee in the other hand, no big deal. Put this thing on a tripod, and it is absolutely impossible to not get an accurate range. Have I seen things that will out range it? Sure. But not since I left the army. Not to mention, those things are in the $10,000 plus range. And there are zero requirements that they are eye safe. And there is no ITAR control. Without out running them side by side it’s hard to determine, even if the military grade ones will range to over 10 kilometers, I am not sure they would beat the SIG inside 2 kilometers.
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How SIG achieved this and still made the housing small enough to fit in a shoulder pocket is beyond me. Even if this were just a range finder, it would be worth the price if you regularly shoot past 1,000 meters.
In 2017, Applied Ballistics (AB) is probably the pre-eminent ballistic computer software on the market. Things change in technology, and there may be something else that usurps it in the future, but AB is pretty hard to beat at the moment. It is light years ahead of where we were 15 years ago, but that is a discussion for another day. It is an awesome program, and with awesome usually comes a heavy price tag. SIG crammed it into the range finder and supporting phone app, and it’s the full version. They took no shortcuts. You get all the goods, including the drop scale factor (DSF). You can true your own rifle into and past transonic ranges. Or you can just upload a custom curve from Applied Ballistics. And you get access to the entire library of Applied Ballistics bullets.
To put this in perspective, the Kestrel Wind Meter that has Applied Ballistics in it is over $700. So not only do you get easy access via your phone to input date, with support, and a heads up display while you are shooting if you want, there is more. You don’t need cell service to run the program, and you actually don’t even need your phone. The Kilo 2400 will store up to 4 rifle profiles in the range finder. And after it ranges the target, on the same screen it will display the hold in mils for elevation with windage correction. The wind you can obviously screw up by inputting the wrong mph or direction, but this technology in such a small package is incredible. The range finder is also a Star Trek level DOPE book, for any 4 rifles/ bullets you happen to be carrying. And don’t fret if you don’t know how to use Applied Ballistics yet, there is a tutorial on the AB website specific to the Kilo 2400ABS.
Did I mention it is also a weather station? The Kilo 2400 ABS does anything a Kestrel will do, aside from a wind meter. It does come with a wind meter, but it has to be attached to your cellphone. You don’t need cellular service, just a Bluetooth link from your phone to the unit. SIG has consolidated three devices into one, giving you everything you need for a successful engagement. With your cellphone handy, you can also override any weather setting you like, should the need arise. This device is verging on science fiction.
Don’t like Applied Ballistics? Cool. Turn it off. Need to know the angle you are shooting at? Good. It tells you that too. Need to range and spot at the same time? Glad you asked. There are options for the displayed reticle, including a mil-dot reticle. It’s crude, in 5 mil increments, but don’t laugh. How many of you have a spotting scope with a mil reticle in it? And for the boys playing away games, 5 mils is good enough to call in an indirect fire mission in a pinch. Runs off of a common battery? Check. This bad boy runs off of a CR2, available at any big box store. Useful, MOLLE attachable case? Check. Slap this on your battle belt or ruck, and off you go.
Even at full retail, with an MSRP of $1,799, this is worth every penny. It is the kind of product you have to see to believe. It is as close to perfect as we are going to get while we are still using gunpowder-propelled bullets. Every military and police sniper in the country should have one of these: They deserve it. I actually believe that enough to call the senators from Idaho to demand it. The size is small enough to be an everyday carry item. I wouldn’t change a thing about the Kilo 2400, though I do have one hope. The 7X magnification starts getting a little hard to spot with around the 1-mile range, but that is the price of being small. I hope this line of range finders expands to 12X or 15X in the future, just for us lazy retired guys that drive to work now.
For more information about SIG Sauer Kilo 2400AB, click https://www.sigsauer.com/store/kilo2400abs.html.
For more information about Applied Ballistics, click http://appliedballisticsllc.com.
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