Great googly moogly! What an amazing bit of kit, really! The new Sig Sauer KILO 2200 is just spectacular beyond words, and you won’t even begin to be able to understand until you own one of these laser rangefinders, or find someone that’ll let you try one out.
Well that was a surprise wasn’t it? An excited first paragraph about a laser rangefinder, coming from me of all people. Let me explain: I’ve passionately hated laser rangefinders for decades and have been a vocal advocate for their being looked upon with bitterness and scorn because every one I’ve ever used with only one exception just plain sucked. I was convinced until just weeks ago that the inventor of LRF’s had in his patent application a line to the effect that LRF’s were expressly engineered to extract from me, personally and individually me, my last full measure of pain and misery.
Either they failed to give me a useful gizmo, over-promised to the point of dishonesty, or were just horrible to actually use. Usually more than one negative from that list would be there. Not only have LRF’s historically been uniformly rated at about twice their actual useful range, they were also unreliable and expensive for what I got from them. The only one that I ever was satisfied with was the Vectronix Terrapin, and satisfied is a term we’d have to qualify and define within the specific context of the Terrapin.
Well, I used to hate LRF’s. I’m in bit of a weird position now. You see, I hated LRF’s so much and for so long that I got pretty quick with using scaled reticles over the years and even got used to dealing with the amount of slop in my range estimations done via scaled reticles. That “dealing with it” usually boils down to getting a bigger target or getting closer but, I digress.
You can purchase the new Sig Kilo 2200 and the 2400 models rightHERE at the LRH Store.
Upon being asked if I’d do a review on this SIG Kilo 2200 I was pretty excited. I was just down at the range moving targets around on our Long Range Precision match course. That means we had no current distance data for them but we did have a match quickly approaching. We move targets around periodically to keep the match interesting and when weather burns us we have to change the way we use the course. Of course that means that the target ranges are subject to change without notice. That wouldn’t be a problem if our targets weren’t so small but many of them are quite small, especially by long range standards. When you get to the “Long Gongs” part of stage 1 where you’re shooting at 700-900 yards there are 1MRAD and .3MRAD (roughly 1MOA - 3.5MOA) targets at each location. Throughout the rest of the course though the targets are usually closer to 2MOA or slightly smaller. When we have to run special course layouts because of weather issues it’s not uncommon to have 1MOA and even slightly smaller targets scattered around the course.
It’s always the same story with laser rangefinders: Spend a few hundred bucks and get a LRF that couldn’t do half of what it said it could do, then go back to my scaled reticle, blow the range call by 50-200 yards and regularly miss my first shot. This is also one big reason I’ve personally not engaged in nor advocated long range big game hunting for many years for those not already thoroughly steeped in the art of long range rifle shooting. It’s me being a big skeptic and a bit of a softie and that’s been mitigated now by the availability of a LRF that I know I can trust at any range that I can see to and that I can tell you with a clean conscience that you can trust too.
Using a Vectronix Terrapin, a full-on military grade and wickedly expensive LRF, we’ve always been able to get ranges reliably on our long range course. The problem is that only one of our regular shooters owns one and he doesn’t show up every weekend, nor is he at our beck and call. Because Terrapins are well over $2000 new and they’re not even manufactured anymore it’s unlikely we’ll be getting our hot little hands on another. Heck, on the aftermarket a used one still goes for $1800 or more. No other rangefinder we’ve tried up there has been reliably able to get ranges on the smaller targets. This has been a problem for literally years, and because of the inverse square law of the propagation of light I didn’t think that it was something that could be reasonably solved at a price point that consumers could tolerate in large numbers or with a sensor smaller than a wagon wheel.
Enter Sig’s new Kilo 2200. I received it in the mail and upon removing it from the shipping box I was faced with a really slick looking box with a clamshell top covered in cool looking and informative graphics with a well laid out interior. Some people may not care about such things but what sells the steak is the sizzle and in this case the box has a lot of sizzle and it’s rugged enough to actually protect the contents.
Pulling the device in its carry case from the box I noticed that the carry case has a little leather tab on the securing strap which prevents the strap from laying evenly on the hook. The little leather tab sits off to one side or another. The problem I had with that was every time I pulled on the little leather tab to open the carry case I’d encounter a little hitch and have to more deliberately get the elastic strap unhooked. It’s not a big deal but it did slow me down by a second or two repeatedly. All they’d have to do to fix that is ditch the leather tab and replace it with a loop or even a snap or better yet, a magnet.