Sig Sauer 1911 | 9mm and Scorpion Review for 2017

sig-sauer-1911If you have enough knowledge about handguns, you must be aware that Browning’s gun designs are a classic and is very famous world over.

It is for this reason that the semi-automatic 1911 pistol is extremely popular among gun collectors and users, as it adapts Browning’s classic 1911 model.

The 1911 is an age old model which has been getting newer versions by many gun makers, with added features and details, while keeping the original attractions intact.

Sig Sauer 1911 and its multiple versions are also well known and preferred by many gun collectors.

When you are in the process of buying a gun, there are many factors to be considered apart from just the licence. You cannot lift a gun, load it, point and shoot just because you have a weapon’s licence. Some of the important factors to consider and compared are:

  • The model – If this model would really suit your needs or is it just fancy?
  • The manufacturer – When you buy a gun, it is an important decision and a reputed maker is always better than a new one. Never compromise on quality for price.
  • Safety – The gun must have enough safety features in place, in order to avoid unwanted accidents. A gun can prove dangerous even to the person who owns it. A good lock that cannot be undone by accident is a must have in any gun.
  • Size – Whether it fits into your hand or do you want a bigger gun. Different people are comfortable with different sizes. Sizes can affect your aim and usage.
  • Accuracy – Any gun should have a good accuracy as you don’t want your aim to go awry.

The Sig Sauer 1911

Sig Sauer, a name very widely known in the guns industry, is busy coming up with various models of the ever famous 1911 handgun. Some of the more famous Sig Sauer 1911 guns are the 1911 Nitron, 1911 scorpion, Sig Sauer 1911 9mm, Sig Sauer 1911 22 mm, etc. The Sig Sauer 1911 collection is also classified into traditional and extreme models based on the features and the designs.

The Sig Sauer 1911 Tactical Operations .45 ACP 5 Ergo XT Grip Black 8rd is a classic adaption of the original 1911 with alterations to suit the needs of the 21st century. The ergonomic design, clean trigger pull and the high accuracy have all been retained. This particular model of the 1911 has a low profile night sights, a 5 inch barrel and a XT grips finish.

Best Features

Here are some of the best features of this hand gun that makes it very popular among the gun collectors and users:

ACP – The 45 calibre automatic colt pistol is perfect when there are no barriers and you want to focus well on your target and create damage. With bigger cavity hole than the age old 9mm, the .45 ACP is a great choice when you want to create bigger holes.

5 Inch Barrel – The 5 inch barrel allows you to get a better focus on your target as the sight radius is longer. The longer barrel also adds weight to the front of the gun, thereby giving you more steadinesses when you are aiming the gun.

Night Sights – The gun has very good and reputed night sights and you can add on extra light if needed. Installing a laser or a tac light is easy and makes it very convenient for you to use in low light situations.

Great Grips – The gun is designed with stripes in such a way that the gun offers you a very firm grip. Be it sweat or blood, your gun will stay firm in your hands and not slip out. It is also soft to hold and makes it very comfortable to use, even for long periods of time.

Capacity – With a capacity of 8+1, you can shoot a full round with this gun and not carry around multiple magazines with you.

Safety – This model has an excellent safety lock like that of the P226, which ensures the gun doesn’t go off unless the trigger is depressed. This ensures there are no accidents.

Weight – Though the gun is over 41oz and is on the heavier side, it comes in handy when you want a sturdy gun. Heavier guns are easy to manage when there is heavy recoil and help you get a better aim in case of competitions.


Negative Points

Though the gun is designed with care and loaded with features, this gun has its flaws too.

Capacity – The .45 ACP 1911 has a capacity of just 8 rounds and this will be a big disadvantage in real life combat as your opponent might be armed with an arm gun with bigger capacity. This puts you at a great disadvantage and also requires you to carry many magazines which may not be feasible always.

Larger Magazines – when you carry a gun, you have to carry spare magazines too. When you are carrying the .45 ACP 1911, you will have to carry large magazines and it is not as convenient as carrying the Sig Sauer 1911 9mm and its magazines.

Larger Barrel – Though a larger barrel gives you more sight radius, it does not offer accuracy as precise as the 4 inch. If you are used to a smaller barrel, using this big barrel would take some time to get used to and will also make it difficult for you to hit your target as intended.

Too Heavy – The gun weighs 41.06oz, which is very heavy and makes it very difficult to carry around in your hand. It is too heavy to use constantly too. Holding this gun for a long time and aiming requires very good arm power and will tire your arm easily. This may cause you to miss your aim as even a fraction of an inch can make all the difference when you have a target to shoot in front of you.

Heavy Recoil – This model has heavy recoil, which is not very easy to manage. Regular or experienced users can manage this recoil but it is not convincing to the users. In case of a real life combat situation, heavy recoil could hurt the shooter if not handled properly. It also sways the aim and takes you time to refocus on your target.

Expensive – The Sig Sauer 1911 .45mm is expensive when compared to the 9mm and other models. When you want a good gun which is not only easy to use but is also light on your pocket, this gun may not fit the bill. There are many alternate options which have similar features but are much cheaper than this model.

Advantages Over Competition

Though the Sig Sauer 1911 is a well known and preferred model, many choose other models for various reasons. In a market where versions of the same model are being released by different makers, the Sig Sauer has a few advantages over its competitions models like the Sig Sauer 1911 22mm, Sig Sauer 1911 9mm or even the Sig Sauer 1911 scorpion.

Here are some of the advantages this particular model has over its competition:

  • The trigger action is excellent and the gun delivers a clean and crisp trigger pull, which makes it an ideal gun to use in various competitions.
  • The gun is ergonomically designed in such a way that the angle of the grip to handle is convenient for most shooters.
  • This 1911 can be finely tuned to shoot your targets very accurately. Though the shooters’ skill is what matters the most, the gun also needs to be good enough. This gun keeps up the expectations and delivers well.
  • The Sig Sauer 1911 is heavy but this helps to manage the heavy recoil the gun is known to have after every shot. Though not preferable for competitive shooting, this gun can prove to be a great advantage in real life combat.
  • The design of this gun is a classic that will last forever. This gun is preferred by many, simply because it is a successful adaptation of the world renowned Browning’s design.
  • This gun is simply more reliable than many of the other models in the market.
  • The all black frame finish makes it very convenient to be used in dark or low light areas. Unlike metal finish frames which might glint light off its surface, this black frame is not conspicuous.
  • The grip is designed very well and ensures you have a good hold over your gun and it never slips out of your hand. Be it for a competition or a real life combat situation, a good grip is essential to hit your target as intended.


The 1911 is a very well received model and is considered a classic by the gun collectors. Sig Sauer’s 1911 has been well received by the market in general as it adapts the ergonomics and other essential features of the original, while changes have been made to the design to suit the needs of the 21st century shooters. It is very appealing to not only look at and hold, but is very satisfying to use as well.

[PDF]owners manual: handling & safety instructions – Sig Sauer

Tommy B.
Sig Sauer 1911