SIG 1911 Scorpion


For the last month, this was my Carry Gun.  I kept it concealed, and when I was packing it, no one knew I had it on me.  This is an all steel 1911 Commander type, with ambi-safety, night sights, and a tac-rail.  Really there is nothing special about the SIG’s  No tricks, nothing out of the ordinary… Just a 1911 done very well.
The Cerakote finish is solid.  The gun looked just the same from start to end, with no wear marks.  The color is a good one for the area of the world I live in.  In the holster, the grips blend in well with wooded or desert areas.
In shooting it, the number of malfunctions was Zero.  The accuracy was staggering.  I didn’t get any of the shooting on video as my camera was in the backpack and riding home on a motorcycle in the cold, I wasn’t exactly wanting to spend a lot of time.  But all the hits were where I wanted them to go.
The trigger pull is very crisp, with just a little take up. Very predictable, and this allowed me to really get the most out of this pistol.  The only production 1911 that I’ve fired that was more accurate than this, was the SIG TACOPS, which is essentially this same gun, just in black with different grips.


I really dig the Commander Length of the barrel and slide.  I also like the fact that the safety levers are not overly extended.  They are longer than GI’s but stubby compared to everything else.  I consider these to be about ideal.  The grips give the gun a Snake Skin kind of look, and goes very well with the flat dark earth colored Cerakote.   The black controls and extractor and sights, really makes the gun snap.  If there is anything I would do to this gun, it would be to replace the trigger.  The straight DK pattern trigger is just too different for me.  I’d put in a normal GI myself.

Speaking of GI’s…


While the Scorpion is a modern example of the 1911, the GI remains my favorite configuration, and out of everyone’s interpretation of what a GI is, the Springfield GI is the best of the best.  The only thing you need with the GI is a lot of spare mags and ammo.  Now, I know all this is fine and well, but let me put it to you this way.  If I was going to buy another 1911, I’d buy a SIG Scorpion.  SIG has the highest level of quality control of any production 1911 and they don’t hold anything back.

I would really like to see SIG do a simple GI pattern gun.

My last opinion on this, as an EDC Gun… While the gun carried well enough, it was heavy and the grip frame long.  It seemed heavier and larger than the Beretta 92FS, because I was using a less than optimal holster.  With a good holster, such as my AdamsHolsters Sharkhide Rig, even the larger, heavier Beretta carried better.  This goes for any gun – the proper holster makes all the difference.
Since the last day of packing the Scorpion, I’ve carried the Glock 23, the Beretta 92FS, my GI, and a couple others guns… and I learned something.  Packing a 1200 dollar 1911, I was always conscious of it.  Always aware, always being careful of it.  To be honest, I found it distracting.  Maybe because its a 1200 dollar borrowed pistol.   But I am much more comfortable packing something I am less concerned about.  This is were Glock’s win.  No one cares a bit about a Glock.  It’s there, and if it’s loaded, it’s going to work.  Any scars it gets along the way, just add character.  Which it needs, because Glocks have none.
Packing a Beretta, scars help remove the Pretty Boy look and means you can take it serious.  Maybe I’d feel the same way about the Scopion if it was my own.  Maybe that’s the lesson here.  Dont EDC a borrowed gun.

9 thoughts on “SIG 1911 Scorpion”

  1. I had a S&W 629, 2.5″ barrel… Fixed sights.
    They regularly sell for $1500+, I had issues carrying it from time to time.
    Now, it carried great… But bumping and nicking it were always on my mind… Same with my Delta.
    That is one of the things I love about the Glock.
    I don’t hammer nails with it or anything like that, but if it thumps against something I barely notice.


  2. Great writeup Ogre. This is one of the reasons I have been EDC’ing my G19, Beretta 92 g Centurion, and Beretta Nano

  3. I recently got a full size sig p220. I love shooting this gun (my first good sig) i carry it everyday in a gslco king tuk holster. This is a very expensive gun for my budget. It has taken several years of pinching pennies to purchase. I dont worry about any cosmetic damage because i got it to carry and scratches etc just add character in my eyes. I think you should work towards making a scorpion your own. Besides, the more scratches and superficial cosmetic damage, the less it is worth to someone else, and the less likely you will be to sell it in a time of financial distress!

  4. 10-4 on the carrying a “nice” gun. A Ruger LCR in .357 is a good candidate for anytime, anywhere, and don’t worry about the “finish”, notice that’s in quotes. Works great every time, extra ammo in a SImply Rugged belt holder with a speed strip.

  5. As you well know, Ogre, you can add character to a Glock using only a Dremel and a soldering iron…….

  6. I have never CCWd anything really nice, I suppose a Lew Horton S&W 629 is about as close as I have ever gotten to that. I was never too worried about dinging it. I must say though, I never worried AT ALL about dinging my Glocks.

    Speaking of calibers a few posts ago I am thinking about a winter carry set up of the Glock 20 as primary and a Glock 29 as a back up gun. Add in a few G20 mags and I will clank nicely.

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