The SIG M11-A1 has been one of my Unicorn pistols for some time. It’s basically the latest version of the P228 that’s no longer in production. I had used a 228 many moons ago as duty weapon when I did patrol work. The M11-A1 simply adds factory night sights, the SRT trigger, and that’s about it. If you are unfamiliar with the 228, that’s a shame. But it’s what the 229 became with the addition of a frame rail. The M11-A1 keeps the lines clean by being free of rails. Now, a lot of new Shooters out there might not know anything about the M11. In the 80’s when the US Army adopted the Beretta M9 pistol as the service pistol, they quickly found that it did not meet the needs of everyone that needed a pistol. So the Army adopted the M11 shortly thereafter. The M11 was primarily issued to Investigators and other DOD Agents that needed something concealable. It also found its way into the hands and holsters of Aviators and others that the M9 was too large for. The M11 has been quietly seeing service ever since the late 80’s. During that time, the civilian P228 was gaining popularity with Law Enforcement and I remember if a LEO wasn’t packing a Beretta, it was 226 or a 228. I myself carried a 228 on duty until I switched to an HK USP, a decision that I do not regret. But I did regret giving up the 228 from my arsenal. It was a good balance of size, weight, and capacity and really worked well.
I’m thinking George Lucas must have joined SIG’s board of directors. Check this out.
That my friends, is a SIG P228. I used to have one. I liked it. So did other guys. But not enough to keep SIG making it. SIG discontinued it for many years. Then they brought it back, briefly, with the addition of a rail. Then they discontinued it again.
Now they are bringing it back with the Military Designation M11-A1. To the Milspec Guys, the A1 designation means it’s all revamped to the newest standards. And now some gun dudes (Not THE Gun Dudes) are getting all mushy about it. “It’s a completely different pistol!” They say. Oh for the love… No, it isn’t. It’s a bloody P228! If I take my wife’s Ford Explorer, scoot the seat back, and spray A1 on the back with Krylon, this doesn’t make it a completely different vehicle, it’s still a Ford Explorer. And this M11A1 is still a P228… The same gun everyone ignored for the last 20 years. But now all the sudden because it’s being sold under it’s Military Designation, it’s somehow better. It’s just a 228. And that’s a good thing. The P228 is one my favorite handguns… It handles better than a 229, lighter too. It’s a great gun. But the way some guys are jizzing their pants about this is just crazy. Where were you guys 20 years ago when SIG dropped the 228? Because the M-11 has been around since 1989, used by the Military since then… and SIG still had to discontinue it because you guys were not buying it.
Hey SIG, just go ahead and Drop the “P” Designation of your pistols and make it “M”.