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.
December’s Carry Gun is a SIG 1911 Scorpion in .45. I was lent it the other day and have enjoyed it so far.
I like the subdued earth tones of the Scorpion series. I don’t know if it is Flat Dark Earth or if it’s Coyote Tan, or if it’s Cream of Wheat. I don’t know the difference in Hues. But I do know that I’ve never seen any earth this color other than sand. Most dirt is Flat-Darker. But I guess Potting Soil isn’t a color OPERATORS would want on their guns. But SAND looks better for a serious shooter. Even if they live in the Pacific Northwest where Desert Colors just don’t happen all that much compared to Woodland or Jungle. But Jungle has gone out of Style… everything is Shitty Desert now. Anyways, the colors do work well in my area of Utah, which is Desert south of me and High Desert north of me.
SIG’s quality control in these 1911’s is fantastic. They’ve been the best sellers for the store for a few years now, and I don’t remember having any of them giving us a problem. I only remember sending 1 SIG 1911 back to the factory for a guy that was having problem with the slide not locking back… because it couldn’t possibly have been his thumb hitting the slide stop during recoil. Even if that SIG did have a problem mechanically that wasn’t Magazine or User Related – This represents the best track record of any brand for the 1911 Industry. Absolutely smokes the hell out of Kimber and Smith & Wesson. When SIG’s compact gun can out-shoot my full sized Kimber, that is saying something. And what it is saying is not complementary of Kimber.
The Scorpion has a nice set of Micarta scales with a matching Mag-Well. I like that. Packing it, well, a full sized grip with a Mag Well does make it rather long. While I am not sure if it’s longer than the Beretta 92’s, it feels longer. I don’t have a very good holster for packing this railed commander… I’ve never carried a Railed Commander before. Huh.
The nightsights on this Scorpion are very bright and clear.
The trigger is excellent.
I’m not sure if I’m liking the DK style trigger… straight, no curve to it. Compared to my Springer GI’s short trigger… I do prefer the GI’s. But does the Short or the DK trigger help me put rounds into the target better. I don’t know. I’ve only fired relatively few rounds through the Scorpion so far. And the Scorpion is indeed one seriously accurate pistol.
More about this gun as I get to know it.
SIG sent me one of their ACP units. This Video gives some of my impressions. On YouTube there was one comment worth note.
“For that weight you could get a Kel-Tec Sub 2000…and WAY MORE ACCURACY AND VELOCITY.”
Probably one of the most astute observations ever made on YouTube. He has a good point. However the ACP remains much more compact. The SUB2000 is about the same size when folded, and that makes it easy to pack around, but then when deployed, it’s pretty much as long as a standard carbine. The ACP remains the same size packing and engaging. It also uses a gun that you are familiar with… one of your own pistols… With a Trigger Pull that is far superior to the KT’s. And as far as I know, you can’t get the SUB 2000 in .357 SIG, 10mm, .45 Auto, .400 Corbon, .45 Super, .460 Roland… or any of the myriad of other cartridges you can rock and roll with in the ACP.
When I brought the ACP to work, the general consensus was that while it is “Cool” it’s actual usefulness remains limited… because it doesn’t have a Shoulder Stock. Now, you can jump through the hoops and get your Class III Approval and get a Shoulder Stock for your SIG ACP… Then you have an actual Pistol Caliber SBR… Fullfilling the promise of SIG’s name the “Adaptive Carbine Platform”. With out it… Shooting from the Sling is helpful and does stabilize the shot, it’s no where nearly as solid as a simple shoulder stock.
Also, for you Gaming Nerds out there, we’ve come up with a D20 Rule for you guys. For every 2 Inches of Rails your gun has, you get a +1 to your Hit and Damage. So the SIG ACP will give you about a +5 to your basic gun. IRL, the ACP is just making your gun bigger, more uncomfortable, heavier, and less convenient to carry because I’ve yet to see anyone make a Holster for this beast.
Like I said before, in the video… The SIG ACP does has it’s applications. I also mentioned that it would be cool for riding a Motorcycle. I’ve proved that theory TRUE. I rode into town on my ZX-11 (Knees doing slightly better and I’m on some really good painkillers) with the SIG ACP, as shown, slung. Packing a Handgun, I would have to either open my jacket to get to the Shoulder Rig or get up under my jacket to get to a pistol in a Belt Holster. The ACP, slung at the side allows for rather easy engagement as all I had to do was reach down, grab it, and bring it up to target. Not that I actually tried aiming it while on a moving motorcycle… I don’t live THAT far out in the boonies. In the video I mentioned my KTM and rolling the ACP up in the mountains. Uh… that would be a poor choice. The ACP bouncing around banging it’s sharp edges on you. Not fun.
Overall, I like it and it has it’s place, but I am going to send this thing back to SIG.
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”.
Unfortunately the adapter clamp wasn’t in the kit, so I can use it yet. But within moments of the ACP’s arrival, and my mentioning of this… SIG already has it on the way.
Yeah, its cool. If fact, I am not sure that SIG is going to get this unit back. I may have to buy it from them.
Last Saturday Headshot Willy brought out one of the new SIG P938 pistols. I’ve posted about it before… how cool I thought they were.
Well, at the Range, I was finally able to try my hand with it. The gun shoots as good as it looks. It was accurate and the recoil was plenty mild enough in 9mm. Very controllable.
My target was a small melon sized rock on a berm. 6 out of 6 hits. Plenty good enough for defensive use, and to convince me that one of these days I’ll have to own one of these pistols now.
We finally got in a couple of the little Beretta Nano’s. A very slim single stack 9mm. It’s a striker fired gun, much like the S&W Shield. For the same price, between the two, the Shield is easily the better gun.
The Nano looks nifty at first. Cool looking lines. Unfortunately it feels kind of awkward in the hand. The trigger pull isn’t bad… it’s no Sigma, but it’s not good. I’ll call it average. But the way the gun points and feels… it’s just… not there. It’s like the Italians designed it for looks to fit within a very small box, not to be an actual firearm for a human to use. Italians are great at designing for looks first and foremost. The only Italians that design for actual performance is Ducati… unfortunately they don’t make guns.
So the gun closest to the Nano, the Shield… Shield wins. Another Striker Fired single stack is the Walther PPS. Unfortunately Walther continues to struggle for relevance in the market, and I am no fan of the PPS. Like the Nano, just because you can make it that small – doesn’t mean you should. Yet it can be done right. SIG is very close to the same size as the Nano. And for the love of all that is good and holy in the world… I think the Germans made a better looking machine than the Italians. Cleaner lines, and it looks like there are no forgotten parts on the gun.
This SIG P290 as pictured does have a higher price tag, but it is coming with Tritium Night Sights and a Laser Module…. two features I rather like on a defensive pistol. I firmly believe that night sights are not optional on a defensive handguns – they are mandatory. SIG has great night sights. The Nano… not so much. The Laser is a bonus. The actions of the two guns show a greater disparity of quality. The SIG is much smoother than the Beretta, it’s like the difference between a night with a Hot Octoberfest Beer Maiden… and the Nano’s Prison Rape by your Cell Mate at San Quentin. Which one would you want to spend quality time with?
The SIG is much better feeling in the hand, and it has a slide release that is not in the way, obrusive, or awkward in anyway. It is there, and it works. Like it should. You don’t have to think about it. The Nano’s complete lack of it… What is this? A Magnum Research Micro Eagle? Come on. Kahr hangs a squared off mailbox off the side of their guns – but at least they have them. The Nano is trying to be slick by leaving the lever off. I’d rather have the mailbox, thank you. Beretta needs to look at the SIG to see how it’s done. Also, the SIG’s texture is superior. You can grip it and it’s not abrasive… it’s just… grippier. And it doesn’t snag clothes. Just like it should. The Nano… not so much. Oh, it’s snag free. But it’s also gripless. Gripless, Pointless… The SIG P290 just makes the Nano seem a cheaper, sadder thing. It’s a good thing it’s cheaper. It will appeal to those without the means to appreciate better. Like a Hi-Point. In fact, the Nano looks like shrunken an flattened Hi-Point. The SIG, looks like freaking SIG. A weapon you can trust. It feels like a weapon you can trust. And they actually shoot very well on top of it all! I’m sure the Nano shoots just fine… but do you really want to?
You guys know I’ve drank the Glock Cool-aide. I freely admit it. But I also remain an unabashed fan of the handguns from SIG SAUER. I just like them. Especially when SIG is coming out with very good ideas like the new P938.
Not much bigger than the P238, the little .380 automatic… the new P938 is essentially the same thing just scaled up slightly to fire the 9mm cartridge.
One of the guns that I’ve always wanted was a Colt Pocket 9. Colt gave the American Public the middle finger and my desire to pursue the Pocket 9 was squelched, but not totally killed in action. This kind of reminds me of that little Colt.
Really the only guns in the SIG’s class are the Kimber Solo, the Springfield EMP and SIG’s own P290. I’m not talking about the Kahr’s or the Walther or even the Shield… I’m talking about the Higher Class options here. The 938 just feels like it’s a step above to me. I think it’s a lot nicer than an EMP… again, that’s just me and I am not going to cut down on the EMP. I know it’s a great little pistol. I just like the 938 a lot more for reasons I can’t quantify for you. Same reason I like “Pralines and Cream” better than “Butter Pecan”. I can’t explain why… I love me some Butter Pecan. It’s one of my very favorites, but given the option between the two, I’ll take the Pralines and Cream every time. I don’t even know what the hell a Praline is.
Back to the SIG, the new 938 trumps the 290 hard. Lower bore axis, slimmer profile… just nicer. I know I tend to favor Single Action triggers or triggers that feel and work like Single Actions, so admittedly I am biased to the 938 over the 290. But taking the trigger out of the equation, the 938 is dimensionally smaller, which gives it an edge in concealment without sacrificing any ability for the gun to be a good shooter. So really the choice is between the 938 and the Solo.
The P290 just seems too chunky by comparison to the slender newcomer.
At the gun shop I work at, we are a house divided on the new SIG… Some of us prefer the SIG P938. And by Some I mean just me. Everyone else like the Solo better. Oh well. The SOLO is very smooth and sleek. But it’s too much of a good thing and I don’t feel like I can get a solid hold on it. It doesn’t point for me either. The 938 points very well for being so small, and I can get a good grip on it, even with my hamfists.
To me it comes down to that trigger pull. The SIG’s trigger is a Single Action that kept getting better the more we played with it, with the SOLO is a Double Action Only affair… While the SOLO’s trigger is nice, I find the SIG’s to be superior. Some will argue that accuracy with a Defensive Weapon such as these is a secondary concern… and they are right. But this doesn’t mean we have to disregard accuracy altogether. I am quite sure that in a defensive pistol accuracy remains quite important. Making that First Round Hit through a Vital is important. But, that’s just my opinion.
I’d love a SIG P938 and I just might have to get one, one of these days… and by one of these days I mean “as soon as possible.”
UPDATE: Thanks for the Hat Tip, SIG. *High Five*