NEW! SIG Sauer 1911 Air Pistol
SIG Sauer launch the new 1911 We The People.
The M1911 pistol is one of the most instantly recognisable handguns out there, which is not surprising as it was brought into service way back in 1911. Yes, this iconic pistol has been with us for over a century and has stood the test of time with over 100 companies around the world still producing 1911 variants. It has had to evolve to remain relevant in a world of high capacity double stack handguns that regularly hold 15 rounds and over, but with companies using the larger 2011 frame the traditional single stack, 7-shot 1911 is now a very popular high capacity competition pistol and can still be found in the holsters of some military personnel.
One of the numerous companies that still produces a 1911 variant is SIG Sauer, who produce over 20 1911 models. The latest addition to this family is the SIG 1911 We The People, and not only have they produced it in the fearsome .45 Auto, but they have also looked after us air pistol shooters and collectors. The SIG 1911 We The People will soon be available in the UK in 4.5mm CO2.
There are many manufacturers around the world producing replica airguns under license from the “real steel” giants and, personally, I do like to see all the correct trademarks and livery on any replica airgun. However, the SIG airguns are different. These pistols are not made under license by someone else! SIG produce their own and control all of the production. Their airguns are not made in the same factory as their firearms, but in a dedicated airgun facility with SIG overseeing each and every process, meaning that when you buy your SIG air pistol you are buying a genuine SIG.
The SIG 1911 We The People is designed to commemorate the birth of the United States of America and it is adorned in abundance with engraving and features that do just this. On top of the slide, just in front of the rear sight there is a circle of stars, one for each of the thirteen British colinies founded during the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries. It was these colonies that declared independence in 1776 and this date is engraved into left hand side of the slide. Flip the gun over and the words “We The People” can also be found on the slide. “We The People” being the first three words of the preamble to the declaration of independence. The full metal grips have 25 stars on each side to represent the 50 states of the USA.
“We the People of the United States, in order to form a more perfect union, establish justice, insure domestic tranquility, provide the common defence, promote the general welfare, and secure the blessings of liberty to ourselves and our posterity, do ordain and establish this constitution for the United States of America.”
If you think about what this gun represents there were several angles that the designers could of come at it from. They could have designed a gun that was full of red, white and blue; a gun that would look stunning in a presentation box, but what they’ve done is produce a historically themed gun that looks like it has seen some action. The distressed finish makes you feel that if this pistol could talk it would have stories to tell. Also, because of the way this gun is finished I would think it very unlikely that there will be two the same and that the scars and abrasions will almost be like a unique finger print.
Now let’s look at the gun itself. SIG have built this along the lines of a very “traditional” 1911, but with some more modern touches also included. Starting with the traditional – There are no bells and whistles on the stainless-steel slide and frame. Many modern pistols have serrations at the front and rear of the slide, but you will only find serrations at the rear and you won’t find a picatinny rail on the under side of the frame. The grip is slender and straight; the “real steel” version of the We The People has a single stack 7 round magazine. The magazine on the CO2 version takes 16 4.5mm steel bb’s. The grip does have some very nice, aggressive checkering on the back and on the front strap. Just moving quickly back to the slide; because this is a “traditional” 1911 you will find that if you’re already the owner of a 1911 and you have a holster for it, this will fit straight into it with no issues, in fact this should fit any available 1911 holster out there. As you would expect the We The People is a single action pistol, so before firing you can have it in “Condition One”, i.e., cocked and locked. The manual safety is ambidextrous and there is also a fully functional palm safety.
Moving onto the more modern features. The sights are fixed with three white dots. The trigger and hammer are both skeleton style and there is a very nice extended beaver tail, which enables you to get a good high grip position. The trigger pull is extremely crisp and when fired the blowback action is punchy, which is what would expect and want from a CO2 blowback pistol with a full metal construction.
- Full metal slide and frame
- Velocity up to 410 fps
- Propellant – 12-gram CO2 cartridges
- 16 round steel BB magazine
- Cam lever CO2 loading port
- White dot front and rear sights
- Fully functioning palm safety
The SIG Sauer 1911 We The People is a beautiful airgun replica of the “real steel” version. The attention to detail on this gun is something that really does need to be seen in the flesh. The 1911 is a pistol that’s steeped in history and the SIG Sauer 1911 We The People is definitely a gun that any air pistol shooter, or airgun enthusiast/collector will want to have in their collection. Due for release here in the UK during the second quarter of 2018 the SIG Sauer 1911 We The People should be arriving with your local Highalnd Outdoor stockist very soon.
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