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Old October 30, 2017, 09:56 AM   #51
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They're two very differently designed guns. The 1911-A1 was designed to be an offensive battle weapon for the US Army.

I love the 1911-A1. I think it's the king of all handguns of all time.

However, the P-220 is a precision crafted handgun that is as close to 100% reliable as any handgun could achieve. It's far more reliable that ANY revolver.

A shooter could spend 5k on a 1911-A1, but it'll never be more reliable than a P-220. ANd I'd doubt it'd be more accurate than a P-220.

But I still love the 1911-A1. I'm sentimental that way.
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Old October 30, 2017, 10:52 AM   #52
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It's far more reliable that ANY revolver.
You don't have to worry about ammo sensitivity as much with a revolver, though...if my experience with the P220 is any indication.
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Old October 30, 2017, 03:15 PM   #53
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Like the first poster responding to this thread, I have a SAO Sig P220 Compact and I own several 1911s. I've never had a problem with the Sig and have always felt comfortable that it would shoot just about anything I fed it. I love 1911s (carrying one today) but you sometimes have to be willing to experiment a bit with mags, different hollow point designs, etc. Once that is done, I prefer a 1911 of the 220. The 1911 has a better trigger and is thinner and therefore easier to conceal.

However, if I had to pick a brand new Sig 220 or a brand new 1911 (of almost any brand) and bet my life on one, I would pick the Sig.
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Old October 30, 2017, 06:32 PM   #54
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I don't have a P220, but I had a P228 and have 2 P229s. The triggers are very similar (DA/SA/Decock). The P228 was actually my first gun and I was extremely accurate with it. Despite the smooth double action trigger, it is much easier to shoot a decent single action 1911 trigger accurately.

I know the Sig can be cocked and the single action trigger is very good. I still feel a pure SA trigger can be much better than a DA/SA.

The flip side is there is no safety to forget on the Sig P220. If you pull the triger, it goes bang. You pull the trigger without clicking off the safety on a 1911 and you get nothing.

As for reliability there are some very reliable 1911s so it really is a toss up as to which gun is more reliable.

When it comes to disassembly for cleaning, the P220 gets the nod hands down. Some 1911s are so tight you need a busing wrench to assemble and disassemble.

As for overall quality and accuracy, Sig makes a great gun. You would have to have a decent 1911 to compete with that level. If you really wanted to spend some money, the 1911 can be customized way beyond the Sig P220. I'd say the 1911 as a platform could be much more accurate.
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