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Old April 11, 2013, 12:51 AM   #1
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Advise on Sig compact 1911 please!

Local Farm store with a nice gun department is running a no tax weekend this coming weekend. They pay the sales tax on purchases. With that they have a special purchase on a Sig Compact 1911. This is model 1911CO-45-SSS-CTW. Has a 4.2 inch barrel. Abut 30 ounces empty with 7 round mag empty. Is Stainless frame and slide. Has low profile night sights and Crimson Trace laser sight rosewood grips. Special purchase price is $979.99. Out the door for that plus a $3.00 call in fee to the Illinois State Police. I can find very little info on this pistol at all. Not real familiar with the Sig 1911 but have a P226 in 40 S&W that I like a lot. Have a couple full size 1911's as well. A Kimber Classic and a SAI Loaded so am familiar with the platform. Anyone able to offer and advise on this possible purchase?
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Old April 11, 2013, 05:10 AM   #2
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This looks like to me like a decent price. I like the format (commander size slide and barrel, officer size frame). The commander length barrel typically gives good reliability for feeding and he slightly shorter frame makes it a little more concealable, although you sacrifice 1 round with the officer size mags. You can use standard size mags, but they will hang out the bottom.

One other consideration is this is a Sig 1911, but not a Sig traditional 1911. This one a slightly different shape on the slide so not all 1911 holsters will work well with this gun.

Personally, if it is in your budget, I'd jump on it.
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Old April 11, 2013, 05:43 AM   #3
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Some, like myself, argue that 1911s shouldn't be shorter than 4" because too much can go wrong--and everything has to be moving perfectly in sync for such small guns to work right.

Small 1911s also eat through their recoil springs pretty fast.
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Old April 11, 2013, 07:07 AM   #4
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thedudeabides: I agree about the short barrels, but according to my search on the P/N indicated by the OP, it looks like this is the Commander length @ 4.25", so he is above the 4" length with this choice.
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Old April 11, 2013, 07:21 AM   #5
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SIG makes some excellent firearms. And then they also make some "1911s."

For that price you can buy a Colt.
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Old April 11, 2013, 09:36 AM   #6
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I like Sig 1911s, through I haven't owned one yet, their combination of features, price, and reputation appeals to me. The CCO size is probably what I would go with if I were buying one today. The only thing I dislike about this deal is the lasergrips; I wouldn't use them and would have to sell them and buy normal grips. If the lasergrips are something you want, I say you have no reason not to go for it.
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Old April 11, 2013, 10:47 AM   #7
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Looks like a great deal. I'd jump on it. Since IL doesn't have carry yet, holsters aren't an issue (and they're now not hard at all to find for the Sig profile 1911s).

I have a Sig Ultra- the little one- and it's been fantastic. A touch picky about mags, but when run with the mags it likes it is 100%. I bought another full size Sig 1911 a couple days ago. Sig makes an extremely good 1911 at a fantastic price.
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Old April 11, 2013, 03:11 PM   #8
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I have one Sig 1911 and they are solid handguns. The price on these seem to be decent if you want the Crimson Trace laser grips (grips add $200-$250). I'm not into them and would put that money elsewhere (maybe a Colt); but that's a personal choice.
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Old April 11, 2013, 04:43 PM   #9
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I own a Sig 1911.. the full-size STX model, and let me say it has done nothing but impress. 0 malfunctions, 100% reliable so far, and more accurate than I am.

I've heard Sig had issues on a few of their 1911s when they first came out.. but they've been ironed out by now as far as I can tell. Only thing I DON'T like about my Sig 1911- I only own one.
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Old April 11, 2013, 05:45 PM   #10
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I have a nightmare carry...very nice, quality 1911...if you can get over the external extractor, you get a lot of features for the money...
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