One of the guns that we’ll be using in the upcoming web series Down Zero TV is going to be a Sig 1911 Tactical Operations. Yesterday, we picked up the Tac Ops from Team Gun Nuts’ favorite indoor range, and took it to the indoor range to break it in and perform a function check on all the magazines. Here are some basics on the pistol: Sig ships it with 4 magazines, which have two different basepad sizes. I prefer the largest basepad, as it makes it easier to seat the magazines in the magwell. Because the Sig has a mag funnel on it, magazines that lack basepads can be somewhat difficult to properly seat. Before I get too far ahead of myself, here are the specs for the Sig 1911 Tac Ops:
- Caliber: .45 ACP
- Weight with empty mag: 41.6 oz
- Fits IDPA box with mag: Yes (just barely)
- Sights: Novak 3-dot night sights
The other vitals are listed at the Sig website. MSRP for the gun is $1200 or so, most shops I’ve seen them
at have them for right under a grand, which is the expected starting price to get a decent 1911 these days. In addition to the factory Sig magazines, this gun was fed from Chip McCormick shooting star 8 round magazines, factory Colt 7 and 8 round magazines, and the industry standard Wilson Combat 8 round magazines.
For the initial function test of the Sig 1911 Tactical Operations, I used PMC Bronze 230 grain FMJ ammo, which is a good compromise between reliability and cost. The test consisted of a walkback test (shooting 8 rounds at an IDPA head box at 5, 7, 10, 15, 20, and 25 yards), a group size test at 25 yards, and then function tests with all the magazines. All the magazines should reliably feed 8 rounds, they should be easy to seat with a round in the chamber, should reliably drop free, and should feed the round when reloaded from slidelock using the slide release lever.
Function: The Sig 1911 Tac Ops was lubricated with Gun Butter, and then set to the task at hand. I had one failure to feed out of the factory Sig magazines when reloading from slide lock in the first 30 rounds which did not repeat after that. The factory Sig magazines also had the most robust springs of all the mags present, and required a slightly aggressive seating when being inserted with a loaded chamber. However, they still fed 100% in that situation.
The Wilson Combat magazines, with their short basepad were the most difficult to seat reliably when inserted on a loaded chamber, I will likely relegate those for IDPA use only as they had no issues when seated with the gun at slidelock.
Accuracy: so how accurate is this gun? During the walkback drill, all shots were kept within the 6×6 IDPA head box at all ranges. Oddly, the gun does not shoot to “drive the dot” point of impact, the rounds impact directly over the tip of the front sight. I’ll be changing the rear sight out shortly, so we’ll see how that changes things. However, slowfire at 25 yards I shot a 2.5ish inch 5 shot group with the gun. It is absurdly accurate, which I’ve come to expect from Sigs.
Shootability: Ah, the magic word, shootability. This is a measure of how easy the gun is to shoot for extended periods of time. For the most part, the Sig 1911 Tactical Operations scores very well here. It’s an all steel, 5 inch 1911 that weighs slightly less than a Cadillac, so recoil was exactly what you’d expect from a full size 1911. The Sig 1911 Tac Ops does have a checkered front strap, which after 332 rounds had chewed up my hand a bit. That being said, regular practice will grow the callouses I need. The only area where the Sig doesn’t score well is the ambi safety. The right side of the ambi-safety digs into the bottom of my base knuckle in a fairly unpleasant way. The ambi-safety will get ditched in favor of a sided safety pretty quick anyway.
All around? I really like this gun. Although with 300 rounds on it, it’s hard to make any real proclamations about it, I’ll be running it this weekend while teaching my IDPA Basic class, and I’ll be running it next weekend at Todd Green’s class up here in Washington where I expect to rock 1200+ rounds through it over 2 days. That should be fun, to say the least.
The Sig Sauer 1911 Tactical Operations is going to be our “go-to” gun for the IDPA and USPSA season in Single Stack and CDP. Coming up in the next few weeks we’ll take a look at the guns that we’ll be using on Down Zero TV for Production and Stock Service Pistol.