Sig Sauer 1911 Tactical Operations 1,000 round update

Sig Sauer 1911 Tactical Operations

Yesterday, the Sig 1911 Tac Ops passed the 1,000 round mark.  It currently sits at 1,013 rounds, with the expectation that it will go through another 2k rounds before the end of Sunday.  It’s had one gun related malfunction, a failure to feed out of a factory Sig mag, and zero gun related malfs since then.  For the sake of transparency, the gun has experienced malfunctions – however those were directly to aftermarket magazines and won’t be counted against the gun.  One of the big issues with determining 1911 reliability is finding mags that work with the gun.  To do that, you have to test a variety of magazines.  In testing the Chip McCormick 10 round magazines (useful for Limited-10) one mag would consistently lock the slide open on the second to last round.  The same mag had the same issue in my Colt, so I didn’t count that against the Sig’s reliability record.  With factory Sig mags, Chip McCormick 8 round magazines, and Wilson Combat 47Ds the gun’s been rock solid except for that 1 bobble at the very beginning.

I expect to put another 500 rounds on the gun in practice today and tomorrow, and then 1000-1500 through it this weekend in class.  As always I’ll keep posting updates on the progress, and you’ll soon be able to follow it as it runs alongside its Sig brethren in Down Zero TV.


  1. I’d argue that your assertion that one must test a variety of magazines for each 1911 pistol is incorrect. I use the same flight of 47Ds with all of my 1911s in 45 ACP. They all work.

    I couldn’t imagine the expense and frustration if I would have followed your advice.

    If I ever have a 1911 that doesn’t like Wilsons, I’ll try another brand, one brand at a time, until I find what works. My experience has been that this won’t be necessary.

    1. I have a stack of 1911 mags, a mix of Chip McCormick, Wilson, and a few other brands. When I say “test mags” what I do is take all those mags and test them in the gun to make sure I get reliable feeding with that mag in that gun. If I don’t, then I don’t use that mag again. So far the “best” mag I’ve had are the Chip McCormick Shooting Star 8 round mags. They feed my Colt, the Kimber, and the Sig equally well.

      If someone doesn’t have a wide variety of magazines readily on hand, I usually say “start with Wilson”, if those don’t work then go with Chip.

      1. I agree 100%. Most people starting with Wilson or Chip won’t have mag issues (assuming they are maintained).

  2. It’s funny that the tags in wordpress (Sig Sauer in this case) don’t take me to your other posts with that tag; they take me to any blog that talks about that tag. So I’m not sure how long ago you got the Sig. You’re definitely giving me a run for shooting rate on a new gun though. I got my FNX-9 around 10:30pm on Friday, March 11th (it’s handy having a friend with an FFL), and left for a work trip the next morning. Since then, I’ve managed 740 rounds in 4 different states, and stumbled across a really nice little outdoor range in southern GA in the process. I need to do a blog post about it.

    I’ve managed to get several other instructors to try it out, and they are generally very surprised that it’s only $600.

    1. It’s nice to see that a good weapon doesn’t have to start at 4 figures.

      Anyone Know of any data comparing the inflation rate for guns and gun supplies vs. the general economy?

      Sure seems to me the gun, ammo, and accessories are going up faster than general costs are.

      1. I dont have any statistics but I was told once that to best hedge against uncertain times was to seek out the Three G’s. God, Gold, and Guns.

        Now, I don’t know much about the first one, but based on conversations around the gun shop, people are buying up the later two as fast and as much as they can’t really afford. It makes sense to me that the laws of supply and demand are in full effect as the relative prices can attest.

  3. Looking back at what I paid for my earlier guns, and what ammo cost then, the ammo has gone up much more by percentage than the guns have. Relative to the ammo, a much smaller of the value in the gun comes from the cost of the materials, versus the labor of making the parts. So rising material costs don’t hit the gun manufacturers as much.

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