“We the People” 1911; Elegance & Class from SIG Sauer — SHOT Show 2018

SIG Sauer is best known for military-style hardware, ranging from submachine guns and sniper rifles to the new Army M17 pistol. It is easy to forget they also make 1911 pistols that are some of the best around. The first time I shot a Sig 1911 over a decade ago, it was hard to miss the value of the included high-end features. This year, SIG released a special edition “ We the People” model, a sure win for collectors.

SPECS:

  • CALIBER: .45 Auto
  • ACTION TYPE: Semi-Auto
  • FRAME SIZE: Full-Size
  • GRIP TYPE: Custom Aluminum Star Grips
  • FRAME FINISH: Distressed
  • FRAME MATERIAL: Stainless Steel
  • SLIDE FINISH: Distressed
  • SLIDE MATERIAL: Stainless Steel
  • BARREL MATERIAL: Carbon Steel
  • TRIGGER: SAO
  • TRIGGER TYPE: Skeletonized
  • BARREL LENGTH: 5.0 in (127 mm)
  • OVERALL LENGTH: 8.7 in (221 mm)
  • OVERALL WIDTH: 1.4 in (36 mm)
  • HEIGHT: 5.5 in (140 mm)
  • WEIGHT: 41.6 oz (1179 g)
  • MSRP: $1,175

Impressions

This is the first in a series of guns. The We the People model features unique grips, with engraved stars. The grips are aluminum, which offers great aesthetics. G10 might be more functional, but nothing looks as refined as these unique metal grips. The safety is ambi, hammer and trigger are skeletonized, along with all the other high-end features SIG puts on its top shelf guns. This model comes with night sights, so it is functional in addition to beautiful.

The slide features very nice engraving, “ We The People”, hence the name of the gun. The opposite side is engraved with “1776”. The most unique feature, however, is the finish. No two guns are exactly alike. The finish is achieved by taking finished, blued guns, and tossing them in a tumbler with a special media. The result is a very eye catching finish and is sure to get some attention.

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About the author: Clay Martin is a former Marine and Green Beret, retiring out of 3rd Special Forces Group. He is a multi-decade and -service sniper, as well as 3-Gun competitor and Master ranked shooter in USPSA Production. In addition to writing about guns, he is the author of “Last Son of The War God,” a novel about shooting people that deserve it. You can also follow him on twitter, @offthe_res or his website, Off-The-Reservation.com

{ 13 comments… add one }
  • James Breese February 20, 2018, 3:08 am

    I never shot a 1911 or a 45 acp, but after firing my We The People, I was hooked. Much easier than my Glock 22 There are “prettier” guns out there, but I don’t want a “pretty” gun. I want a gun that will hold it’s look for ever.
    Having a gun that gives you confidence is money well spent.

  • Aldo February 19, 2018, 6:37 am

    Made in Exeter NH. For the haters, Hi Point has a new model too.

  • Matt February 15, 2018, 1:25 pm

    I see no reason to buy a Sig except to have the name. Have yet to see any performance difference between them an other brands that sell for hundreds less. I feel the same way about some other big name brands that are just names. Even the range master at the local range told me he switched from Sig because it didn’t make sense to pay hundreds more for a gun that, in some cases, didn’t perform as well.

    • Paul DePaulis March 5, 2018, 11:30 pm

      Then you nor your range master have not shot many pistols. SIGs are awesome pistols. From ergonomics to shoot-ability.

  • Grant Stevens February 15, 2018, 1:05 pm

    Buy an America-made Auto-Ordnance 1911 for half the price and you will have twice the gun for the money — and the company profits stay in America instead of lining foreign pockets.

  • Todd February 15, 2018, 11:46 am

    I don’t like the looks at all but really – my issue would be with owning a patriotic billboard firearm made by a foreign corporation.

    Just seems “off” to me.

    Todd.

    • JSK February 15, 2018, 12:50 pm

      and that is unreliable, just awesome! Nothing screams louder that I’m a trend follower than a Sig showing up at the range!

  • Mike Lewis February 15, 2018, 11:07 am

    Ugly , This thing would gague a magic ! Mike

  • Infidel762X51 February 15, 2018, 9:02 am

    Why a carbon steel barrel in a stainless gun?

  • Rickster February 15, 2018, 7:09 am

    Gotta feel this “We The People” Sig in your hands before you start not liking it. The touch is awesome

  • Marcelino February 15, 2018, 5:47 am

    I was sadden when I called Brownells in 2017 to have my 2015 1911 catalog updated, and was told that they don’t publish it anymore. If you want to browse 1911 parts you have to use the online version. Lucky me; I still have the # 11 for reference. As for the Sig, WE THE PEOPLE 1911; my Wilson Combat .45 ACP PROTECTOR custom in black which cost me back in 2000 $1200. Same gun today ($3000). Is better looking than that zinc gray cast whatever. But all 1911s are great shooters.

  • Richard C Heilman Jr February 13, 2018, 2:11 pm

    Nice. We the People. Bad to the Bone

  • Steve Day February 12, 2018, 11:40 pm

    Yuck! Not loving the finish … It looks like it’s made from die-cast Zinc/Mazak.

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