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Old 11-01-2016, 05:37 PM   #1
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Sig Nickel Rail 1911, update

In the past several years, I've had probably a dozen 1911s come and go, as some of you know from previous posts. Yeah, pretty much a 1911 nut. Then, a bit more than a year, ago, arthritis in my hands started creeping in to the point I was getting a little iffy on racking the slide on a 1911 in 45 auto. Switched to the 9mm in a 1911 and the lighter recoil spring setup of the 9mm was doable for working the slide, but, alas, crazy me missed the big thump of the 45 auto. Off went the 9mms on trades.

Through it all, and the survivor of all these purges, one 1911 remained and, interestingly, it was the least expensive of the lot. It was my good old reliable, never fail and never miss Springfield Mil Spec. This one gun has kept the 1911 spark alive in me.


Been thinking a long, long time about adding another 1911 in 45 auto to accompany the Mil Spec, but have been in no hurry. Decided to take my time and find just the right 1911 with the features I wanted (and did not want). Well, I finally found it and it is one sweet 1911. Have always had excellent luck with Sig 1911s, so another Sig comes home. This beauty is the Sig Nickel Rail in 45 auto.


The nickel is an EDC coating on top of stainless steel, basically the nickel version of their better known Nitron finish. The pics do NOT do it justice, though. It's actually a darker nickel color than what shows in the pic. Quite stunning.


Didn't pick it just for the looks, of course. Front strap checkering and the aggressive grips make for a very firm hold, but a very comfortable hold while shooting, too. Very, very smooth action and absolutely superb trigger. The Sig cuts on the slide make racking the slide very easy for me. Easy to use white dots/night sights and accessory rail complete the package. All steel, full size 1911, so a very pleasant shooter.


Was actually hoping to find an adjustable sight model, but was okay with the sights as long as the gun printed to point of aim at reasonable 1911 distances. Been working with hold over/under on my other guns, this summer.

Accuracy was exactly what I expected from a Sig and, that is to say, truly excellent. Shot one magazine with 230 grain hardball factory ammo to see where the sights would print and quickly learned that they were dead on at 16 yards. Exactly where they should be for a 1911. Mostly shooting to get a feel for the gun and how it handled for follow up shooting. Good steady rate of fire.


Moved to 27 yards to really put the gun to the test and, after another mag to see where the gun would print, found that a six o'clock hold kept me mostly in the 3" black bullseye. The Sig, almost without effort, just kept pouring them in there. Just one of those guns that pulls you into that magical shooting groove.


As a control, pulled out old reliable, the SA Mil Spec and shot a mags worth at the same distance. Looks like the Sig is a worthy companion.


Over 100 rounds with the Sig and not one hiccup using a variety of factory bulk hardball ammo. Perfect reliability, right out of the box. Hopefully, the Sig has found a permanent home and the 1911 purges are a thing of the past. Regardless, it really is nice to be back into the 1911 madness with this Sig Nickel Rail.

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Old 11-01-2016, 08:29 PM   #2
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Congratulations on that nice Sig!
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Old 11-02-2016, 12:37 AM   #3
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I have been a Sig fan, although from a distance. Surprisingly, I read some negative reviews and wondered how that could be. Your review removes all doubt about the Sig 1911. The Sig nickel is a beauty, but, I am not a fan of a rail on the 1911. I know it can be practical, but it's not attractive. I am glad to see you have found a .45 acp that you can enjoy. And once again you show what you can do with a quality pistol. Nice Shootin'...!
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Thanks, guys. The rail I could have done without, but this one had the best trigger of the bunch and that matters more to me. One thing I did not want that would have been a deal breaker was an ambi safety. Hate them. Fortunately, this one did not.

Sig (and S&W) takes some heat from 1911 purists for using an external extractor and also for using a non traditional shape on their slides. The external extractor thing is total nonsense. It's a more durable extractor and an easier to adjust extractor. Browning, himself, went to external extractors on his later models. Have owned and shot other Sigs and S&W 1911s and not a single issue. Why these people think an external extractor is okay for just about every other semi auto on the planet, but not a 1911 is a mystery to me.

As for the slide shape, I also hear a lot of nonsense about needing special holsters and such. As you can see, another non-issue.


Have handled literally hundreds of 1911s of just about every make and one thing I can tell you is that I have yet to pick up any Sig 1911 in a shop and have it fail the basic tests as to slide to frame and barrel to slide and bushing tests. There is simply no such thing as a poorly fit Sig 1911 out of the box. Have no experience with other Sig pistols, but this is my fourth Sig 1911 and have never had one, as in zero, jam after thousands of rounds, not to mention all being super accurate. For sure, if you look long enough, you can find a negative review on any brand or model of gun, but I trust me experience a whole lot more.

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Old 11-02-2016, 12:48 PM   #5
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I trust your reviews a whole lot more too......
And as I stare at that Sig 1911 Nickel long enough the rail even starts to look good.
The only other nickel they offer is in the 4" barrel.
This is a good time to be broke, otherwise I would be tempted to buy one like yours....but I do have a Remington 700 R5 rifling, 20" barrel for sale.....I might not be able to hold on to the cash long thanks to you NCG....
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I do have a rep on my air gun forum as being an enabler, though I prefer the term "sales facilitator".
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Old 11-02-2016, 08:17 PM   #7
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Very nice review NCG & some fine target work.

I do not have a 1911 Sig, but have 3 others & I agree with the Sig quality statements.

The rail does not bother me, but 1 thing I like is the "no forward serrations" on both your .45's I personally just think it looks better & I love those grips.

Thanks for posting.

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I do have a rep on my air gun forum as being an enabler, though I prefer the term "sales facilitator".
Your glowing descriptions could sell an Eskimo a refrigerator......
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Your glowing descriptions could sell an Eskimo a refrigerator......
Her words of wisdom on Nikon Scopes got me on their bandwagon & her reviews/recommendations were spot on!


Yes, that was a cheap Nikon software pun.
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Got it. That was definitely a spot on pun.

Returned to the range, today, with several guns with the best intentions of shooting them all, but once I got out the Sig Nickel, just never got around to the others. As always, love pushing the limits, so for fun worked the Nickel at 50 yards (standing, as always). 50 yards is where all the little mistakes in technique and grip you don't notice at 10 yards show up, big time. For sure, 50 yard work can be humbling, but, in my opinion, it is excellent for the sake of training. Some people, though, especially the younger action shooting crowd have never heard of shooting at such a distance. Even 25 yards seems a bit odd. Well, times have changed.

My groups average around 6" at 50 yards with a good 1911 like the Sig, but pulled shots open that up often enough to 8" to really require a lot of concentration. Now and them though, when I'm in the groove, I can get one down in the 4" range like the one, below. Not often, mind you, but often enough to make me keep trying. With these typical combat style 1911 sights, I prefer to use the smaller 3" bulls for the sake of precision, via the aim small, miss small theory.



Another thing I've been working on is the very traditional and formal one hand shooting as we used to use in the old Bullseye competition days. This is a great training tool for trigger technique. Here's where dry fire work really pays off. By the way, this was 7 shots, not six as per the way I labeled it. The great inherent accuracy and excellent trigger on the Nickel makes this possible.



I'm really beginning to worry about my obsession with shooting these 1911s in 45 auto. Oh, revolvers will always have a place in my shooting, but the steady rhythm of shooting the fine semi-autos is very addicting. I'm in danger of becoming the 1911 girl, Wisconsin Pixie style. Great therapy for escaping the toxic political scene, though.

By the way, once again, total reliability with the Sig and this with cheap bulk aluminum case Federal.




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Just so happens that a couple of our regulars at the range happened to see me shoot that one handed group. Good natured teasing about how it wasn't fair because girls are better pistol shooters, blah, bah, blah. Left with a swelled head, though. Wasn't sure i could fit it back in the car.

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That is an incredible target at 16 yards. Those guys will be talking about that one for a long time.
The legend of the Wisconsin Pixie begins.
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