Skip to main content

SIG We The People 1911 .45 ACP

SIG We The People 1911 .45 ACP
The "We the People" 1911 was extremely comfortable to shoot and achieved excellent accuracy, averaging 2.19 inches for five-shot groups at 25 yards with five factory loads.

SIG SAUER's full-size "We the People" 1911 has some distinctive features. I don't know which is more distinctive, the "distressed" finish or the star-studded metal grip panels. Both jumped out at me when I got my first glimpse of the special Model 1911.

The "We the People" 1911 is chambered for .45 ACP, and it comes with a 5.0-inch, blackened carbon-steel barrel; a blackened barrel bushing; a standard recoil spring guide rod assembly; low-profile dovetailed night sights (6.5-inch sight radius); a skeletonized combat hammer; and two seven-round magazines. The slide has cocking serrations at the rear only.

WethepeopleSpecs

Other excellent features include the checkered frontstrap, the beavertail grip safety with memory bump, the checkered flat mainspring housing, the ambidextrous thumb safety, and the ventilated trigger with overtravel adjustment screw. My sample pistol's trigger pull averaged 5 pounds, 6 ounces on my RCBS trigger pull scale. There was the expected amount of take-up and just a hint of creep, but the break was consistent.

The gun's stainless-steel slide and stainless-steel frame are what SIG calls "distressed." This is a proprietary finish process, and SIG spokesmen are keeping very quiet about it. The slide bears "WE THE PEOPLE" on the right side, "1776" on the left side, and 13 stars in a circle on the top.


The metal grips have 25 raised stars on each grip panel (one for each state in the Union). The grips are attached to the pistol with hex-head screws.


After putting 200 rounds through the "We the People" 1911, I can report that it functions reliably and shoots well. During my function testing, shooting for accuracy with the pistol mounted in a Ransom Rest, and offhand shooting at swinging steel plates, it didn't miss a beat. There were no malfunctions whatsoever. While it's not an exhaustive test, it is a good indication that the pistol is reliable.

In the accuracy department, the "We the People" 1911 averaged 1.11 inches for three, five-shot groups at 25 yards with the factory load it liked the best. That was the HSM 230-grain XTP loading. The load's best single five-shot group measured just 0.93 inch. Overall average accuracy for all five factory loads was 2.19 inches.

WethepeopleAccuracy

Two things stood out during my shooting session. One was the checkering on the frontstrap and mainspring housing. It was extremely effective and provided a very secure grip. The other thing that stood out was how comfortable the pistol was to shoot with all loads. On the same day that I shot the "We the People" 1911 I also fired a .38 Special medium-frame revolver with standard and +P ammunition, and the 1911 felt almost as soft shooting as that .38 Spl. revolver. In case you're wondering, the stars on the grip panels were not the least bit uncomfortable.

My good friend David Faubion, who is the Media Relations Manager and Senior Copy Writer at SIG SAUER, says, "This pistol serves as a fitting tribute to both the Second Amendment and the most storied handgun in history. While it honors the past, the 'We the People' 1911 is fully equipped for modern-day use."


I couldn't have said it better myself.

MSRP: $1,481

sigsauer.com


 
 
 

GET THE NEWSLETTER Join the List and Never Miss a Thing.

Recommended Articles

See More Recommendations

Popular Videos

Skills Drills: 3-Second Headshot

Skills Drills: 3-Second Headshot

James Tarr runs through the 3-Second Headshot drill.

The Future Of Special Operations Small Arms

The Future Of Special Operations Small Arms

We're taking a look at what the Army's Elite Units are using for service rifles and what the future of SOCOM sniping looks like.

Tactical Solutions Introduces New X-Ring Takedown SBR Rifle

Tactical Solutions Introduces New X-Ring Takedown SBR Rifle

Keith Feeley of Tactical Solutions sat down with Michael Bane at SHOT Show 2018 to talk about the new X-Ring Takedown SBR .22LR rifle.

Black Hills Evolution of Rifle Cartridge: .308 Win. 175 Gr. Match

Black Hills Evolution of Rifle Cartridge: .308 Win. 175 Gr. Match

David Fortier talks with Jeff Hoffman of Black Hills Ammunition about the evolution of the .308 Win. 175 Gr. Match bullet.

See More Popular Videos

Trending Articles

Improved bullet ballistic coefficients lead to greater performance and accuracy downrange without upping blast and recoil. Here's why.Improved Ballistics a Key to Accurate Long-Range Shooting How-To

Improved Ballistics a Key to Accurate Long-Range Shooting

Rick Jamison

Improved bullet ballistic coefficients lead to greater performance and accuracy downrange...

The Remington Model 700 PCR is a long-range rig built for punching paper, ringing steel, and hammering hogs, deer, and coyotes.Remington Model 700 PCR Review Rifles

Remington Model 700 PCR Review

Sam Wolfenberger - April 15, 2019

The Remington Model 700 PCR is a long-range rig built for punching paper, ringing steel, and...

The Winchester Model 52 is a fine, handbuilt smallbore match rifle that was once known as the king of the .22s among competition shooters.Winchester Model 52 Review Rifles

Winchester Model 52 Review

Joseph von Benedikt - July 20, 2020

The Winchester Model 52 is a fine, handbuilt smallbore match rifle that was once known as the...

The joys of handloading are many, and one of them is sharing the experience with a novice.Share the Handloading Experience Reloading

Share the Handloading Experience

Lane Pearce - May 19, 2019

The joys of handloading are many, and one of them is sharing the experience with a novice.

See More Trending Articles

More Handguns

The Smith & Wesson Model 57 N-Frame .41 Magnum—a favorite of sixgun superstars—refuses to go out of style.Smith & Wesson Model 57 N-Frame .41 Magnum Review Handguns

Smith & Wesson Model 57 N-Frame .41 Magnum Review

Payton Miller - May 20, 2020

The Smith & Wesson Model 57 N-Frame .41 Magnum—a favorite of sixgun superstars—refuses to go...

The new Springfield SAINT Victor .308 AR pistol is built for defense.First Look: Springfield SAINT Victor .308 AR Pistol Handguns

First Look: Springfield SAINT Victor .308 AR Pistol

Joel J. Hutchcroft - April 28, 2020

The new Springfield SAINT Victor .308 AR pistol is built for defense.

The new .22 LR Ruger Lite Rack LCP II is an ideal rimfire trainer to the popular .380 ACP LCP II pocket pistol.Ruger Lite Rack LCP II Review Handguns

Ruger Lite Rack LCP II Review

Joel J. Hutchcroft - June 01, 2020

The new .22 LR Ruger Lite Rack LCP II is an ideal rimfire trainer to the popular .380 ACP LCP...

On a scale of one to 10, with 10 being excellent, the Taurus TX22 .22 LR autoloader rates a 10.Taurus TX22 Review Handguns

Taurus TX22 Review

Layne Simpson - May 11, 2020

On a scale of one to 10, with 10 being excellent, the Taurus TX22 .22 LR autoloader rates a 10.

See More Handguns

Magazine Cover

GET THE MAGAZINE Subscribe & Save

Digital Now Included!

SUBSCRIBE NOW

Give a Gift   |   Subscriber Services

PREVIEW THIS MONTH'S ISSUE Arrow

GET THE NEWSLETTER Join the List and Never Miss a Thing.

Phone Icon

Get Digital Access.

All Shooting Times subscribers now have digital access to their magazine content. This means you have the option to read your magazine on most popular phones and tablets.

To get started, click the link below to visit mymagnow.com and learn how to access your digital magazine.

Get Digital Access

Not a Subscriber?
Subscribe Now