SIG Sauer’s 1911 Max by Paul Scarlata

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SIG Sauer’s 1911 Max by Paul Scarlata: Something old and something new

If you’re like me, when you hear the words “SIG Sauer” you immediately envision that company’s popular double-­action/single-action (DA/SA), high-capacity pistols, as exemplified by the P226.

The Schweizerische Industrie-­Gesellschaft (SIG) has been manufacturing firearms since 1860 and introduced its first handgun, the SIG P210, in 1949. In partnership with the German gunmaker JP Sauer & Sohn, SIG introduced a DA/SA alloy frame pistol, the P220, which was adopted by the Swiss army, the Japanese Self-Defence Force, as well as a number of armies and police forces in the Middle East and Africa.

SIG pursued the American market where most police forces were in the process of switching from revolvers to semi-auto pistols. SIG’s high capacity P226, in 9mm, .40 S&W and .357 SIG has proven popular with police agencies and civilian shooters. To address the growing market in the United States (US), SIG established a facility in Exeter, New Hampshire, SIG Sauer, which now manufactures the entire line of SIG pistols.

It didn’t take those marketing this combination of Swiss craftsmanship, Germanic efficiency and American entrepreneurship very long to realize that if they wanted to capture an even larger share of the US market they needed to offer shooters the most iconic and beloved of all American handguns – the 1911. As with its other DA/SA pistols, SIG Sauer’s 1911 GSR was an instant success with civilian shooters, police agencies and serious Action Pistol competitors. If you check out its website you will see that SIG Sauer offers more than 30 versions of this classic pistol.

Read more in the June 2017 issue of Magnum.

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