Monday, November 07, 2005

Yet Another Breakthrough!

Admit it — there are damn few shooting shows where you can see a $1000 SIG smashed with a baseball bat, bounced off a concrete wall and still keep on ticking! Another first for SHOOTING GALLERY! Yes'll see it here first in February. And YES, IT DOES VOID THE WARRANTY!!!!

To be sure, the SIGs are tough guns. You probably can't make them stop working. After a day at the factory, I was really impressed with the 1911 management is committed to a complete line of 1911s...full length, Commander length, steel frame, alloy frame with and without accessory part of the Revolution series. I''ve seen a lot of whining on the SIG forum about the quality of the new guns, but the bottom line is I handled probably 100 guns in various stages of completion, as well as spending time in the deburring and QC department, and ALL I saw was top-of-the-line finishing and polishing. AND I WAS LOOKING FOR THE BAD STUFF!

We also took five 1911 Revolutions full-size guns to the range — not guns ready to ship to customers, but guns in various stages of final completion. What can I say? The proof is in the pudding, so to speak. I fed 230-grain ball through the guns as fast as I could pull the trigger. The guns "shot light" — their superior ergonomics made them feel easier against my battered hand than say, a P229 .40S&W. Still, I actively dislike the SIG grip's a "speed bump" style grip safety, but with a raised ridge in the middle of the grip safety...sort of like a little bitty shark's fin. That's all well and good, but the purpose of a speed bump grip safety is to guarantee people with small webs in their hands — like, fer'instance, moi — depress the grip safety every time. All well and good, except that to accomplish such a good, the grip safety doesn't need extra meat in the "middle" of the grip needs extra meat across the bottom of the grip safety to make sure smaller webs hit it. I was able to hit the grip safety, but I had to be careful on my grip and presentation. I complained, because I'm incapable of keeping my mouth shut.

That said, all the guns I fired SHOT DARN WELL in speed drills and group shooting. It remains fascinating to me how five guns made on the same line can exhibit such different feels in shooting. There was one 1911 Revolution I badly wanted to keep...a railless version with a blaxck nitron finish. The gun was just super, especially in the speed drills...interesting, because if I'd had to bet in advance, I'd have said that the railed versions, which weigh a little more, would be the easier-shooting guns. Wrong. I would have bought the gun on the spot, but it was already committed to someone else. Instead, I ordered an exact duplicate, which I intend to shoot in the USPSA Single Stack Nationals when we film that match in 2006. I specified Novak sights, a mag well and a gold bead front sight instead of the standard night sights. The laser-logo'ed SIG grips are really beautiful — head and shoulders above what you usually see on production guns — but for a comeptition gun especially I'll replaced them with slimline Aluma-Grips. The gun will go to Bruce Gray ( for minor tuning.

I also carted my daily carry gun, the aging P225 9mm, up to New Hamster for a minor tune-up and to replace the dimming night sights. Amazingly, the pros in the SIG Custom Shop were able to slip it into the queue and tune it up while I was here. They did a beautiful job — god, I love really good custom gunsmithing! My DA trigger pull is now pretty close to the trigger pull of one of the new DAK light action double action guns, and super smooth — as it should be! They also threw in a spectacular pair of Nill walnut grips. These particular grips are exact duplicates, dimensionwise, for the SIG plastic grips. This is really important to me, because the great strength of the P225 is its flawless ergonomics. My P225 had a set of the Nills on it when I got it, but I ditched them because those aftermarket units beefed up the grip, and I reasoned that if I was going to have bigger grips, I might as well have a P228 or P229 high-cap. The new wood grips on the gun don't add anything to the width — really cool — but a lot to both the way the gun looks and the way it feels in my hand. AM VERY PLEASED. I'm sure the guys at SIG would have been much more pleased if I was carrying a currently cataloged gun, but that's the way the blaster crumbles.



Anonymous said...

I'm so jealous I'm getting a tumor.
You've got the kind of job where you roll out of bed and go,"YAY! I get to go to WORK today!"

Anonymous said...

Michael, does the Revolution have an ambi thumb safty?

Overload in Colorado

Michael Bane said...

SIG is planning a whole Kimber-like line for the Revolution 1911s, including versions with adjustable sights and ambi safeties, I'm told. You can also specify the work from the SIG custom shop, which is really excellent (I've hung around and watched the guys work).

RE: Job...are you kidding? This is absolutely the greatest scam job a boy could have!!! I travel around the country (and occasionally the world) and SHOOT GUNS! Plus, somebody gives me the ammunition! Plus, when I spend a certain disproportionate portion of my income on custom blasters, my employers are impressed with my commitment and even my Sweetie the attorney thinks it's a smart thing to do!

Plus, as my pal and mentor Walt Rauch has noted, the job has given me the opportunity to get a unique post-graduate degree in GUNS. Unlike my competition on those OTHER outdoor channels, I've been fascinated with guns my entire life, and I now have an opportunity to spend time with the proverbial cream of the crop of experts. And believe me, I'm taking full advantage of it!

I hope that fascination is reflected in the shows!!!


Anonymous said...

Semms that noone likes that GSR grip safety and there have been volumnous complaints about it ever since the GSR came out. So why does Sig insist on continuing to spec it? Way to listen to your customers Sig. How about less attention on fantasy pistols and more attention to detail? BTW those on the Sig Froum who are "whining" about the GSR have had some very real complaints that even Sig has admitted to. A little less sucking up to Sig would be in order Michael.

Anonymous said...

Love the show. I just purchased a GSR, Nitron, No Rail W/NS for $865. + Tax. I heard parts suppliers were changed out from the original production. Who supplies the Sig parts now for the newest batch of GSR; including the Frame and slide. I know about the Wolf Springs, but what about everything else also, what is made in Sigs house? Thanks Ray.

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