PREVIEW: Sig Sauer WE THE PEOPLE Part 2 Part 1 Part 3
Drafting a new framework for blowback action 1911s
By Dennis Adler
From this angle, were it not for the caliber marking on the frame it would be almost impossible to tell if this is the 4.5mm (.177 caliber) WE THE PEOPLE or the .45 ACP model. Sig Sauer has gone the distance to bring as much authenticity to this blowback action CO2 Model 1911 as possible.
Authenticity has many faces. Building an “authentic” CO2 pistol has just as many interpretations. If you want total authenticity then there is no better example than the Umarex S&W M&P40 blowback action CO2 model. If you want a 1911 that toes the line you won’t find it in the Colt-licensed Umarex version (sold in the U.S.) which comes close but gets a fail from purists because it has the S arrow F safety markings and a finish that leaves you wanting for (a) an antique or weathered finish – which they did with a limited edition model some time back, (b) any of countless Cerakote-like finishes, like FDE, or (c) the best possible option, nickel plating. Aside from that the Umarex Colt Commander is an excellent model with white dot sights, skeletonized trigger (and a darn good one, too), skeletonized hammer, 1911A1 raised mainspring housing, full field stripping capability, and a self-contained CO2 BB magazine. In fact, everything you can find desirable about the Colt-licensed model can be found on any number of blowback action 1911 CO2 models. But, what you can’t get is the one thing no one, not Umarex, Swiss Arms, Tanfoglio, Remington, or anyone else has done until Sig Sauer, match it feature for feature to an actual .45 ACP production model 1911. Sig’s WE THE PEOPLE does it and does it right with everything that made the Umarex Colt Commander a leader in its class, everything that Swiss Arms and Tanfoglio got right except for branding (or over branding if you will), everything that makes the aforementioned 1911 models great CO2 pistols (particularly the Swiss Arms and Tanfoglio 1911s), and then doubled down with an authentic distressed finish and branding that matches the centerfire Sig Sauer WE THE PEOPLE. This is what makes the difference to those of us who want “authenticity” even if it comes packaged as a special edition model. When you look at all the upgrades and options for finish and features that are available today for 1911 models from Kimber, Colt, Sig Sauer, Springfield Armory, Wilson Combat, Ed Brown, Les Baer, Nighthawk Customs, (and that’s just U.S. manufacturers), as well as custom finishes, custom grips, hammers, triggers, sights…well you get the point, the WE THE PEOPLE is almost middle of the road and done in a patriotic theme that certainly can’t be regarded as flashy.