Sig vs. Sig Part 3

Sig vs. Sig Part 3 Part 2 Part 1

“We The People” and “The Right of the People”

By Dennis Adler

An incomparable duo, the Sig Sauer WE THE PEOPLE in .45 ACP and 4.5mm are the best match up for design and handling of any 1911 pistols. Firing offhand at varying distances, the two semi-autos are almost identical. That demands a special word of caution about brandishing the CO2 model in public (the cartridge model goes without saying). Almost no one can tell it is an airgun unless they are looking at the muzzle. This is the same caution I gave with the Umarex S&W M&P40 and Sig Sauer P226 X-Five, along with a number of other air pistols that are almost indistinguishable from their centerfire counterparts.

Sig’s 1911 CO2 model is not a quiet air pistol, probably a little louder than most blowback action models and it delivers a decent kick when the slide comes back. Not as much as a .22 pistol, but enough to get a feel for shooting a handgun. Like the Sig Sauer 45 ACP Sig 1911 model the air pistol uses the John M. Browning-designed platform of frame, slide, barrel, and recoil system using a recoil spring guide, single recoil spring, recoil spring plug and barrel bushing. The CO2 model follows the same design with internal modifications to accommodate the CO2 firing system which includes an additional lightly wound recoil spring around the barrel, like a blowback action semi-auto. Externally you are experiencing the .45 ACP model when you pick up Sig’s CO2 version of the WE THE PEOPLE. The flat mainspring housing is finely checkered as is the frontstrap, something you will not find on other 1911 CO2 models. Both Sig 1911 models use ambidextrous thumb safeties, the raised palmswell grip safety with extended beavertail and skeletonized hammer also make the CO2 model identical in handling, such as when manually de-cocking or cocking the hammer if a situation dictates that action. read more


Sig vs. Sig Part 2

Sig vs. Sig

“We The People” and “The Right of the People” Part 2 Part 1 

By Dennis Adler

Similitude is the word I would use for these two pistols, identical in every feature except caliber, firing method and recoil. Up to the point where you pull the trigger, there is no difference in handling. The CO2 Sig Sauer WE THE PEOPLE 1911 is a total replacement for every training regimen except live fire with .45 ACP rounds.

For those who have a CCW no one will disagree that training with your handgun is not only essential but can make the difference between being a survivor or a statistic. Of course, no one is going to carry a BB gun for protection, unless you’re up against a renegade gang of ground moles, but with the cost of ammunition and range time, among other things, getting in proper training is costly. Sig Sauer has always had this in mind with their airguns, but never has it been so well expressed as with the WE THE PEOPLE duo of .45 ACP and 4.5mm models. Training with a 100 percent accurate stand in for your centerfire handgun is absolutely worth the price of the air pistol. And even if you don’t have the WE THE PEOPLE .45 ACP model, if you carry, or plan to carry a full-sized 1911, the WE THE PEIOPLE 4.5mm CO2 model is still a 100 percent accurate understudy for a modern 1911 tactical model. read more


Sig .45 ACP vs. Sig 4.5mm Part 1

Sig .45 ACP vs. Sig 4.5mm Part 1

“We The People” and “The Right of the People” 

By Dennis Adler

Mirror images? Not quite, but the two Sig Sauer models, the WE THE PEOPLE chambered in .45 ACP (left) and the 4.5mm (.177 caliber) CO2 model are as close as any two centerfire and blowback action air pistols can be in nearly every detail and feature, making the CO2 model the best 1911 training gun yet.

It is rare that a gun manufacturer becomes directly involved with both the design and the marketing of an air pistol that accurately duplicates the operation and handling of one of its own centerfire models. You can count them on one hand, Smith & Wesson with the M&P40, Webley & Scott, Sig Sauer, and very soon, Springfield Armory. Webley made certain that the CO2 version of its famous MK VI revolver of 1915 was built to the same standards as its legendary .455 caliber revolver by using the original blueprints; much the same will be forthcoming in the manufacturing of Springfield Armory semi-auto pistols and rifles as CO2 models. But Sig Sauer has gone so far as to deliver its WE THE PEOPLE Model 1911 in .45 ACP and 4.5mm (.177 caliber) as a matching pair, making this absolutely the most authentic blowback action CO2 pistol you can own. read more


X-Five Origins Part 3

X-Five Origins Part 3 Part 2 Part 1

Sig Sauer builds a P226 ASP competition model

By Dennis Adler

The Sig Sauer X-Five ASP does not disappoint. It delivers velocity, accuracy and for the most part, realistic handling. The 20-round rotary pellet magazine is slow to load, but you do have 20 shots in 4.5mm to send downrange. The slide has a lot of weight and there is plenty of feedback from this pistol when you pull the trigger.

Sometimes with a new model enthusiasm gets the better of you and little things get overlooked but I cannot say that about the Sig Sauer X-Five ASP, because Sig builds all their ASP models to the same standard and while we may not agree with what that standard represents (non-functioning slide releases and takedown levers, and molded in barrel ejection ports), none of these things actually have a role in operating this pistol because the slide cannot lock back due to the magazine design, the gun is not designed to be disassembled, and there are no spent shell cases to be ejected. Sig Sauer logic dictates that these pieces having no function are not important. They are important enough for the slide release and takedown levers to look 100 percent authentic, but left in a fixed position. And I can live with that. The molded-in barrel slide ejection port interface, not so much. The old Beretta PX4 Storm blowback action 8+8 pellet firing semi-auto introduced 11 years ago has an opening in the slide even though it only exposes the top of the barrel when it retracts. It is just an aesthetics issue for me, but if you can overlook that call by Sig designers the heart of this new CO2 pistol is as well grounded as any blowback action pellet-firing model on the market. read more


X-Five Origins Part 2

X-Five Origins Part 2 Part 1 Part 3

Sig Sauer builds a P226 ASP competition model

By Dennis Adler

The new Sig Sauer X-Five ASP is a hand filling blowback action CO2 model. Built to fire 4.5mm lead or alloy pellets, the gun has a 5-inch rifled steel barrel. The barrel recess is 0.25 inches from the muzzle. Standard features include an oversized beavertail, manual hammer (that can be cocked or de-cocked), and ambidextrous thumb safeties.

The new Sig Sauer X-Five ASP is a significant variation of the Sig Sauer P226 ASP, making it a dedicated competition version based on the 9mm X-Five. This version had an SAO trigger, extended frame and slide for a 5-inch barrel length, ambidextrous thumb safeties, extended magwell, and low profile adjustable sights. The new Sig Sauer CO2 pellet model also closely resembles the P226 X Match, which was only produced in 2014.

You may have noticed that I have switched the designation for the new Sig Sauer CO2 model from ASP X-Five as I had it in Part 1 to X-Five ASP, and the latter is how it is being marketed. The two-tone version with natural steel finish (alloy) frame and slide and black X grips, will be added shortly, but both models are otherwise identical. read more


X-Five Origins Part 1

X-Five Origins Part 1 Part 2 Part 3

Sig Sauer builds a P226 ASP competition model

By Dennis Adler

Sig Sauer rolls out another new 2018 model with the ASP X-Five, a new 4.5mm pellet-firing blowback action model. This is not a Sig Sauer licensed air pistol (like the excellent blowback action P226 X-Five BB models) but a Sig Sauer product manufactured for and sold by Sig Sauer. The new airguns will be available in both black and silver finishes.

Sig Sauer has been working hard the last two years to establish itself in the airgun marketplace and over the past year has begun to introduce a series of new models that may well be the game changers in blowback action semiautomatic CO2 air pistols. In the past, Sig Sauer has lent (licensed) its name to other CO2 pistols like the exceptional P226 X-Five and recent X-Five Silver blowback action CO2 BB models, but Sig is moving swiftly toward its own proprietary line of CO2 pistols that, in just the past year have already upped the game with the innovative rotary belt-fed pellet firing P320 ASP. Now, using their latest 20-shot 4.5mm rotary pellet magazine, Sig is adding a competition-inspired ASP X-Five model to their CO2 lineup. The ASP (Advanced Sport Pellet ) series X-Five follows on the heels of the new WE THE PEOPLE Model 1911 blowback action ASP BB pistol, and precedes the much anticipated military version of the Sig Sauer P320 (M17 ASP) with a self-contained CO2 pellet magazine concept. read more


PREVIEW: Sig Sauer WE THE PEOPLE Part 3

PREVIEW: Sig Sauer WE THE PEOPLE Part 3 Part 2 Part 1

Drafting a new framework for blowback action 1911s

By Dennis Adler

The new Sig Sauer WE THE PEOPLE 1911 is nothing short of a reckoning for blowback action CO2 models, delivering top performance, high velocity, superior fit and finish, fully operating features, and superb accuracy; it is everything you could want in a 1911 training gun. And if you like the distressed finish, exceptional alloy grips and finely checkered frontstrap and flat mainspring housing, there is simply nothing else in its class. Considering that the majority of blowback action 1911 models are all based on the same platform (and built in the same factories, regardless of brand name), the added attention to Sig Sauer’s build, valving for higher velocity, excellent white dot sights, and target trigger, take this 1911 to the head of the class.

There are a number of reasons to buy a blowback action 1911 CO2 pistol and one of them is for training. Other obvious reasons are that you like airguns, like Colt pistols, the Model 1911, or it is just a cool looking historic gun. I like them for all those reasons but right now, until someone outdoes Sig Sauer, I like the new WE THE PEOPLE better than any other blowback action CO2 Model 1911. I know, special edition guns with unusual finishes, custom grips, and some form of custom engraving isn’t for everyone, but aside from the distinctive 50 star grips on the Sig Sauer, most of the embellishments on the slide are pretty low key, more a component of the gun’s distressed finish, than something that stands out and shouts “look at me!” Subtlety can be very effective and this finish makes a quiet statement. read more