by Tom Gaylord
Writing as B.B. Pelletier
This report covers:
- Sig answers
- The test
- Daisy Premium Grade BBs
- Slide hold-open works
- Sig BBs
- Hornady Black Diamond BBs
Today is accuracy day for the Sig Sauer Max Michel 1911 blowback BB pistol. I have heard on my last report about the shot count from Ed Schultz at Sig. He was surprised my pistol got so few shots per CO2 cartridge. His experience has been an average of 77 shots per cartridge, so my test pistol is definitely running on the low end. To be fair, it was a pre-production sample they sent me more than a month ago. The production models may be more refined.
He also mentioned that this pistol was not meant for competition. That’s understood, since there is no action p[istol competition for a BB pistol like this one. Sig would do well to start one, though. It would give buyers a reason to purchase a BB gun like this.
This pistol is for training, with all the controls in the correct places and operating the same way as the firearm — save for the manual safety that we have already discussed. I think we all understand what a BB pistol can do, so the only thing that remains to be seen is the accuracy of this one. It’s it’s accurate, then the training can be beneficial. We aren’t looking for bullseye accuracy — just the ability to put all the shots relatively close together and also close to where the sights are aiming.
I shot the pistol at 5 meters at a bullseye target. I was seated and I rested the front frame of the pistol on the UTG Monopod. I used a 6 o’clock hold on the bullseye. The shots were fired at least 10 seconds apart. Let’s see what happened.
Daisy Premium Grade BBs
First up were Daisy Premium Grade BBs. Ten of them went into as group that measures 1.434-inches between centers at 5 meters. Eight of the shots are in 1.051-inches. The group is well-centered on the target, which tells me the sights are right on. Also, the group is fairly round.
Ten Daisy BBs went into 1.434-inches at 5 meters, with 8 in 1.051-inches.
I can now comment much better on the recoil of this pistol. It is quite strong and will force the shooter to reacquire the target after each shot. That’s exactly what a trainer like this should do, and this Max Michel pistol does it well. No, the recoil is not as powerful as a .45 ACP, but it is much more powerful than the recoil of my Chiappa M1911 .22 rimfire pistol.
Slide hold-open works
The slide holds open after the last BB is fired. That tells you it’s time to reload. There is no guessing. This is no small achievement, because the gun has to sense there are no more BBs in the magazine to be able to do this. A firearm uses a lip on the magazine follower for this function, and I think the BB gun uses the follower button that sticks out to the left side of the magazine. Whatever the case, it works fine.
Next up were the Sig BBs that came with the gun. Ten of them went into 1.835-inches at 5 meters. This group was also well-centered on the bull, but it was elongated on the vertical axis.
Hornady Black Diamond BBs
The last BB I tried was the Hornady Black Diamond BB. This one put 10 into 1.697-inches, or about midway between the Daisy and Sig BBs. This BB also landed slightly to the left of the aim point, and was the only BB to do so.
The Daisy BBs shot the best overall, giving both the smallest group and the roundest one, as well. They also shot to the point of aim, so they are the BB to beat.
Now that I’ve had a chance to test the Max Michel BB pistol thoroughly I can give you my opinion. This pistol has several things going for it. The feel of the handgun and its controls is very authentic. And the recoil is impressive for a BB gun. The heavy metal slide accounts for that. The recoil really threw my sights off target when the gun fired, which is exactly how you want to train for the firearm.
I was surprised that the pistol shot to the point of aim. That doesn’t happen often, and since the sights don’t adjust, it’s a very good thing!
I like the pistol, overall. I think it does a good job of being the trainer it’s supposed to be.