Sig Sauer has a reputation for making high quality and innovative firearms. A few weeks ago we took a look at the S&W 329PD as a backup handgun  when carrying afield. Given that 2011 is the centennial of Jonathan Browning's excellent 1911 pistol; we decided to take a look at Sig Sauer's new 1911 Scorpion. While the 1911 in 45ACP doesn't pack the punch of some revolver only cartridges, its durability and reliability has made it a favorite of hunters for generations.
The Sig Sauer 1911 Scorpion.
Sig is not new to manufacturing 1911's, having produced many models under the GSR label for years. They also produced the Sig 220 in a variety of cartridges (although 45ACP is the only production cartridge today) for decades. The 220 in a SA/DA configuration is definitely different than a 1911, but the slim profile and similar ergonomics to the 1911 make it a good choice when considering a single stack, all metal, 45ACP pistol.
The most noticeable features of the new 1911 Scorpion is the new Hogue G10 grips and the desert tan Cerakote finish. The grips, with what Hogue calls "Piranha" texturing, really grabs the hands. Combine the grip with the high lines-per-inch front strap checking and the Scorpion does not lack in hand grip, which makes the gun easier to control under slick wet conditions. In addition the grip also has an integrated back strap and beveled out magazine well extension that make it easier to guide in a loaded magazine when reloading.
The Hogue G10 Piranha grip is colorful and adds a good deal of texture. A nice
addition in the back strap has been changed out for the matching texturing as well.
The grip and back strap come together to form an extended magazine well that helps guide in a quick magazine reload.
The other noticeable feature is the factory Cerakote finish that has been applied over the stainless steel frame and slide. Cerakote is a ceramic based finish that armors the firearm and improves abrasion and corrosion resistance. This makes the Scorpion much more resistant to scratches and rust. While we did not test the coating for scratch resistance, past experience with other firearms coated with Cerakote or Duracoat have proven to be effective in fighting scratches and rust. Although you should always still take the time to clean off your guns after use and/or after getting wet.
Two piece feed ramp. Notice also that the Cerakote finish is on the inside of the slide as well as the frame.
Beyond the grips and finish, Sig has included a variety of other features that have come to be expected of a higher end 1911. Namely low profile tritium night sights, a lightweight trigger, a larger external extractor, beaver-tail safety grip, and an ambidextrous safety. The ambidextrous safety uses the "short" format which is nice if you intend to equip the Scorpion with a Crimson Trace laser grip. Longer, standard ambidextrous safeties tend to hit the laser housing and do not work correctly. The Scorpion is also equipped with a picatinny front rail for attaching lights or lasers at your discretion. Sig also includes two eight round magazines with the Scorpion.
The "short" ambidextrous safety. The Scorpion also includes low profile Trijicon night sights.
The Scorpion does not have a full length guide rod, but it does include a picatinny rail.
The Scorpion, like most Sig 1911's, is exceptionally tight out of the box. There is little wobble in the slide and will take a few hundred rounds to break in. The trigger breaks cleanly and crisply with no noticeable burrs.
On the downsides the Scorpion does not have a full length guide rod, no front slide serrations, and the barrel ramp is a standard two piece design. We are also not particularly fond of the flat triggers; however this is personal preference and being a 1911 the trigger can be changed. None of these downsides are a deal killer though, considering the street price on the Scorpion will be in the high $900 range with MSRP at $1128.
Overall the Scorpion is an excellent offering considering the asking price. It should be long lasting and corrosion/scratch resistant and offers an excellent grip. The 1911 makes an excellent back up firearm when in the backcountry and the Scorpion is worth considering if you're in the market for a new sidearm.
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