Sig isn’t new to the 1911 game. In fact most of their famous “200” line designs are based on a modified beefed up 1911 look and feel. Add double action, a decocker, and a double stack magazine and you have the primary differences right there. Taking this into consideration, we have subconsciously anticipated the subject of today’s early handgun review.
Sig’s most recent announcement of a subcompact sized 1911 in .45 Auto and the is a long awaited release though not a surprising one. With their micro-compact release of a 1911 style carry pistol in 380 ACP a couple of years ago (and re-released as the P238 HD and multiple other subsequent models), then the more recent appearances of the 1911 Scorpion, and Match Elite it’s no longer a surprise that Sig has intentions of becoming a serious contender in the world of match quality 1911s.
Now as our friend Nacho Libre would say, “Let’s get down to the Neety Greety.”
Being completely honest like I generally am and trying to give insight into what this pistol IS, I’m going to say that it simply looks like a big brother to the P238. Seriously. I mean add a couple more traditional 1911 features including the grip safety and the take down pin and it’s almost the spitting image. This doesn’t disappoint me because even with the tiny footprint the P238 has its ergonomics are spot on. The new 1911 Ultra is just even more spot on.
There is also some pretty generous checkering to aid in grip both on the grip panels, the front strap, and the back strap of the grip. One small thing that will separate this pistol from the likes of say a Kimber Ultra CDP II type pistol is the right handed safety only. I imagine if this little hand cannon takes off there will potentially be more models beyond the 1911 Ultra with the Nitron finish and the 1911 Ultra with a Duo Tone finish.
My “need” for one of these is ever growing, but beyond lucking out and Sig sending me one for a handgun review I’m not sure it’ll happen with an MSRP of almost $1100. Some say to have fine pistols you have to price them that way, so to each his own. I will say I want to get my hands on one REAL bad. What do you think?
Here’s the link to the Duo Tone model 1911 Ultra from Sig’s product page.