We the People of the United States, in order to form a more perfect union, establish justice, insure domestic tranquility, provide for the common defence, promote the general welfare, and secure the blessings of liberty to ourselves and our posterity, do ordain and establish this constitution for the United States of America. (The Constitution was written in old English so “defence” is spelled in British English.)
A Little Relevant History
Keep in mind the U.S. Constitution was written in British English and not the current English we use in the USA. It was written by British citizens who wished to form their own separate country. There were many German citizens as well. In fact at that time, circa 1776, a little over half of all of the people in the Colonies were German or of German descent. They may have had different languages and customs but they were all Americans. They all wanted the right to keep and bear arms. They wanted to be able to defend against tyranny. When Congress voted for a common official language, the German language lost by one vote. If the German language had won…..imagine a different set of possibilities.
A Little More Relevant History
Sig Sauer in 1853 began as a wagon manufacture in Switzerland. SIG comes from the German word “Schweizerische Industrie-Gesellschaft” or Swiss Industry Company. In the 1970s, SIG joined forces with J.P. Sauer & Sohn. In visiting the SIG office when it was in Virginia, I learned SIG being a Swiss company by Swiss law cannot export firearms. So they turned to J.P. Sauer & Sohn to manufacture their firearms which will be sold in different countries around the world. Today SIG Sauers’ World Headquarters is located in Newington, New Hampshire.
So the point of this article so far is, as our forefathers did, a German-Swiss firearms company immigrated to the United States much like many other Germans and Swiss people. The company, SIG Sauer, built a factory, a training center and employed about 800 Americans. The final dollar does not go to Austria or Italy. The final dollar stays in the USA.
The SIG Sauer WE THE PEOPLE 1911
The good people of SIG sent me a sample of their new “WE THE PEOPLE” 1911 in .45acp. In opening the very nice plastic gun box, I took out a full size 1911 .45acp. The WE THE PEOPLE, hereafter referred to as WTP, is made of stainless steel and feels like a 1911 should feel. It is strong, beautiful and a work of art. On the right side of the slide is stamped “WE THE PEOPLE” and on the left side is “1776” and “SIG Sauer 1911”. The custom aluminum grips sport 25 stars on each side representing the 50 sovereign States. A 1911 with German ancestry much like many Americans. In handling this work of art, I found the intense checkering of the front and rear of the grip to be a work of genius. When I take this pistol in my hand, this checkering gives me a solid non-slip grip. In fact the best grip of any….any 1911 I have ever held.
My duty weapons, in the States, for the last 20 or so years, have always been SIG. My first was the SIG P226. I passed this on to my son. My next was the SIG P220 and when I became a chief of police I authorized myself to carry a 1911. I carried a SIG 1911. The reason is, when I pull the trigger I want my handful of death and destruction to go “boom”. I don’t want to hear “click”. Another reason is, the SIG pistols I have carried are nothing short of tack-drivers. WE THE PEOPLE 1911 is no different. The accuracy of this 1911 SIG is as good as or better than the Colt 1911 Gold Cup. The trigger pull is just amazing. No creep. I say again, no creep. I apply trigger pressure and this 1911 sends down range 230 grains of “Dirt-Nap Pill”. A dirt-nap pill for a dirt-bag. I tested the trigger pull of the WTP 1911 on my handy dandy Lyman Trigger Pull Gauge with digital readout. The gauge gave an average of 5.5 pound pull.
The Only Way to Carry the 1911
SIG sent me some of their Elite Performance Ammunition in the man-stopping .45acp ammo. The round they sent is the 185 gr. V-CROWN JHP. I took the WTP 1911 and fired all 100 rounds. No surprise here, all rounds fired with no problem. I took some old Russian 230 gr. ball steel case ammo I bought about 15 years ago. I fed 100 rounds of this ammo to the SIG 1911. In this test, I experienced no failures with the ammo or the pistol. So then I took 200 rounds of various .45acp ammo I had laying around in boxes. I fired all of these rounds with diverse bullet weights and manufacturing. A mix-match if you will. The SIG 1911 eat all of this and asked for seconds. The SIG WTP comes with two seven round magazines. One can buy eight and even ten round magazines which will work in this pistol. The ten round magazine protrudes from the bottom of the handle. Professionally I can say the SIG WTP 1911 is a very reliable semi-auto .45acp pistol. I believe in this pistol so much, it is my new primary EDC firearm.
Carrying a full size all steel 1911 .45acp requires the proper holster. I prefer leather to Kydex just because I like them better. If you buy a $1,400 pistol for EDC, you can afford the better option of a leather holster than the plastic one. I am a longtime Bianchi product fan. Bianchi is now a part of The Safariland Group. I was honored to review their Model 1815H Wild Clearwater™ Cowboy Holster, 24 cartridge gun belt and open top double magazine holder. The workmanship and quality is nothing short of perfect. While out on the farm or in the Desert Mountains, this rig worked beyond my expectations. Love this rig.
For EDC of the full size SIG 1911, one might choose a good cross-draw holster. For me, traveling the Interstate highways is a very good time to have your choice of firearm with you. Interstate highways are the feeding grounds for bipedal predators. Carrying the full size SIG 1911 while seat belted into your vehicle can make drawing a challenge. But with a good quality leather cross-draw holster like the Sky Cop from DeSantis GunHide, makes this much easier under stress. I was given a sample of the Sky Cop by DeSantis. Every day for a week I carried the SIG WTP in the Sky Cop leather holster. I can say DeSantis makes a great product and the Sky Cop is no different. I have mine for when I travel to the farm or to the mountains.
Speaking of carrying the SIG WTP 1911, one day I was in a hurry to run an errand. Like I do when carrying my WWII 1911, I stuck the SIG in the back of my jeans. After taking care of my business I returned to home. I took out the SIG 1911 and found the thumb safety was off. This SIG has an ambidextrous thumb safety. Even through the SIG 1911 could not have discharged because of the two other safeties, I would say do not carry this pistol “Hollywood Style”. If you do, do not chamber a round. I highly recommend you carry this 1911 in a leather belt holster.
SIG Sauer We The People 1911 Conclusion
After carrying the SIG Sauer WTP 1911 every day for three months I can tell you the added weight over the alloy frames of other brands is easy to readjust to. The feel and strength of the all Stainless Steel in my hand is nothing but assuring. A little over 400 rounds were fired through this 1911. There were no miss-feeds, malfunctions or any problems what so ever. On my last trip to the range, I began to learn, for me, I must put more finger on the trigger to bring my group from the left to center of this target. The picture with the 1911 WTP and Sig ammo shows I was bringing the impact point to center mass. Professionally I can say, the SIG Sauer WE THE PEOPLE 1911, like the other SIG 1911s, is the best 1911 pistol on the market to date. This is one excellent and reliable firearm.
SIG 1911 WE THE PEOPLE, 1911T-45-WTP Specs
- Caliber: 45 acp
- Barrel Length: 5.0 inches
- Overall Length: 8.7 inches
- Height: 5.5 inches
- Overall Width: 1.4 inches
- Action Type: Semi-Auto
- Grip Type: Custom Aluminum 25 Stars each.
- Frame: Stainless Steel Distressed Finish
- Slide: Stainless Steel Distressed Finish
- Barrel: Carbon Steel
- Magazine: 2 (steel)
- TRIGGER TYPE: Skeletonized
- WEIGHT 41.6 oz (1179 g)
Can be found: $1,280.00
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