All 1911′s need custom gunsmith work out of the box to work reliably. 1911′s have an ill-deserved reputation for being picky about feeding ammunition “out of the box” And so most believe in the 1911 community that the first thing one must do with a new 1911 is to send it off to a gunsmith for expensive reliability tuning. In fact with the proper ammunition, .45ACP 230gr FMJ hardball most any 1911 on the market today would be capable of high reliability and 2.5″ groups at 25 yards out of the box in my humble opinion. A .45 ACP has so much knock down power it will knock an assailant clean off his feet with one shot. Though the .45ACP delivers plenty of energy to its intended target shot placement is most important. With advance technology in bullet construction even 9mm is capable of stopping a violent attacker with one well-placed shot. I grew up hearing many stories and myths like these above and there are many more myths floating around about the 1911 but one thing that’s certainly undeniable is its notorious status. The 1911 are over 100 years old and continue to be a highly respected reliable and tactical weapon. In the right gunsmith hands a 1911 would be capable of .5″ groups at 50 yards. Sig Sauer has been around since 1853 but is fairly young to producing 1911’s, which started around 2004 with the Sig GSR lineage. But today I am here to inspect one of Sig’s most highly spit and polished 1911′s the Sig Sauer 1911 TTT.
Though Sig added many features to this 1911 it retains its classic look and traditional lines. The Sig 1911 TTT sports a two-tone 1911 with Nitron® slide and black controls on a Natural Stainless frame. The most controversial features would be the updated safety features of the firing pin safety and hammer intercept notch. These features were not included in John Moses Browning original design and neither was its external extractor though its well documented that Mr. Browning went to an external extractor in one of his later designs.
Other great features included on this 1911 are 25-line per inch checkering on the front strap – while the mainspring housing has 20-line per inch checkering – and both the frame and slide are de-horned for comfortable full-size carry, a match grade barrel, hammer/sear set and trigger, beveled magazine well and topped off with a set of beautiful Burl wood grips. The 1911 TTT also features a beavertail grip safety with speed bump for a high grip, extended thumb safety and the mainspring housing sports a blued finish and a lanyard loop. The all stainless steel frame and slide of the Triple T machined to exacting tolerances and hand-fitted to insure reliability and performance.
Dirty Wilson grease shown after 75 rounds of 45ACP having been fired through the Sig 1911 TTT. Also notice the rear sight is combat styled, adjustable for windage and elevation. It sports a green horizontal bar directly under the notch that’s classified by Sig as a night sight. The special rear sight is snag proof by way of a melting process.
The Sig 1911 TTT also sports a match grade barrel.
The front sight carries a small white dot visible in any shooting situation day or night time shooting.
On the range the Sig 1911 TTT performed very well. All rounds were my reloads loaded W231 and 230GR hardball Xtreme plated bullets.
First thing I wanted to test was combat reliability and accuracy. The two 8 round magazines it was delivered with was loaded with 5 rounds each target placed at 10 yards and shots were fired as quickly as a good sight picture could be acquired.
With such great accuracy at short distances I could not wait to try my hand at 25 yards with this pistol. With 5 rounds loaded and target at the 25 yards line my front sight crystal clear at a 6 o’clock hold on a blurry target I let the first round fly, was it luck or a flyer being the first round because it landed dead center but did not group with the other 4 shots. Maybe I should have stopped while I was ahead.
Caliber 45 ACP
Action Type SAO
Trigger Pull DA N/A
Trigger Pull SA 5 lbs
Overall Length 8.7 in
Overall Height 5.5 in
Overall Width 1.4 in
Barrel Length 5.0 in
Sight Radius 6.5 in
Weight w/Mag 41.6 oz
Mag Capacity 8 Rounds
Sights Adjustable Combat Night Sights
Grips Burled Maple Grips
Frame Finish Stainless
Slide Finish Nitron®
Accessory Rail No
Features Beavertail Grip Safety
CA Compliant Yes
MA Compliant Yes
RATINGS (out of five stars)
Accuracy: * * * * *
I rated this 1911 with superb accuracy. Anything which allows me to hold such a tight group at 25 yards with an unassisted hold is definitely deserving. Before it gets to cold I will try to get back out to the range with the 1911 TTT to test it with my ransom rest.
Ergonomics: * * * * *
The grip of the 1911 makes for perfect balance, leading to quick sight alignment and sight picture making it possibly the best fighting handgun of all time.
Reliability: * * * * *
Reliability has been perfect up to 200 rounds which has been fired through this 1911 which includes some of my SWC .45ACP reloads. Those that reload or know what a SWC profile bullet is know this is a troublesome load to get to reliably feed in a 1911. I also used a number of different magazines, ACT, Chip McCormick, Tripp Research and standard military issue colt 1911 magazines and all functioned 100%
Overall Rating: * * * * *
The Sig 1911 TTT with its unique features like its rear sight and hand tight fitted slide to frame fit has delivered perfect reliability and outstanding accuracy earning its way to a perfect 5 stars.