SIG Sauer is famous for its semi-automatic pistols designed on a Browning-Petter locking system, such as the parent P220 and the very recent striker-fired P320 which in 2017 was adopted as issue sidearm by the US Army.
It should not be forgotten that the German manufacturer has been producing excellent 1911 style pistols for years, both for personal defense and for sports shooting. This is the case of the 1911 “Max”, a competition 1911 that takes its name from the SIG-Sauer team's top shooter.
SIG Sauer “Max”, the 1911 of the champion
Born in 1981 and raised in New Orleans, Max Michel began shooting at the age of 5. For ten years he was a US Army shooting instructor participating at the same time as the most prestigious dynamic shooting competitions. He is the IPSC World Champion in the Open division and is the only shooter to have won the Steel Challenge seven times with four consecutive victories.
The gun that SIG Sauer has christened with his name is built by the company's "Custom Shop" and benefits from a series of features and accessories that make it an extraordinary points machine, a meeting point between the proverbial reliability of John Moses Browning's design and the equally proverbial German precision.
Chambered in .45 ACP or 9 x 19mm, the SIG Sauer Max is made entirely of stainless steel and uses a single-stack frame.
Trigger is in single action only, and here you begin to see the first really interesting things: sear and striker are produced by EGW (Evolution Gun Works), an American company specializing in the production of aftermarket components for 1911-style pistols. The trigger is straight and the magwell that facilitates the magazine change is produced by Dawson Ice, another American company specialized in competition accessories.
The hammer is a Koenig Speed part, designed by the great IPSC shooting champion Dough Koenig, which ensures an ultra light and fast hammer. The Nitron-finished slide is matte black, while the frame is left in white, with fine checkering on the front strap. A pair of Hogue Custom G-10 Chainlink grips complete the accessories package.
The sights are fiber optical, with a micrometrically adjustable rearsight. On the slide there are front serrations and, near the rear ones, the name of the weapon (or the shooter's, if you prefer) is engraved.
For once the design of the pistol is not ruined by the intrusion of the now ubiquitous Picatinny rails and is extremely classic and elegant, despite the high technological content.
The recommended retail price of the SIG Sauer 1911 Max is 1,529 USD.
SIG Sauer 1911 Max: technical data
|Caliber:||.45 ACP or 9 x 19mm|
|Magazine:||single-stack, 8 rounds|
|Barrel length:||5 in /127 mm|
|Action:||Short recoil locked breech|
Adjustable, optic fiber