Review: SIG Sauer 1911 Stainless Target pistol in .45 ACP

Like most 1911 models by SIG Sauer, the Stainless Target is also manufactured in Exeter, USA. A plethora of modern government replicas find their way to dealerships from this manufacturing facility. Besides various color and slide variants, SIG Sauer also offers its 1911 models in a wide range of calibers. So prospective buyers will find versions for punchier ammo like the 10 mm Auto for the 1911 TACOPS model, besides the usual suspects such as .45 ACP, 9 mm Luger and .40 S&W. The company has models chambered in .38 Super and .357 SIG as well.

SIG Sauer 1911 Stainless Target all-steel pistol

Front sight and muzzle on the SIG Sauer 1911 Stainless Target
Shooters can strip the barrel bushing on the SIG Sauer 1911 Stainless Target almost effortlessly; take-down tools are entirely unnecessary.

The SIG Sauer 1911 Stainless Target comes fitted with a stainless steel slide and checkered wood grips with double diamonds. The company has trusted classic elements for the engineering, including a barrel bushing at the front and the lock with two serrations on the slide. A closed barrel link handles the tilt. 

Otherwise the pistol from Exeter has a beavertail with memory groove, a wing safety on one side and match grade sights, along with an automatic firing pin safety and a disconnector that blocks the trigger when the weapon is not completely locked.

Practical Review of the SIG Sauer 1911 Stainless Target 

Match grade rear sight on the SIG Sauer 1911 Stainless Target
The fully adjustable match sights on the SIG Sauer 1911 Stainless Target have flattened edges on the rear sight plate.

The SIG Sauer 1911 Stainless Target did not score full marks for cycling/safety, as the magazine reluctantly chambered the topmost round completely (–2 points). But the problems disappear if you load seven rounds instead of eight. Otherwise the handgun performed admirably. 

Its trigger characteristics revealed a good take-up, but a let-off that was not entirely crisp (–2 points). The gun scored full marks for trigger/frame design (–0 points). The 1911 frame has a classic look with flat hammer spring housing and is a very handsome weapon thanks to the double diamond grip plates. Some might prefer a more aggressive surface structure on the wooden plates.

The controls didn’t give much cause for complaint. Everything is where you would expect to find it and the levers all cycle easily. Only the longitudinal grooves on the hammer could do with a more structured form (–1 point). There’s otherwise the risk of the thumb slipping when cocking the gun.

The sights leaves nothing to be desired with their fully adjustable, match grade rear sights and solid post front sights (–0 points). The white dot inserts ensures rapid target acquisition with a rich and highly contrasted sight picture. 

Overall, this SIG Sauer pistol has good finishing. There are a few deductions for miniscule machining marks around the bushing and the recuperator spring guide rod bushing (–1 point), as well as for the sharp edges on the trigger (–1 point). The SIG Sauer 1911 Stainless Target delivers upper mid-table precision for its class. It scores 46 (–4 points) with a group size diameter of 49 millimeters.

Round-up for the SIG Sauer 1911 Stainless Target

The review revealed the SIG Sauer 1911 Stainless Target to be a reliable 1911 pistol with respectable precision. Prospective buyers looking for a modern full-size government with match grade sights and Browning-style locking mechanism might be advised to take a closer look at the Stainless Target. 

Sig Sauer even accommodates sporting ambitions with its nicely built sights. The sharp edges on the trigger can be dealt with by a qualified tuner if needs be. At least it comes factory-fitted with a trigger stop. 

SIG Sauer 1911 Stainless Target: Characteristics and Technical Data

The SIG Sauer 1911 Stainless Target reviewed here costs €1,599.00. The pistol comes with two eight-round magazines, a color user manual, a gun lock and a polymer case. The technical data are listed in the table.

Model:SIG Sauer 1911 Stainless Target
Caliber:.45 ACP
Capacity:8+1 rounds
Size (LxWxH):221 x 33 x 150 mm
Barrel length:128 mm
Trigger weight:1.960 g
Weight:1.120 g (with empty magazine)
Features:All-steel pistol, wood grips, match-grade sights
Price:1.599 Euro
Individual components of the SIG Sauer 1911 Stainless Target pistol
A classic locking system is also fitted to the SIG Sauer 1911 Stainless Target. Two barrel locking ribs grasp the slide when the receiver closes. A barrel bushing guides the barrel.

Evaluation of the SIG Sauer 1911 Stainless Target with .45 ACP:

Evaluation Points
Precision (max. 50 points)46 points
Repeating sequence/safety (max. 10 points)8 points
Trigger characteristics (max. 10 points)8 points
Trigger grip design (max. 5 points)5 points
Controls (max. 10 points)9 points
Sights (max. 5 points)5 points 
Workmanship (max. 10 points)8 points 
Total points (max. 100 points)89 points
Test rating

5 of 6 

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