SIG SAUER Brings .357SIG Ballistics to Classic 1911 Platform

   01.26.12

SIG SAUER introduces four 1911-platform pistols chambered in the company’s .357SIG cartridge, bringing enhanced ballistic performance to the all-American handgun.

Delivering .357 Magnum energy, the .357SIG provides a ballistically superior option to other defensive semi-auto pistol calibers. With muzzle velocities in the 1,500 fps range, the .357SIG is capable of producing hydrostatic shock damage.

“With a year of celebrating the legacy of the 1911 under our belt, we felt it was time to introduce modern-day ballistics to the venerable pistol,” said Jeff Creamer, SIG SAUER Director of Product Management. “The .357SIG turns the old war horse into a race-ready thoroughbred.”

Initially, four models of SIG SAUER 1911s will be offered in .357SIG, two 5″ full-size guns and two 4.2″ carry models. Following their .45 Auto counterparts, these 1911s feature match-grade barrels, hammers and sears. Skeletonized triggers and hammers reduce lock time and offer enhanced accuracy.

The only single-stack production 1911s chambered in .357SIG, these SIG SAUER pistols offer 9+1 capacity in the battlefield proven single-action only platform.

  • The 1911 TACOPs is a full-sized traditional slide 1911, with an all-Nitron finish; Ergo XT grips, ambidextrous safety and low-profile night sights.
  • The 1911 Reverse Two-Tone features a natural stainless frame and a Nitron-finished slide.
  • The 1911 Fastback Nightmare Carry offers a 4.2″ barrel and a proprietary rounded grip and backstrap to reduce printing when carried. Natural stainless controls contrast the all-Nitron finish and custom black G-10 checkered Hogue grips.
  • The 1911 Stainless Compact is an all-natural stainless traditional slide pistol with custom Hogue Blackwood grips.

“In addition to being a superb self-defense round, the .357SIG is an outstanding hunting cartridge,” Creamer said. “This is why more than 80% of state game and wildlife agencies have selected the .357SIG. Out of a 5″ barrel, this pistol-cartridge combination makes for an exceptional hunting platform.”

Introduced in 1994, the .357SIG was developed by SIG SAUER in conjunction with Federal Ammunition. Intended to offer Magnum-sized power in a semiauto-sized cartridge, the .357SIG has become a favorite of the country’s top law enforcement agencies. Manufactured by several ammunition companies, the .357SIG offers superior terminal ballistics, muzzle energy and accuracy when compared to 9mm, .40S&W or .45 Auto offerings.

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