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GUNS Magazine June 2010 - Page 40

SIG’S Sublime Pair Mas tested the latest SIG 1911 .45 from 25 yards off an MTM pistol rest. SR was the first real, indigenous American G SIG. Influenced by neither SIG of Switzerland nor Sauer of Germany, this firstborn of the American entity then known as SIGARMS was fittingly cloned from a uniquely American pistol. By Massad Ayoob Photos: Chuck Pittman The P238 has a great sight picture, but the test gun’s sight wasn’t centered. Still, that can be corrected, and Mas liked the group size of P238 at 7 yards. 40 Matt McLearn, who headed the initial 1911 project, has gone on to greener pastures in the gun world, and the US arm of SIG has gone from assembling parts from top makers in other parts of the USA to making more and more of their 1911 in-house at their plant in Exeter, New Hampshire. New Hampshire is of course the Granite State, and the first iteration of the SIG 1911 was called the GSR to denote Granite State Rail. It came with an integral light rail as part of the frame’s dust cover. As the photos will show, the passing years have given us versions more Granite State than before, being manufactured right there in Exeter, but less Rail. Not everyone wants a light rail, particularly on a carry gun, since even now concealment holsters for “rail guns” are relatively hard to come by. There are many 1911 enthusiasts who can accept the less-classic lines of SIG’s interpretation of the all-American 1911 pistol, but just draw the line at the rail. Also well established is the .45 auto is just too big for some people to carry. Call it workplace dress code or complacency, it’s a fact of life. That’s why small .380s are so popular, and it’s why SIG in January ’09 introduced a tiny 1911 clone in the short 9mm chambering. If nothing else, the scaled down model makes sense for hideout backup. WWW.GUNSMAGAZINE.COM • JUNE 2010

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