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Battle of Efficiency for Sig Sauer 1911 clones

Jan. 9th, 2014

Sig Sauer 1911 GSR versus the Sig Sauer 1911 Ultra


1. Sig Sauer 1911 GSR:
– Barrel Length: 5″ barrel
– Magazine Capacity: Depends on magazine! In NV, we can have the extended! Normal 7 Stock Magazine (+1 in chamber)
– Ammunition: .45 ACP

2. Sig Sauer 1911 Ultra:
– Barrel Length: 3.25″ barrel
– Magazine Capacity: 7 stock Magazine (+1 in chamber)
– Ammunition: .45 ACP

Firearms For Life Instructor: Jacqueline Carrizosa rambles on;

The Sig Sauer GSR is a newly purchased handgun for Firearms For Life and The Compound training Michelle Rodriguez at our Range here in Las Vegas, so I decided since I already had my daily open carry on the Range; Sig Sauer 1911 Ultra, I compare some shots and spread the love.

Both models produced by Sig Sauer were both really smooth and nice to shoot. Both being made in the USA, the 1911 GSR was given the 2004 Handgun of the Year Award by the Shooting Industry Academy of Excellence. Accuracy was also on point being from a top name pistol producer, it went where I wanted it to go. So seeing GSR, on the larger model clone 1911, I thought must be an acronym. Of course, I looked up the meaning. GSR stands for Granite Series Rail. Grips were both aftermarket, both with serrations and texture to benefit a strong grip and comfort of the shooter’s hand. The night sights on my Sig Sauer 1911 Ultra were another plus for my pistol, but an easy fix for the Sig Sauer 1911 GSR.

During shooting, the GSR still needed breaking in definitely and was a little picky with certain magazines we had at our range. It would fail to feed and also fail to eject at times. I think it has to do with how we keep them (the magazines) loaded, and I could always certainly agree with a possibility of a weak magazine spring to cause the “pickiness” of the GSR. Or maybe the range ammunition we have is reloaded, so that could be another argument of grain/powder charge issues. The Sig Sauer Ultra did have a slight stronger recoil due to the shorter barrel, but still manageable in a confrontational situation, it also had some issues later on during shooting more and more bullets of some stovepipes, but that’s an easy fix to any shooter. Maybe could replace with a stronger recoil spring or a double recoil spring one day, or just man up. If you have weak wrists or arthritic hands, I would not recommend firing the Sig Sauer 1911 Ultra, unless you have a “fearless, I don’t care” attitude.

Finding a holster to fit the GSR seemed a little tasking but we ended up going with a Kydex hip holster from American Shooters, and their staff was extremely helpful with MY ADHD personality of touch everything, pull everything out, what is this, what is that… We then did place the hip holster onto a thigh rig by Blackhawk for training purposes. Later in weekend training session, we did move to a from the hip carry. My personal open carry holster I use is a fine custom order leather for smooth in and out transitions and my personal comfort. It’s “stylish” as some people would say. More to come from that entertaining and educating training session.

Image below features both guns by each other.
Battle of Sig Sauer 1911 clone models

Image below illustrates rapid fire from Sig Sauer 1911 GSR.
Rapid fire 1911 GSR

Image below illustrates rapid fire from Sig Sauer 1911 Ultra. I obviously drop it more at the end. ARGH! Self-improvement never ends.

Sig Sauer 1911 Ultra Rapid Fire.

Sig Sauer 1911 Ultra Rapid Fire.

Overall both, handguns were extremely accurate and fun to shoot. I love the two Sig Sauer 1911’s and would recommend them to any .45 caliber lover and collector. Needless to say when Michelle Rodriguez shot it, she also fell in love with the smooth strong power of the Sig Sauer 1911 GSR.

Anyone shot either of these guns before, feel free to leave commentary on your opinions on the pistols.

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