Sig Sauer 1911 ULTRA .45 ACP Handgun Review

An accurate, super-compact backup, the Sig Sauer 1911 ULTRA .45 ACP handgun is easy to conceal and ready to serve!

The new Sig 1911 Ultra offers a lot of firepower in a lightweight, compact package that is very easy to carry concealed

When it comes to a duty handgun for law enforcement, many cops swear by the tried-and-true 1911. However, what about the 1911 user looking for a tough and reliable .45 ACP handgun to serve as a backup?

When it comes to the 1911, there are basically three different sizes of 1911 handguns to choose from. The original size, known as a Government Model, had a 5-inch barrel and a full-sized grip. The Commander, introduced in 1951, had basically the same frame size but a barrel that was 0.75 inches shorter. The smallest 1911, often called an Officer’s Model, was introduced by Colt in 1985, though other semi-custom shops had been offering a similarly sized pistol for several years.


Officer’s Model-sized 1911s generally have barrels between 3 and 3.5 inches, and the grip is about a half-inch shorter than a full-sized 1911’s. Obviously, this makes the pistol easier to carry and conceal than either a full-sized 1911 or a Commander. However, muzzle blast and recoil are intensified, and the reduction in velocity—due to the shorter barrel—can be problematic for bullet expansion, so it’s critical to select and use the proper ammunition selection in these types of guns.

Unlike 1911s from many other manufacturers, Sig Sauer’s design utilizes and external extractor. And it works very well.

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  • neorebel

    Thanks for the review. The Sig Sauer Ultra Compact is a fantastic gun. I shoot 1911’s a lot full size, Commander and the Ultra.
    I am 6′ 5″ , 240 lbs and wear a large to extra large glove. This gun fits my hand perfectly. The checkering on the front strap and the checkered grips make this a dream to shoot.
    The first time out of the box I shot 150 rounds including Hornady Extreme duty rounds. No failures at all.
    The sights were perfectly indexed to the barrel with the point of aim on the front sight dot covering the bulls eye. The first round and subsequent rounds just chewed a nice big hole in the center of the gun.
    Easy to clean. I put my hand over the back of the slide and frame, pull the slide back and pop the link pin out. The rest is gravy.
    I do use lubriplate on all of my guns. I NEVER have had a failure of a gun to run with it. NEVER. Lubing is paramount in these tight little monsters and can’t be forgotten or they won’t run.
    I give the gun 10 out of 10 for ergonomics, function, feel shoot ability!

  • jim stoskopf

    i bought this Sig Sauer…i paid just under $ 1000.00 Us Dollars
    hope the info has helped you prepare what a quality firearm will set you back.

  • how can i order a gun like this one and can it be shipped to central america el salvador or could it only be for people in the united state i am interested because i love collectiong different guns been my hobbie since i was a youngboy please let me know thanks and let me know the prices