Sig Sauer’s 1911 Tactical Operations pistol is as reliable as it is versatile, shown here with a SureFire X400.

The most enduring design of John Browning remains the 1911 pistol. In fact, a good argument can be made that the 1911 is the most timeless handgun of all time. Taking that position one step further, you would
be very hard-pressed to come up

with another technological innovation introduced 100 years ago that remains on the cutting edge today.
For the better part of the 20th century, commercially made 1911s were only available from a single source. That has all changed and 1911 pistols are now available from a number of manufacturers. However, quality varies tremendously and in the end you’ll get exactly what you paid for.

A few years ago, Sig Sauer introduced a line of 1911 pistols, a move that took many of us by surprise. After all, Sig Sauer was turning out some first rate DA pistols. Why make a move into unknown territory? Why not? If this firm could turn out a world class DA pistol, they just might be able to apply that expertise to the most popular self-loading pistol of all time.

Fast forward to the present where it has become abundantly clear that Sig Sauer now makes some of the best 1911s on the planet. In their quest, they applied a number of 21st century refinements to this classic design to create an even better pistol. With Sig Sauer’s 1911s, precision and reliability are no longer mutually exclusive qualities. Their line has grown to include full size, compact, and subcompact variants that are equal to and, in some ways, surpass custom pistols.

Ambi safety is standard on the Sig Tactical Operations pistol.

Recently, I was able to check out a Sig Sauer 1911 Tactical Operations pistol chambered in .45 ACP. The Tactical Operations pistol is a full-size, all-steel 1911 pistol that has everything you need and nothing you don’t. As its name implies, this heavy-duty pistol is designed for the SWAT officer, but would also be a solid choice for patrol or personal defense.

Like all Sig Sauer 1911 pistols, the Tactical Operations embodies the classic qualities of the Browning original along with modern innovation. I’ve long felt that full-size, steel-frame 1911s are the most reliable of the breed and Tactical Operations is so rendered. It also utilizes the traditional short-plug style recoil spring guide rod of the original for simplified takedown and reassembly. Personally, I don’t fancy the full-length guide rod on the 1911 self-defense pistol, and any accuracy advantage it might offer is lost on me.

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