Sig 1911 Scorpion Carry Traditional Review

| March 24, 2014 | 8 Comments

By Mark Singer
Pistol Instructor at Safe Direction Firearms
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Some firearms are iconic in the American Culture. One would have to be the Thompson SMG as it conjures up memories of the gangsters of the Prohibition era. Another would be the M1 Garand, Called ?the greatest battle implement ever devised? by General George S. Patton.1 And arguably the most iconic semi-automatic pistol in the American culture is the Colt M1911 pistol conceived of by a brilliant firearms designer John Moses Browning. The M1911 served as the standard issue handgun for the U.S. Armed Forces from 1911 to 1985 and is still in select use today.2

With the popularity of the 1911 pistol within the Armed Forces, it is no surprise that the civilian population took a liking to the design as well; with numerous manufacturers making their own versions of the Colt original. SIG Arms famous for their traditional double action line of pistols, most notably the P226, joined the 1911 market in 2004 with their own take on the 1911. They took some poetic license and created a 1911 with what has been described by gun owners as a ?SIG profile? slide. The SIG profile slide adds a bit of mass and squares off the rounded traditional lines of the venerable 1911 pistol. SIG entered the 1911 market with their new SIG GSR 1911, with GSR meaning Granite Series Rail3. It was released in a Commander length barrel of 4.25? which SIG calls the ?Carry? frame size and a Government length barrel of 5? which SIG simply refers to as the ?Full? size frame. While the pistol was well received, it received criticism from fans of the 1911. Not only was the criticism aimed at the slide?s shape and appearance but due to the unique profile of the slide finding a holster became that much harder. Well, SIG was listening.


Within the last few years SIG has released a new line of 1911s dubbed the ?Traditional Series of 1911s.? These new SIG 1911 clones are built to be more in line with the original Colt M1911 style with the traditional round topped slide and flat sides that earned the M1911 the nickname of ?Old Slab Sides2?. For comparison, this review of the new Traditional SIG Scorpion Carry was conducted with the author?s SIG GSR Carry pistol. You can see the difference in the profiles of the slides in the images below. The GSR has a more squared off profile than the Scorpion which is from the new Traditional SIG 1911 line of firearms.





As both pistols are manufactured by SIG they possess a number of similarities. For example, both have SIGLITE night sights and the rear sight of both is a Novak style sight. Both have front grip strap checkering and an extended and checkered magazine release. They also both feature an external extractor as opposed to the internal extractor found on the original Colt M1911. They both come with two eight round extended magazines with bumper pads, both have a 4.25? commander length barrel, and both have a solid trigger and skeletonized hammer spur with tapered beavertail grip safety.












On to the differences: The front sights differ in that the newer Scorpion has a lower profile front sight that the GSR. The GSR obviously has a tactical rail where the Scorpion does not. Currently the SIG 1911 Scorpion is offered with a rail but only with the SIG profile slide, not in the traditional series. The Scorpion has some more distinguishing features. For one, 1911 enthusiasts may balk at the flat serrated trigger. I was unaccustomed to it at first but it seems to make quick work of double taps. The trigger pulls were measured with a Timmey trigger pull gauge and the GSR and the Scorpion had nearly identical pull weights at 4.2 and 4 pounds, respectfully. On to the grips, while both are constructed of G10 composite material they could not be more different. The grips on the GSR are much more traditional panel grips with a simple but effective checkering. The real story is with the grips on the Scorpion. They are hyper aggressively checkered and they extend past the frame. The mainspring housing, which is also constructed out of the G10 material and checkered similarly to the grips, also extends past the frame. Together they form a well-constructed magazine well to aid the shooter performing quick reloads. The grips and mainspring housing are constructed by Hogue for SIG and are sold with the pistol. It is this author?s opinion that it is one of the best constructed magazine wells being offered on a production gun today. Finally, the Scorpion has an attractive desert tan Cerekote on top of its stainless steel slide and frame making for?an attractive pistol.












At the range, the Scorpion and GSR both performed flawlessly with a number of ammunition types but only the results of the Scorpion will be discussed as the GSR is out of production. The ammo tested was PMC?s 230 grain FMJ, Federal?s 230 grain FMJ, Corbon/Glasser?s +P 165 grain Pow?rBall, and this author?s favorite 45 ACP load Hornady?s TAP FPD 230 grain XTP+P. Nine (8+1) rounds were fired from a one handed grip with the dust cover placed in a Caldwell rest at 35 yards with the Hornady TAP XTP load for a test of accuracy through the Scorpion. The Target was a large Birchwood Casey Shoot-N-C, just to catch any potential flyers, as it turns out that wasn?t necessary. As a matter of personal preference, I choose to test new-to-me firearms without cleaning or oiling them first to get true ?from the box accuracy and reliability.? However, just for the record, it is a good idea to clean and oil any new gun prior to its first use. Below you will see the target shot with the Hornady TAP load. Recoil from this load was negligible, with a very controllable muzzle rise. The Corbon load created about the same pattern but with noticeably more recoil and noise; this is common with many lighter bullet weights in handgun calibers.

The next phase of shooting was done at 15 yards with a mix of the PMC, Federal, Hornady, and Corbon loads. The target was a 6? Birchwood Casey Shoot-N-C utilizing a two handed modified weaver stance. The accuracy of the Scorpion was quite impressive. All together 560 rounds were fired in the new Scorpion and as mentioned earlier both pistols performed flawlessly with all ammo tested. I will definitely recommend this firearm as a welcome addition to any handgunner?s collection.





















End Notes
1: M1 Carbine. History Engine: Tools for Collaborative Education & Research. ?The Great Depression,? Texas Wesleyan University. <>
2: Sweeney, Patrick. 1911: The First 100 Years. Iola, WI: Krause Publications, 2010. Print.
3: SIG GSR 1911 Review. Payton Miller. Guns & Ammo Magazine. 2014 InterMedia Outdoors. 4 April, 2004. <>

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8 Comments on "Sig 1911 Scorpion Carry Traditional Review"

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  1. Bob Barker says:

    Great review on a great looking gun. I’m glad Sig listened to the masses as while the GSR does look impressive I still prefer the original.

  2. How much holster duty in hours has this pistol been subject to? I ask because I am curious of how the finish is holding up. Maybe that is something you can keep us up to date on as time passes?

  3. Scott Carmody says:

    Great write up, Mark!

  4. Scott Astin says:

    Great and very informative write up Mark.

  5. Mark says:

    Mr. RevolverGuy, I never carry a new firearm until it has proven itself. Since it has just had over 500 jam free rounds with at least 100 of them hollow point ammo. I have just recently started carrying it. Probably about 5 days now. There is no wear as of yet. But I will keep everyone updated.

  6. mr.revolverguy says:

    It is always very wise to ensure your pistol is reliable and that you are comfortable you can perform with it before carrying I understand.

    Let us know how the finish holds up.

  7. Mike Feist says:

    Great review. Can’t wait to see what’s coming next.

  8. Tim says:

    Just put the first 50 thru my new Scorpion today. Being as it is the uncatalogued version there are not many out there. I love this thing! Nothing a little more shooting and a good trigger polish will not fix. Sig has once again done well with this line. Had only 1 issue.. 2 ftf but was using a non factory mag.. will take some of the others next outing. Other than the mag issue.. weapon performed flawlessly! I am not as proficient as i once was but maintained a 4 inch group @ 25 yards. Cannot ask for better out of box. Now time to perform the next which i always do.. polish all internals to mirror finish incl barrel inside and out. Thanks for your review.

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