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Old 04-17-2017, 06:47 AM   #16
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Hey all!

New to this forum here! Thought I could use some insight on my next purchase. I currently own a Glock 43 and 19, and a Springfield XDM 45.

I really wanted to get a 1911 and after holding many in my hand, the Sig Emperor Scorpion fit like a match! I love everything about it looks wise! I have only shot a Kimber Master Carry Pro .45 and was pretty accurate with it. Can anyone compare those two 1911s together? Recoil? Malfunctions?

And while I have ya here, I know I said I really like the Sig 1911, but I just did some research on the 226 and it also catches my eye. Im just not sure if I should get a 1911 or the 226? Someone needs to help with the decision!!!!!

Thanks in advance!
Both.

Honestly the 226 and 1911 are two platforms every handgun enthusiast should own... two of the best feeling pistols in your hand at any cost.

So maybe just pick the caliber you want and buy that first.

The Kimber you refer to is a 4" aluminum frame carry model whereas the Emperor Scorpion is a 4.2" (carry) or 5" both steel frame and is everything you'd ever want in a full size 1911. I own the ES full-sized 5".

The P226 SAO or DA/SA needs no further explanation only that the SAO trigger is as good or perhaps better than a 1911 if you want cocked/locked capability.
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Old 04-17-2017, 08:42 AM   #17
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I have some nice 1911's, including a Wilson Combat in 10mm, don't carry 'em. Got a P226 40 SSE, nope, stainless frame is heavy, though it shoots nice. Have four P229 40's, one of them is my main carry. When it's too big, a P938 fills in. I go against some advice and carry DA/SA as well as SA, even at 72, I have enough active brain cells left to keep that sorted out.

Some think a DA/SA has an advantage for carry, no need for a manual safety. Many strikers are the same, but first trigger pull on the DA/SA is typically 8 pounds or more, heavier than a striker, so less chance of Glock leg (or now P320 leg). With an exposed hammer, unlike a striker, you rest your thumb on the hammer as you holster, that essentially eliminates an chance of a holstering negligent discharge. The SA pull is good. And can be made near as good as a custom 1911.

A good part of your decision would be what your primary use will be? I'd take my WC if hiking in the woods, if a 45-70 guide gun was inconvenient. (we have black bear and cougar), if it was for brown or white, I'd be inconvenienced. But for conceal carry, I'd choose the P226 (in 40) or better still, consider the P229, either over a 1911.
Bumper I don't mean this disrespectful at all. I just wanted to say hearing that your 72 and still carry a 229 .40 is very encouraging. I'm a younger guy at almost 45 next month. I love my 229 and 226 in .40 and sometimes carry a PPS in .40. I so often hear people gripe about .40 and heavy Sigs that just hearing you say at 72 you carry a 229 .40 makes me smile.
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Old 04-17-2017, 10:32 AM   #18
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The 1911 platform is the one I have been used to since the 60's. Once I fired a number of rounds through a 226, the 1911s rest in the safe.

In addition to all of the positives of the 226 mentioned in this thread, I would add the simplicity of disassembly/assembly.

The 1911 is a fine gun, the P Series Sigs are just more modern and offer a number of advantages.
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It's hard to be the feel of a 1911, but if any gun can it would be the Sig P226, for me. I have a Springfield Armory GI model 1911 on layaway as we speak, but I am definitely going to be getting a P226 in the future. I would get the one you like most now, and get the other one on down the road.
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-snip- I so often hear people gripe about .40 and heavy Sigs that just hearing you say at 72 you carry a 229 .40 makes me smile.

Just want you to know that that may make *you* smile, you young whippersnapper, it makes ME smile even more!!

I try to stay active, though a tractor accident 5 years ago came back to haunt me, putting me TU (that's short for dang near recliner bound) for the last year. Feb 2, back surgery has me back in action, riding my bicycles again, gaining back muscle mass and lost weight, so all will be better soon - I hope!

In deference to the back surgery, have been using a Galco Miami Classic shoulder holster for the P229.
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I guess it depends on what caliber you really want. If it's a 45ACP then 1911. If 9mm then 226. That's me, 1911s are supposed to be 45ACP. 45 is not an option for P226.
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I'll be that guy....226>1911
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I'll be that guy....226>1911
Not really because it's subjective. You could argue p220 > 1911 or vise versa. Unless we are talking 9mm or 40 caliber 1911, in which case I would agree with you.
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Not really because it's subjective. You could argue p220 > 1911 or vise versa. Unless we are talking 9mm or 40 caliber 1911, in which case I would agree with you.
I could argue hipoint>1911, not a 1911 fan, had a couple and can't seem to find one worth keeping.
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Both.

Honestly the 226 and 1911 are two platforms every handgun enthusiast should own... two of the best feeling pistols in your hand at any cost.

So maybe just pick the caliber you want and buy that first.

The Kimber you refer to is a 4" aluminum frame carry model whereas the Emperor Scorpion is a 4.2" (carry) or 5" both steel frame and is everything you'd ever want in a full size 1911. I own the ES full-sized 5".

The P226 SAO or DA/SA needs no further explanation only that the SAO trigger is as good or perhaps better than a 1911 if you want cocked/locked capability.
Or both at the same time....... This is one of those the answer is so obvious how did you miss it? The 226 SAO Scorpion!!! You got your 226, your single action, and your Scorpion all rolled up in one. What's not to love?

Look up and left. I rest my case!
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I could argue hipoint>1911, not a 1911 fan, had a couple and can't seem to find one worth keeping.
That's just silly.
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That's just silly.
what is?
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1911 and 226 are really different platforms. Both are perfect guns. Buy both!
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I guess it depends on what caliber you really want. If it's a 45ACP then 1911. If 9mm then 226. That's me, 1911s are supposed to be 45ACP. 45 is not an option for P226.
Sure it is, P227.

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Sure it is, P227.

i like where your heads at
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