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Old 04-09-2017, 03:27 PM   #1
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Would You Trust This M11-A1?

I got a great deal on this pistol, BNIB at a LGS a little over a year ago.

After about 1,000 rounds it had some serious malfunctions.
FTFire, FTExtract.
It made two trips to SIG last summer. I posted the details.

I have put 1,000 rounds thru it since it was worked over by SIG. No hiccups of any kind.

Great fun at the range.

When I bought it I was planning on adding it to my EDC rotation. (239-40 & 229-40).

It is a great pistol but I don't know that I'll ever carry it. Would you?

Maybe after another 1,000 flawless rounds? 2,000?

I like this pistol, a lot, but don't think I'll ever bet my life on it.
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Old 04-09-2017, 03:31 PM   #2
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What did Sig determine was the issue and what did they do to resolve it?
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Old 04-09-2017, 03:39 PM   #3
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What did SIG do the last trip?
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Old 04-09-2017, 03:48 PM   #4
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If you have put 1,000 rounds through it with no issues, I would say it is fixed.
I wouldn't have a problem carrying it.
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Old 04-09-2017, 05:08 PM   #5
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Sounds like a normal gun to me???????????
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Old 04-09-2017, 05:11 PM   #6
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After 1000 and zero hiccups I would trust it now.
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Old 04-09-2017, 05:32 PM   #7
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How many flawless rounds does it typically take for you to trust a new gun?
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Old 04-09-2017, 06:17 PM   #8
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Original failure was failures to extract. A lot of them.

SIG replaced the extractor and spring.

Within 50 rounds after that, the pistol failed to fire in DA and SA modes. Would not fire at all. Big problem.

Returned to SIG, they reported they could not reproduce the problem.

So, now I have put 1,000 rounds thru it without any problems.

I have owned a couple dozen SIGs since the 80's.

None of those pistols ever had a failure or a hiccup of any kind. I don't think it's just been luck.

I like this M11-A1, so, I am not dissing the pistol at all. But, I have two other SIGs that have functioned flawlessly for decades, they are incredibly accurate and reliable. I have less trust in this pistol than the 239 and the 229 that I have carried for a long time.
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Old 04-09-2017, 06:24 PM   #9
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I suppose only you can decide if you trust it enough to carry it at this point.

Personally, I wouldn't carry something I didn't trust. In fact, I don't think I'd own a firearm I didn't trust.

I'm sure the ones I do own and trust could someday let me down and disappoint me. I mean anything mechanical could possibly just fail at any time out of the blue.

Tough call and only one you can make.
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Old 04-09-2017, 06:28 PM   #10
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Would You Trust This M11-A1?

Eventually the springs do wear and need replacement.

I have no idea what the expected round count is. My mid '90 P229 had some weak strike issues and I had to replace the main spring. I've replaced all the springs by now.

To me, 1000 rounds sounds pretty reliable.
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As it stands right now, I would have no problems EDCing it. YMMV.
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I'd put a few hundred JHP rounds through there, and if it keeps going "BANG" then it's your call.
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Old 04-09-2017, 10:44 PM   #13
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I know the trust thing, personally if one malfunctions on me and I can not diagnose exactly and fix it turns into a range gun. Fortunately none of my Sig's have had any issue thus far.
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Sig Texas, as has been said, yes it's hard to trust someone/something that lets you down, after you thought it was "ready to go"! In a "perfect" world, we would know immediately before something broke, and could prevent it. Of course we all know, that's not how life works.

All we can do, is meticulously maintain our equipment, and hope it doesn't let us down, that's why we choose brands with good reputations, and not the "Saturday Night Specials"!

After taking all of these things into consideration, you cannot trust the one you have, ask yourself, if you could trust the same model, but a different one, than what you have.
If you think you could... then I would refer you back to the "perfect world" statement, because anything is subject to failure... you just need to estimate the odds, and go with the best odds!

Good Luck, in you decision!
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Seems like the problems have been resolved. I would trust it. But it is not about me.

If you have a 229, it seems that there is no pressing need to have an M11-A1 in the EDC rotation, so perhaps you could spend some more time with it as a range gun and eventually develop trust in it.
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