Sig Sauer 1911 Elite Match 9mm Out of the Box to Match Review

There are many people out there that don’t want to buy a gun and then spend hundreds of dollars on replacement parts and gunsmithing services just to get it to shoot right. For most of us, we want a gun that can consistently drive tacks out of the box. And for those people like us, Patrick Kelley has the perfect review series. Mr. Kelley takes a brand new gun out of the box, gives it a quick clean and oil, then takes it out to a Steel Challenge match to see how well it performs. This time, Patrick chooses the Sig Sauer Match Elite 1911 in 9mm. Watch the video below to see the Sig’s performance.

With Pat’s 1911, it seemed the sights shot a little high out of the box, so much so that he needed a slight adjustment after the second stage. He was concerned with the lanyard loop being a bit too sharp, and he had to employ some field medicine with a little duct tape. The trigger was heavy at 6 pounds with a little grit and creep, which was unfortunate for the otherwise well-fit 1911. Despite that, Patrick really seemed to like it! During the whole match of about 400 rounds, the Sig never malfunctioned. The gun shot well, and the sturdy 1911 frame kept recoil to a minimum. In accuracy testing, the Sig Sauer 1911 Match Elite shot 1 3/4″ groups at 25 yards (though he claimed much of that could be his own fatigue level, not necessarily the gun.) Overall, it seems like a pretty great handgun for under $1,000.

Did you “dig the Sig”? Tell us what you thought about the Sig Sauer 1911 Match Elite in the comments.

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8 Comments On This Article

  1. I have a 9mm Taurus 1911 that I doctored up and got it to shoot very well but I may just have to Look at this Sig. All the other Sigs I have shoot great out of the box. Just wondering if the Trigger in gun in the Article, is just that gun or all of them. Shooting 9mm in 1911 Platform is fun and Cheap.

  2. Great video, thanks. I was at the range with a friend and his cousin. I asked if they wanted to shoot my $450 Citadel 45FSP from Bud’s Guns. The cousin said he doesn’t like shooting cheap guns. He started shooting his new Sig 1911. The first mag was all over the target. His rear sight fell off on his second magazine. He borrowed an Allen wrench but was not able to reinstall the sight as the set screw was cross threaded. Meanwhile my cheap gun was tearing up the center of the target. Who da thunk it?

    • I also have a FS Citadel 45ACP 1911 Government model and it is the most accurate Semi-Auto pistol that I own. It’s extremely well built and not cheap at all. There is no doubt that Sig makes great firearms, but for more than twice the price, I’ll also stick with my $485 Citadel 1911.

  3. I bought one of these in .40 Cal. I wanted to get night sights for it. Sig doesn’t sell any for this pistol. They told me the dovetails were novak in front and bomar in back. Not true. I was told by a sight manufacturer that Sig cuts their dovetails a little off from the standards. Sig would not give me the true dimensions. Said it was proprietary. Now I have to go to a gunsmith or machinist and have them measured with a comparator. When I do, I’ll publish the dimensions on several forums so no one else will have to go thru this again.

  4. Have both the SME 9mm and the SME38 super in this platform and just as you discovered they are flawless when it comes to out of the box excellence for a 1911 shooter. I have done a walking test @15 yards with paper targets and they will put a hole 1/2 apart and perfectly level for the entire clip.