Sig Sauer 1911 TacPac .45 – Update

The bug recently bit me again and this time it was a rather large bore bug in .45. After getting razzed for my love for Glocks by my friends up at the Oakland County Sportsman’s Club I decided to get the most iconic platform of handguns ever made the 1911.

Sig is certainly one of my favorite gun makers. You may have seen my Sig Saur P938 review on the compact 9m 1911 pistol that I recently purchased. Since that gun has been such a fantastic shooter for me I decided to get his big brother. The Sig Sauer 1911 TacPac is the 1911TacOps pistol with an added accessory pack. Included in the hard Sig Sauer case is the following:

  1. 1911 TacOps pistol in .45 caliber
  2. Paddle holster with additional magazine pouch
  3. 2 8 round magazines
  4. Sig Laser and battery
  5. Magazine loader
  6. 2 Allen wrenches


The Tac Pac comes in 2 versions the non-railed (no laser extra magazines) and the railed. Since this will be a range and home defense gun and possibly a competition gun eventually the one I purchased was railed.

Here are the specification on the gun:
Caliber 45 ACP
Action Type SAO
Trigger Pull DA N/A
Trigger Pull SA 5 lbs
Overall Length 8.7 in
Overall Height 5.5 in
Overall Width 1.4 in
Barrel Length 5.0 in
Sight Radius 6.5 in
Weight w/Mag 41.6 oz
Mag Capacity 8 Rounds
Sights Contrast Sights
Grips Ergo XT grips
Frame Finish Nitron®
Slide Finish Nitron®
Accessory Rail Depends on model
Options Holster w/mag pouch, speed loader, (2) xtra mags (rail) (3) xtra mags (non-rail), Laser (rail model only)
MSRP Call Dealer
CA Compliant No
MA Compliant No

The good:
The gun is definitely heavy and not something I would personally carry unless I was going to go for a walk in downtown Baghdad. Having by the night stand however is certainly reassuring. Nothing says get the hell out of my house like 8 rounds of 45. The hammer is easy to cock the slide is easy to cycle. The stipple and grips are very rough so the gun is easy to get a grip even when wearing gloves.

The bad:
Like my p938 the factory trigger is not my cup of tea. The serrations on the trigger will do a number on your finger in a very short period of time.  There is 2 solutions to this both of which are inexpensive.

  1. Use a Dremmel with a fine sanding  tip and smooth out the trigger. This can be done in about 5 minutes and is very easy even for those not overly handy. 
  2. Purchase an aftermarket trigger. This is what I decided to do in case I wanted to sell the gun down the road. In my case the STI trigger from Dawson Precision was a great choice. It also allowed me to shorten the take up in the trigger.

The paddle holster that comes with the gun has a retention button which I actually like. I have kids so having the Blackhawk SERPA holsters with the added retention are a plus. However the huge downside is even though the laser and the paddle holster are sold in the same kit they won’t work together. The holster is not designed to support a laser. This is a massive flaw in design!

UPDATE 9/13/13
After 4 months of owning this gun we felt it would be a good time to go back and discuss our longer term opinions.

After taking the gun shooting several times now and running a series of different ammo through I have found out of the gun is a bit picky on what it will and what it will not fire. If you intend to carry this gun or use it bedside then make sure you fire a box of your self defense rounds through it before you count on it.  the bulk box of 230 grain reloads have shot through it without a single issue and we have found the gun to be highly accurate even out to my limits at 25 yards.

As mentioned in the original article we did upgrade the trigger to the STI 1911 Short Curved Trigger. In doing so we realized the default trigger from Sig is actually adjustable to remove the slop that was left from the factory. Though even with adjusting the trigger you will find the default stick trigger is very gritty. The trigger from STI has a very small piece of plastic that makes the trigger just slightly larger then the frame will accommodate. A few minutes of very fine sand paper and we made the trigger fit just right. With the slop removed and the new trigger in place the trigger is perfect. My goal is to have the sear adjusted to lighten the pull and make the break cleaner. However as it is the gun is fantastic.

The included paddle holster with spare magazine carrier is on par with the Fobus Holsters we reviewed.  It works fine if I am wearing the gun around the home or the range. We have recently talked to Savoy Leather about having the make a custom leather holster for open carry. If you have not seen what Savoy Leather is doing then you need to go check them out.

Because of the lack of holsters that support the sig laser and that includes the actual Sig holster they send you the laser has not been used other then 2 times at the range. I would not recommend buying the TacPac as you would be better off just buying the TacOps gun and investing a higher quality holster, light or laser. Something like the Inforce APL for example would be a great addition.

All and all it is a 1911 and they usually need some work out of the box so this was no surprise. I love the gun and would buy it again in a heartbeat. I have had 2 offers to buy the gun and I happily turned them both down. Now what should I buy next? Hmmmmm.

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Charles is the editor for 248 Shooter a midwest based gun news and gear review site as well as Online Content Director for On Target Magazine. He is an avid student taking classes from top tier trainers around the country. Charles shares his love for training as well as experience and opinions on some of the most talked about gear and products used by competitive shooters, military, leo and civilians.