SIG Releases New Air Gun Modeled After 1911 Spartan

Spartan 1911

SIG SAUER‘s Spartan models of handguns have been popular since their introduction a few years ago. While the guns are well built, I imagine most people appreciate the styling as much as anything. To match the centerfire handguns, the company is now offering an air gun based on the 1911 Spartan.

SIG’s new 1911 Spartan BB Pistol uses CO2 12 gram cartridges to operate these semi-automatic guns. The guns are a realistic facsimile of the original with an operational slide, metal frame and same weight. These guns will also fit existing holsters designed for the centerfire 1911 Spartan, potentially making them an excellent training tool for learning how to draw from concealment or for competition.

Related: SIG P320 Selected as new US Army Handgun.

While environmental conditions can alter velocity, the guns shoot BBs at a maximum of 410 fps. This makes the gun suitable for use in a backyard range. However, these should not be considered toys, and anyone shooting them should use caution just as you would with a centerfire handgun. The magazine holds 16 BBs.

Style-wise, the 1911 Spartan BB Pistol has a oil-rubbed bronze finish and the molon labe grips typical to these SIG pistols. While I think the pictures of these guns look good, none of them represent how good these guns look in person. I’ve had a chance to hold and shoot several of the centerfire versions, and I’ve been impressed by every one of them.

The suggested retail price is $110.99.

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  • Jeff Smith

    I hope firearms companies keep this up. Realistic copies of carry guns are a fantastic way of practicing at home. That being said, I prefer airsoft over BBs for the fact that you get minimal penetration and there’s less of a chance of a ricochet damaging something.

    • Anonymoose

      16 rounds is unrealistic, though.

      • Jeff Smith

        True, though you can always only load 7/8.

  • TheNotoriousIUD

    What are the laws on carrying or owning one of these in NYC?

    It would be better than nothing. A face hit would probably be painful as sh-t.

    • Anonymoose

      Arrested for brandishing a replica weapon, sent to Sing-Sing for 20 years because you’re not an oppressed minority.

      • TheNotoriousIUD

        I should have guessed that.

      • Robert B. Stanford

        Honestly what hell are you talking about? You must be one of those white guys who thinks we’re the race being oppressed. I think we’ve had it pretty good for the past 300+ years, excluding some Barbary pirates and whatnot. It just always comes down to race for losers like you doesn’t it? How about we just appreciate the firearms hmm?

  • Disarmed in CA

    Don’t forget your eye-pro, BBs bounce hard. Finally they made a ‘toy’ out of a real gun that looks like a toy.

  • AndyHasky

    When you molon labe on a budget…

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  • Lee M Attinger

    I’d love to do Sig’s marketing on this gun. “When you’re a complete dueche but can’t pass a background check”

    • Sgt. Stedenko

      When you don’t know how to spell douche, but really want to comment…

      • Lee M Attinger

        ouch. guess i’ll take that as constructive criticism and correct my spelling

  • A bearded being from beyond ti

    Does SIG make these themselves or do they outsource it to some airsoft company?

    • Sgt. Stedenko

      Based on the rail on the bottom which SIG does not do on the real thing, I’d say outsourced.
      However, outsourcing a PVD finish seems unlikely

  • Anonymoose

    Is this a .177 caliber pellet pistol or a 6mm airsoft pistol? Both will shoot your eye out, but the airsoft is safe to be shot with if you’re wearing pads and eyepro.

  • Don Ward

    I guess this is neat if you’re into the whole Spartans oppressing Helots cosplay thing.

    • .45

      “A gun? This is madness!”
      “This is ‘Merica!!!”