Consumer Review: Sig Sauer 1911 Ultra Compact 9mm Nickel


Known for high quality firearms, the Sig Sauer 1911 Ultra Compact does not disappoint.  1911’s in general are some of the most aesthetically pleasing handguns combining a luxurious feel with realistic functionality. 


Model Number:  #1911UT-9-Nickel

Barrel Length:  3.30 Inches

Sites:  SIGLITE Night Sights; 4.80 inch sight radius

Action:  Single

Trigger: 5 pounds

Weight:  28 oz with an empty magazine

Frame:  Nickel PVD alloy

Slide:  Nickel PVD Stainless steel

Magazine:  2 steel magazines – single stack 8 rounds

Height:  4.8 inches

Width: 1.4 inches

Overall Length:  6.8 inches

Safety:  External manual thumb safety on left side; beavertail grip safety

MSRP:  $1,221.00

Ergonomically, the Sig Sauer 1911 ultra compact is second to none.  It’s a comfortable carry gun, very accurate and reliable.  This subcompact version of the 1911 has a heavier than usual recoil spring for slide velocity purposes.  The frame is made of aluminum alloy, allowing for a lighter 1911 concealed carry gun without compromising on looks or performance. 


  • Beavertail Safety:  One of my favorite features is the beavertail safety.  This allows for a comfortable higher grip while simultaneously protecting the shooter from hammer bite and accidental discharge. 
  • Weight:  It’s definitely heavier than my other carry gun (S&W M&P Shield), but it isn’t by any means too heavy.  Also, due to its weight the recoil is minimal.   
  • Disassembly:  The Sig Sauer 1911 ultra compact field strips and cleans easily.  Simply pull the slide back until the takedown notch is right above the stop lever.  After the slide stop is removed, the barrel, slide, guide rod and spring will easily come off. 
  • Finish: The nickel Physical Vapor Deposition finish protects the gun from corrosion while allowing for a polished look and feel. 
  • Reliability:  So far there have been no ejection issues or malfunctions.  I can’t really speak on accuracy since I’m a novice shooter at best.  LOL


  • Magwell:  I’m not really sure if this is a con as much as it is me not being comfortable with it yet.  I’m accustomed to palming my mags into the magwell, but the included extended magwell makes this difficult.  In order to get proper seating I had to push the mag upwards with my finger.  It should be noted that this issue is now less noticeable though as I get more familiar with my gun. 

Overall, the Sig Sauer 1911 ultra compact 9mm nickel is a joy to stare at and shoot.  Like all Sig’s it’s not a cheap gun (MSRP $1,200+), however it’s more than worth it if your dead set on a high quality 1911 carry gun that’s easy on the eyes and accurate.