The SIG 1911 Spartan: Molon Labe

SIG has as much fun designing new finishes for their handguns as most people have shooting them.  They were showing off several new ones at this year’s SHOT Show and this Spatan-themed 1911 is going to grab more than a few people’s attention.  ΜΟΛΩΝ ΛΑΒΕ.

“ΜΟΛΩΝ ΛΑΒΕ” is of course the King Leonidas’ response to Xerxes request that he and the Spartans lay down their swords at the battle of Thermopylae—”Come and take them.”

A Spartan stands atop a shack with spear and shield in hand.

This SIG is Spartan in theme not Spartan by nature, as at comes with more than a few embellishments and luxuries.  The two things that stand out most is the finish and the engravings.  The finish is called oil-rubbed bronze, although it is a hard Nitron-treated 1911.  The slide and grips are engraved with ΜΟΛΩΝ ΛΑΒΕ and painted gold.  The grips are manufactured by Hogue.

The slide is SIG’s with the beveled sides and tall, wide rear slide serrations.  On top of it rides a set of night sights.  The hammer and trigger are SIG’s competition variety, which are skeletonized and provide a clean five pound break.  The front and rear backstraps are checkered, the grip safety has a memory button and the magazine well is flared with a small extended well that comes down over the baseplate of its eight-round magazines.  It is chambered in .45 ACP.  It doesn’t have a rail, and the controls are on the left side only.

The SIG 1911 Spartan is displayed on a desk.

All said and done, despite the colors and engravings, this is an all-steel single-stack 1911 that weighs in at 41.6 ounces.  It may be capitalizing on a meme but functionally this firearm means business.  The other dimensions are straightforward for a 1911:

  • Overall Length: 8.7 inches
  • Overall Height: 5.5 inches
  • Overall Width: 1.4 inches
  • Barrel Length: 5 inches
  • Sight Radius: 6.5 inches

The one last detail about this pistol is truly unspartan: the MSRP is $1,356.  There are a few in stores now and they’re priced more like $1,100 for now.

Now beauty being in the eye of the beholder, is this SIG 1911 Spartan everything you could have hoped for and more, or is this something you’ll pass over for something a little more… plain?

Photo credit Phaethon and The Armory Blog.

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