The next gun down the road is a 1911 for me. I was looking at the SIG's. I don't want to be spending $1500+ on a 1911. I'm not at the point where I would appreciate or can tell the diff between a $1K and a $2K 1911. I did see a few colts that were about $800ish, but they look super basic. And the Sigs look way cooler. My pistol are tools so if they get dirty or dinged up, I don't care. That's the main reason why I don't want an expensive 1911. I won't want to shoot it.
Is Sig a good brand for the price?
Also I heard the mags don't last very long. And to just replace them instead of trying to fix them.
I bought these mags for my Sig nightmare Fullsize Fastback 1911:https://www.midwayusa.com/product/720215/wilson-combat-elite-tactical-magazine-etm-with-base-pad-1911-government-commander-45-acp-8-round
They work perfectly with the pistol, and are almost identical in fit and appearance compared to the Sig mags that came with it.
I had a birthday discount at Midway, so I treated myself to these. After researching a variety of 1911 mags, these Wilson ETM (Elite Tactical Magazine) 8 rd stainless came out as the most often recommended. No problems so far.
The 1911 has lots of OEM mag manufacturers out there. If someone is saying the mags don't last long, I'd ask, (1) what brand, (2) what model, and (3) how many rounds total?
As for Sig 1911 quality, I can only speak to the Nightmare. I love the silver & black 2-tone finishes, and its tolerances are very tight. The pistol balances in my hand perfectly, and it just feels "right".
I bought it online from GrabAGun when they still shipped to Hawaii. It was on sale for $825 with free shipping plus my local FFL fee. Now they have it listed for $1,079.99.
When I first started going to the range again, I was eyeing the Kimber 1911s. After research, I found the quality had dropped from when I first read up on them. Now, I'd recommend a Sig over a current model Kimber. The older models, if you can find one new or slightly used, would still be a good choice.
It's hard to go wrong with any Sig. I'd recommend you set a budget first, then make a list of all the 1911s in that range you like. If price isn't an issue, then it comes down to what model suits your needs best. If you really want to turn heads, an FBI Professional Model for about $3,000 would be an option. The tolerances are so tight, you'll make going to the range a priority just to put rounds through it and loosen it up enough to eventually rack the slide by hand. When Hickok45 did a video on that 1911, he had to rack it against the table.