THURSDAY, JULY 12, 2018
Sig Sauer's We the People 1911 BB Pistol is nearly identical to the centerfire .45 ACP model also offered by the company.

When in the course of human events it becomes necessary for one people to resort to serious “tough guy” language that will live on for generations to come, a couple of phrases of grit and defiance stand out. 

One such maxim starts with the immortal phrase, “We the people…” As the first words of the preamble to the United States Constitution, those words serve as a bedrock underlying the concept of flipping a giant bird to tyranny and establishing “government of the people, by the people, [and] for the people.”

Another famous retort dates back to times when rough men wore sheets instead of metro rompers. “Molon Labe” (translation: come and take them, meaning our weapons) was what Spartan King Leonidas sent in response to the surrender request of Xerxes of Persia. That was back in 480 B.C., several decades before the birth of Senator Harry Reid. Anyway, the dramatic conclusion was punctuated by 300 Spartans and an additional 700 Thespians holding off 100,000 to 150,000 Persians for three days while the remainder of the Greek forces withdrew to fight another day. 

The Spartan looks and feels like a real 1911.

I have to assume that it was with epic badassery in mind that Sig Sauer chose to make two super-cool BB pistols and name them the “ We the People” and “ Spartan.” Just to be clear, the Spartan has the phrase “Molon Labe” imprinted along the slide. Not surprisingly, the We the People pistol has that iconic phrase on one side and “1776” on the other. I’ve been checking these two pistols out for the past couple of months and felt it an appropriate time to share some details on these two recreational, trainer, plinker, CO2 pistols. 

Both pistols feature a reciprocating slide that locks back after the last shot.

Both of these 1911-design pistols are designed to shoot 4.5mm BBs only, and both are built from actual metal. That’s awesome. As intended, they look and feel like the real centerfire fire and brimstone versions of classic .45 ACP pistols. Also like the real 1911 pistol, both of these models feature reciprocating slides. Yes, the recoil is certainly less, but you get the realistic sensation of a moving action every time you press the trigger. While both models feature removable magazines that drop from the bottom of the grip, they vary when it comes to functional details. 

The magazine for the We the People pistol contains both CO2 cartridge and 17 BBs. You can also remove and reinsert it without leaking air.

The Spartan accepts its CO2 cylinder through a lever-activated trap door in the grip. The removable magazine is for BBs only and holds 16. The We the People pistol, on the other hand, is designed from the ground up to offer realistic function as compared to the real deal. For starters, the metal magazine is full-width and contains both the BB supply (17 shots) and the CO2 cylinder. An Allen screw in the base of the magazine seats and pierces the CO2 cartridge. When you drop and replace a magazine with the We the People pistol, it’s a realistic thing. I should note that the magazine holds the air, so you can remove and replace CO2-charged magazines as much as you like without air loss. 

The Spartan uses a different magazine system and also includes a rail for light or laser attachment.

The other big difference you’ll experience with the We the People pistol is that it offers a realistic and as true-to-life as possible takedown procedure. The barrel bushing rotates and comes out. When the slide is placed in the takedown position, you can push the takedown and slide release lever out and remove the entire slide assembly. That’s kind of cool not to mention useful for the occasional cleaning. 

The We the People Pistol field strips almost identically to the real 1911 pistol.

While both pistols closely follow the 1911 form factor, they take different approaches to finish. The Spartan resembled a Cerakoted 1911 and features a polished finish except for the cocking serrations and checkering on the grip surfaces. It also features a Picatinny rail so you can easily mount lights and lasers. The We the People pistol carries a battle-worn appearance complete with simulated finish wear and three-dimensional stars on the grip surface. It looks and feels fantastic.

FROM THE INDUSTRY

The Daisy National BB Gun Championship Match is the most prestigious 5-meter, 4-position BB Gun match in the world, and at the end of the 2018 “Daisy Nationals” it was the Wyandotte County 4-H team out of Kansas City, KS, that took the medal podium to accept gold medals and the traveling first place trophy. In a nail-biting competition, Wyandotte County 4-H took the win by a single point over the Pierre Junior Shooters out of Pierre, SD. Pierre was shooting for a threepeat, having won the last to National Championships.

Erica Berger, shooting for the Gallatin Valley Sharpshooters from Bozeman, MT, won the individual shooter National Championship, scoring just one-tenth of a point over Allee Smith (Pierre Junior Shooters). Third to first in the individual division was separated by just .4 points.

More than 50 teams from across the nation competed in this year’s National Championship. Teams are comprised of five shooters, and often, two alternates. Alternates shoot for their own National Championship, as do “Champions,” shooters who competed last year. If youth shoot in this year’s event, they must return as Champions for a year before being allowed to shoot with their regular team the following year.

A new age of competition is upon us with the USA Shooting debut of digital competition in a fun, exciting E-Limination match featuring 32 competitors, all courtesy of the world’s greatest smallbore ammunition and their brand new myEley platform.

The first 32 USA Shooting members to sign-up will be entered into E-Limination-style tournament shooting match for 10-meter Air Rifle. Prizes for top performances will be awarded. Sign-up begins today through July 31 with competition set to begin Wednesday, August 1 in coordination with  National Shooting Sports Month. 

Federal Ammunition is pleased to continue its sponsorship and support of one of the largest and longest running gateways to a variety of shooting disciplines—the National 4-H Shooting Sports Program.

Federal Ammunition was a top-level sponsor of the 2018 4-H Shooting Sports National Championships, held June 24-29 in Grand Island, Nebraska. The company also supports 4-H leadership training efforts and 4-H Shooting Sports programs down to the local level. In addition, Federal Ammunition has supported 4-H conservation programs since 1934 and the organization’s shooting sports program since 1976.

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Stranahan New Shooter Match 2018

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American Legion, Dept of Virginia, North Region Championship

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2018 CMP May Monthly Match Camp Perry

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Oxford High School Shoulder-to-Shoulder Rifle Match

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2018 Net Competitor Spring Kick-Off League - Postal Match

2018 NC Junior Olympic 3PAR State Championship 2 of 3

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American Legion Virginia Eastern Regional Championship

King George High School NJROTC
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2018 FL State 3PAR JO (2 of 2) / General Frank Laudano Memorial

Sarasota Military Academy
Sarasota, FL

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2018 June Airgun Monthly Bench League

Civilian Marksmanship Program
Port Clinton, OH

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July 20-22
2018 Crosman All-American Field Target Championship

Rochester Brooks Gun Club
962 Honeoye Falls 6 Road
Rush, NY 14543

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August 8-14
Rifle/Pistol Fall Selection

Ft. Benning, GA
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August 19
The 26th Annual Kalamazoo Michigan Airgun Show

Kalamazoo, Michigan
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September 21-23
Pyramyd Air Cup

Tusco Rifle Club
New Philadelphia, Ohio

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