By Mark Singer Pistol Instructor at Safe Direction Firearms Website Address: safedirection.org Some firearms are iconic in the American Culture. One would have to be the Thompson SMG as it conjures up memories of the gangsters of the Prohibition era. Another would be the M1 Garand, Called “the greatest battle implement ever devised” by General George S. Patton.1 And arguably the most iconic semi-automatic pistol in the American culture is the Colt M1911 pistol conceived of by a brilliant firearms designer John Moses Browning. The M1911 served as the standard issue handgun for the U.S. Armed Forces from 1911 to 1985 and is still in select use today.2 With the popularity of the 1911 pistol within the Armed Forces, it is no surprise that the civilian population took a liking to the design as well; with numerous manufacturers making their own versions of the Colt original. SIG Arms famous for their traditional double action line of pistols, most notably the P226, joined the 1911 market in 2004 with their own take on the 1911. They took some poetic license and created a 1911 with what has been described by gun owners as a “SIG profile” slide. The SIG profile slide adds a bit of mass and squares off the rounded traditional lines of the venerable 1911 pistol. SIG entered the 1911 market with their new SIG GSR 1911, with GSR meaning Granite Series Rail3. It was released in a Commander length barrel of 4.25” which SIG calls the “Carry” frame size and a Government length barrel of 5” which SIG simply refers to as the “Full” size frame. While the pistol was well received, it received criticism from fans of the 1911. Not only was the criticism aimed at the slide’s shape and appearance but due to the unique profile of the slide finding a holster became that much harder. Well, SIG was listening. http://www.dayattherange.com is a self funded (no advertisements ) website dedicated to provide unbiased reviews. It is the owner and the author's way of giving back and sharing a great sport and part of America's tradition. Stop by and let us know what you think about this article, by leaving comments.