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
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