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Went to Academy Sports in Selma Texas this evening. I was informed that they had 2 Sig M11A1s. When I arrived I asked to see them. The salesman showed me the M11A1. While looking at it I was told to dry fire it if I wanted. I did so. It did not look like the hammer was striking the firing pin. It looked the same on both M11A1s. We put some snap caps into the magazine and tried it again. Both times it made a indentation on the snap cap so I hope it works fine when I take it to the range tomorrow. Have any of you owners of the M11A1 noticed that it isn't striking the firing pin. Evidentally it does because it left marks on the snap caps. I hope this is as good as all the great write ups I have read about the gun.
 

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You are going to enjoy your M11-A1. They nice pieces!

The SIG P-Series uses a rebound hammer system. The hammer strikes the firing pin when the trigger is pulled and "rebounds" back to a safe position when not being fired, even when manually lowered without the decocking lever. It's one of the built-in safety systems to prevent it from firing when dropped.
 

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Impressive new gun.....and impressive experience at Academy Sports.

The two local Academy stores here both require acts of Congress to get them to remove a trigger lock so you can evaluate a trigger on a particular gun. They had a P938 Extreme that I was very interested in last week. The young guy "working" in the gun area wouldn't do it even after verifying the display model was the last one in stock. I asked him if he would spend $700 on a gun without checking the trigger....he said, "Sorry, sir, rules is rules". Wow. Okay. I apologized for wasting his time and said he'd not have to worry about me buying a gun from them that day or likely any other. I left without buying the other stuff I'd put in my cart and went elsewhere to order the same gun.

You experienced good service in your store. It's a roll of the dice around here. The local Gander Mountain experience was even worse than Academy, lol. The only chain store that seems to be consistently good in gun department is Cabela's...so long as you don't mind waiting for someone to get free.


You are going to be well served by that new P229. Looking forward to some range reports.
 

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My M11A1 hammer looks and behaves just like every other P-series pistol that I've owned...because it's designed like every other P-series pistol I've owned; pull the trigger, hammer falls striking the FP, hammer rebounds just past the intercept notch. Happens so fast it's hard to see it.

I've put ~850 rounds thru the M11A1 and every time I pull the trigger it goes boom even though the hammer doesn't look like it hit the FP.
 

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Impressive new gun.....and impressive experience at Academy Sports.

You experienced good service in your store. It's a roll of the dice around here.
The OP did have a good experience!

I tried to purchase a CZ-75 at Academy about 20 years ago. They required that the information on the 4473 be printed in all CAPITOL LETTERS and if I made a mistake, I would have to start over with a new form. I was delayed that day, for whatever reason, when they called it in for the background check. After that, the whole experience went south. They treated me like I was a criminal trying to buy a gun and gave me the feeling that they were going to call security to have me removed from the store if I didn't leave.

Academy lost a customer that day and I haven't set foot in one since then and never will. I also make it a policy not to buy guns from any retailer that escorts you out of the store after making the purchase.
 

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Congrats on an awesome pistol! As others have pointed out, the hammer on a P series pistol strikes the firing pin then rebounds back to a resting position where it doesn't touch the pin. I'm sure your Sig will fire every time.
 

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The OP did have a good experience!

I tried to purchase a CZ-75 at Academy about 20 years ago. They required that the information on the 4473 be printed in all CAPITOL LETTERS and if I made a mistake, I would have to start over with a new form. I was delayed that day, for whatever reason, when they called it in for the background check. After that, the whole experience went south. They treated me like I was a criminal trying to buy a gun and gave me the feeling that they were going to call security to have me removed from the store if I didn't leave.

Academy lost a customer that day and I haven't set foot in one since then and never will. I also make it a policy not to buy guns from any retailer that escorts you out of the store after making the purchase.
Unbelievable. Some of these chains make me wonder if they are just incompetent or truly have contempt for their staff and customers.

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Hard to find somebody to work that really knows what they are doing. Thus the bad experiences with retail stores in their gun departments. See it every time I go to one of these big box stores. Not much knowledge in their products that they sell.
 

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Impressive new gun.....and impressive experience at Academy Sports.

The two local Academy stores here both require acts of Congress to get them to remove a trigger lock so you can evaluate a trigger on a particular gun. They had a P938 Extreme that I was very interested in last week. The young guy "working" in the gun area wouldn't do it even after verifying the display model was the last one in stock. I asked him if he would spend $700 on a gun without checking the trigger....he said, "Sorry, sir, rules is rules". Wow. Okay. I apologized for wasting his time and said he'd not have to worry about me buying a gun from them that day or likely any other. I left without buying the other stuff I'd put in my cart and went elsewhere to order the same gun.
The OP did have a good experience!

I tried to purchase a CZ-75 at Academy about 20 years ago. They required that the information on the 4473 be printed in all CAPITOL LETTERS and if I made a mistake, I would have to start over with a new form. I was delayed that day, for whatever reason, when they called it in for the background check. After that, the whole experience went south. They treated me like I was a criminal trying to buy a gun and gave me the feeling that they were going to call security to have me removed from the store if I didn't leave.
Similar experience. 2 things I learned after my purchase:

1. Never buy another Glock
2. Never buy from Academy
 

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:D I took it to the range yesterday and fired 100 rounds all flawlessly. Its a nail driver. First 3 shots were just about one hole. I love the gun. It is all that I had read about it. I am happy I bought it.
 

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Went to Academy Sports in Selma Texas this evening. I was informed that they had 2 Sig M11A1s. When I arrived I asked to see them. The salesman showed me the M11A1. While looking at it I was told to dry fire it if I wanted. I did so. It did not look like the hammer was striking the firing pin. It looked the same on both M11A1s. We put some snap caps into the magazine and tried it again. Both times it made a indentation on the snap cap so I hope it works fine when I take it to the range tomorrow. Have any of you owners of the M11A1 noticed that it isn't striking the firing pin. Evidentally it does because it left marks on the snap caps. I hope this is as good as all the great write ups I have read about the gun.
Congratulations, I got one a year ago... and as we age, our eyes like our reflexes, aren't as quick, so we can't follow the hammers travel as easily as we did 4-5 decades ago. I'm sure you will be pleased with it's performance, as the rest of us have with ours. Mine was no doubt sitting in a warehouse for 2-1/2 years, as it had an October 2013 birthdate, so I cleaned it of its preservative, and lubed it up by greasing the rails, and where parts slide, and oiled the parts that rotated and turned. Took it out and broke it in, with never a hiccup!

Wish you as much fortune... enjoy!
 
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