Common SIG Scorpion 1911 Problems and Solutions

The wonderful SIG Scorpion 1911s made by SIG are extremely dependable. There are two magazines included. Although it lacks the auxiliary rail but has the conventional sliding profile.

The Colt series 80 is what inspired the SIG 1911. It is a good IDPA gun and a good nightstand gun.

However, no gun is without fault and so isn’t this one. The most common problems with SIG Scorpion 1911 are FTF Issues, failure to go into battery, extractor issues, slide locking issues and hammer drop issues.

I will discuss the solutions to all these problems and user reviews in this article. So read on till the end!

Features & Specifications of SIG Scorpion 1911:

Cartridge.45 ACP.
Capacity8 Rounds
Barrel Length5.0 inches
Weight5 lbs.
Length8.7 inches
Width1.4 inches
Height5.5 inches
SafetyAmbidextrous safety
SightsLow-Profile Night Sights
Common sig scorpion 1911 Problems
sig scorpion 1911

Common SIG Scorpion 1911 Problems and Solutions

The owners deal with many common SIG Scorpion 1911 problems. Here are some of the issues and how to solve them.

Quick Overview of the Problems and Solutions

FTF IssuesPolish feed ramp, use proper ammo.
Failure to Go Into BatteryTroubleshoot.
Extractor IssuesTroubleshoot/replace extractor.
Slide Locking IssuesTroubleshoot.
Hammer Drop IssuesTroubleshoot/replace sear springs.

1. FTF Issues:

You cannot get through a single magazine without at least one FTF. The issue is really bad with this one.

The cartridge would detach from the magazine, and climb the ramp, but not fully engage the battery. The brass case is sometimes difficult to see so you cannot really decipher the issue.

With some mags like the JHP, the issue may get worse.

The Fix:

You may notice every FTF occurring in the same location on it. The feed ramp is the place of issue. It has been the most reported cause of these jams. Polish the feed ramp and the issue may get resolved.

Sig mags, Wilson and Chip McCormick power mags, etc are good for the gun. They are less likely to cause FTF issues.

2. Failure to Go Into Battery:

When the gun gets dirty, failure to go into battery issues arises. This perhaps is due to small chambers. It appears that it will only be able to fire 50 rounds before losing battery.

The gun would work great if you close the slide before reloading. However, every time you attempt to rack or drop the slide from the locked position, it may fail.

The Fix:

battery issues
battery issues

The slide/frame fitment desperately needs a quick wipe-down and more lubrication. This should solve the problem. Your gun should look like the given picture.  

3. Extractor Issues:

The ejector may be too loose. It has to do with how the ejector’s notch may be cut out. It appears that they are not applying enough reward pressure to it as they go along.

The Fix:

You might want to discuss replacing the ejector with someone at SIG. Alternately, take it to a reputable gunsmith who uses reverse-cut drill bits to maintain extremely tight ejector tension while replacing it.

4. Slide Locking Issues:

The slide often just jams halfway after firing the last round in a magazine. Even after disassembling and cleaning it, the slide would not fit on the frame. It’s because the slide may not be smooth and became stuck halfway back.

When there is no round in the chamber, the slide would move backward and return to the firing position rather than locking back into the open-chamber position.

The Fix:

Fill the magazines fully and keep them loaded overnight to give the springs time to take the first set. Lubricate the handgun thoroughly, paying particular attention to the slide stop and the plunger tube.

Use 230-grain brass-cased factory-made ball ammunition. Test shoot it once more to check if the problem has been fixed.

If you didn’t clean and well lubricate your Scorpion before shooting, do so immediately. Also, confirm that the follower is contacting the slide stop by inserting an empty mag into the handgun.

5. Hammer Drop Issues:

When you let off of the slide, the hammer falls to the half-cock position and slams forward. The problem is the sear spring. However the hammer still may drop to half-cock with the new sear spring installed.

If you remove the slide release and let it crash forward, the hammer will stay all the way back.

The Fix:

You can replace the sear spring with the one from the Wilson Combat Spring kit. Additionally, stop releasing the slide when there’s an empty chamber. It is difficult on everything to open a slide with a chamber that is empty.

Replace the hammer, seal the connection, and finish the task. This pistol has a great stock trigger. Resist the desire to do some trigger work.

User Feedback on SIG Scorpion 1911

It is hardly surprising that the civilian population liked the 1911 pistol’s design. Given how well-liked it is among the armed forces. The SIG profile slide gives the legendary 1911 handgun a little more bulk and straightens out its rounded conventional lines.

In the 1911 category, there are, in my opinion, superior choices. Other than this Scorpion of course. The Scorpion 1911 has reportedly caused problems for a lot of people.

The most common complaint with this handgun is FTF. The gun is tight and might need some brief breaks. SIG put itself in a bit of trouble with these guns.

But it may appear like they have made up for that with incredibly tight, beautifully produced weapons that are priced significantly less than some of the competing ones. However, they come from the factory incredibly tight.

For the first 150 to 200 rounds, most guns experience problems. The Trigger pull is also a little too long and not particularly sharp.

On the other hand, around 25% of respondents thought the pistol was fantastic. They claimed that it never failed. Moreover, the extra funneling effect from the flared mag well which is integrated as part of the grips is perfect and helps a ton with smooth reloads.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

Where do Sig Emperor Scorpion 1911 fit into the spectrum of initial build quality among the likes of Colt and Springfield?

In the 1911 world, the Scorpion is not up to the standards of Dan Wesson. The SIG guns with the center of the primer may be compared to Springer and Colt quality.

How many rounds of magazines did Colt make for the 1911?

Colt used to make some 10-round mags for the 1911.

Does the SIG Scorpion 1911 have any more or less MIM parts than DW?

When comparing the two, they appear to be equal in appearance. It isn’t until you break them down you can readily see how the MIM parts of the SIG stand out.

What type of coating is done on SIG Scorpion 1911?

The Emperor’s have a PVD coating like the Nitron finish. The standard Scorpion’s have a Cerakote paint finish.


The SIG Emperor Scorpion 1911 is a good-looking pistol but it has some flaws. Most flaws have been mentioned in this article in the form of problems and also in the users’ opinion section.

With the FTF issues and the tightness of the gun, it can be quite a nuance. Moreover, the side of the cons hangs heavier in the balance. The advantages are not worth it.

Although they do have the flexibility of fitting different ammo from guns within the 1911 series. Considering everything, however, I suggest you steer clear of the Scorpion from the SIG 1911 series. 

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