The Sig Sauer Legion series of pistols has been on my list to check out for awhile now, but I haven’t been able to get one locally. I eschew any internet purchases of guns because I plain don’t like the race to the bottom mentality and I also like to put a gun in my hand before I pull the trigger and buy it. Every time the Sig Sauer Legion came into The Gun Room Inc. (my local gun shop) it sold out before I could lay my hands on one to review. Either the Sig Sauer Legion was all it was cracked up to be or it was just another trend.
Enter the Sig Sauer Legion P229, P226, and P220
When you first pick up the Legion you are instantly aware of how well the gun mounts or fits into your hand and that this isn’t just another gun. The Sig Sauer Legion comes stock with some tritium sights fore and aft that really make it easy in low light and in bright sun alike. A quick stop to Sig Sauer’s website reveals some details about the Legion Series that I won’t go into too much detail about here as I’m not that kind of gun guy who is all specs and no opinion. Opinion is a lot these days, news being the first thing that comes to mind when I hear the word “opinion”. While my opinion isn’t worth a thing and really only matters when I shed lead with my buddies my opinion is replaced by paper proof. Sig Sauer must have been listening to customers who have been upgrading the regular line when they released the Legion Series to the legion of fanatics that are using them.
Shooting the Sig Sauer Legion is about as boring as a gun gets, there isn’t a surprise from the recoil even in a defensive round. The Sig Sauer doesn’t move in your hand in rapid fire strings, due in some part to Sig’s choice of grips and checkering. The trigger is a custom tuned jobbie and if your desires lean toward the exotic 10mm or 45 ACP variations in the P220 single action you’re met with a trigger that rivals the custom tuned 1911 trigger. In a combat pistol, which the Sig Sauer Legion is, you want a trigger that breaks clean and crisp with little take up and Sig Sauer’s Legion does exactly that. I hear people say crisp as a new dollar bill because they read it in some magazine or heard it on some T.V. show but personally this thing is as crisp as lettuce or celery. Yes even a vegan can shoot the Sig Sauer Legion and not just because of the awesome trigger but because it’s an awe-inspiring gun.
In a modern sense the Sig Sauer is like spell and grammar check, it seems to auto correct all the bad shooting habits you have acquired over the years in a smartly designed and manufactured weapon. The Sig Sauer Legion’s price tag is where the plastic gun guys will come against the wall, they will insist their $40 to manufacture handgun will shoot better in all blah, blah, blah, ad infinitum types of shooting and only cost them $400.00. I must be the only one who sees a $40.00 handgun at other stores selling for hundreds of dollars to the unsuspecting masses as a problem. This is after having a plastic or should I say “polymer” so the gun types don’t take too much offense, part fail and cause my truck to stop working. I looked up the part from the dealer and was dumbfounded to see it was over $300 then I just went online and bought it for $32 delivered. Should the truck manufacturer have used metal instead, you bet, but would the general American want to pay for a better truck? Not so much! The same can be said about all of the cheap plastic crap out there but as I’ve been seeing the Sig Sauer Legion did it right and there is no end to the people wanting one. Sure Sig does some fancy footwork with the Legion’s marketing but in the end it’s the real gun types who are buying it at the shops not wannabes.
The real question at this point is which one would I buy? Since I need a 9mm combat gun for a class that require 3 mags of high capacity 9mm I’m getting the Sig Sauer P226 Legion. I really hate taking a class where I get Glock or other plastic pieces of junk shoved up my butt by instructors who have never had a round fired at them but have somehow become an “expert” in the field. Well now is my chance to shove back with a quality gun I would use myself for carry or combat. I love the new Sig Sauer Legion series and would have no problem recommending it to shooters new and old for their needs. A high quality gun never goes out of style, they always work, and a few years only adds character rather than failure like the plastic race to the bottom beauties the kids all strap on their hips these days.
If you are more like me and want to buy a good gun at an actual gun store by someone who actually knows guns go see the team at The Gun Room Inc. in Portland Oregon. If you want to collect 43 variations of the same cheap crap go somewhere else, they won’t sell that stuff. Give The Gun Room Inc. a call (503)777-3931 and join the Legion!
Opinion by Brok and not neccesarily the views of Sig Sauer or The Gun Room Inc.