It’s almost like belonging to an exclusive club, with the Sig Sauer “Legion” line of handguns. They are custom in many ways, and we’re checking out the P229 Legion model today.
Anyone who knows even a little bit about firearms, knows that the Sig Sauer line of firearms are some of the best-made guns, period! The workmanship is second to none, and they are all super-accurate, too. I’ve never had any Sig that passed through my hands, used or new, that had a problem of any kind. The Sig Sauer Legion line of handguns are as close as can be to being custom-made. Additionally, they have some features that can only be found on the Legion lineup.
The Legion P229
The Legion P229 has a proprietary Legion gray PVD coating on the frame and slide, and it’s some tough stuff. It also comes with custom G-10 grips, and there is a Legion medallion in the middle of the grips that’s nice looking. In addition, the Legion comes with something Sig calls Electro-Optics X-RAY high visibility night sights. They are different from the SigLite night sights and are hard to explain, but they are better than the SigLite night sights. Each Legion also ships with three 15-rd mags, and it comes in a standard polymer Sig carrying case. However, once you register your Legion, Sig will send you a challenge coin, and another custom molded carrying case for your Legion and the three mags.
The Legion P229 also has a bit of a beaver tail on the frame, but it isn’t overly big, and it allows for a higher hand hold on the gun, to help reduce felt recoil. Its front strap is also checkered, not serrated, and there is checkering on the underside of the trigger guard as well. The trigger guard is also undercut a bit more than on the regular P229 handgun. So they won’t snag on your clothing when drawing the gun, the front of the slide not only has cocking serrations on the rear but also on the front of the slide, which is a very nice touch. An extremely nice touch is the decocking lever and slide release that are also smaller. I wish they did it on all their handguns.
Of course, the P229 Legion also has the Sig SRT, Short Reset Trigger, making it fast on follow-up shots. It’s also polished, so the trigger pull in DA (double action) is smooth, just like in SA (single action). This trigger is designed by Grayguns Inc. and is designated P-SAIT trigger. On top of it all, there is a solid steel guide rod that adds more weight out front, instead of a plastic guide rod. My P229 Legion came in 9mm.
A Full-Sized/Compact DA/SA
The P229 is considered a “compact” handgun by Sig but just barely. It is more along the lines of full-sized/compact, compared to other similar designs. As already mentioned, the gun is DA/SA. That means the action is double action for the first shot, unless you cock the hammer first, and it’s single action for all the rest of the shots, and during shooting strings you can de-cock the gun any time you want by simply pressing down on the de-cocking lever. It’s very safe and easy to to.
The slide is stainless steel, and the frame is an alloy. As already mentioned, both are coated in that gray colored PVD coating, which is exclusive to the Legion lineup. There is an accessory rail on the dust cover for adding a light or laser. The trigger pull is about 12 lbs in double action and 4.5 lbs in single action. Needless to say, the gun is super accurate.
Barrel length is 3.9 inches, making it “compact” front to rear. The gun weighs in at 34.4 oz and is 1.5 inches wide and 5.4 inches tall. I do like that Sig has redesigned their mags so they now hold 15 rds. Well, Sig doesn’t make their own mags, but the mag maker redesigned the follower to accommodate a few more rounds; more is better. However, the Legion will also take all P229 9m cal mags that hold fewer rounds, too.
Undercut Trigger Guard and Extended Beaver Tail
One thing I really liked on the P229 9mm Legion is the undercut trigger guard, allowing a higher hold on the gun. I wish Sig did this with all their DA/SA handguns. It makes a big difference in faster follow-up shots. The slightly extended beaver tail on the frame seemed to also keep the gun from bouncing up/down under recoil and was another nice touch by Sig. Maybe this will be one we’ll see on the regular lineup.
The night sights have a great big green front dot that also glows brightly in sun light, and the sights has horizontal serrations. That helps reduce glare when shooting in bright sunlight, too. The sights are about as snag-free as can be too.
I made no changes to this Legion P229 pistol, none! I loved it out of the box and wish I had gotten one sooner, a lot sooner. However, full retail is $1,413. My sample was as-new, at least 99% as-new, without any dings or scratches on it. So, I got it for $989, and it was a deal, if you ask me. I’m a big fan of buying used firearms, good used firearms that have not been abused. It saves me money over buying brand new.
I packed the P229 Legion around for two weeks in a Blackhawk Products leather belt-slide holster. It allowed the gun to ride high and tight on my belt. No one noticed I was carrying concealed with my cover garment– a loose-fitting button down shirt that I never button. I also tested the Legion in a Blackhawk SERPA tactical thigh holster that also had two spare mag pouches attached to it. In this configuration, I wore it around my homestead and hiking on a logging road. It’s one of the best tactical holsters to be had. Many in the SpecOps circle use these holsters, as do many SWAT police officers, and even some street cops like this holster.
Ammo Used For Testing
As usual, I had a great selection of 9mm ammo on hand for testing the tough-built P229 Legion. From Buffalo Bore , I had their 147-gr subsonic heavy load, that is standard pressure JHP, 147-gr Outdoorsman Hard Cast FN +P load, 115-gr Barnes TAC-XP all-copper hollow point that is +P+ rated, and their 124-gr FMJ FN Penetrator +P+ load, which really penetrates deeply.
From Black Hills Ammunition , I had their HoneyBadger 100-gr all-copper bullet that has to be seen instead of explained and that is +P rated, and I had their 125-gr HoneyBadger subsonice all-copper bullet, their 115-gr JHP +P, 124-gr JHP +P, 124-gr EXP hollow point, and their 115-gr Barnes all-copper hollow point +P load. So, I had more than enough ammo for testing, as well as some reloads that were given to me by the guys at the gun shop. I had no idea what they were or who loaded them, but I fired them all without a hitch in the P229 Legion.
My accuracy testing was at 25 yards, and the gun was rested on a sleeping bag over the hood of my Dodge Ram 1500 pickup. I’ve learned to turn it around so the empty brass doesn’t ding up my windshield. Three were zero malfunctions of any type with the P229, and none were expected either. Sig’s are famous for their reliability and accuracy. If I was on my game, I could keep 5-shots in less than three inches with all the loads, and several loads came in right at 2.25 inches. I think the gun can do even better than that. After several hours of shooting, I’m a bit tired, and I know a gun can shoot better than I’m capable of shooting.
It was a dead-tie for first place, between the Black Hills 124-gr JHP +P load and the Buffalo Bore 124-gr FMJ FN Penetrator +P+ load, and I mean a dead-tie. I couldn’t measure the difference in the size of the loads. I’m thinking both loads can get down there below two inches with more practice. However, my range time is limited, and repeated trips to the range aren’t advised because of the expense involved in gas and the expenditure of even more ammo. Rest assured, I’m sure this Sig can easily cut groups down under two inches with loads it really likes. And, the +P+ loads from Buffalo Bore were a piece of cake for the P229 to handle.
A Superior 9mm Handgun With Extra Bells and Whistles
In the end, if you are in the market for a superior 9mm handgun that has a few extra bells and whistles, check out the Sig Sauer P229 9mm Legion. It might just be all the gun you’ll ever want or need, so join the Legion Club.