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For the last several yearsr has been one of the most progressive, and aggressive, forces in the firearm market. From the introduction of the MCX carbine to the P320 pistol, SIG Sauer’s accomplishments have overshadowed the rest of the industry. The MCX was selected as the new rifle for London’s Metropolitan Police Counter Terrorist Command while the P320 was selected as the new service pistol by the U.S. Army. When I visited SIG last year, there was a lot of excitement in the air. During my visit, I was draw to the SIG P229 Legion pistol.
I have always been drawn to the P229 because of its compact size and ergonomics. A follow-up to the SIG P228, the P229 is a mid-sized pistol with a double-stack magazine and traditional double-action/single-action (DA/SA) fire controls. Available in 9mm, .357 SIG and .40 S&W, the P229 is a workhorse, serving as the issued pistol for the U.S. Secret Service, Federal Air Marshall Service and ICE for many years. If the standard P229 is good, then the Legion version is spectacular.
Join the Legion
For those unfamiliar with the Legion program, it was introduced in 2015 with a series of branded products, accessories and fanfare. The Legion is both a line of enhanced pistols and a customer loyalty program. Owning a Legion allows you to access Legion-branded accessories. It is basically SIG Sauer’s fraternity for professional users.
I received a SIG P229 Legion for testing and was very impressed. Like others in the series, the P229 Legion has a proprietary gray PVD finish and features custom G10 grip panels with the Legion chevron medallions.
Starting at the top, I immediately took note of the SIG Sauer X-Ray high-visibility sights. The front sight has a tritium insert surrounded by a luminescent green capsule. The rear sight has two traditional tritium inserts that offer a distinct contrast to the front sight. The rear sight also features a forward cocking ledge for single-handed manipulations. Another unique touch is the Legion logo engraved on the top of the slide, just forward of the rear sight.
The alloy frame of the SIG P229 Legion features several enhancements that are both functional and attractive, including an extended Elite beavertail that, combined with the undercut X-Five frame, allows for a higher purchase on the pistol. The frontstrap has received a more aggressive checkering that has also been applied on the bottom and front of the triggerguard.
Other SIG P229 Legion Features
Mechanically, the P229 Legion features an enhanced, polished action with an adjustable, short-reset trigger that has been augmented by Grayguns Inc. As mentioned, this is a DA/SA pistol. Its controls include the takedown lever, decocking lever, slide release and magazine catch.
Field-stripping the P229 is both safe and easy. After removing the magazine, the user manually locks the slide to the rear. With the slide locked to the rear, the user rotates the takedown lever downward. The slide stop is then released, and the slide comes off the front of the frame. One warning: The user should maintain control of the slide to prevent it from launching across the room.
The SIG P229 and P228 have always felt good in my hands. The contour of the backstrap helps negate the size needed for a double-stack pistol. The DA trigger pull on my test pistol was long, but smooth, with slight stacking at the end. I was unable to measure the DA pull with my gauge, but the SA pull broke cleanly at 4.5 pounds with minimum overtravel thanks to the enhanced trigger controls.
When ordering the SIG P229 Legion, I also requested a factory-threaded barrel that would allow me to also shoot it with SIG’s excellent SRD9 suppressor. The SRD9 is a very refined suppressor that is 7.2 inches in length, 1.38 inches in diameter and weighs 9 ounces. The tube is manufactured from Grade 9 titanium while the baffles are constructed from 17-4PH stainless steel. The SRD9 is also user serviceable in that the baffles can be removed for cleaning and, if need be, replacement.
In keeping with SIG’s commitment to its customers, the SRD9 comes with pistons for both 1/2×28 and left-hand 13.5x1mm threading, as well as a fixed-barrel spacer. This is a very nice addition that I would like to see other companies consider. According to the technical data, the SRD9 meters in the 128-decibel range with subsonic ammunition.