While we spend more time covering news in the industry than anything else, every so often we like to sit down and actually take a closer look at certain models. Often times, an in-depth overview can be the best way to pick out the right weapon and with the Legion series, we felt it was past time to take a closer look. Today, we thought it would be nice to take some time and look over the Sig Sauer Legion P226. For this review, we are considering the single/double action model.
A Bit of Background
Unless you have been living with your head in the sand these past few years, you are familiar with the Sig Sauer Legion series. Branded as a sort of exclusive “club,” those who purchase a Legion pistol don’t just get a new gun -they become part of the Legion. Exclusive membership grants you access to special Legion products, a unique storage case, and a commemorative coin. With all of this together, it offers a sort of camaraderie that many gun owners appreciate.
Of course, the actual benefits of membership may be exclusive, but they hardly feel special. When you register your firearm (with Sig promising to keep information confidential), you gain access to their Legion online store. There, you can purchase branded apparel, accessories for your new pistol, and some other select gear. You also become eligible to receive exclusive communication, so if you are a die-hard Sig Sauer Fan, it might be of value. Beyond the benefits though, we believe the pistol itself more than justifies the price point.
An Overview of Features
For our review, we decided to check out the 9mm Sig Sauer P226 Legion DA/SA model. This model includes three 15-round 9mm magazines standard and features such an impressive list of features that we are likely to leave some out. To help ensure we don’t, here they are in list format:
- Trigger Pull of 10 lbs. for DA and 4.4 lbs. for SA
- Aluminum alloy frame
- Custom G-10 grips with Legion medallion
- Proprietary Legion Gray PVD coating
- Electro-Optics X-RAY high visibility day/night sights
- Contoured elite beavertail, providing for a reduced profile and better grip
- Aggressive checkering on the front strap and under the trigger guard
- An “X-Five” undercut on the trigger guard, allowing for a higher grip
- Front cocking serrations
- Polished action and short reset trigger (SRT)
- Solid steel guide rod
- SIG Master Shop Super Match Flat Trigger
- Sig Accessory Rail
Beyond this list of features, the full-size P226 offers a 4.4” barrel, measuring 8” overall. It is 1.5” wide, 5.5” tall, and weighs 34 ounces. In use, we found these dimensions to be perfect for the average-sized hand. The weight provides a nice balance, working with the other features to keep you on target without much effort.
How Well Does It Shoot?
Unfortunately, we didn’t get a chance to perform a proper test on this model yet. We did, however, get to run through a few magazines using Sig Sauer Elite Performance 115 gr. FMJ ammo. The recoil was more than manageable, and with the SRT we found that follow-up shots were easy. A very comfortable griping experience and convenient location of controls made operating the weapon a breeze.
As with any firearm, it is important to remember that the results of your shooting will be dependent on what type of ammunition you use. Using Sig Sauer Elite Performance ammo is likely to yield the best results, so we would suggest that is the best route to go with this firearm. Of course, other premium ammo could do the trick as well, so we look forward to actually getting the chance to test this out on the range.
Final Thoughts – Sig Sauer Legion P226
When considering everything together, we believe the Sig Sauer P226 Legion is perhaps one of the best values on the market today. It is a bit pricey for a factory standard pistol, but with its tight tolerances and sometimes custom-level performance, it really makes the case for day-to-day operations. Compared to similarly-priced models, you will be hard pressed to find a handgun that can remain competitive.
So, while the Legion P226 may not be considered a budget handgun, it definitely offers some allure for those who have the patience to save up or those with the money ready to go. It’s features are definitely some of the best in its class and many times you may even feel like you are using a custom handgun. Though the exclusive membership may not offer you anything too special yet, the access and commemorative coin is a nice touch.
Are you already a member of the Legion? Which of these features do you like the most? Any of the review that you disagree with? Let us know what you think in the comments below.