The idea behind the Sig Legion pistols is pretty simple. Sig took a couple of their most highly regarded firearms and gave them a series of professional-level upgrades. The P226 and P229 already had reputations that put them among the elite handguns on the market. But Sig recognized that many of their users were modifying the stock guns to squeeze even better performance out of them.

It wasn’t unusual for individuals who carry pistols as part of their job description to invest an extra $1,000 to $1,500 into a P226 or P229 to get it “just right.” Sig took many of these ideas—based on numerous interviews with military, law enforcement, and security personnel—and cut out the middlemen, doing the work themselves. The only ones losing out on this deal are the custom gunsmiths who specialized in making these mods.

Gun Review: Sig P229 Legion
The Legion features the Grayguns Intermediate Reach Adjustable Trigger. author photo

Shooters who own and carry guns for protection, however, came out smelling like a rose with this arrangement. The additional cost of owning one of these Legion series guns is about $300 to $400 more than the stock version. At $1,428 MSRP, the Legion pistols are a great value.

We pit two 9mm pistols—both very popular with law enforcement and military, but of different design—against each other. Here’s how they fared.

So what do you get with a Legion pistol? Quite a bit. Most of the upgrades improve the ergonomics of the pistol and allow it to be carried more easily.

The checkering on the G-10 grips is fabulous, with varying densities of the diamond pattern on different parts of the stock. The upper portion of the stock has smaller diamonds than the lower portion. Sig added fine checkering underneath the trigger guard and on the front of the frame and along the rear backstrap.

Sig also slimmed down the grip by removing some material from the frame just below the trigger guard.

These pistols also have a contoured beavertail on them that allows for a good high-hand position on the gun. The effect of these changes is that the P226 and P229, which are a bit bulky, are much easier to grip and shoot.

The slide catch and decocking lever have both been reduced in size and are less likely to snag on clothing or other gear.

Gun Review: Sig P229 Legion
The rear night sight features a cocking hook, allowing the user to rack the slide with only one hand. author photo

The trigger has been replaced with the well-regarded Intermediate Reach Adjustable Trigger by Grayguns.

A set of excellent contrasting night sights rides on top of the gun for use under all lighting conditions. The rear sight also has a cocking hook built into it, so the user can rack the slide with only one hand by placing the sight against an edge and pushing forward.

The pistol shoots great too. I’m not the biggest fan of the DA/SA (double action/single action) system, but I warmed up to this pistol and have been carrying it with me for the last several months. Sig also makes a SAO (single-action only) Legion model, and I plan to trade my P229 for one of those.

Gun Review: Sig P229 Legion
The Legion, which is available in 9mm, .357 Sig, and .40 S&W, comes with three 15-round magazines. author photo

Shooting the Legion

Since acquiring my P229 Legion earlier this year, I’ve made a point of running as many types of ammo as I can through it. This has included a couple thousand rounds of training ammo such as American Eagle Syntech, Remington/UMC, and Winchester white box, plus and several hundred rounds of premium personal protection loads. The P229, which ships with three 15-round magazines, gobbled up everything with gusto.

SPECIFICATIONS: Sig Sauer P229 Legion

Calibers available: 9mm/.357 Sig/.40 S&W

Action type: DA/SA

Trigger pull: 10.0/4.4 lb.

Frame/slide: Alloy/stainless steel

Overall length: 7.1 in.

Overall height: 5.4 in.

Overall width: 1.5 in.

Barrel length: 3.9 in.

Sight radius: 5.7 in.

Weight w/ magazine: 29.6 oz.

Sights: X-RAY day/night sights

Grips: Custom G-10

Accessory rail: Picatinny

MSRP: $1,428