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P226 Legion 48 60.76%
P226 MK25 31 39.24%
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Old 05-08-2017, 12:40 PM   #1
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P226: Legion VS MK25

Been looking to make the jump from my beloved SP2022 to a metal frame model for some time now, and I have narrowed it down to two options. I am having a hard time figuring out the practical differences between the two. Am I just paying $300-400 more for the Legion logo, or is it really substantially better?
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Old 05-08-2017, 12:50 PM   #2
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For me it would have to be the MK25. But I have two MK25's and that's the only sigs I have at this time. I have no interest in the legion. If I ever get another sig it will be the M11a1 or the combat.
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I'm voting for the Legion, for the one and only reason that I was just deciding between these two a couple weeks ago, and went with the Legion. But for me, the choice came down to deciding I wanted a 357 SIG. If I'd been in the market for a 9mm I likely would have gone the other way.
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I'm voting for the Legion, for the one and only reason that I was just deciding between these two a couple weeks ago, and went with the Legion. But for me, the choice came down to deciding I wanted a 357 SIG. If I'd been in the market for a 9mm I likely would have gone the other way.
Now that makes since!!!!
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I went through this debate a little over a year ago and haven't looked back. Legion.
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I'm voting for the Legion, for the one and only reason that I was just deciding between these two a couple weeks ago, and went with the Legion. But for me, the choice came down to deciding I wanted a 357 SIG. If I'd been in the market for a 9mm I likely would have gone the other way.
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Now that makes since!!!!
Because of the finish issues on the Legion and the fact that the "warrior inspired" Legion doesn't have a true MIL-STD-1913 rail, I would still buy a MK25 and use the extra money to buy a .357 Sig conversion kit.

Full disclosure: I have two MK25s (and other SIGs) and have zero interest in a Legion.
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Old 05-08-2017, 01:48 PM   #7
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My opinion if you are looking for 9mm. I would go for the MK25. If you wanted some of the Legion features you can add an SRT kit ($50), G10 grips ($100), add the new GGI flat trigger($62) better than the P-Sait trigger on the Legion, sights the Legion has X_ray sights (great marketing name reminds me of Superman) but there is a great selection of TruGlo or Trijicon sights available ($100), finish a lot of people are not happy with the Legion's PVD finish. By the way the MK25 has a real Piccatiny rail not Sig's version.

IMHO the Legion is a good gun but over hyped.
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LEGION.

Don't you want to be in the club?

But seriously, the Legion pistols are worth the extra money. I love mine and carry it daily.

BTW, what are all these finish problems I keep hearing about? Seriously I have zero issue with my finish.
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For me it's the Legion (obviously )... eliminating cost as a factor (bought mine for about $150 more than the MK25). I shot my friend's MK25 first (and often) and still love that pistol (and may buy one down the road), but for me, the Legion is the perfect P226 config. Before the Legion came out, I was sure I wanted the MK25.

I like the SRT/GG trigger (MK25 does not have one - can buy an SRT kit for $50 and install yourself)... I like the X-ray3 night sights much better than the standard Siglite night sights... I like the more aggressive G10 grips MUCH better than the stock plastic MK25 grips. Also, I personally like the smaller controls better than the regular, larger Sig controls, but that is simply a personal preference for me. I'm not sure if the MK25 has a steel guide rod like the Legion... love the undercut trigger guard and the gray finish of my Legion (no finish issues). Love the reduced beavertail! The only thing missing that the MK25 has is the phosphate internal coating which is neat, but not necessary. The Combat model is nice too, but I would also need to upgrade the trigger, night sights and grips immediately. Also love the Scorpion and Extreme models!

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Because of the finish issues on the Legion and the fact that the "warrior inspired" Legion doesn't have a true MIL-STD-1913 rail, I would still buy a MK25 and use the extra money to buy a .357 Sig conversion kit.

Full disclosure: I have two MK25s (and other SIGs) and have zero interest in a Legion.
I greatly prefer Nitron over the Legion's finish. For that matter I'm not even all that enamored with the Legion's color. So I'm with you on finish. The SIG rail has grown on me quite a bit over the years. I view it in much the same regard as the lock on S&W revolvers...I'd rather it weren't there (or a real rail in place of it), but it doesn't bother me so much that it would make me not buy the gun.

As for the Caliber Xchange kit, I tried that route once and don't see doing it again. I felt like I had half a pistol sitting around. If I want a different caliber I'll just buy an additional gun.
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All good points made above. Heck, any version of P226 is a great pistol. I've owned Mk25D for years, and luv this GI gun. But, I also luv a great trigger on a big range shooter like this.

Mk25 is a rugged design, with pic rail, chrome lined barrel and phosphate coated frame parts - but her EOM trigger wasn't great. Initially, I installed SIG's Short Reset Trigger kit along with a lighter mainspring - and that was OK.

When SIG's Legions were introduced, I picked up the trigger system used in these pistols, GrayGuns P-PAK. Now, my Mk25 has a GREAT trigger too.

This was an expensive approach though as these GrayGun kits are hard to find and >$300. Yeah, this is why those Legions have that price premium.

My suggestion for you is to think about which you value more - A famous GI gun that's built like a tank .. Or, as great pistol with a really fine trigger...

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MK25 and it isn't close for me. The Legion's finish sucks. That's been proven. Nitron's Nitron. still tough unless you drag it across concrete. You can upgrade the trigger.
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MK25 and it isn't close for me. The Legion's finish sucks. That's been proven. Nitron's Nitron. still tough unless you drag it across concrete. You can upgrade the trigger.
I like Nitron better than the Legion finish, but a pistol's finish is one of the lowest factors in my decision process. All finishes will become worn given enough time, and will likely be replaced if the buyer owns and uses the gun long enough. You're right that triggers are also easy enough to replace. And to be honest, I'm not the least bit impressed with my Legion's trigger (either the trigger itself or the action), so that wouldn't even be a consideration for me. The undercut trigger guard and front strap checkering are not as easy to do on an anodized alloy frame, and are definitely a noteworthy factor to me. The beavertail I'd prefer to go without. The smaller controls are outstanding, and worth far more to me than the trigger.

Long story short, there are definitely reasons to go with a Legion, but the two most often cited; the trigger and the finish, are the two I wouldn't even let sway me.
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I like Nitron better than the Legion finish, but a pistol's finish is one of the lowest factors in my decision process. All finishes will become worn given enough time, and will likely be replaced if the buyer owns and uses the gun long enough. You're right that triggers are also easy enough to replace. And to be honest, I'm not the least bit impressed with my Legion's trigger (either the trigger itself or the action), so that wouldn't even be a consideration for me. The undercut trigger guard and front strap checkering are not as easy to do on an anodized alloy frame, and are definitely a noteworthy factor to me. The beavertail I'd prefer to go without. The smaller controls are outstanding, and worth far more to me than the trigger.

Long story short, there are definitely reasons to go with a Legion, but the two most often cited; the trigger and the finish, are the two I wouldn't even let sway me.
Everything that is stated that makes a legion means nothing to me. I like the trigger on my MK25's. But I'm not picky about triggers except on my custom Remington 700. It's a precision rifle. I like the stock triggers on my glocks! I hated the small controls on the legion. Maybe I'm just different in what I see and value. My handguns, whether it's my sigs or my glocks, they are a self defense weapon. I don't care about fluff. My guns finish is very high priority to me. It has to hold up for a very long time.

Your reason for buying a legion makes sense to me. But for me I will probably never get a legion as I'm not interested at all in the stuff it offers. I could have bought a legion for, if I remeber right, I think for around $950 but I still didn't get it. I bought another MK25.

I think before anyone makes that decision they need to weigh what's important to them. And if possible to look at the gun they are trying to decide to buy!
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...I think before anyone makes that decision they need to weigh what's important to them. And if possible to look at the gun they are trying to decide to buy!
Bingo!
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