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Old 09-30-2016, 09:53 AM   #1
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p226 Legion vs regular old p229

So the first handgun I purchased was the P226 legion 40. I realize that was setting the bar high, but I wanted something amazing. The Legion is in fact pretty amazing, and myself and my GF shoot it pretty well. (her more so than I) After coming down w/a bad case of the Signess, I impulse bought a used P229. The 229 obviously doesn't have the bells and whistles of the Legion, but I just prefer the feel of it, and I shoot it more accurately. This lead me to think that perhaps I should've gotten the 229 Legion instead, then I figured, meh, maybe I'll just buy a 229 Legion as well.

I'm not sure anyone will feel the same way, but out of curiosity, do any of you legion owners prefer any other sigs over your Legion?

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I don't own a Legion but I prefer the regular P226 and P229 to the DA/SA Legions. The Legions have some nice features such as the X-Ray sights, G10 grips, short reset trigger kit, and Grayguns P-SAIT trigger, but all of these features can be added to a regular P226/229 if desired.

The features of the Legions that I don't care so much for are the miniaturized controls (especially the slide stop lever), the attenuated beaver tail (which I consider unnecessary), and the finish as I rather prefer the black finish of the regular P-series pistols.

The slight relief cut on the frame at the back of the trigger guard on the Legion is nice, but on the Legion I shot I found it really didn't have much effect on my grip or how the pistol functioned. Likewise, the additional checkering on the front strap and bottom of the trigger guard, and the charging serrations on the front of the slide on the Legions are all features I can take or leave.

The grip of the P229 is a bit thicker than that of the P226 and fills my hand a bit better. I also somewhat prefer the overall size and balance of the P229, but both are very nice pistols.

And I would be more than happy to own a Legion if someone wished to give me one.
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I'm not a Legion owner, but I've got both the P226 and P229. I've read some people love all the extras of the Legion, while others think meh. I personally prefer German framed guns so this precludes the Legions. Remember without all the lipstick, your P226 Legion is just a basic P226. I believe Ferrari Steve wrote an article a while back where he essentially converted his standard SIG into Legion specs (minus the logo, of course). What is an absolute fact is that I can buy a used SIG for way cheaper than I can buy a new Legion. This is a big win as far as I'm concerned. For the MSRP of 2 Legions I can realistically buy 3 used SIGs--wow!!! And used SIGs are very plentiful.

As a side note, I prefer shooting my P229 (.357 SIG) compared to my P226 (9mm). The P226 is just a big gun, and I usually don't need a big gun. You did good getting the P229. You may end up getting the Legion P229 as well. Hell, I've got 2 P229's, 2 P239's, and 3 P225/P6's. They just seem to multiply.
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The P226 Legion 9mm was my choice as I wanted the extras that it has so it is much cheaper to buy the legion than to buy a used 226 and add those features to it. If those added features are not important or if only one or two of them are, then it would probably make sense to buy a used 226 and make the additions. I only own two other Sigs, a P225A-1 and a P224 DAK and I like both of them but I enjoy shooting the Legion more. Just my opinions.
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I'm not a Legion owner, but I've got both the P226 and P229. I've read some people love all the extras of the Legion, while others think meh. I personally prefer German framed guns so this precludes the Legions. Remember without all the lipstick, your P226 Legion is just a basic P226. I believe Ferrari Steve wrote an article a while back where he essentially converted his standard SIG into Legion specs (minus the logo, of course). What is an absolute fact is that I can buy a used SIG for way cheaper than I can buy a new Legion. This is a big win as far as I'm concerned. For the MSRP of 2 Legions I can realistically buy 3 used SIGs--wow!!! And used SIGs are very plentiful.

As a side note, I prefer shooting my P229 (.357 SIG) compared to my P226 (9mm). The P226 is just a big gun, and I usually don't need a big gun. You did good getting the P229. You may end up getting the Legion P229 as well. Hell, I've got 2 P229's, 2 P239's, and 3 P225/P6's. They just seem to multiply.
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"The features of the Legions that I don't care so much for are the miniaturized controls (especially the slide stop lever), the attenuated beaver tail (which I consider unnecessary), and the finish as I rather prefer the black finish of the regular P-series pistols."


I completely agreed with you about the slide stop. Until last night. Before my range trip last night, I wasn't able to use the release funtion of the slide stop. It just didn't want to go. Last night I was shooting the 229 and the 226 Legion (aprx 100 rounds each) and it just started to function. Not sure if I was pressing any harder, but it works like a charm now. Perhaps a "needing to be broken in" thing?
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The P226 Legion 9mm was my choice as I wanted the extras that it has so it is much cheaper to buy the legion than to buy a used 226 and add those features to it.
Not necessarily. I bought a new SIG P229 for $600, added an SRT kit, G10 grips, a Grayguns P-SAIT trigger, and SIG X Ray sights to it for a total parts investment of $300 for the modifications, still well under Legion prices.

And I have seen very nice used P226s and 229s for $500 and less.
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what bblr said
P229 9mm is fun, P229 .357 is funner.
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Tough question. But I love my 226 Tacops which I choose over the 226 legion (already had the 229 legion). When shooting my Tacops I'd tell you I'd prefer it over the legion. Then when shooting my 229 legion I would probably tell you it's my favorite. Really depends on which one I shoot last. I would also throw in my 229 EE which is pretty awesome and I actually prefer the ergonomics slightly better on the EE due the the slimmer E2 grips but shoot the legion a hair better. I'm one who actually loves the bigger beavertail.
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Not necessarily. I bought a new SIG P229 for $600, added an SRT kit, G10 grips, a Grayguns P-SAIT trigger, and SIG X Ray sights to it for a total parts investment of $300 for the modifications, still well under Legion prices.

And I have seen very nice used P226s and 229s for $500 and less.
Just curious, where did you find a new P229 for $600 and very nice 226/229s for less than $500? I would consider that a VERY good find.
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Not necessarily. I bought a new SIG P229 for $600, added an SRT kit, G10 grips, a Grayguns P-SAIT trigger, and SIG X Ray sights to it for a total parts investment of $300 for the modifications, still well under Legion prices.

And I have seen very nice used P226s and 229s for $500 and less.
Wow, I would love to have a new 229, can you get another one for $600 or tell me where I should look?
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I found my P229 SAS CPO for $600 and it was unfired. No wear marks on the rail at all and only a slight smiley on the barrel, from test firing I assume. It got no rail, what I prefer, and after sending it to SIG to have my 9mm x-change kit fitted, also with SRT and .357SIG barrel. Have a Gray Guns adjustable trigger on the way. So if I get the AEP and some X-Ray sights, the next time SIG got a sale going, I have an undercover Legion with multicaliber capability for about the price of the new Legion.
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Just curious, where did you find a new P229 for $600 and very nice 226/229s for less than $500? I would consider that a VERY good find.


It's a secret that all the internet ninjas know. They always pay $200 less than everybody else, load all their own ammo for free, and shoot 2" groups at 50 yards.
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It's a secret that all the internet ninjas know. They always pay $200 less than everybody else, load all their own ammo for free, and shoot 2" groups at 50 yards.
I blew my coffee out of my nose reading this. Thanks for the smiles. I agree, some stuff you read here is kinda unbelievable but it gives me and my wife something to chuckle over.
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P229 9mm is fun, P229 .357 is funner.

And, um, the P229 40 is funnest!

There's not a huge difference, but I prefer the older P229's from the 90's up to the mid 00's no rail and rail. I've purchased two ex-LEO guns, one '99 P229 40 DA/SA (skip the DAKs) for $439 with not a mark on it save for a holster induced shiny spot on the slide - doesn't even show. I added Trijicon HD sights, and a Short Reset kit for $175, to end up with a gun that cost less than $620 - and in near new condition. Another I found on Armslist locally, being sold by a California HP (his off duty gun) - year '96, with an extra 357 barrel, 5 magazines and a hundred rounds of ammo for $600 - this gun is also almost like new. With all the LE departments going from 40 to 9 (a questionable decision IMO) there's no shortage of LEO turn ins. Some have been rode wet and put away hard , but others, like the ones I found, are good deals. If you want DA/SA (my strong preference) be aware the DAK guns sell for about $100 less, some can be converted, but better to pass them up unless DAK is what you want. Prices for 40 cal LEO DA/SA turn-ins run from about $400 to $600, depending on condition.
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