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Old 04-17-2017, 05:11 PM   #1
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P226 sao

I want this to be my next Sig

I handled one for the first time (actually the 2nd time) at the Academy Pro Shop this past weekend. The first time was when I took the Armorer's Course and the instructor (Steve Gilcreast) let us take a look at what he called his favorite Sig

The reset on this gun is unbelievable. I thought the Legion reset was short but I gotta say this is just as good if not better

From what I understand this model is discontinued as well hence the black dot

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Old 04-17-2017, 05:24 PM   #2
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I own a SAO Legion and a P226 RX SAO, which is made on the same frame as the Legion. Just a little less checkering and without the G10 grips. I substituted the mainspring with a Wolff 17 lb unit on both. Both triggers are awesome, with very light, crisp breaks, no OT or creep. The most accurate pistols I have ever shot.
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Man Sig makes great looking guns. I can well see why it's on your get next list.
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I own a SAO Legion and a P226 RX SAO, which is made on the same frame as the Legion. Just a little less checkering and without the G10 grips. I substituted the mainspring with a Wolff 17 lb unit on both. Both triggers are awesome, with very light, crisp breaks, no OT or creep. The most accurate pistols I have ever shot.
Just curious as to why you bought both? Also, which one would you choose if you could only have one? I am looking to get one of them, but I am not sure if the Legion is worth the extra money. Sorry to hijack the OPs thread...
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Just curious as to why you bought both? Also, which one would you choose if you could only have one? I am looking to get one of them, but I am not sure if the Legion is worth the extra money. Sorry to hijack the OPs thread...

That's actually a great question. I had sold off all my centerfire pistols several years ago, including a P220 & 226 ST, a few Beretta Elites and a limited edition Kimber Target Match, all excellent pistols which I shot fairly well.

Fast forward to last summer when I decided to buy a pistol. I had been completely out of the pistol game with no idea of what was available. Since I wanted a 9mm since neither .45 I had owned ran reliably and I liked the less expensive 9mm I decided on a P226. At first the high price point of the Legion was a turn off but upon further review I liked the features, and bought a DA/SA Legion.

One SIG led to another, including a P320RX which I shot very well. I loved the ROMEO as well. Putting my favorite platform together with the red dot seemed a natural, so I decided to buy the P226 RX. I took a flyer on the SAO, and quickly discovered that it was the most accurate pistol I had ever shot right out of the box within the first half box of ammo.

Again, putting the best of both worlds together, the features of the Legion with the SAO of the RX, I decided to buy the SAO Legion. On top of that my son really likes the Legion but isn't a huge fan of the optic. I shoot both amazingly well, for me at least, hitting a 3" round spinner target at about 25 yards from a rest 100% a few weeks ago.

If I had to choose, I would sell the DA/SA Legion despite having been a DA/SA pistol guy prior. I just don't shoot the DA/SA as well as the SAO's or my P320s despite changing out the mainspring and adjusting the trigger for OT. Having to choose between the two SAO pistols, I would have to say I would sell the Legion since I really like the ROMEO and the co-witness sights of the RX.

Both are very similar, and are outstanding pistols. Honestly I hardly notice the straight trigger of the Legion vs the curved trigger on the RX. Other than the different sight set-ups, the trigger shoes and some more checkering on the Legion both pistols are very similar (I installed G10s on the RX).
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BTW.......The RX cost about $100 more than the Legion IIRC! And then I added the G10s...
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P226 sao

Nice write up! Informative


I've been toying with the idea of the single action only RX. I have the full-size 320 RX which I enjoy shooting, I just don't know if I want another optic pistol


My price at The Pro Shop for the the SAO would be around 896


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Nice write up! Informative


I've been toying with the idea of the single action only RX. I have the full-size 320 RX which I enjoy shooting, I just don't know if I want another optic pistol


My price at The Pro Shop for the the SAO would be around 896


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Pretty good price!
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Pretty good price!


That's for the non RX version in case there was any confusion


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I want this to be my next Sig


The reset on this gun is unbelievable. I thought the Legion reset was short but I gotta say this is just as good if not better

From what I understand this model is discontinued as well hence the black dot

I own this pistol & had a Legion SAO. I sold the Legion to buy the P226 RX SAO. After I heard this model was getting discontinued I immediately went out & bought a 2ND P226 Elite SAO for the safe/future use.

The trigger reset on my P226 Elite SAO is definitely shorter then my Legion & the pull felt smoother & lighter as well. I swapped the grips for some G10's & a Grays guide rod... now this pistol is perfect. I like that it is all black w/ no bling. This pistol fits my hand like a glove & shoots like a dream. Accurate as Hell! I shoot about 250 rounds a week out of this pistol & another 250 out of the RX version w/ the same grips/guide rod.

Do yourself a favor & buy this pistol if you can get your hands on one. Your only regrets is that your ammo bill will go up substantially.
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Both are very similar, and are outstanding pistols. Honestly I hardly notice the straight trigger of the Legion vs the curved trigger on the RX. Other than the different sight set-ups, the trigger shoes and some more checkering on the Legion both pistols are very similar (I installed G10s on the RX).
My thoughts exactly!

I also added the G10's & a Grays guide rod. If you haven't done the guide rod then I highly recommend you do.
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My thoughts exactly!

I also added the G10's & a Grays guide rod. If you haven't done the guide rod then I highly recommend you do.
Grayguns guide rod was the first change I made!
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Nice write up! Informative


I've been toying with the idea of the single action only RX. I have the full-size 320 RX which I enjoy shooting, I just don't know if I want another optic pistol


My price at The Pro Shop for the the SAO would be around 896


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You're there enough and spend enough money they should give youthe tango discount

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P226 sao

Word is Shooters may start offering some sort of military/LE incentives on Sigs similar to the Academy Pro Shop.......now that's scary to my wallet


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