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Old 04-25-2017, 11:21 AM   #16
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That is an issue there, $ 1100+ on a firearm and finish issues out of the box.

Just trying to decide which features are must haves. I have small hands and the feel of the legion is nice, the trigger sounds great. As folks were saying with the exception of the undercut and stippling all can be added with $$$$.

All I can do is try to find a place with both.

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I have small hands as well and I promise you the grips on the combat are hefty lol. Be prepared to get g10 or e2 to make it easier for small hands. Not bashing the combat. It's probably my best looking gun. I'm talking specifically as a shooter and overall.


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Old 04-25-2017, 11:26 AM   #17
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I have small hands as well and I promise you the grips on the combat are hefty lol. Be prepared to get g10 or e2 to make it easier for small hands. Not bashing the combat. It's probably my best looking gun. I'm talking specifically as a shooter and overall.


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So you seem to be leaning Legion, based on small hands, trigger, carry?



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Old 04-25-2017, 11:27 AM   #18
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Here's some of the current guns I own and compare triggers. Nothing wrong with any of them. The combat has a decent amount of creep. It's not had a bunch of rounds through it so it may get better. To me the SAO legion trigger is the best out of the box trigger on the market.


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So you seem to be leaning Legion, based on small hands, trigger, carry?



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Not really on conceal carry. I carry my 225 or 938. There's not much more that you will want to do with a legion but the combats trigger to me Is not a great trigger. Like I said go try them but for the money the legion is hard to beat. I bought my SAO less than a month ago and paid $975 out the door at a LGS. There's good deals out there. If you see a price on it ask him what he really wants for it. There's almost always some wiggle room.


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Not really on conceal carry. I carry my 225 or 938. There's not much more that you will want to do with a legion but the combats trigger to me Is not a great trigger. Like I said go try them but for the money the legion is hard to beat. I bought my SAO less than a month ago and paid $975 out the door at a LGS. There's good deals out there. If you see a price on it ask him what he really wants for it. There's almost always some wiggle room.


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Thanks, I figured the new 229 could wiggle in with the 225 on my hip from time to time. Definitely a fan of my 225.

Any, sounds like you got a good deal. I'll give it a try.


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I don't know about the SAO P226 Legions. I have no SAO SIGs - other than my 1911s, that is.

The OP asked about P229s and the P229 doesn't come in SAO in any trim.

Comparing an SAO anything to a DA/SA anything is more than trying to compare apples to oranges.

If the OP is considering only DA/SA, I will have say that the Legion trigger, in DA/SA form, is not all that much greater in quality to that of any other SIG Classic P-series pistol. Especially if the other P-series pistol has the Short Reset Trigger kit in it. The Combats do not but it can be added easily.

I have plenty of SIGs and have had the chance to experience the DA/SA Legions.

There are Legions that have come with bad trigger actions (reported here by other members) just like there have been other SIGs that come with bad trigger actions.

The DA/SA Legions that I've experienced do have a nice trigger. Are they nice enough for a person who already has nice SIGs (like me) to shell out the cash to purchase a DA/SA Legion? Not IMHO. They are nice, just not that much nicer to drive me to buy one.

Again, that is for someone like me who already has a selection of nice SIGs. Someone buying a SIG for the first time should still consider the Legions as well; with either type of action.

The sights are nice on the Legion. To me, that is the best upgrade over standard SIG night sights (which are Meprolight night sights).

The Legion finish is very soft compared to even Cerakote. That should have been a better finish for a premium pistol. It certainly will not hold up as well as the Nitron on the Combat slide or the anodized alloy frame of the Combat.

To me, the poor quality of the Legion finish negates the benefits of the better night sights or any improvement in the quality of the DA/SA Legion trigger and any standard P-series trigger. And if I want to change night sights, I like the Trijicon HDs (similar, but different to the X-Rays on the Legions).

If you can, find a place that has a P229 in stock in any trim like the Combat, and also a P229 Legion. Try them both and see which one you like best.

EDIT TO ADD: No knocking anyone buying the Legion. If it makes you happy, that's all that matters. I just don't have a desire to buy one for myself because I already have great SIGs.
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I don't have either but if it were me, I would go for the combat. But I already want a combat and I do not have any desire to get a legion. I'm sure the legion is a fine weapon but it doesn't interest me.

Like it's already been said, see if you can handle both before you decide.
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Unlike a lot of the negative comments on the Legion, I've had no problems with the finish on mine and shoots better than all my other guns (non-Sigs). I have over 1,000 rounds and always holster it at the range.

With that said, I would handle both (which I did) and make a decision on which one fits your hands best.

If I had made my decision based on the negative comments I've read on the Legion, I would of missed out of a great gun. I have the Legion P229 with a build date of February 2017.

If you happen to live in Communist Jersey, send me a PM so we can hook up and you can shoot mine.

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My Legion 9mm Da/Sa has around 2000 rounds on it and there is absolutley no wear on the finish at all.

Mine was born June 2016.

Unlike a lot of folks, I really don't like the trigger on my Legion. I love the gun though so I will likely trade the "Gray Goose" trigger out for a stock SIG trigger.
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Unlike a lot of the negative comments on the Legion, I've had no problems with the finish on mine and shoots better than all my other guns (non-Sigs). I have over 1,000 rounds and always holster it at the range.

With that said, I would handle both (which I did) and make a decision on which one fits your hands best.

If I had made my decision based on the negative comments I've read on the Legion, I would of missed out of a great gun. I have the Legion P229 with a build date of February 2017.

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Hehe, thanks for the input. I'm currently in the for the time being "free state" of Nevada, I can't help but think the negativity toward the legion is partially due to the marketing silliness but it is a lot of handgun for the money.

As is the Combat. Just tough to find a local place with both.
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I vote for the Combat.

But don't take my advice because I'm a sucker for the FDE.

Oh, and the mil spec rail.
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...I can't help but think the negativity toward the legion is partially due to the marketing silliness but it is a lot of handgun for the money...
IMO that's the worst marketing for the Legion. They should of left the gun speak for itself.
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I vote for the Combat.

But don't take my advice because I'm a sucker for the FDE.

Oh, and the mil spec rail.
I think the anodizing FDE on the combat looks [email protected]!
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I think the anodizing FDE on the combat looks [email protected]!
Me too. The funny thing is, I actually don't care for a full FDE gun but the two-tone black and FDE really appeals to me.
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P229 Combat vs. Legion.

Figured I would just toss an update here, my LGS gave me a smoking price on a new M11-A1 with the green anodized frame.

So I went for it, and am mulling over ordering a Legion or Combat, but with the M11-A1 I'm leaning Legion, next month, but for now I'm super excited about the green M11-A1!

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