Brass Tacks: Sig Sauer P229 Legion 9mm

Sg Sauer's P229 Legion ships with a slew of performance upgrades.


While the Sig Sauer P229 has been around for 52% of forever, the Legion series is just a couple of years old. The idea behind Legion is simple. Take the basic and tweak appropriate features for serious users.

The Legion adds the following. It contains a Gray Guns designed trigger assembly which not only smooths out the feel, provides a crisp break, but also reduces pull weight. This one measures 8 ½ pounds for double-action and 4 pounds for single-action.

The sights are also upgraded. The X-RAY3 sights feature a large fiber optic dot on the front with a Tritium insert. The rear sights are notch-style with serrations to reduce glare. The notch is flanked by small Tritium vials.

Accuracy is stellar. Almost every ammo tested grouped below two inches for five shots at 25 yards.

Accuracy is stellar. Almost every ammo tested grouped below two inches for five shots at 25 yards.

Like the traditional P229 models, it’s a double-action, single-action design. There’s no safety lever – just a decocker. The longer and heavier first trigger press acts like a revolver, requiring a deliberate action to fire the first shot. Subsequent shots operate in single-action. If you don’t fire a full magazine and need to reholster, just flip the decocking lever down to safely drop the hammer and return to double-action mode.

There are other upgrades like spiffy G10 grips, forward slide cocking serrations and improved checkering on the grip and underneath the trigger guard to prevent support hand slippage.

It ships with three 15-round magazines but considering the “all business” intent of this pistol, you’ll want more.

With its gray finish and G10 grips, it's an attractive pistol too.

With its gray finish and G10 grips, it’s an attractive pistol too.

So What?

Here’s what’s interesting about the Sig Sauer P229 Legion.

The sights are truly fantastic. Some sights are good in daylight. Others are good in lower light. Some work great against light backgrounds, while others (fiber optic for example) show brightly against dark backgrounds. These are highly functional against most any background in any ambient light condition. The large front dot really jumps into vision.

The trigger also shines. Part of the Gray Guns design is a special short action reset feature. Normal P229 pistols reset after about 3/8ths of an inch of forward travel. This one resets in just 1/8th of an inch. If you shoot for speed using the reset, you’ll love this trigger.

Reliability is boringly consistent. I’ve put over 2,000 rounds through the pistol shown here with near 20 types and styles of 9mm ammo. I’m still waiting for the very first malfunction of any kind.

Overall, you’ll feel the differences. Like a fine car where the doors make a satisfying yet subtle “click” when you shut them, the P229 Legion just oozes quality.

  • Hoosier Veteran

    All Metal. All Business.
    My P229 E2 Enhanced Elite in 9mm, Cerakoted blue-jean blue, with short reset trigger, threaded barrel (for that extra half inch of barrel length only), and silencer-height night sights, upgraded with 1 of the 200 factory slide systems with Romeo1 reflex optic, ang Grayguns SS guide rod and spring upgrades, all run through the Sig Custom Shop for enhanced action, is not only a highly reliable workhorse, but lightning fast in response to trigger pull and optical acquisition – all for less than the street price for similar RX and Legion equivelents. I also carry the highly-concealable baby brother of the P229, the wildly under appreciated P224 DAK (yet another fantastic tool Sig ran up and then promptly shut down), straight out-of-box stock, with night sights, which functions fantastically with the P229 magazines, enabling me to enjoy range time with both by preloading my Sig range bag full of Sig 15rd magazines. Lots of parts are interchangable too – an important feature as Sig parts supply chain all but dried up as they reallocated their entire supply chain to the polymer pistol line over a year ago.

  • SomeJackAss

    Not to mention the Legion’s beavertail grip frame, not seen on previous P229 variants. The beavertail accords a confident grasp and real hand protection from slide bite.