At the start of our series on traditional double action/single action semi-autos, my plan was to try out a few of the most popular DA/SA platforms and offer my impressions on each. There really aren’t that many options to choose from, especially if you limit the choices to compacts suitable for everyday carry, so I didn’t think it would take too long to go through all the major contenders. Well, I was wrong. I started with some of Beretta’s offerings, and basically got stuck there for a few months, because, quite honestly, they were really working out well for me and I wasn’t in any hurry to change over to something new. On top of that, I wanted to make sure to cover some of the “software” issues related to shooting DA/SA as well as other self-defense topics rather than put out a long string of gear reviews.
For the time being, I will most likely be sticking with Berettas for carry and practice, splitting time between the PX4 Compact, Wilson Combat 92G Compact Carry, and full size 92G. That said, I’m still making room to try out some other double actions, though probably spread out over a longer period of time than I originally intended. Sig Sauer’s classic P220 series was next on the list of pistols to evaluate, and I went straight to the top shelf their product offerings with the P229 Legion Series.
The Sig P229 Legion is one of three pistols that Sig Sauer introduced last year with the launch of the Legion series. These are factory semi-custom variants of classic Sig pistols with some premium features you don’t get on the standard models. Some of these features include enhanced front strap checkering, an undercut trigger guard, G10 grips, a modified action and trigger, low profile slide release and decock lever, and high visibility night sights. This is the 9mm version of the P229, but it’s also available in .40 S&W and .357 Sig.
Since I started my experiment with traditional double actions earlier this year, most of the guns I’ve been talking about here have been Berettas. So far, I definitely have a preference for Berettas, but there are some other good options. Sig Sauer is every bit the equal of Beretta in terms of overall quality and reputation and the P229 Legion is supposed to represent the best of what they have to offer right now for a double action carry gun.
These guns have been out about a year now, so there have already been plenty of other reviews and videos and online discussions, and one of the topics that keeps coming up is whether the Legion series is worth the added cost. This gun is roughly $300 more than the standard P229, so the Legion thing adds about 33% to the price tag.
That by itself has turned some people off, but what doesn’t help matters much is that Sig’s marketing for the Legion series is… a little over the top. They made a big deal out of this whole warrior lifestyle thing and the gun comes with a membership to the exclusive Legion club. Honestly, I think Sig might have underestimated the level of cynicism in the shooting community because it seems like a lot of people got the impression that “Legion” is just code for “overpriced”.