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I think I found it (Sig p226)

Discussion in 'Handguns: Autoloaders' started by JR24, Sep 14, 2018.

  1. JR24

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    So, my Holy Grail gun, for carry, has been a nebulous series of features and sizes relative to my hands.

    I want a good SAO trigger, double stack capacity, and appropriate dimensions/weight for me to be able to CCW.

    I've tried almost all the options over the years and more or less consigned myself to waiting to afford a Wilson EDC X9, even if I had to buy it sight unseen (I hate buying a gun without shooting it first). Most guns have been close; 1911s are great but too few bullets, CZs were nice but the safety location doesnt work, Sig SAO were very nice but the grip never meshed with my grip.

    Until now.

    The announcement of the SIG 229 legion made me finally decide to look at the Legion Sigs, which i had written off because most sigs just dont fit. I couldn't rent a Legion SAO but on two trips I rented a DA/SA 226 legion and wouldnt you know it, the undercut and beavertail fit perfect.

    So, I took the plunge and bought a 226 Legion SAO and ran it through most of 500 rounds today and earned a big grin and a few blisters.

    I love it, it might have solved my search for my perfect CCW. The trigger is very nice, beautiful short reset smooth light. It's no 1911 or tuned CZ but it is close enough for me. It certainly took some getting used to as I've been shooting almost exclusively Glock since March. The safety is in the right place and fits my 1911 muscle memory perfect, and the size fits for my CCW needs, a Vedder and a tshirt and it vanishes.

    Accuracy was great*, and it fed everything I tossed at it, including a whole box of HST.

    *caviat: I started with some factory loads and some of my hotter 124 grain handloads. They, plus HST, were dead on. The bulk of the ammo I had loaded is a weaker 147 grain FMJ and the 226 ran that at a six o clock sight picture that was harder for me to remember my holdover. I'll have to load my next batch hotter and see if I cant get the POI/POA where I like em.

    Couple pics of a 7 yard dot torture, a ben stoeger 6 circle and 10 rounds at 25, offhand (the tighter 5 round group is where I got my holdunder dialed in).

    TL/DR: i got a Sig P226 Legion SAO and I love it. Sorry Glock 19X, kitchen gun duty for you now.

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  2. 460Shooter

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    Congrats man. That's a sweet gun.
     
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  3. Mike J

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    Yes Sir, that is a nice gun.
     
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  4. paulsj

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    Nice gun, but quite a lump to tote EDC.
     
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    Eh, it's not noticeably heavier than my usual Glock 17 turned 19X, and I've carried 1911s plenty. Notably it is very close in size to a commander length 1911, just a bit thicker.

    It conceals well enough under any garments I would leave the house in, gun or not. Sure I have tighter tshirts, but I'm not a tight tshirt in public kinda guy, self conscious about my (shrinking) gut I guess.
     
  6. bannockburn

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    Great choice! I had a very early production P226 and while it was a decent gun ergonomically I always felt it was a bit too large in the grip for my smaller size hand. Enter the P228 (my brother had one that he let me use), and a much better fit overall. Finally found the just right balance of size and shape with a P229R with the E2 grips. Works perfectly as my home defense gun and does a nice job in the CCW role.

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    I also have a 229R with the E2 grips and SRT trigger (which is pretty much mandatory for SIG guns, I think. At least once you have it one) and it is a decent carry piece. Despite 2 years and a few thousand rounds of careful practice I could just never get my first DA shot to hit where I wanted, plus the standard SIG grip (including base model 320) just doesnt work for my high grip, I keep trying to get my web right at the top of the beavertail/hump, too many years with Glock/1911s I guess.

    Plus my wife decided my P229 is the only autoloader of mine she likes, so its hers now.
     
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    Great pistol! Yeah, that is as good a firearm as anyone can CC. :)
     
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    Forgot to mention that mine also has the short reset trigger as well. I like it a lot and it's a big improvement over the the standard DA/SA trigger.
     
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    Congrats, that's nice looking.


    I've shot a buds 226 Legion and I absolutely love it. Only DA I've shot that I can actually hit with. Just a superb trigger in either mode.
     
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  11. JDR

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    My classic Sig P guns are apples and my Glocks including my own 19X are oranges and I like fruit salad!
     
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  12. JR24

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    I still probably shoot my 19X or 17 a little better, but they have thousands more rounds down range. But with only 600ish through, the 226 is showing it will surpass them once I get fully comfortable with the "close but not quite a 1911" trigger.

    Been carrying the 226 for a few days and CCW is definately not an issue for me in a Vedder light tuck. Carries much like my 19X or 229 and is no issue all day even under a tshirt. Somehow the barrel length or maybe just the width makes it feel smaller than the Glock 17 IWB, even though it is longer overall.

    Either way, still happy.

    This weekend I'm going to try some hotter handloads as it doesnt seem to like my RMR 147 grain over 3.9 of CFE as much as my Glock does, shoots a little high where the Glocks shoot POA.
     
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    Congrats! The P226 Legion SAO is a fantastic gun. I myself have a Legion DA/SA 226 and 229. Both are great shooters and capable of better accuracy than I can take advantage of.
     
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    I am almost to the point where I am willing to consider the P-226 Legion SAO as one of the top three auto-loaders ever produced ... I just don't like rails, though.

    But damn, the thing is a tack-driver, the ergonomics are superb, and the trigger is so sweet. If I were still carrying a full-size service pistol in uniform, there's not a doubt in my military mind it'd be the Legion SAO.
     
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    I also have a SIG P226 Legion SAO, and it is one of the few guns that I own that I have not modified (other than adding a fiber optic front sight and an adjustable rear sight). Such a sweet gun, I love mine!!!
     
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    Nice gun, but wouldn't the 229 be a better concealed carry gun?
     
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    I would have to agree that they are very nice pistols. I was lucky enough to find a police trade-in SA/DA P229 (40 caliber) very cheaply not long ago. It is a good shooter and a very fine weapon. I have a number of 40 caliber service pistols, and if I shot them all back-to-back, the Sig might very well end up being my favorite. I'm happy for the OP! :)
     
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  18. JR24

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    In my opinion, not really. The beefier frame of the 229-1 doesnt make it really any lighter and the grip is only minimally smaller.

    The shorter barrel is certainly more comfortable IWB and does bulge a little less when I have a tucked shirt (I carry at about 2 oclock IWB). Comparing it to my own 229, with my favored CCW rig/belt (Vedder light tuck, RDR EDC belt) I dont notice any difference in feel or concealment. Plus, the 226 with mec gar mags holds 18+1.

    Of course, that's just me. YMMV, naturally.
     
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    I dream about the SIG Legions. I had the opportunity to hold the SAO P226 Legion a while back and it had the sweetest trigger I've ever felt on an OTB factory sidearm.
     
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