SIG Sauer’s P226 full-size duty pistol originally came to market as a double-action semi-automatic designed for the U.S. XM9 Service Pistol Trials of 1984. Thought the Beretta M9 beat out the P226 for U.S. military contract, SIG Sauer walked away with a winning consumer product, and eventually fulfilling a distinguished life of service with police, federal and small military contracts.
SIG’s P226 also opened the door for succeeding models such as a compact version, the P228, as well as Legion series models with design enhancements that elevate the classic pistol to a top-tier level.
The SIG Sauer P226 Legion SAO pistol featured in the video above is built around a single-action-only design like that of the M1911. Legion-series enhancements adorn the P226 Legion SAO. The custom Legion G10 stocks have texturing panels and contours shaped to position the hand in a natural position. SIG Sauer includes a gray Cerakote finish that is durable and helps shed fouling for easy cleanup.
The 34-oz. single-action P226 variant provides bilateral 1911-style safety levers versus a decocking mechanism found on the original design blueprint. SIG’s Legion series provides Tritium X-Ray night sights with a three-dot pattern, which is a sight picture combination that can be seen both day and night.
SIG provides a 4.4” stainless steel barrel fitted with the stainless steel P226 slide. In addition to adding a stainless steel slide on this Legion series pistol, SIG includes cocking serrations near the muzzle. Three 15-round magazines are included also, which provide for a better range experience with the out-of-the-box pistol.
American Rifleman staff noted the modified beavertail was a welcomed upgrade to the Legion series P226 SAO pistol and the Master Shop Super Match Flat Trigger to be buttery smooth throughout the short single-action pull and ultra-crisp on the break. The reset is easily accounted for and follow-up shots with the 9 mm Luger chambering were controllable and accurate. The addition of accessory rail along the alloy frame’s dust cover is also a welcome upgrade.
Watch our NRA Gun of the Week video above to learn more about SIG Sauer’s P226 Legion SAO pistol.
SIG Sauer P226 Legion SAO Specifications Manufacturer: SIG Sauer, Inc. ActionType: single-action, semi-automatic, center-fire pistol Chambering: 9 mm Luger Barrel: 4.4” stainless steel Slide: stainless steel Frame: alloy Trigger: SIG Master Shop Super Match Flat Sights: X-Ray tritium; three-dot configuration Magazine: 15-round detachable box Stock: G10 Finish: Cerakote Elite Legion Gray Height: 5.5” Length: 8” Width: 1.7” Weight: 34 ozs. MSRP: $1,329.99 sigsauer.com