A New Member to the Legion: Sig Sauer P320AXG Legion
Innovation is key. A company’s survival is dependent on infusing the market with new products and ideas. However, innovation is only good if people notice it. For example, Apple made the iPod, the most popular portable music player in the world. However, Apple did not invent the MP3 player, nor did they produce the best one. Apple just happened to market the iPod in a way to inspire other people. Ever hear of the Phillips GoGear? Exactly. In similar fashion, Sig Sauer released the P320 line of handguns back in January of 2014. Did Sig Sauer release something radically different than Glock or S&W? No, not really. Some of the new concepts were nice, such as the ability to remove the Fire Control Unit from the frame and adapt the gun to an individual’s purpose. This gave greater flexibility when it came to modifying from home, although people have been home brewing their own custom Glock’s for years. Peoples’ perceptions changed in 2017 when the P320 was selected by the United States Army to be their new sidearm. From that point forward, Sig’s P320 was cemented into firearms culture.
With that, Sig has continually expanded the P320 line with seemingly endless variations. Up till now, the flagship line of the 320 had been the Legion series. This series brought exclusivity as well as unique styling. The gray tungsten-infused polymer frame combined a serious advancement in firearm materials. This merged elements of two different worlds to create a well-balanced, flat-shooting, competition-ready pistol. Added with a membership into the Legion where owners are offered a few free items as well as special access to gear and pricing on the Sig web store, the Sig faithful were out in full force. Even with the advent of the Legion line, Sig still wanted to offer limited runs of “Custom Works” guns. The Custom Works would not be part of the Legion line, but would still offer highly desirable models. The Sig P320 AXG Scorpion was the fist offered. Its uniqueness was in its frame. It did not use standard polymer, nor did it use Tungsten, instead, Sig chose to go with an aluminum Alloy X-frame Grip (AXG, I know, I know). This was relatively revolutionary at the time, since a metal striker-fired pistol was never really an option. Most metal guns were hammer fired, such as the Sig P226. But Sig decided to go in this direction. This gave the user options in grip panels, mag wells, and other accessories that really didn’t exist in the polymer line. While the AXG Scorpion was a limited run model, the AXG concept itself blew up in popularity (now companies like Smith and Walther are making metal frame striker-fired guns). Since, Sig has pushed out various iterations of the AXG concept, and some have continually remained in the Sig catalog. So that begs the question, what if Sig combined both the Legion and AXG series?
That’s where we come to at present, Sig has released the P320AXG Legion. This pistol combines aspects from both above mentioned product lines to create a very unique pistol that falls into both “duty” and “competition” categories. For basics, the finish on the slide is in the Legion gray Cerakote while the AXG frame maintains that same color. The grips have the Legion chevrons displayed on them and are made out of a G10 material from Hogue. On the base of the frame lives a mag well, to aid in quick magazine changes. The trigger is the typical Legion skeletonized variant found on others in the series. The Xray3 night sights offer excellent day/night optimization, but to really draw on the potential of the firearm, an optic cut can be found in front of the rear sight—presumably for both Romeo 1 Pro and Trijicon RMR footprints. The barrel is 3.9”, however, the slide extends about a half inch in front of the muzzle crown. Here, Sig has gone with some ports to aid in recoil mitigation and control—which they have deemed as an “Expansion Chamber.” Rounding out, the gun ships with 3-21round magazines (or 10 rounders if you are in states that are less than gun friendly), and of course, exclusive membership into the Legion.
At 36.1oz, the AXG Legion is not a carry gun, but it excels on the steel course or on a duty belt. Mainly, this gun will attract the hardcore Sig Sauer enthusiasts. This gun will no doubt be a shooter, but at a price of $1399.99, it isn’t for everyone and with Sig always dropping limited run 320s, the buyer most likely has to pick and choose the one they want. The guns will be shipping from Sig later this month (April, 2023).