SIG Sauer has continued to gradually expand the capabilities of their popular P320 platform over the years and this has culminated in a pistol that has something for just about everyone. The SIG Sauer XCarry Legion pistol combines a compact-sized frame, a threaded barrel, and a tungsten-infused grip. What does the package offer though and who is it marketed or made for? With so many different types of features added to the pistol, I had to find out for myself and today I’ll share my thoughts and feelings on the SIG XCarry Legion pistol as I’ve experienced them over the last couple of months.
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TFB Review: The SIG Sauer P320 XCarry Legion Pistol
Much like our Editor in Chief Pete, I’ve been pining to try to get my hands on one of SIG’s tungsten-infused frames ever since I first heard about them. The idea of adding things to the frame of your pistol to reduce perceived recoil is nothing new and in the competition sphere I often find myself in you’d be surprised at the lengths people go to in order to make their pistol heavier to access all the advantages Sir Newton has made us privy to. However, what is really cool about the XCarry Legion is that it combines a compact frame with its tungsten infused grip to give you an easily driveable pistol that’s also easy to shoot – I wouldn’t exactly call this a carry pistol unless you’re using a Double-Alpha belt as your everyday belt. So what’s the skinny on the XCarry Legion so far? Here are the specs:
- MSRP: 1,099
- STREET PRICE (approx): $1,031.99 (Buy @ Guns.com)
- SKU: 320XCA-9-LEGION-TB-R2
- CALIBER: 9mm Luger
- MAGAZINES: (3) 17rd Steel Mag
- SIGHTS: Fully Adjustable XRAY3 day/night Sights
- BARREL: Threaded
- PISTOL SIZE: Carry XSeries
- OVERALL LENGTH: 8.1 in [206 mm]
- OVERALL WIDTH: 1.6 in [41 mm]
- HEIGHT: 5.9 in [150 mm]
- BARREL LENGTH: 4.6 in [117 mm]
- WEIGHT: 40.5 oz [1.15 kg]
- SIGHT RADIUS: 5.8 in [147 mm]
- ACCESSORY RAIL: M1913
- TRIGGER TYPE: Skeletonized Flat Trigger
- TXG Carry-Size: XGRIP Module
- GRIP MODULE: LEGION Gray
- BARREL MATERIAL: Carbon Steel
- FRAME FINISH: Stainless Steel
- SLIDE FINISH: Legion Gray
- SLIDE MATERIAL: Stainless Steel
The pistol comes shipped in a hard-sided plastic case complete with a gun lock, a small bottle of lube, registration papers for your LEGION membership as well as three magazines. This is another curious portion of the setup for me as if you’re going to market this towards competition shooters as I assume this is marketed towards, most people know that you’re not going to get very far with just three 17-round magazines. Personally, if I were marketing this specifically towards competition shooters who also want to be able to suppress their guns for practice or fun, just include 5 magazines, charge me the extra money for them in the sale price and call it a day.
Range Performance – No Suppressor
I tested the XCarry Legion over a number of months and probably put somewhere close to 600-700 rounds through it combined with both suppressed and unsuppressed shooting. The P320 platform in the past has always felt like a fairly snappy pistol to shoot but I didn’t experience this with the XCarry Legion. The tungsten-infused frame turns even the spiciest carry ammo I have into child’s play and that really makes the XCarry Legion a joy to shoot. I opted to replace the standard adjustable sight module with my Type 2 RMR and I had no issues mounting the optic. Although I will say the sights that come with the XCarry Legion are pretty good and feature simple elevation adjustments for the rear.
While out at an event in Southeastern Texas, I was able to further test the XCarry Legion with a bit of moving and shooting and while it turned out that my optic wasn’t perfectly zeroed in after a number of optic changes, I was still able to get a better feel for how the pistol performed without the suppressor – it’s just good. I don’t particularly like the stock P320 and thankfully, the skeletonized flat trigger makes the XCarry Legion more pleasant to shoot but I’d still prefer a much cleaner break and reset.
If the tungsten-infused frame isn’t heavy enough for you, you’ll still have the option to mount a light to the dust cover of the pistol to make it a bit heavier. To aid in this I tried out two different Crimson Trace options which were both sent out to our Texas event for testing and evaluation. I think for low light shooting the Crimson Trace CMR-204 Laser/Light Combo and the CMR-208.
While shooting at night, the CMR-208 proved capable of punching out to further distances through near-complete darkness while the CMR-204 laser/light combo seemed to be better suited for close-in work – the smaller 100-Lumen light worked out to about 25 yards before dramatically dropping off in illumination capability but the green laser turned out to be quite good and even somewhat useful in broad daylight. Both modules survived being roughed up out on the flat range and I think either would make a fine addition to the XCarry Legion if you’re looking for an inexpensive light or light/laser combo.
Range Performance – Suppressed
One of my biggest gripes about the P320 platform was its seeming inability to work reliably when suppressed. I’ve had numerous experiences with the P320 and M17 platforms where they just wouldn’t reliably cycle with a suppressor even when used with increased recoil springs. It seems, however, that this problem has almost been entirely solved with the XCarry Legion. Since the pistol comes standard with a threaded barrel, I wanted to try and see if SIG had really worked the bugs out. As a side note, this would be a good time to point out that I wished that SIG would follow Beretta’s method of providing the barrel with an O-ring for retaining the thread protector. I nearly lost my thread protector several times out in the field and had to constantly recheck to make sure it was tight and secure.
My first shots with the suppressed XCarry Legion were disappointing. Using some 150-grain Federal Syntech and a TiOn Inc. Grenadier Suppressor, I wasn’t able to get the pistol to cycle reliably. Moving on down to the slightly lighter and slightly faster Federal Syntech 147-grain, I had the same results. I finally caught a break with this combination of parts and found that Winchester White Box Subsonics worked very well and cycled reliably with the pistol suppressor combo. Before anyone asks, the TiOn Inc Grenadier suppressor is one of the lightest in the industry and weighs in at only 10.3-ounces.
My second option yielded much better results which was a Dead Air Odessa 9 modular suppressor. With standard factory 115-grain ammunition, the Odessa 9 ran with the XCarry Legion flawlessly (until the booster broke). Overall, I think it’s safe to say that as long as you’re using the right ammunition and the right suppressor, SIG’s XCarry Legion is a good option for suppressed pistol shooting. According to Pete, he had no issues when using his MODX-9 which is nearly two entire ounces lighter than both the TiOn Inc Grenadier and the Odessa 9.
So who is this pistol for? On the one hand, the name “XCarry” tells me that SIG wanted this pistol to be a flat shooting, dense pistol for duty carry. However, the tungsten-infused frame and threaded barrel tell me that SIG instead is trying to give users a Production-Class pistol that can also be suppressed if need be. Either way, I think the SIG XCarry Legion is fun to shoot for a full-sized pistol and might very well be a great place to start for building out a race gun or competition pistol. You might say at that point you’d be better off just buying a metal-framed pistol and running with a DA/SA hammer-fired 226 or 229 but I think at this point I’m so used to striker-fired pistols that going back to a DA/SA pistol like my M9A3 is just going to be too much of a hassle for me, at least as far as the competition sphere goes.
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