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SIG SAUER’s Popular P938 Pocket Pistol Gets the High-End Legion Treatment


SIG’S Popular P938 Pocket Pistol Gets the High-End Legion Treatment

SIG had a juggernaut in its catalog with the 2009 release of the .380 P238 micro pistol; a few years later, it followed up with the 9mm version, the P938. Between the two pistols, the Px38 series was SIG’s best-selling design for years.

The x38s are based on Colt’s Mustang compact pistol, originally introduced in the 1980s. While the barrel-to-slide interface differs between x38s and Mustangs, just about everything else on the guns is the same. In fact, plenty of people run Mustang magazines in their SIG pistols, and vice versa.

These pistols appeal to the 1911 crowd by mimicking the classic platform’s looks and exterior controls. Accordingly, SIG’s remake of the tiny single-action-only is often called a mini-1911, though it’s not really a mini 1911 because the x38’s hinged trigger system will fall short of a 1911 guy’s expectations. But, if you’re looking for a small 9mm with a crisp trigger, and you want the emotional security that comes with both a hammer-fired operating system and a manual safety, you won’t do much better than the P938 series.

Legion Edition Additions

From executive-themed rosewood editions to utilitarian versions with giant Hogue grips and everything in between, SIG capitalized on the P938’s popularity by offering versions that appeal to every corner of the hammer-fired, self-defense gun buying market.

The Legion edition represents a sort of best of album containing the most useful upgrades and modifications performed on the P938.
In the Legion, you’re looking at a P938 with upgraded sights, flat-faced aluminum trigger, reshaped hammer, reprofiled frame and slide with more checkering and front cocking serrations, G10 grip panels, and a funneled magwell for the Legion’s redesigned magazine baseplates, all in an exclusive Legion Gray Cerakote finish.

Anyone who’s removed a P938 trigger knows you should never remove a P938 trigger.

It’s an impressive list of upgrades, headlined by the new trigger, the compact magwell, and the new extended mag baseplates. SIG also touts the Legion’s all-metal construction, but the P938 was mostly metal to begin with. It has the same 416 stainless steel in the slide and 7075 aluminum in the frame, but the Legion does away with the final bits of polymer by replacing the plastic trigger and mainspring housing with metal parts.

Bottom Half Enhancements

First off, the new aluminum trigger provides a little more leverage, but the feel of the P938 trigger break is unchanged compared to its bone stock brethren. And that’s not a bad thing. It has a bit of transparent pretravel, then a crisp, creepless, and consistent break; this makes sense since SIG didn’t change the internals of the P938 Legion’s fire control system.

While the break might be unchanged, the benefit of the Legion-exclusive aluminum trigger is the sharply defined edge of the trigger blade and the angled face that funnels the trigger finger into the same location when getting a firing grip, aiding in consistency at speed.

Metal mainspring housings are already a popular P930 aftermarket upgrade, but SIG needed to dump the basic P938’s polymer part and shift to metal to support that sexy new magwell.

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