SIG Sauer is recognized as one of the premier gun manufacturers in the world. Its guns are the weapons of choice for numerous elite government agencies and armed professionals around the globe. So when SIG decided to launch its Legion program in early 2016, there was no doubt it would be exceptional.

Now more than 125,000 members strong, the SIG Sauer Legion is an exclusive membership community for SIG Sauer Legion Series firearms owners. It offers numerous benefits, including unique opportunities and gear. And the only price of admission is the purchase of a Legion Series firearm.

Origin Story

According to Tom Taylor, SIG’s chief marketing officer and executive vice president of commercial sales, the series arose out of an idea to take the company’s classic pistol line and pack its models with high-end custom features. This led to the initial Legion Series, launched with two of the most prevalent SIG Sauer handguns: the P226 and the P229. The series has now grown to include 15 different models.

SIG firearms have a considerable and well-deserved fan base among knowledgeable firearms owners. There is a saying that if you own one SIG, you probably own many. Recognizing this, the company decided to develop something special for those who love SIGs — especially the higher-end models.

There is a saying that if you own one SIG, you probably own many.

Although the Legion Series firearms are not inexpensive, they are certainly a value considering all of the extras included. You couldn’t get a base-model SIG firearm customized with all of the included features for anywhere near the price of a Legion Series unit.

You can expect to see an ever-broadening array of Legion Series firearms and accessories. It will take time, but ultimately SIG will have a portfolio of every gun the company offers — as well as optics, supressors and more — available in a Legion version. The folks at SIG have set a high bar for the Legion Series, but it is a bar they will undoubtedly reach.

GOLDEN OPPORTUNITY The inaugural “Camp Legion” experience took attendees everywhere from the ranges of the SIG Academy to the CEO’s office for private chats about SIG’s upcoming product development and corporate philosophy.

Joining the Team

Joining the Legion is quite simple. First, you must purchase a Legion Series firearm. After that, simply enroll online by entering your gun’s serial number on SIG’s website. This will automatically register you as a Legion member.

As soon as you sign up, you will be sent a complimentary premium zippered pistol case and a challenge coin that’s matched to your pistol model as the first of your many benefits. As a Legion member, you will also be given a password that provides you with exclusive access to a special area of SIG’s website for Legion members only.

You will also receive special offers and communications, be the first to learn about new Legion Series firearms and other new SIG products, receive training tips from SIG Sauer Academy instructors, and be able to purchase gear and other merchandise available only to Legion members. In fact, SIG is continually adding new benefits.

As a Legion member, you will also be given a password that provides you with exclusive access to a special area of SIG’s website for Legion members only.

The company has also partnered with several respected knifemakers to produce a series of knives with the Legion logo, including Emerson, Rick Hinderer, Winkler, Dwyer Customs Goods, Mick Strider Custom Knives and Hogue. The collaborations with these manufacturers have proved to be immensely popular.

The exclusive Legion collection also currently includes SureFire lights, Randolph Aviator gold-frame sunglasses, Peltor hearing-protection headsets, a 5.11 range bag, BlackPoint Tactical and Mitch Rosen Extraordinary Gunleather holsters, custom Legion G10 grips, and members-only Legion apparel.

The Camp Legion Experience

In September of last year, SIG hosted its first Camp Legion, which offered 50 members (each allowed to bring a guest) a trip to SIG Sauer headquarters and the SIG Sauer Academy in New Hampshire for a weeklong event.

Legion members were provided with an insider look at the factory and met with the senior staff, and the company’s professional shooters and celebrities were in attendance as well. The event was hugely popular and was sold out in about 30 hours. To a person, all of the participants felt SIG over-delivered on the event and that it was worth every penny.

The accolades from participants are not surprising given Camp Legion started with a fine dinner and a reception at the hotel on Monday night when the Legion members arrived. The next morning, members received a brief overview of the company at the hotel before proceeding to the SIG factory, where they were divided into groups for a tour. Each group got to go into CEO Ron Cohen’s office to individually meet him, learn about the philosophy of the company, ask questions and take photos.

The Legion is a community, a brotherhood of individuals who demand the very best and push their guns and gear to the very limit. And if you want in, access is as close as your local gun shop.

From there, participants headed over to the SIG Academy, where they took in two and a half days of diverse training with handguns and recently released products.

Team SIG was there for the week, led by team captain Max Michel and other celebrities in the industry, including Daniel Horner, Lena Miculek and former U.S. Navy SEAL sniper and best-selling author Jack Carr.

It was an incredible week, with dinners each night at different historic locations in Portsmouth. The event closed with a motivational speech on leadership by former U.S. Navy SEAL Eli Crane, whose company Bottle Breacher was featured on ABC’s Shark Tank and Beyond the Tank.

Exclusive Access: Granted

The Legion program provides you with a unique ability to be an insider with SIG. If you love the brand and want to have a gun with the most features SIG can pack into it, the Legion program is for you. The Legion is a community, a brotherhood of individuals who demand the very best and push their guns and gear to the very limit. And if you want in, access is as close as your local gun shop.

Sources

5.11 Tactical: 511Tactical.com
BlackPoint Tactical: BlackPointTactical.com
Dwyer Custom Goods: DwyerCustomGoods.com
Emerson Knives: EmersonKnives.com
Hogue: HogueInc.com
Mick Strider Custom Knives: MickStriderCustomKnives.com
Mitch Rosen Extraordinary Gunleather: MitchRosen.com
Randolph: RandolphUSA.com
Hinderer Knives: RickHindererKnives.com
SIG Sauer: SIGSauer.com
SureFire: SureFire.com
Winkler Knives: WinklerKnives.com


Legion Members-Only Reception

Had SIG Sauer not had to cancel in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic, it had planned to have a special two-hour Legion-members-only reception at this year’s NRA Convention, complete with a star-studded lineup. The list of guests that were to be there for the week included retired Sgt. Maj. Kyle Lamb, of Viking Tactics; Larry Vickers, of Vickers Tactical; Jack Carr; Colion Noir; Eli Crane; Max Michel; and Lena Miculek. Retired U.S. Army Special Forces operators Capt. Mark Nutsch, Chief Warrant Officer Bob Pennington and Master Sgt. Scott Neal, portrayed in the 2008 film 12 Strong starring Chris Hemsworth, were scheduled to be there alongside Bengazi Annex Security Team members Mark “Oz” Geist, John “Tig” Tigen and Dave “Boon” Benton, who were depicted in the movie 13 Hours: The Secret Soldiers of Benghazi.

The special guest of honor for the event was to be Jack Wilson, the hero who shot the gunman in the Texas church attack. Wilson, who is a Legion member, used a SIG Sauer P229 and stopped the attacker with two head shots.

As you can see, the Legion-members-only reception would have been quite an event. But don’t fret. SIG Sauer plans on bringing it back. Look for it at next year’s NRA Convention. I know that I am looking forward to it. — Eugene Nielsen