Sig P226 X-5 tactical

Discussion in 'Semi-Auto Handguns' started by Glimmer3, Aug 2, 2011.

  1. Glimmer3

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    Hey guys, I've been researching various single action handguns lately and stumbled across the Sig P226 X-5 tactical. I would love to have more info on it, but I haven't found anyone talking about it at all. Have any of you bought one or even shot it? Any feedback would be great.
     
  2. AznZOhAn

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    I've never shot or owned one, but would love to. The X series is out of price league at the moment. I own a 229 357 sig, a 229 elite 40, and a 220 carry, and a 220 platinum elite on the way. I like all 3 cause they shoot great and reliable. I think the frames are German made.
     

  3. Glimmer3

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    I am mainly wondering how accessible the safety and slide release are. It seems, from all the pictures, that the two are practically right on top of each other.
     
  4. sweeper22

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    Every Sig I've handled is super easy to break down. For most: lock slide back, turn slide release from 3 o'clock to 6 o'clock, release slide lock.

    I can see that the X-5 thumb safety & slide lock are close, but I'd image they're easy enough to manage.

    My own thoughts on the X-5: I have neither shot nor handled one, but it's almost certainly an outstanding firearm. It's also a firearm that I can't afford, and my own preferences would probably send me in a different direction were I shopping in that price range. I have a nice P226. And while I'm becoming a really decent shooter, I'm not sure my skills will ever exceed that gun's potential. That probably applies to 95+% of the shooting community.

    If you really want an X-5 and it's financially feasible, go for it. A little spendy. Maybe even too spendy. But "cost" and "value" and entirely relative concepts from one shopper to the next. I have little doubt that it's a fine gun.
     
  5. TekGreg

    TekGreg Lifetime Supporting Member Lifetime Supporter

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    Glimmer3, not sure exactly what info you're looking for since you didn't specify, but I have shot this gun, and impressed doesn't begin to describe how I felt. The factory tuned trigger had a really crisp break to it in single-action, it was extremely accurate with the 5" barrel and everything functioned flawlessly. This is one of those guns that is inherently more accurate than most shooters. The night sights were easy to acquire even at dusk and the aluminum frame made it easier to carry without making recoil seem worse. The two 15-round magazines it comes with functioned flawlessly with all of the junk ammo I tried to jam them up with! It was a very pleasant gun with no apparent problems and I thought it was worth every penny.
     
  6. AznZOhAn

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    I'm jealous, I'm still waiting for my 220 platinum to come in, but it isn't a X series.
     
  7. Mack Bolan

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    sig p226-navy is the first handgun i bought and i love it.

    i will definitely buy another sig as soon as i can afford to.
     
  8. knfxda

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    I gotta say, sweep, you are one of my favorite posters here. Direct, to the point, well thought out, good advice and you never jump on anyone! 2 thumbs up! :D
     
  9. AznZOhAn

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    Ok this is forum I like, now let's see some pics. I like the 3 I got now, and I got one more on the way.
     
  10. AznZOhAn

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    220 carry 45, 229 elite 40, and 229 357 sig in a perfect triangle.
     

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  11. sweeper22

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    Beautiful trio you've got there. Sig P22# firearms are outstanding. It seems you're lacking a 9mm...better get to fixing that.
     
  12. TekGreg

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    Azn, How do you like the .357 Sig as a carry gun? After reading the FBI Results for this round, I changed to it for carry. Was just wondering what you thought.
     
  13. AznZOhAn

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    I usually carry the the 357 if I'm going on a road trip or hunting. The 229 is a little bit on the thick side, but dead on accurate. I've shot it out 100 yards and hit 10 out of 13 in center mass. It wasn't a tight group at a 100 but it will group descent at 50 yards and nothing off the paper. 25 yards and closing it will group in a silver dollar all day. The 357 sig has made me a believer in the round, but for carry I like the g32.
    I think the round is just accurate, cause it even grouped tight in the g32. My g32 was the first pistol I've shot at 100 yards with and hit. Both pistols shot on par with my S&W 686 357 magnum but with more capacity. I'd like to see it in a production 1911 and AR.
     
  14. AznZOhAn

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    I got a 220 platinum on the way, then I'm gonna build first AR, and then I'll get a 9mm. I'm already looking at the 226 navy or 226 extreme. If I get a pay raise or maybe at tax time, I'd like get the x tactical.
     
  15. AznZOhAn

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    I live in Texas and that is what the state police and rangers carry, a 226 in 357 sig. It has a manageable recoil, great ballistics, and awesome accuracy. An ex deputy I worked with took his g32 hog hunting.
     
  16. sweeper22

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    I'll butt in and tell you what I think of it, since I own one as well as its competing calibers.

    Pros: 357sig is a very good defense caliber. You're not going to find to many critics there. It boasts impressive ballistics and you could make a case that the necked case results in more error-proof feeding. But pretty much all guns that support this caliber are ultra-reliable iron horses in whatever caliber they're shooting, which makes the feeding gain somewhat of a moot point.

    Cons: Way too expensive at the range! And when it comes to defense ammo, a nasty 9mm (Win Ranger 127gr+P+) will measure up to the 357sig quite well, while being far cheaper at the range and holding about 25% greater capacity. And you can even replicate 357sig JHP ballistics in the lighter (135-140gr) CorBon 40sw loads. No capacity gain with 40sw, but again it's far cheaper at the range.

    Bottom line: It's an exceptional performing but financially impractical round. My P226 357sig has been outstanding for me...and it's currently for sale. My 9's and 45's are not for sale. That's my two pennies.
     
  17. AznZOhAn

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    If you had it in a 1911 platform I'd be your buyer.
     
  18. NDMarksman

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    My Sig X5 Tactical in 9MM

    I've been shooting & reloading for over 35 years. I own several pistols including many Sigs and nothing I own will out perform my X5. My HK's are almost an equal but the weight and ergonomic feel of my X5 has the slight edge IMHO. If you're a reloader this "Beast" will really shine with the Hornady 124 grain JHP's.
     
  19. NDMarksman

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    I should've posted this along with my reply. This is my X5.
     

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  20. Clem

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    You might want to consider a .40 S&W barrel for your .357 SIG 226. They interchange with no spring change. I have a 9mm 226 and got the caliber conversion for .357 with a .40 barrel as well. I use 9mm on the range, but if I carried it I would probably go with the .357.