Sig Sauer X-Five ASP Silver Competition Part 2 Part 1
The Silver Standard for blowback action 4.5mm target pistols
By Dennis Adler
This is what happens when you make a good gun better. Sometimes all it takes is a change in color, from the first Sig Sauer X-Five ASP’s Nitron-like black finish to a brushed stainless steel look. It’s the same gun, but much more visually appealing. But is there more to it than that?
Sig Sauer’s airgun division has its eye on multiple markets from CO2 powered BB models like the WE THE PEOPLE 1911, to pellet-firing training guns like the new M17 ASP, and as far reaching as target pistols such as the X-Five ASP and ASP20 breakbarrel pellet rifle. The X-Five falls into its own classification within the Sig lineup as the only current pellet-firing target model (with adjustable rear sight) to use the 20-round rotary Rapid Pellet Magazine (RPM).
Like the earlier X-Five the new ASP Silver is slightly larger than the P226 it is based on and is a tough gun to holster. It does, however, fit nicely into a Galco Quick Slide made for the P226 Rail gun. The front sight does not catch on the lip of the holster when drawing the gun.
After a long look at the X-Five ASP, it comes down to the loading and shooting. This is a two step process, loading the CO2 into the grip frame by opening the backstrap panel. This is done by pulling down on the latch (arrow) and letting it swing all the way back to expose the channel and cam-operated CO2 quick loading and piercing system. After the CO2 you load the magazine (and it is a good idea to buy at least two extras, they come in a set of two).
As a dedicated target pistol the X-Five ASP Silver uses the centerfire X-Five-type SAO (single action only) trigger. This almost vertical trigger design was used on the centerfire X-Five competition pistols, but this style trigger is not unique to target pistols or to Sig Sauer. Vertical triggers have been used on everything from semi-auto target pistols to custom Ruger LCP .380 personal defense pistols. One of the early designers of the skeletonized vertical trigger for the LCP, and other pistols, is Eric Galloway. His design for the LCP as a customized model was also adapted by Sturm, Ruger for a limited edition model that has since become known as the “Red Trigger Ruger” which was the best of the original LCP model .380 ACP pistols.