New Sig Sauer P226 X-Five Silver Part 3

New Sig Sauer P226 X-Five Silver Part 3 Part 2 Part 1

Fine tuning the sights for bullseye accuracy

By Dennis Adler

Sig upped the game with the new P226 X-Five Silver and its deluxe finish, adjustable rear target sight and wood grain grips. But Sig, you forgot the white dot sight. The question is, “does it matter?”

The P226 X-Five has proven to be one of the easiest to handle and most accurate both in detail and downrange of any of the current blowback action CO2 models. The new X-Five Silver has dressed up the otherwise basic black landscape of this gun to competition pistol status with its outstanding fit and finish and adjustable target sights. Almost perfect except that the new Sig left one thing behind, the white dot front sight from the standard model. Some will say, target sights do not need the white dot, and I’d agree with this gun since it has already matched the standard model for accuracy without it. But since I have shown readers how to add a clean (and removable) white dot front sight, I’m going to take the X-Five Silver up another notch for the final shooting evaluation.

Since it only takes a few minutes to make a white dot sight using Avery white gummed labels and a leather punch, I knocked out an approximately same-sized white dot and stuck it to the back of the X-Five Silver’s black front sight. It is worth noting that the ramped blade front sights are different on the two guns, the rear surface of the X-Five Silver is angled back, while the white dot front sight on the standard model is angled forward. The X-Five Silver’s front sight, if left black, is pretty easy to see. The white dot helps but it’s no deal breaker without it.

Adding the white dot

Find a Hawke Scope

I explained how to make a white dot sight in Airgun Experience No. 192 “Out of Sight” and for the P226 X-Five I am starting with a comparison of the front sights for the size of the dot. Nothing about the P226 is discreet, everything is bold and easy to handle and that goes for the sights, the front blade is tall and wide and easy to center in the rear, whether with the black fixed rear on the standard model or the adjustable sight on the X-Five Silver. The white dot measures a handy 0.12 inches. I punched out an approximate white dot on an Avery Multi Purpose white gummed label and positioned it in the same spot as the standard model’s front sight. This will stick in place until removed. Now, all things are equal.

Only a handful of blowback action CO2 models are actual Browning short-recoil, locked-breech designs and disassemble the same as the centerfire guns. The Sig Sauer P226 X-Five series is one of them. This makes the airguns as authentic to the centerfire models as possible. As a training gun this would have to be among the top five.

Shooting at 21 feet  

For this final accuracy test I selected three different .177 caliber BBs, Umarex 1500 steel BBs, Hornady Black Diamond black anodized steel BBs, and Remington plated steel BBs. This time around the Umarex delivered a total spread for 10 shots of 0.81 inches and a best five shots at 0.68 inches. This is just a fraction different than the previous test with Umarex steel BBs, which landed a best 5-shot group at 0.50 inches.

With the white dot added I didn’t get quite as tight a group with Umarex steel BBs as I did without it, but the difference was marginal. My best 5-shot group measured 0.68 inches on the 10 meter target.

I chronographed the 5.1 grain Hornady Black Diamond BBs at a high of 345 fps and an average of 335 fps for six consecutive shots. The rated velocity for the X-Five is 300 fps so it is consistently shooting above the factory rating.

At 21 feet my best 10 shot group with the Black Diamond measured 0.75 inches including a bullseye. One 5-round spread measured 0.625 inches and a best 5 shots at 0.45 inches with three overlapping, setting a new 21 foot standard for the Sig.

With Black Diamond, the Sig slammed a best 5-shot group into a record setting 0.45 inches with three overlapping. I decided at the start not to monkey around with the adjustable sights after setting them for the first tests with the black front sight. My shots were consistently a little low and right of POA with the white dot added. If I were going to leave it on I would adjust the rear sight to compensate.

For the final test I switched to Remington plated steel BBs. Chronograph speeds were a high of 340 fps, a low of 328 fps, and an average of 334 fps for six shots. For the final 10 shot group I had 5-shots at 0.625 inches, a best 5 at 0.5 inches, and a total spread of 1.06 inches.

The Remington plated steel BBs also grouped a little low and right but again in a tight pattern with a best 5 shots at 0.5 inches. There is absolutely nothing not to like about this new Sig Sauer licensed CO2 model. It has the looks and the performance.

Overall for total targets my average 10-shot groups were 0.80 inches with a best five shot group of 0.45 inches. Without the added white dot my best 5-shot group was 0.5 inches. Either way, white dot or not, the new X-Five Silver is one of the most accurate blowback action pistols, downrange and for overall design and operation. This one is a keeper.

A Word About Safety

Blowback action models provide the look, feel and operation of their cartridge-firing counterparts. The Sig Sauer P226 X-Five models a little more than others. Most blowback action airguns look like real centerfire handguns, but those based on models like the Sig Sauer are even more difficult to distinguish at a glance. It is important to remember that the vast majority of people can’t tell the difference between a blowback action airgun and a cartridge gun. Never brandish them in public. Always, and I can never stress this enough, always treat an airgun as you would a cartridge gun. The same manual of operation and safety should always apply. 

2 thoughts on “New Sig Sauer P226 X-Five Silver Part 3”

  1. Just curious if you adjusted the sights. Still, a very accurate , and right up there for realism. Since they are still in production , a 210 Sig would be a great replica air pistol. Few will ever own the expensive 210 in 9 mm

  2. Since this pistol elevates the level of play, it should trickle down to other models with things like real rearsights that are drift adjustable , and fully functioning controls

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