Sig Sauer X-Five ASP Silver Competition Part 3

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The Silver Standard for blowback action 4.5mm target pistols

By Dennis Adler

The X-Five ASP in either the original Black finish or new Silver finish delivers good 10-meter accuracy. While the period of time separating these two models is short, the Silver seems to have upped the game slightly with a lighter feeling trigger, although the two CO2 models have the same internal components. This leads to the question of slight variations from one gun to another and how or if that will influence accuracy.

Picking up where we left off with the Sig Sauer Match Ballistic alloy pellets clocking an average of 401 fps, the next round up is H&N Sport Match Green alloy wadcutters which also weigh 5.25 gr. With a fresh CO2 loaded the high velocity with H&N was 425 fps, the low 398 fps and an average for 10 shots of 404 fps. Switching to the heavier RWS Meisterkugeln 7.0 gr. lead wadcutters, the average velocity dropped to 358 fps with a high of 381 fps and a low of 347 fps for 10 shots. The X-Five ASP shot an average of 44 fps slower with lead wadcutters.

To run the X-Five ASP Silver T&E I used the same combination of pellets as the May review of the X-Five ASP Black, Sig Sauer’s own 5.25 gr. Match Ballistic alloy wadcutters, H&N Sport Match Green 5.25 gr. alloy wadcutters, and my old standby, RWS Meisterkugeln Professional Line 7.0 gr. lead wadcutters.

One thing I found with this test gun was an occasional missed shot where the pistol would skip over a chamber in the rotary magazine. This was random but happened about once out of every two magazine loads. I discovered this during velocity testing when I loaded only 10 rounds and I’d hit a blank chamber after eight or nine shots. I removed the magazine, opened it and found a pellet in one of the rotary chambers well past the top of the order. I ran a second test with the magazine from the X-Five ASP Black and the problem was gone, so this is a magazine specific issue and one you may or may not encounter. Of course, you can always buy more magazines. (I should mention that some of the earlier links for spare X-Five ASP magazines were incorrect taking you to the P320 magazines, and this has been corrected.)

The Silver model feels exactly the same in the hands but the trigger was a little different in feel with one long pull, almost zero resistance and then a short pull to a crisp break. The earlier Black model felt like a two-stage trigger with two distinctive steps as you pulled through to break the shot. Without a new Black model to proof this, it is impossible to say if the trigger has been improved or it is just a minor difference between guns.

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Comparing the accuracy with the X-Five ASP Black from last May’s Airgun Experience articles with the X-Five ASP Silver, the accuracy with each respective pellet tested, and the average velocity has been very close.

The X-Five ASP has a very distinctive sound when you fire it, that to my ears, is similar to the subdued report and tone of metal components in operation on sound suppressed pistols, (a suppressor cannot silence mechanical noise), and that is what you hear when the X-Five ASP is discharged. (Photos were shot outdoors but the actual velocity and accuracy tests were done on the indoor range due to low temperatures.)

Here you can see the results with Sig Sauer 5.25 gr. Match Ballistic alloy wadcutter pellets, H&N Sport 5.25 gr. Match Green alloy wadcutter pellets and Meisterkugeln 7.0 gr. lead wadcutters from the X-Five ASP Black. That gun shot low and required minor hold over to center on the bullseye. The Silver required raising the rear sight all the way as well but was much closer to a 6 o’clock hold on the bullseye than the earlier test gun. Again, minor differences from one gun to another, but the Silver was easier to get on target.

Back in May’s test, the X-Five Black and Sig Sauer alloy wadcutter grouped more tightly with a 10-shot spread of 0.875 inches and a best 5-shots at 0.53 inches.
The X-Five ASP Black shot with H&N last May hit a little low but grouped so tightly that the entire section of the target was blown out for a best eight out of 10 rounds at 0.59 inches.
The heavier 7.0 gr. Meisterkugeln traveling down the 5-inch rifled barrel in the X-Five ASP Black required a 1-inch hold over to hit the center but delivered an otherwise tight, overlapping group of shots with a spread of 0.75 inches and a best five shots inside one large hole at 0.5 inches.

Initial velocity tests last May with the X-Five ASP Black and Sig Sauer 5.25 gr. alloy pellets delivered an average of 395 fps, 420 fps with H&N Sport, and 350 fps with Meisterkugeln. The same pellets with the X-Five Silver averaged 401 fps, 404 fps, and 358 fps, respectively, so average velocity is up slightly with the Sig alloy, down 16 fps with H&N, and up slightly with Meisterkugeln. Do you trade velocity for accuracy with a semi-auto pellet pistol? I don’t think so at 10 meters, however, with the X-Five ASP there were differences between the earlier Black model and the new Silver model on both accounts, but the differences are not significant (unless you’re shooting competitively or against another shooter for bragging rights). Both guns consistently shoot under an inch.

Ironically the hardest pellets to group tightly are Sig Sauer’s own Match Ballistic alloy wadcutters. This happened with both the Black and Silver models. This is not to say the X-Five ASP isn’t accurate with the Sig pellets, just that another brand of pellets seems to consistently achieve better results. This is 10 shots at 10 meters measuring 0.9 inches.

The same three bands of pellets fired from the X-Five ASP Silver delivered best groups measuring 0.9 inches and a best five shots (out of 10) at 0.625 inches using Sig Sauer Match Ballistic, 0.74 inches (10 shots) in the 9, 10 and X with a best five at 0.375 inches with H&N Sport Match Green, and 0.875 inches (for 10 shots) and a best five at 0.625 inches with Meisterkugeln. In comparison with the X-Five ASP Black, Sig’s Match Ballistic grouped 10 shots into 0.875 inches with a best five at 0.53 inches, H&N delivered 8 out of 10 at 0.59 inches, and Meisterkugeln put 10 into 0.75 inches with five at 0.5 inches.

Ripping up the center of the 10-meter target, H&N Sport Match Green 5.25 gr. alloy wadcutters punched 10 rounds into 0.74 inches with five at 0.375 inches.

I have to give some latitude to my combined results due to several factors, two different guns with six months of manufacturing time separating them, slight variations from gun to gun, the different feel of the trigger and my own variations in shooting two different pistols since I do all my tests offhand as one would in competition or in real world shooting practice, and not from a bench rest. Considering all of the variables, the differences in the two guns really comes down to the pellets, and overall the X-Five ASPs do a little better with H&N.

Meisterkugeln 7.0 gr. lead wadcutters had to be aimed a little higher to hold center and I found them hitting a little left for most of the test targets. This was my best 10-shot group measuring 0.875 inches with a best five at 0.625 inches.

The bottom line is as clear as black and white, or rather, black and silver; the Sig Sauer X-Five ASP is a first-rate pistol for shooting out to 10 meters that can keep 10 shots under an inch every time and with practice send tight groups into half that or less. For the price point of the X-Five ASP, which is in the under $100 price range (average discounted price, MSRP is $139.95) this is a lot of air pistol for the money. If you want a semi-auto pellet pistol with a high capacity, adjustable sights, a reasonable kick to the blowback action, quality build and recognized name, then the X-Five ASPs are almost in a class of their own.

Next week we are going back to the Old West to review the new Umarex Legends lever action rifle.

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