Sig Sauer builds a P226 ASP competition model
By Dennis Adler
Sig Sauer has been working hard the last two years to establish itself in the airgun marketplace and over the past year has begun to introduce a series of new models that may well be the game changers in blowback action semiautomatic CO2 air pistols. In the past, Sig Sauer has lent (licensed) its name to other CO2 pistols like the exceptional P226 X-Five and recent X-Five Silver blowback action CO2 BB models, but Sig is moving swiftly toward its own proprietary line of CO2 pistols that, in just the past year have already upped the game with the innovative rotary belt-fed pellet firing P320 ASP. Now, using their latest 20-shot 4.5mm rotary pellet magazine, Sig is adding a competition-inspired ASP X-Five model to their CO2 lineup. The ASP (Advanced Sport Pellet ) series X-Five follows on the heels of the new WE THE PEOPLE Model 1911 blowback action ASP BB pistol, and precedes the much anticipated military version of the Sig Sauer P320 (M17 ASP) with a self-contained CO2 pellet magazine concept.
Sig’s centerfire P226 X-Five was different from the military (Navy SEAL) law enforcement and civilian P226 models having been designed from the start as a target and competition pistol. Using all stainless steel construction, a stainless magwell and low profile adjustable rear sights, the X-Five was available in blue, black Nitron, and two tone stainless finishes. Introduced in 2005, the X-Five, X-Five Competition and X Series, which included the P226 X Match, P226 X Open and P226 X Super Match, were phased-out four years ago. Interestingly, the Sig Sauer-licensed P226 X-Five CO2 model was introduced in 2012 (toward the end of centerfire model production) and along with the accessorized X-Five Open and latest X-Five Silver CO2 models continue the X-Five design, but again these are not Sig Sauer brand pistols; they just bear the Sig Sauer name and design features.
The new ASP X-Five is Sig Sauer’s first competition-based, pellet-firing blowback action model, and it is different than the Sig Sauer-licensed models not only in caliber (pellet vs. BB, though the new Sig rotary magazines will also load BBs), but in being more detailed in its overall design in relation to the actual Sig Sauer X-Series centerfire pistols.
While not using the newly developed self-contained CO2 pellet magazine technology, the new ASP X-Five still breaks ground by using the Sig Sauer patented cam-operated CO2 quick loading and piercing system from the P226 ASP combined with the 20-round rotary pellet magazine from the P320 ASP, thus making the ASP X-Five Sig Sauer’s first hybrid CO2 model. The rifled steel barrels used in the Sig Sauer ASP pellet pistols also make the new X-Five model suitable for shooting at the 10 meter discipline, rather than being limited to 21 feet like the smoothbore BB models.
The ASP X-Five promises to be an exciting pistol to shoot and we will begin to explore its features and handling in Thursday’s Part 2.