by Tom Gaylord
Writing as B.B. Pelletier
This report covers:
- Shot it at Sig
- The test
- Discussion 1
- RWS R10 Pistol
- Falcon pellets
- H&N Finale Match Pistol
- Discussion 2
This report has been a long time in the works. And, because of that, you are going to get a better report. We last looked at the Sig Sauer P226 X-Five pellet pistol on June 27 of this year.
Shot it at Sig
While I was at Sig I had a chance to shoot both this pistol and the new M17 pellet pistol that isn’t out yet. They share a lot of common traits, but I will review the M17 pellet pistol separately when it comes out. As you also learned, I bought a 9mm M17 to go along with the pellet pistol, so there is an extended report coming.
Back to the X-Five. I mentioned in Part 1 that it sure looks a lot like a P226, and it was confirmed that that pistol was the one the X-Five was originally based on, though for the American market the X-Five will start as a P320. Don’t fret though, because all these Sigs bear a lot of similarity. Okay, let’s get to shooting.
I wanted to shoot 10-shot groups today and Sig’s magazine holds 20. Here is what I did. I loaded 10, taking care to load into the chambers that are joined together. The picture will explain.
Once I had loaded 10 pellets I rotated the belt counter-clockwise until the pellet was ready to be pulled into alignment. Center the last empty chamber at the top of the magazine. Now, load the magazine into the gun.
The trigger advances the belt within the magazine. What feels like a light take-up or first stage pull advances the belt to the next chamber. If you have loaded like I described, you will shoot all the pellets you loaded and only those pellets.
I shot 10 rounds with each pellet off a rest at 10 meters. Sight-in took a few shots and I discovered as the test progressed that each pellet shoots to a slightly different place.
I sighted-in with RWS Hobby pellets, but I didn’t like how they grouped so I never shot a full group with them. The first pellet I tested was the SIG Match Ballistic Alloy wadcutter pellet. Ten of them went into 1.069-inches at 10 meters. That is extremely good for a semiautomatic pellet pistol!
Before I continue, let’s put this target into perspective. Don’t think of it in terms of what a single shot pistol can do. Yes, a Beeman P17 will do better than this most of the time, but it isn’t a semiautomatic. A Crosman 1077 rifle will do better, too, and IT IS NOT A SEMIAUTOMATIC! It is a double action revolver that Crosman’s marketing department calls a semiautomatic because it shoots every time the trigger is pulled. The slide on this X-Five is actually cocking the hammer without the intervention of the shooter. An argument could be made that, because it doesn’t also advance the belt to the next chamber, it isn’t a true semiautomatic and I would agree with that, but advancing the belt takes so little effort that it might as well be happening on its own.
I adjusted the rear sight up and to the left before shooting again. How nice it is to have fully adjustable sights on a $120 air pistol.
RWS R10 Pistol
Next up were RWS R10 Pistol pellets. They grouped 10 in 1.21-inches at 10 meters. That’s almost as good as the Sig pellets and still better than 1-1/4-inches. Unfortunately these pellets went too far to the left and didn’t raise up as much as I hoped, so once again I adjusted the rear sight — this time up and right.
I wanted to try a dome next, so I went with the Falcon from Air Arms. Unfortunately they did not do as well in the X-Five. Ten scattered in a wide group measuring 1.853-inches between centers.
H&N Finale Match Pistol
The last pellet I tried was the H&N Finale Match Pistol pellet. I did not change the rear sight because by this time I realized every pellet was hitting somewhere different. The group I got was quite odd, in that 8 out of 10 pellets went into an astonishing 0.81-inches at 10 meters. Shot number 9 (I don’t actually know when it was fired) opens the group to 0.966-inches. But shot ten opens it to 2.016-inches. I did hear that the power was off on that shot and that pellet did drop way below the rest of the holes, so I had to try this pellet one more time.
I haven’t mentioned it but I changed CO2 cartridges after the first three targets. That was my mistake and I lost half of a cartridge (forgot I was only shooting 10 each time, not 20), but the last targets were shot on a fresh cartridge, in case you wonder. So next I shot a second target with Finale Match Pistol pellets.
This time 10 pellets went into 1.869-inches at 10 meters. That’s not that good, nor is it much better than the first target. I have to face facts; Finale Match Pistol pellets aren’t the best in the X-Five.
The Sig X-Five pellet pistol is quite accurate for a semiautomatic pellet pistol when the right pellets are used. It does tend to be picky about the pellets it likes, but if you have the firearm, this pellet pistol would make a great trainer.
I tested this pistol on a standard paper target, but last week I saw the fun of shooting it at a Shoot-N-C target. The fact that it seems to shoot low in today’s test really means it is spot-on when you put the front dot in the center of a target. Everything works well on this air pistol and for the price I believe it’s a best buy.