Race guns are known famously for their good trigger, good grip feel, and easy manipulation. In airsoft very often when we think of “race gun” you can imagine guns like the TM Gold Match, the CZ Shadow, and others. Its not everyday that the Sig Sauer P226 comes to mind. However, Sig did come out with a P226 in a race gun form, that is the X series. Today we look at the intermediate length pistol, the X5.
The pistol in today's review is the Sig P226 X5. If you were to do any internet searches on this gun you will be sure to come across its longer brother the X6. Much like that one, the X5 is designed with competition in mind. Touted to be a competition style pistol, it does seem to have the corresponding external features that make it out to be one.
Starting with the slide, on the regular P226 is slightly shorter and it does not have the front cocking secretions as seen not the X5. The X5 also also has clearly deeper rear secretions than that of the regular 226 as well. After the slide work, there are also notable differences when it comes to the sights. On the regular 226 the rear sight is notched and is a 3 dot style, with the sights being slightly low profile. The X5's, on the other hand are blacked out and anything but low profile with the rear sight being adjustable for elevation. Though I am not a fan of both front and rear sights being blacked out, neither can I say I particularly like three dot style sights as well. I just wish they would have gone with blacked out rears and a fiber front.
Looking at the lower portion of the gun we come to the frame. The frames look quite similar on both the regular P226 and the X5 but there are also some noticeable differences. On the regular 226 there is an obvious de-cocker next to the slide release and on the X5 there is no de-cocker but there is an ambidextrous safety. But the magazine and slide releases are placed at the same positions, tigger guard wise they both look about the same sized. Do note that there are two other obvious features on the X5 I quite enjoy. First thing is the flared magwell, this really does make reloads much easier. Second thing is the long beaver tail giving you a higher purchase on the gun.
One definite constant with both guns is the take down for cleaning and adjusting the hop up. You move the slide back like so, push down the throw lever and slide the slide forward.
As a final little point, this is a full metal, fully licensed pistol from Cybergun. In hand, the gun has a bit of weight and all the metal on the gun is nicely finished but the faux wood grip panels do look rather cheap and the seams don't close at the rear.
The shooting impulse of the gun is nice. The trigger is exceptional given the price point of the pistol. The recoil is solid and lighter than I would have expected. From about 10m away you are getting no more than a 3" spread and I am sure you can get better results as you pace your shots.
My final thoughts, I would say if you are in the market for a Co2 race gun that is affordable (US$150.00), I don’t see why this one won't work for you. Its got a decent trigger and its a snappy gun to run. Yes there are some minor flaws like how the faux wood grips don’t really sit flush with each other and its feels a bit on the heavy side, however as a whole, I think its good place to start.
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