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NJMac 01-30-2012 06:40 PM

226 Stainless Elite vs. X5 All Around in 9mm
Hello all, I read a post from a few days ago where a buyer had a similar question and went with the Elite. My use will be primarily for a range gun. I'm leaning toward the X5 myself because nothing is more fun for me than hitting a bull, however I'm wondering just how much more accurate an X5 would be for typical indoor range distances. Second, any idea how noticeable the extra few ounces is? 45 is getting up there! Finally, it's hard to tell if the reported X5 extractor problems are wide spread or just sporadic but I'd be interested to hear your take.

Thanks in advance.


mgentry4 01-31-2012 02:54 PM

I would go with the Sig - how many issues do the Sigs have right now? None that I am aware of. My Sig P220 Carry Elite is very accurate. I can't imagine shooting any more accurately with an X5 than I would with my Sig.

008 02-01-2012 06:59 AM

The X5 is more consistantly accurate for me....but it is noticeably heavier. I have not had an extractor issue on two X fives but Bruce Gray feels it is a real issue if you're going to shoot tens of thousands of rounds and need 100% reliability for competition. If you are looking for the most accurate pistol on Sig's DA/SA platform the All Around is it. I doubt everyone can take full advantage of the incremental accuracy increase of the X Five but that's not always the point. It's nice to have a gun that can do it. Plus there really isn't a large price difference for what you can buy these two guns for today. I say get the X Five, at the end of the day it is a hand fitted custom shop pistol, the other is production.

ejirish 02-01-2012 11:09 AM

I have an X-5. It is quite heavy in comparison. The sights are further apart and the X-5 has blackened rear sights, albeit adjustable. The extra weight makes the gun more stable when shooting rapidly. The single action stage is unreal in the X-5. I got a Dawson Precision front sight and it made a great difference. The X-5 is quite a bit more expensive...but you are getting a custom gun with a chrome barrel and all stainless. The big difference as a shooter is the weight and sight radius.

NJMac 02-01-2012 04:22 PM

Thanks for the info, very helpful. Sounds like I don't need to worry about the extractor under typical usage and the X5 is a great choice!

Sig Marine 02-03-2012 07:32 PM

226 X-5 All Around vs 226 Stainless Elite
The weight differences between the 226 Stainless Elite and the 226 X-5 All Around is only a couple of ounces and not noticeable to most. The X-5 has a longer sight radius (5" barrel vs. 4.4" barrel) and has a heavier, target barrel. The Elite comes with the SRT (short reset trigger) installed at the factory whereas the X-5 does not. The X-5 has an adjustable rear sight, the Elites have a fixed sight.

I shoot both and it really depends on what you want to do. If you do a lot of target work, the X-5 is a great gun. It lets you adjust the sights for your preferred sight picture and the gun is very, very accurate. The Elite is also a good gun but with the fixed sights and a combat sight picture, it can be more challenging when shooting bullseye type targets.

Hope this helps...Sig Marine (Certified Sig Armorer)

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