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This is a discussion on First X5 Range Trip Report within the X-Series, Sport, Mastershop Pistols forums, part of the SIG Sauer Pistols category; I just received my Competition Friday night and simply couldn't wait any longer to go shoot it. When I left the house it was about ...

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Old 01-08-2017, 01:58 PM   #1
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First X5 Range Trip Report

I just received my Competition Friday night and simply couldn't wait any longer to go shoot it. When I left the house it was about 13 degrees, wind chill around 0. Unfortunately when I got to the range, the wind chill was substantially colder - I would estimate in the -20 to -25 range. I have been dreaming about this pistol for quite and the cold wasn't going to prevent me from doing that. It did however make my range trip a little shorter than normal.

I took a couple types of ammo to test out - S&B 115, Winchester 115 that my brother couldn't get to feed in his 1911, and some Federal 147 HP loads. I ran about 165 rounds through the gun, with no malfunctions. The Winchester didn't seem as accurate as the other two, but honestly shooting offhand in the cold it is really hard to draw any definitive conclusions.

I shot at 8" steel at 25 yards, pistol rimfire sized silhouette steel at 25 (centerfire thickness though), paper at 25 and a softball sized rock at about 110 yards. Hitting the 8" at 25 yards was pretty effortless. Seemed much easier than with my Glock 17 which I have shot at this target setup many times. Silhouettes were a little more challenging, and I was able to walk it into a couple of last round of magazine hits on the 110 rock. Paper and 110 yard impacts show it is shooting slightly low and left for me. When I have more time and better conditions I will fine tune and adjust sights.

Impressions of the pistol:

- Very smooth and soft shooting.
- Trigger has more take up than I would prefer
- I am clearly not used to trigger reset. Twice I pulled the trigger to no response. Realized I had not let it reset.
- Not a big fan of the black on black sites.
- Factory plastic grips are way too slick in the cold.
- Why in the world did I wait this long to get one of these?

Based on some feedback I have read here and other places, I had been planning/considering/researching what I might want done to the pistol. I knew the grips and trigger might be an issue (already started separate threads about them). I also knew about the Gray extractor upgrade and had my eye on a Dawson fiber front sight upgrade. After shooting the pistol, I think my pre-shot assessments of those things are confirmed except the extractor upgrade. Mine throws brass forward, but otherwise showed no functional problems. Now I need to decide if I want to go with Burke or Gray (i.e. how important the extractor upgrade is) and get my spot in line reserved.
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Old 01-09-2017, 09:41 AM   #2
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After Robert Burke's action job on my 9mm X5 Comp:

Take-up: 1/16" against the trigger return spring, then an additional 1/8" as the firing pin blocker is displaced.

Overtravel: ~1/32".

Reset: Very short, and very crisp. It's delightful!

All distances at mid-trigger.

Robert also offered to move the trigger breakpoint back, but I had him leave it unchanged.
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Old 01-09-2017, 03:40 PM   #3
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Coming from a glock the trigger reset is going to feel very weak I'd say that's probably my biggest complaint on both of my X5's the take up isn't a big deal to me, but having shot guns with a stiff reset for a long time in action sports the very weak reset on the X5's absolutely takes getting used to. For those that are not used to "riding the reset" I doubt they'd ever notice.
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Old 01-15-2017, 08:06 PM   #4
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Second range report - only slightly higher temps. this weekend. Shot 100 rounds of CCI Blazer brass 115's and 16 rounds of Remington Golden Saber 124's just to see how they would function. Everything functioned perfectly, even though I have not cleaned gun since last range session. Only one failure to reset this trip. I like this pistol a lot, LOT more with the G10 Hogue grips. I'm not 100% sure, but I felt like I was getting better accuracy out of it. One of the 8" steel swingers at 25 yards at the range has a 3" center plate hanging behind it for a different ring/bullseye effect. Well, one side of the hanging chains had come loose, so 3" plate was about 2/3 obscured behind main plate. I was able to get hits on the obscured 3" plate - about 7-9 per magazine. I continue to be impressed with this pistol.
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Get up w/ Robert Burke. He'll knock out a lot of the take up in your Competition. I also had him lighten the trigger too. It now as light as my L1 trigger.
Robert will do it right with excellent communication and super fast turn around.
Congratz on your new X5. I love mine too.
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I love my P226 X 5 Comp.

Good luck with yours.
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