Sig Sauer P226 XFive: 9mm Goodness

Finding a handgun that meets or exceeds your expectations as a seasoned shooter can be a challenge, but it’s not impossible. The Sig Sauer P226 XFive is a prime example of a well-made pistol specifically designed for stellar performance right out of the box. It’s the precision version of the original P226 and offers numerous features to enhance performance and precision. The gun is chambered in 9mm and can be used for competition or personal defense. Whatever you need, the P226 XFive gets it done.

Sig Sauer P226 XFive
The Sig Sauer P226 XFive Classic has an optics-ready slide and a five-inch bull barrel. (Photo credit: Sig Sauer)

Sig Sauer provided details of the pistol:

The original P226-XFIVE quickly became known the world over as the ultimate target pistol.  Now SIG Custom Works is bringing that same legendary performance and precision back with the…P226-XFIVE. Based on the venerable P226 platform, this 9mm Single-Action Only pistol is designed for maximum performance with a 5-inch bull barrel and a stainless steel frame delivering a smooth, flawless action and unrivaled accuracy.  The P226-XFIVE can be adapted to any shooter’s preference with a fully adjustable trigger for pull weight, over-travel and a trigger shoe that is removeable and adjustable for length-of-pull.  The adjustable Dawson-style rear sight plate can be removed to direct-mount a ROMEO1PRO, ROMEO2, or any other optic using the standard PRO footprint.  The P226-XFIVE is a Custom Works production release and comes with three 20-Round steel magazines with alloy base pads.

Sig Sauer P226 XFive
The gun has custom Hogue G10 Piranha grips with alloy with an alloy magwell. (Photo credit: Sig Sauer)

Features of the gun include:

  • X-Series optics ready slide
  • 5.0-inch bull barrel
  • Custom Hogue G10 Piranha grips on the standard model
  • Custom Hogue Cocobolo grips on the classic model
  • Stainless steel frame
  • 1913 accessory rail ahead of the trigger guard
  • Single action only A X3 trigger
  • Fiber optic front and adjustable rear sight
  • Carbon steel barrel
  • 5.9-inch height for both standard and classic models
  • 45.6-ounce empty weight for classic model; 46.2 ounce weight for standard model
  • 8.6-inch overall length for both standard and classic models
  • 9mm chambering
  • 10 or 20 round capacity depending on specific model
  • Manual safety
Sig Sauer P226 XFive
The accessory rail ahead of the trigger guard makes adding a weapon-mounted light or laser easy. (Photo credit: SIG Sauer)

The gun has forward and rearward slide serrations for easier manipulation of the slide. A checkered front strap works with the texture of the grip panels to improve the shooter’s grip, even with sweaty or wet hands, and the face of the trigger guard is also checkered.

Every gun ships from the factory with a fiber optic front sight and an adjustable rear sight, making sighting in the pistol a straightforward process. And if the shooter prefers not to use irons, the slide is optics-ready, so a red dot could be easily installed.

Sig Sauer P226 XFive
The gun has an external thumb safety. (Photo credit: SIG Sauer)

Overall, the Sig Sauer P226 XFive looks like a quality pistol made with fantastic attention to detail. Which do you prefer, the standard model with black grips or the classic model with wood grips? Tell us in the comments section.

MSRP for the P226 XFive is not known at this time.

Kat Ainsworth Stevens is a long-time outdoor writer, official OGC (Original Gun Cognoscenti), and author of Handgun Hunting: a Comprehensive Guide to Choosing and Using the Right Firearms for Big and Small Game. Der Teufel Katze has written for a number of industry publications (print and online) and edited some of the others, so chances are you've seen or read her work before, somewhere. A woman of eclectic background and habits, Kat has been carrying concealed for over two decades, used to be a farrier, and worked for a long time in emergency veterinary medicine. She prefers big bores, enjoys K9 Search & Rescue, and has a Master's Degree in Pitiless Snarkastic Delivery.

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