Spotted in the Wild: American-made SIG Sauer P226 XFIVE
On a trip to SIG in New Hampshire last week, we had an occasion to see the new P226 XFIVE up close and personal.
Announced earlier this month, the P226 XFIVE was formerly just offered through SIG's German Master Shop for serious competition use and typically ran in the neighborhood of about $5K – and that was in 2008 dollars! While today's XFIVE remains pricy – like a minimum advertised price of $2,199 kinda pricey – it is still way less than the older version and the American-made instant classic has been updated to have better sights and a factory Delta Point Pro/RMR footprint.
Needless to say, we were super excited last week to see it both on the line in SIG's New Hampshire factory as well as on the range at the company's Freedom Days event over the weekend as it underscored that it wasn't just a prototype but in production.
The pistol is offered in two variant, a Classic model with custom Hogue Cocobolo grips, and a STAS model with black Hogue Piranha grips and a sport takedown lever that acts like a "gas pedal."
When it came to performance on the range, the XFIVEs were popular with Freedom Days attendees who queued up to get some trigger time on the new model and make it wring out some steel plates.
Nice to see SIG thinking out of the box by reaching back into the vault to bring back tough-to-find classics, complete with better pricing and features. We've seen this on the P210 series already.