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 new SIG Sauer P226 XFIVE
Overall length of the series, due to the 5-inch barrel, is a very 1911-ish 8.6 inches with a comfortable sight radius of 6.8 inches. Weight on the new XFIVE is 45.6 ounces. (All photos: Chris Eger/Guns.com)
the new SIG Sauer P226 XFIVE
The XFIVE ships standard with a three-position AX3 trigger installed that is fully adjustable for pull weight and overtravel while the trigger shoe is removable and adjustable for length of pull. 
the new SIG Sauer P226 XFIVE
It feels great in the hand due to the extended beavertail grip and undercut trigger guard. Note the extended magwell that just hoovers up the XFIVE's 20-round standard magazine as well as the ambi safety – a must on a single-action-only pistol. 


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." 
 

SIG Sauer P226 XFIVE brothers, side-by-side.

 

the new SIG Sauer P226 XFIVE
Note the black high-texture G10 grips and gas pedal takedown lever on the STAS model. 
the new SIG Sauer P226 XFIVE
A better look at that takedown lever on the STAS. 
the new SIG Sauer P226 XFIVE
The two XFIVE models in production side-by-side with the frames showing the difference between the two in terms of grips and takedown levers. Also, drink in those full-length slide rails on stainless-steel frames. 


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.
 

the new SIG Sauer P226 XFIVE
A good idea of how easy they are to get back on target can be had by noting the ejected case seen hovering over the pistol. 
the new SIG Sauer P226 XFIVE
Team SIG pro-shooter Daniel Horner with the satisfied look of a man with a new XFIVE in his holster. 
the new SIG Sauer P226 XFIVE
Plus, they are pretty easy on the eyes. 


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. 
 

SIG Sauer P210 Carry and P210 Target
The P210 Carry, compared to the P210 Target, both well-received American-made versions of the Swiss originals. These were also on the range at Freedom Days over the weekend-- an event that is a must for SIG superfans.
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