Sig’s P320 X-Five is meant as a competition gun, but how will it do in this competition where we see how far it can be launched from a trebuchet We’ll get back to the trebuchet in a second, but first let’s take a closer look at the pistol.
This is an in depth review of the Sig P320 X-Five; one thing to note: this is not a factory finish, this is an urban camo done by Cerakote Services, and it’s available exclusively through Omaha Outdoors. This review is broken down into six parts: accuracy, shoot-ability, suitability, maintenance, abuse, and nutshell.
First up is accuracy. This is a match handgun, has a match grade barrel – should be accurate, right? Let’s take a look. All the accuracy testing with this pistol, with all the pistols that we do for these reviews, is done in a Ransom rest; this eliminates human interference, so my trigger finger doesn’t get in the way of small groups. As you can see, 50 yards with the X-Five, accurate ammunition such as Gorilla Silverback, or Hornady Steel Match, this is at just over three inches at 50 yards for ten shots – really impressed with the accuracy of this handgun, not that I’m surprised. The P320 feels really great in the hand, points well, trigger is excellent. Now, I have sampled several P320 X-Fives that had sub-par triggers, but this one, this P320 X-Five, very nice trigger. It’s not quite a custom handgun trigger, this is a production gun. This front blade is pretty thin, it’s a fiber optic sight so it does work well in the daytime, but again, it’s a thin blade, and the rear sight has no markings whatsoever, so I found myself kind of hunting for the front sight a few times. Overall this is a very shootable handgun and I’m very pleased with what Sig turned out.
Suitability – that’s the next part of the review. What is this pistol good for? Well, Sig intends this, I believe, as a competition handgun. We have these big ports here on the slide, it’s a longer match barrel, we have sort of competition oriented thin blade, fiber optic front sight; removable plate here for a red dot, if you wanna go in a different production class, and four 21 round mags, along with this magazine well that’s removable. I think they meant this as a competition handgun. Could you use this as a home defense pistol? Sure, absolutely; frankly, I think this would be a great home defense gun. Carry gun? It’s a little big, especially with the mag well, but I think it could be done – remove this mag well; you could probably carry this concealed as a duty handgun; I would probably change the sights out, but I think it’s very suitable for that as well. As a military firearm I think it has perhaps slightly fewer applications in disguise as the X-Five, the P320 itself we discuss in a separate review. Overall I think this is an excellent handgun that has a lot of applications.
Maintenance – now the X-Five is a P320 based handgun so this is their polymer frame striker fired pistol, they mean this to be a mass market handgun, meaning it has to be pretty easy for you to use and take apart; we’ll go ahead and clear it, remove the magazine, check the chamber. Now, my one real complaint about the P320s in general is: this takedown lever is very stiff, especially when my hands are sweaty or I’ve got some oil on them, so I found myself using a magazine baseplate (which is also polymer, and doesn’t seem to bother the frame at all), to just push the takedown lever out of the way; maybe I’m just weak, I don’t know. Anyway, slide comes off, it’s a really simple handgun – here you can see it even stands up on its own with that magazine well there. Everything takes apart just as you would expect for an average service pistol, a polymer frame handgun. Easy to clean, you can even remove this center module here: you want to sort of wiggle the takedown lever, it pulls out (pretty tight here, I don’t know if that’s an X-Five thing, or just in general), rotate it back and forth a few times, push up on the backside of the trigger; this is your firearm, so you can change out this grip entirely: let’s say you drive your truck over it and it cracks (it probably wouldn’t, but maybe you drive a tank over it and it cracks), you can replace this really cheap, this isn’t the firearm, this is the firearm. To put it back in, you just wanna make sure that it’s… well first off I have to get the trigger inside the trigger guard, and push the back end down (and it goes, snaps into place), takedown lever goes back in (you’ll see this angle right here – you wanna put that towards the rear, and wiggle). So you’ll want to push the takedown lever forward like this, and then push it in and turn (almost like you’re screwing it in place), and it will pop down there; push it to the rear position, barrel goes in the slide, recoil and spring assembly goes in. P320s – you wanna lock the slide to the rear, then rotate your takedown lever (much easier to rotate this back into place than to get it out of place), drop the slide forward, magazine goes in, fully assembled.
Now the next portion of our review with the X-Five is the abuse section. And this is something I was really curious about because this is a handgun from Sig – Sig makes reliable handguns – but it’s more of a competition oriented pistol. Will it suffer during the more extreme portions of this testing? Well let’s see: first up is a dust test. The X-Five did have problems with this: it did not want to go into battery – first round fired just fine but then after that I had to either help it into battery, or stop because it didn’t go into battery and I didn’t want to force it too much. I think this is a very tight fit here between the barrel and the slide, helps with accuracy to be sure, but it does perhaps sacrifice a little bit of ability to go into battery when it’s extremely dirty – could have done better, but also could have done worse. Next up was the water test.
P320 X-Five – water test. Clean water or dirty water, X-Five didn’t care, functioned just fine in water; moved on to mud. I was kinda wondering how the pistol would do with these big ports up here; of course it was in the holster again so that kind of protects it in some ways, but it also forces mud and dirt into other parts of the pistol so, it helps in some ways, hurts in others. X-Five didn’t care, chugged right through the mud test, no problems. Now the last portion of this test was… different: we chucked it from a trebuchet.
Engage! Ooh! F*ck!
And the X-Five actually had a bit of a problem: with all the other pistols that we tested we got a lot of distance out of them, they released at the proper point; the X-Five, for one reason or another, left the trebuchet really late, and it slung it right down at the ground.
Time to find out if that hard hit rendered it non-functional. And we found a new way to remove the magazine well. I was able to put it back into place, and I believe it will stay in place but the frame does have a little bit of damage here at the rear, at the very bottom – it kinda pulled out here. But again, it’s back in place, and I don’t think it would leave there under normal competition use. For me, if I was to carry this or use this for anything else, I would remove this mag well, I’m not a huge fan of it, so it’s not a big deal to me, and the pistol would still function just fine. Picked it up, and it worked.
So in a nutshell, the Sig X-Five is a competition version of the P320, but is not limited to competition. This is a handgun that you could use in a lot of different situations: I could see myself using this as a home defense gun, I could even carry it without the mag well. I think Sig did a really good job on this; I was not a fan of the X-Five when I first saw it but they have totally won me over.