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Posted: 10/30/2009 9:41:54 PM EST
I'm trying to decide between buying a 226 X-5 Tactical or a 226 Elite Dark and I need some outside illumination on the topic. I've played with both guns, and was impressed by both. I prefer the DA/SA on the 226 Elite Dark, but the SA trigger on the X-5 was amazing. Both have night sights and threaded barrels––so aside from the trigger difference I don't see that many differences with the two guns. I'm leaning towards the X-5 because of its trigger and it is completely German made (though sadly not a Mastershop gun). The only edge the 226 Elite Dark could have is that it has the short reset trigger and it is cheaper.

I would appreciate some thoughts/comments. I'm really leaning towards the X-5, but I want to make sure I'm making an informed decisions. I've read as much as I can find on the X-5 tactical (there isn't all the much) and I'm pretty familiar with the 226 Elite series. I'm planning on using this gun as a CC gun (in the winter) and I would eventually like to get a can for it. Where am I right/wrong/mistaken? Thanks!

Schrek
Link Posted: 10/31/2009 7:06:15 AM EST
[Last Edit: 10/31/2009 7:10:40 AM EST by mauiwowie]
To me the comparison between these two guns is like comparing a Lexus to a Honda both are great cars that I'd love to have and do what they were made to do but if I could afford the Lexus it would be in my garage and not the Honda
If I could afford a 226 X-5 Tactical I would have one in my safe.


FYI: I have a 226 ST elite and love it but I'd trade it in a second for an X-5


Link Posted: 10/31/2009 7:17:53 AM EST
While I dont have any experience w/ an elite I do have an X5 tactical threaded barrel. This gun shoots alot better than I ever will. Btw Maui I really like your ST ELITE, you have quite the collection. Here is a lousy pic of my X5
Link Posted: 10/31/2009 8:12:55 AM EST
I received my 226 dark elite three weeks ago.
Ordered back in March.
I cannot answer anything about the X5 but I can tell you this.
My 226 dark elite has become my favorite. I didn't think anything would climb above my favorite 1911.
I'm not that good of a shot and it's the only handgun I have that put's on ragged hole in the target.
I love the feel the SRT trigger is awesome!
Even my buddy who has almost one of every H&K made in his collection has now put one on his list.

I don't think you can go wrong with either, but I wouldn't trade my 226 elite dark for nuffin!
Link Posted: 10/31/2009 1:04:34 PM EST
The Elite Dark is a gussied up 226. Get the X5. No comparison.

Link Posted: 10/31/2009 8:18:13 PM EST
Hmm, so far, you guys are selling me on the X-5. I've shot a lot of 226s and really liked them, I just wasn't sure if the extra work on the 226 elites brought them close to the quality of the X-5. When I get one...I'll post some pics!
Link Posted: 10/31/2009 9:09:36 PM EST
id say get the x5 tb its 1000x better then a normal 226 still kicking myself for not getting a x5 tb when my dealer had 4 of them
Link Posted: 11/1/2009 1:22:56 PM EST
I just put a deposit on a X-5 Tactical with a threaded barrel––I'll post pics when I get it! Thanks for all the commments!
Link Posted: 11/2/2009 7:49:02 AM EST
Originally Posted By 700_5R:
The Elite Dark is a gussied up 226. Get the X5. No comparison.

http://i122.photobucket.com/albums/o257/chet007/X-Five137.jpg


I've got a SIG P220 SAO, never cared much for the DA/SA P220, or P226's. That X5 is what I'd get if I where making that decision.

Link Posted: 11/2/2009 6:02:59 PM EST
They're completely different guns. They might as well be made by different companies, which in a sense, they are.
Link Posted: 11/2/2009 7:55:39 PM EST
Originally Posted By CDM024:
They're completely different guns. They might as well be made by different companies, which in a sense, they are.


The P220 and the P226 or the P226 and the P226 X-5? I know the X-5 is entirely German made.
Link Posted: 11/3/2009 3:53:31 AM EST
Originally Posted By Schrek:
Originally Posted By CDM024:
They're completely different guns. They might as well be made by different companies, which in a sense, they are.


The P220 and the P226 or the P226 and the P226 X-5? I know the X-5 is entirely German made.


The X-5 is completely German made. Any other new model Sig is not. Big difference in QC and just overall workmanship.
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