The heavier frame module has me interested. A "challenge" coin and exclusive case turns me off. I'm sure it's attractive to some customers. Look forward to seeing these in the wild.
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Pretensioned barrels were actually a thing. And it gave the best possible accuracy you could expect out of a plastic gun. SIG started using it in the Army trials to crush the accuracy standards.
But, what they found in the ICE trials was that the pretensioning made very little difference in what they were getting out of standard barrels. Given the extra cost, it made sense to ditch it. Last I heard, the only gun that was "pretensioned" in 2019 was the X5. That may have already changed as well.
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A plastic gun that weighs more than a 226 Stainless Elite? I don't get it. Why so heavy, did they purposely add weights in the frame or something? I don't think them lightening cuts are working right.
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Nice competition and range pistol. This is not for me.
A weight is installed in the frame, and is available for all the x-frames.
What did it actually mean mechanically and visually? Say I pick up an older X5 vs any other SIG or newer X5, what do I look for or feel for to say it has a pre-tensioned barrel?This message has been edited. Last edited by: YVK,
I think the whole Legion thing is silly.
For that matter, I kept reading X5 this and X5 that but they were showing pictures of striker fired plastic pistols instead of real L1s.
But there is a lot of cosmetic frou frou on guns that I just don't see the point of.
Lightening cuts aren't really a benefit for overall gun weight, but for slide cycling performance. Lighter slides cycles faster with less reciprocating mass. At least when done properly.
This is a competition gun. Not a carry gun; you WANT the gun to weigh as much as possible/legally allowable. Heavy frame with light fast slide means more controlable gun.
As for the frame, over on ARFCOM is been pointed out that it's not a plastic frame with weights glued inside. They added tungsten powder to the plastic to add the requisite weight without having to machine an expensive complicated steel frame module.
I'd assume that the half ounce over could be fixed by removing the magwell, although I'm ignorant of the various rules for each competition. It looks (to me) they did what Walther did by trying to create a gun that fits as many competition classes as possible.
Even stupidier that they integrated into the composite. Why make a competition gun too heavy to use in IDPA competition? I don't shoot IDPA do you have to remove the magwell to shoot in that competition?
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Carry Optics is one of the fastest growing divisions in USPSA, and the X5 320 is one of the most popular CO choices. CO has a 45 ounce weight limit including optic and magazine, and after market vendors were selling $400+ weighted grip modules, with $200 plus tungsten grip weights, to bring the X5 to the weight limit. This explains it pretty well:
A buddy of mine, who shoots an X5 in CO says he is nearly $2,000 per pistol, between optic, grip module, tungsten weight and trigger. At sub $1,000 the Legion is a tremendous value, and will only make the 320 X5 even more popular in CO. A CZ has weight and a great trigger, but the X5 Legion is very competitive between weight and a GGI trigger. Between the MPX for PCC and the 320 X5, Sig is heavily catering to USPSA.
That is fascinating, and very innovative. Weighted metal powder integrated as part of a plastic matrix, for weight. I wonder what impact that has on strength and cracking potential.
That's far removed from the added weight put in the x-frame as a module.
Another advantage of this process, is it distributes the weight throughout the grip module, including in the dust cover, rather than concentrate it back in the grip.
No magwell in SSP. Even if not shooting CO, that gun is made to fit the rules of SSP in IDPA and Production in USPSA beautifully. I'm getting one for that reason. It's actually something of a bargain in terms of a competition gun IMHO. Though at the end of the day, it's not taking any of us from B class/Marksman to master/GM as it's still the indian, not the arrow.
Weight listed has to be with mag well, since it is attached to the gun. This is worth every penny. Some really good comp options in the last 1.5 years-
IDPA is 43oz with an empty mag inserted, so they'd have to get the gun down in the neighborhood of 41oz.
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Personally, I was pretty happy to hear about this. I really enjoy competing with my 320 X5 as well as my Shadow 2. Was very interested in the Q5 SF but now I will probably pass on that and wait and see how this feels. As for the Legion finish. I don't know how much luck plays into it but I have Legions dating back to the first year (a 226 DA/SA) all the way up to a newly purchased 938 Legion and all have held up extremely well. So I wouldn't hesitate adding this one it if suits my needs.
I may be looking at an older version or the rulebook, but IDPA Carry Optics Division HERE the max weight is 45oz.
Even so, 43.5oz would include the magazine, detachable magwell, and included grip weight insert (same one found on the original X5). There should be no issues getting to the correct weight, including the 43oz for SSP and ESP.
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Thanks for weighting in, Phil!
IDPA ESP would let me run the magwell, but I’d have to take the grip weight out to get under 43 oz. But the gun has the flexibility to add and removed based on sport and division - clever!
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Hmmmm. I guess I should have waited. Looks like what I built. X5 with a Burke trigger, Springer guide rod, heavy SSI grip, 6 moa Romeo1 and plus 1 aluminum bade pads. I will vouch this set up works.
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Jerry, I remember Bruce saying that (heavy) stainless steel guns weren't optimal for competition because of slower transition. Is that still the thinking?
I have shot my stainless P226 but seem to do as well or better with my standard P226. It's home to me.
I'm enjoying my new X5 and shooting it fairly well in competition, too. I'm thinking I want another as a backup, but NOT the new fugly coyote color. The grey of this new Legion looks good but not sure I want the extra weight.
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