The recently announced SIG Sauer P365 SAS is now available and shipping. The P365 SAS is a specially de-horned and modified pistol for everyday carry and concealment.
The SAS process, or SIG Anti-Snag, has been around for a long time, even if it’s one of their less well-known treatments. SIG shaves down and polishes off the sharp edges in the Anti-Snag process, but they take things to a new level with the P365 SAS.
The P365 SAS has downright minimalist controls including a flush right-hand slide catch and takedown lever, and a reversible low-profile magazine release. The slide has wide but shallow serrations, in front of and behind the ejection port, that are probably easier to use than the slide release lever in most situations.
Along the underside of the muzzle is an accessory rail but in keeping with the SAS treatment it’s a smooth, proprietary mount similar to early rail mounts before the widespread adoption of Picatinny-style accessory mounts.
While the rail is standard on all P365s, here it really highlights the fact that SIG went all-out on a smooth and slick handgun design. Of course the stand-out SAS feature of the P365 SAS is the sights. Or rather, no sights, at least nothing conventional.
Instead of using sights that stick out above the slide, the SIG P365 SAS uses a Meprolight FT Bullseye micro sight mounted flush into the rear of the slide. The FT Bullseye works like a very tiny green-light red dot sight with a tritium fiber optic light source.
This feature is a bit of a risk for SIG. While it makes the P365 SAS extremely smooth along the topstrap and it opens up a lot of deep concealment options, the sighting system itself takes some getting used do and is less forgiving when it comes to good, proper grips.
Still, it’s a radical design change and it will draw an audience.
One of the last stand-out features of the P365 SAS is its twin ported barrel and slide. In practice ported barrels help cut recoil and keep muzzle flip to a minimum which can really make a difference with small handguns.
Chambered for 9mm Luger, the P365 SAS maintains the rest of the elements that have made the P365 series as a whole an instant success. It holds 10+1 rounds of ammunition with flush magazines in an overall package that’s about the same size and thickness as many single-stack pistols that hold less, and 12- and 15-round magazine options are available.
A polymer-framed, striker-fired pistol, the handgun is just an inch wide and under six inches long with its 3.1-inch barrel. Unloaded the P365 SAS weighs a hair less than 18 ounces.
The suggested retail price for the P365 is just under $600 with real-world and online pricing is in the mid- to low-$500 range. With a lot of interesting and even exotic designs prices are likely to be closer to MSRP until some of the new hotness wears off.
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