SIG’s new plan is to make all their pistols compatible with optics. The P365XL is one of the first to also come with an optic pre-mounted. It ships with the new ROMEO ZERO red dot. True Pearce talked with Phil Strader, the product line manager, at SIG’s range day at SHOT Show 2020.
SIG’s P365XL is a subcompact 9mm semiauto pistol with some standout features. First, it ships with two 12-round magazines that fit flush with the bottom of the grip. Even with 12 rounds, it’s still only 1.1″ thick.
Next, although it’s striker-fired, it’s still a steel-framed gun. The barrel and slide are .7″ longer than the P365 and yield a 5.6″ sight radius for better accuracy. Its 3.7″ barrel is made of carbon steel while the slide and frame are stainless with a tough nitride finish.
Also, since it’s an X-series gun, the magwell is beveled for faster reloads. It also has the XRAY3 front sight and an extended beavertail to help you keep a high grip. The trigger is a big upgrade from the P365, too. It’s a flat blade and breaks right at 90 degrees.
The P365 XL is a little longer and a little taller (1.3″) but it now comes with the ROMEO ZERO red dot sight as a standard option.
The ROMEO ZERO is a pistol-specific red dot. It’s 3 MOA dot appears about the same size as the front sight on the P365XL. The optic is fully adjustable for windage and elevation as well as intensity.
A great thing about it is that there’s a notch in the rear that replaces your rear sight. If for some reason your red dot isn’t illuminated, you can co-witness through the optic with the front sight and the notched rear.
Using a red dot on a carry weapon can make it a lot easier to get on target and stay there shot after shot. In fact, champion shooter Daniel Horner won a shoot-off with Max Michel and Lena Miculek using this setup. With a small red dot that is the same width as the pistol, it starts to make sense — especially since the MSRP for the pistol with the optic is only $100 more than without it.
SIG’s new P365XL ROMEOZEROis available now. MSRP is about $679. Specs list below.
|SIG P365XL ROMEOZERO|
|MAGS INCLUDED||(2) 12rd Steel Mag|
|SIGHTS||ROMEO ZERO with XRAY3 Front Sight|
|OVERALL LENGTH (IN)||6.6 in (168 mm)|
|OVERALL WIDTH||1.1 in (28 mm)|
|HEIGHT||5.5 in (140 mm)|
|BARREL LENGTH||3.7 in (94 mm)|
|WEIGHT (OZ)||20.7 oz (588 g)|
|SIGHT RADIUS||5.6 in (142 mm)|
|ACCESSORY RAIL||SIG Rail|
|TRIGGER TYPE||XSeries Straight|
|GRIP MODULE||XSeries P365|
|BARREL MATERIAL||Carbon Steel|
|FRAME FINISH||Stainless Steel|
|FRAME MATERIAL||Stainless Steel|
|SLIDE MATERIAL||Stainless Steel|