SIG Sauer’s new P365 has garnered a lot of attention, and rightfully so. Out of the box, it looks like every other slim 9mm out there. The difference is that both of its magazines hold 10 rounds each. If you load a round into the chamber and carry a backup magazine, you have 21 rounds of 9mm available.
Before the P365 came onto the scene, I was trying to create a comparison matrix to help choose which slim 9mm to carry. Now that the P365 has appeared, my chart is a mess. I do not have to choose the best gun with just six or seven rounds; the best gun may have 10 plus one. To be clear, the P365 is a great gun, but it is not perfect. With that, here are some of the things I really like and one thing that bugs me about the gun.
1. Love: Simple
When it comes to defensive handguns, simple is not just good; simple is great. I just want to be able to draw the gun and squeeze the trigger in order to fire. I do not want a bunch of extra controls or features to fuss with. I want just the basics, please. Plus, I like a gun to have a clean look. SIG Sauer gets the P365 just right with its simple design and double-action-only functionality. Sure, there’s the standard exercise of loading a magazine and chambering a round, but that’s it.
Simplicity is also a function of reliability, and the P365 has SIG Sauer’s usual reliability. On its first outing, I loaded up the magazines with every form of 9mm ammunition I could find in the 9mm bin from my workshop. The 10-round magazine was loaded with everything from target loads to self-defense loads in all the typical bullet weights. The P365 fed, fired and ejected all of them every time.
2. Love: Skinny
Concealed carry guns are nothing if they are not skinny. The rules of physics being what they are, the thicker your gun is, the more awkward and potentially uncomfortable it is to carry. That is why 1911s in any size have always been great concealed carry guns, but that’s a story for another day.
At 1-inch wide, SIG’s P365 is a skinny gun, but it is not so skinny in the stocks that it is difficult to grasp and fire well. The fact that it also hides inside the waistband with ease makes it a comfortable gun. Back in the day, in order to carry 10 rounds in a magazine, you had to have a fairly chunky gun. It’s a new day.
3. Love: Great Sights
Here is the feature many have been waiting for: high-quality night sights on a defensive carry gun. Just as important is that they work during the daytime. And they do, providing a very good, very familiar three-dot pattern that the eyes pick up easily.
SIG calls them XRAY3 Day/Night Sights. These sights do their job so well that you have to actively think about them in order to realize it. In low- or no-light conditions, it is immediately evident where the sights are on the gun. It is also obvious which is the front sight because it glows a brighter green than the rear sights.
4. Hate: Short Stocks
Hate is too strong a word here, and I do realize that a carry gun needs to be somewhat short in order to conceal well, but when I grasp the P365, my pinky finger halfway hangs off the shorter magazine. The other included magazine has an extension which is a perfect fit, but I prefer the shorter one for carry. So, there is a bit of a trade-off here, of course.
When shooting the P365, I do not find the length of the stocks to be an issue. I probably like all the other features so much that I just accept this shortcoming.
5. Love: Purchase
In firearms parlance, “purchase” is a word used to describe the quality of grip you can get on a gun. It is a combination of the gun’s size and shape and how it fits given the dimensions of your hand. It is also a subjective matter. As you know, a gun that fits one person well may be a poor fit for another.
As for me, I can get an excellent purchase on the P365. This not only is a function of the gun’s excellent design, grip angle, dimensions and so forth, but it is also a result of the stock’s texture. SIG got it just right with this gun. Grasping the P365 results in my hand having really good friction. No sliding or extra maneuvering is needed to improve the purchase; you just get it when you grasp it.
With a good purchase, the spacing and dimensions are just right, and the trigger finger should rest on the side of the slide rather than on the trigger. When firing the gun, there is a short snap up, and then you are quickly back on target. When changing magazines, there is a slight change in grip to use your thumb on the magazine release, but it is an operation that quickly becomes second-nature. When you grasp the top of the slide to release it and scoop up the top round in a fresh magazine, the maneuver feels great, and there is just enough slide area to make it a sure and simple process.
Other things I really like about the SIG Sauer P365 are its retail price of $599.99 and the fact that you can fire +P ammo through it. There is an optional 12-round magazine you can carry as a backup. There is nothing else that I do not like.
Have you fired the P365? What is your experience? What do you love, and what do you hate?
About the Author: Mark Kakkuri is a nationally published freelance writer who covers guns and gear, 2nd Amendment issues and the outdoors. His writing and photography have appeared in many firearms-related publications, including the USCCA’s Concealed Carry Magazine. You can follow him on Twitter @markkakkuri.
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