When the SIG P365 was introduced, I didn’t pay much attention. Sure, the pistol serves a purpose, but there were other handguns that I was more interested in. Then, comments began coming in that there was a problem with the pistol. I obtained an early production pistol to see for myself.
Fortunately, I never had any type of problem with the handgun. In fact, the piece grew on me. At first, I deployed the P365 as a backup. Later, it served as a daily carry when discretion was needed most.
The pistol is flat and easily concealed, light enough, controllable for those who practice, and a most satisfactory handgun. The SIG P365 is an important part of my battery. I own two of these handguns. They differ slightly and each is an important handgun in the scheme of things.
SIG P365 SAS Features
The newest is the P365 SIG Anti Snag — the famous SIG SAS treatment given to the P365 9mm. The pistol isn’t quite as smooth as a bar of soap, but it is as snag free as humanly possible with a steel and polymer handgun. The striker-fired polymer-frame P365 doesn’t have a hammer to snag on outer garments making it among the smoothest drawing pistols in the world when carried concealed.
The disassembly lever is unobtrusive, and the slide lock is practically buried. The rear sight, however, is quite an accomplishment. The sight is buried in the slide. There is nothing to catch on a garment or sleeve as you draw. The rear sight uses a fiber optic to provide the shooter a sighting point. Combined with brilliant Tritium inserts, the sight is visible both day and night.
In contrast, my other SIG P365 features three-dot SIG X-Ray sights. These sights offer excellent utility. While the SAS-type sights are very fast at close range, the X-Ray sights offer good accuracy potential to at least 20 yards. That it is an exceptional personal defense range.
Those of us who have used conventional sights our entire life groove right into the X Ray set up. You pay your money and make your choice. As for the SIG SAS treatment, the difference is far more noticeable when you place each pistol side-by-side.
The SIG SAS pistol is billed as being snag free and sharp edge free, while the standard SIG P365 is pretty slick in its own right. The two pistols feature a different finish. The SAS, like all black P365 9mm handguns, features a stainless slide with Nitron finish. The other is bare stainless.
Each pistol was supplied with two 10-round magazines — including one with a finger rest. The 10-round magazines were sometimes stiff to load. You may need a Blackhawk! Loader. Be certain to load just two or three rounds, tap the magazine on a boot heel or table to seat the cartridges to the rear, and then continue loading until the magazine is loaded to full capacity.
Also offered were extended capacity 12 and 15-round magazines. I don’t know about these as they bulk up the pistol. Just the same, carrying one of these extended magazines as your spare — in a proper carrier — may be a wise choice.
The pistol featured forward cocking serrations. The P365 was not particularly difficult to rack. The recoil spring worked well to soak up recoil and ensure function.
Takedown was simple enough. The SAS used a recessed screw in the frame to release the slide, the standard P365 9mm features a takedown lever. Turn the lever and the slide is released to run forward. Be certain the pistol is unloaded, and the has been magazine removed!
The trigger action was smooth and crisp. This action made good, practical, combat accuracy possible. Taking aim at a man-sized target, and pressing the trigger to the rear, allowed good hits for those who practice. Fire, allow the trigger to reset during recoil, and then fire — you will get hits.
The pistol doesn’t shoot like a big gun. However, it shoots very well for a subcompact. The P365 is a formidable choice when concealment is at a premium. This isn’t the handgun to stress with +P loads.
Caliber: 9mm Luger
Capacity: 10+1 rounds
Action Type: Striker-fired, semi-auto
Sight: Flush FT Bullseye- SAS
Grip Type: Polymer
Frame Size: Subcompact
Frame Material: Polymer covering a stainless frame
Slide Material: Stainless steel, black guns are Nitron finished
Barrel Length: 3.1 inches
Overall Length: 5.8 inches
Overall Height: 4.1 inches
Overall Width: 1 inch
Weight: 18.5 ounces
Carrying the pistols isn’t difficult. For the SAS, I sometimes use the Galco Tuck-N-Go. This holster rides easily inside the pants and under the shirt for maximum concealment. The other P365 often rides in a Galco Sto-N-Go inside-the-waistband holster. I don’t forget the pistol is there, but the P 365 9mm rides comfortably. The SIG P365 is among the best choices for personal defense. Give the pistol a hard look when you are looking for the best in concealed carry.