Concealed Carry

SIG Sauer P365 SAS vs. Standard

Galco Sto-N-Go holster, left, and Galco Tuck-N-Go holster right

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.

SIG P365
The SIG Sauer P365 9mm is a clean design with few sharp edges to catch or snag during the draw.

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.

Bob Campbell shooting the SIG Sauer P365 9mm handgun at an outdoor range
The SIG SAS 9mm version of the P365 is reliable and fast shooting.

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.

Sight picture of the SIG P365 9mm SAS pistol
SIG’s SAS sights are excellent for close range battle, but they require practice significant enough to make intuitive.

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.

Man firing at a silhouette target at an outdoor range
Firing at close range, the SIG Sauer P365 SAS proved formidable.

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.

The Remington Golden Saber or Federal HST are good choices. SIG offers a special short-barrel load, so does Federal. Both loads are difficult to find these days.


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

Carry Options

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.

What do you think of the SIG P365 SAS? What about the standard P365? Let us know in the comments.

  • Man firing at a silhouette target at an outdoor range
  • Galco Sto-N-Go holster, left, and Galco Tuck-N-Go holster right
  • SIG Sauer P365 9mm handgun with a spare magazine left profile
  • Sight picture of the SIG P365 9mm SAS pistol
  • Bob Campbell aiming the SIG P365 handgun at an outdoor range
  • SIG Sauer P365 9mm handgun right profile
  • Front sight post on a handgun
  • Bob Campbell with a two-handed grip shooting the SIG P365 pistol
  • Bob Campbell shooting the SIG Sauer P365 9mm handgun at an outdoor range
  • Sight picture of the SIG P365 9mm semi-automatic handgun
  • Bob Campbell shooting the SIG P365 9mm
  • Bob Campbell shooting the Standard SIG P356 9mm handgun

About the Author:

Bob Campbell

Bob Campbell’s primary qualification is a lifelong love of firearms, writing, and scholarship. He holds a degree in Criminal Justice but is an autodidact in matters important to his readers. Campbell considers unarmed skills the first line of defense and the handgun the last resort. (He gets it honest- his uncle Jerry Campbell is in the Boxer’s Hall of Fame.)

Campbell has authored well over 6,000 articles columns and reviews and fourteen books for major publishers including Gun Digest, Skyhorse and Paladin Press. Campbell served as a peace officer and security professional and has made hundreds of arrests and been injured on the job more than once.

He has written curriculum on the university level, served as a lead missionary, and is desperately in love with Joyce. He is training his grandchildren not to be snowflakes. At an age when many are thinking of retirement, Bob is working a 60-hour week and awaits being taken up in a whirlwind many years in the future.

Published in
Black Belt Magazine
Combat Handguns
Rifle Magazine
Gun Digest
Gun World
Tactical World
SWAT Magazine
American Gunsmith
Gun Tests Magazine
Women and Guns
The Journal Voice of American Law Enforcement
Police Magazine
Law Enforcement Technology
The Firearms Instructor
Tactical World
Concealed Carry Magazine
Concealed Carry Handguns

Books published

Holsters for Combat and Concealed Carry
The 1911 Automatic Pistol
The Handgun in Personal Defense
The Illustrated Guide to Handgun Skills
The Hunter and the Hunted
The Gun Digest Book of Personal Defense
The Gun Digest Book of the 1911
The Gun Digest Book of the 1911 second edition
Dealing with the Great Ammunition Shortage
Commando Gunsmithing
The Ultimate Book of Gunfighting
Preppers Guide to Rifles
Preppers Guide to Shotguns
The Accurate Handgun
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Comments (14)

  1. Buyers regret. The sight is as accurate as sig says. But this gun has way too many downsides.

    AMMO count is nice. Point and shoot is actually better than trying to catch the sight dot.

    And the glow from the tritium is annoying under anything white.

    I would rather use my Bersa BP9CC than this. And that’s saying a lot.

  2. I am a prior active service Marine, I bought the Sig P365 2 years ago, and have since been one of it’s strongest advocates. The P365 is reliable, accurate, and easy to conceal.

  3. I carry my P365 SAS daily. I installed an upgrade trigger and spring kit from and what a difference! My really good weapon became a really great weapon. Less trigger pull, shorter reset, and more accurate to boot. I’ve got several friends who carry the P365 in various flavors. All love it.

  4. Looked at the SAS, the sights were intriguing but the silly slide release made it a non starter for me. Note you can add the SAS slide to a regular 365 and keep the regular slide release. But Sig also added a red dot ready slide with Romeo Zero which I upgraded to. Had to replace the Romeo right away with a much better Holosun, the Romeo ate batteries at a rate of one per month, just sitting and only one range use per battery. Plus the Holosun dot in a circle just makes getting on target much faster. That was my second Romeo to eat batteries, so Sig needs to work harder on their red dot line.

  5. I work in a very large firearms retailer in the Northeast, no question the 365 is by far the best selling, and my favorite carry gun we carry. I sell probably 4 365’s to any 1 of any other firearms regardless of its intended purpose. While the SAS does have some very unique features, I have to say it’s not a very popular choice. To this date, I have not sold 1, while selling dozens of other 365 models. I have only met 1 SAS owner who also confessed he regrets his purchase and wished he went with the standard model. The slide lock is just recessed way too much, making it almost useless unless you have titanium fingernails. I love my SIGS, but feel like they missed the bus with the SAS. Sorry SIG!

  6. I own and carry the P365 XL. Everything mentioned in this article can be said of the XL. The standard glow in the dark sights make for quick and accurate target acquisition in low light.

  7. I couldn’t tell from the pictures, but I hope the magazine release button is not anything like the one on my SIG P320. That button protrudes so far from the frame I’m afraid it will get pushed and the mag will be dropped at the worst time. I think that somebody will have to be offing an aftermarket (shorter) replacement button. I’m hesitant to hit that plastic button with a Dremel, but that is a definite possibility.

  8. I carry the SIG 365 with the 12 round mag in the Sneaky Pete hard box holster. No one has a clue it is there. As a reloader I have put everything I come up with in the 115 and 124 weight loads with no issues. Stock sights are just fine inside 20 yards.

  9. Originally bought the P365 for my wife but it’s pretty much mine now. Fits nicely in my hand and performs well every time I shoot. Have the 10, 12 and 15 round extended magazine. The 12 round extends the grip some and doesn’t add any significant bulk or make it harder to conceal.

  10. I own and carry the 365 SAS. Love it. It’s my carry gun. I have a fobus hard holster outside the belt. Can’t carry inside because of hip replacements. Changed the trigger out. Gun shoots well. Ran two magazines thru and had the sights figured out. Recommend to everyone.

  11. Got the 365 when first came out. Eats everything I put in without a hiccup. Reload so have tried many variations. Nice tight groups with all. Unsure why, it loves sig 365 ammo for both practice and defensive rounds, very tight groups however is pricey when you can find it. Have both iwb and leather owb for carry depending on clothing. Never an issue for clearing clothing or being seen. It’s a winner whatever version and cleaning is the easiest gun I own.

  12. I really liked the sas when I first saw it in person. The sights were amazing until the guy behind the counter covered up the cut in the slide with his hand and the sights “went away”. Useless in the dark. Looked at dozens of them since then and not one has “glowed in the dark.” Eventually got a regular 365, very happy with it.

  13. I own a early P365 SAS with the ported barrel. And I love it,however some things bothered me, I felt the factory standard 365 slide release and catch lever were anti snag enough for me, so I changed over to those. I also added a trigger kit from M-Carbo wich reduces trigger pull to 4 lbs from almost 7…
    I added a TLR6 laser/light as well.This is my EDC and I wouldn’t trade it for anything!

  14. I have a Sig P365XL which is my EDC. This firearm is super easy to carry IWB and I carry every day. It is as easy to carry as my wallet in the 4’ o’clock position. It is easy shooting and accurate. I also use a red dot sight even though the standard night sights are excellent in their own right. All in all, this is a great EDC.

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