Custom SIG P365 Spectre 9mm With All the Goodies!
SIG Sauer has taken the most popular CCW model they produce, and turned it into a “must-have” semi-auto 9mm pistol custom bad-to-the-bone, defend yourself against all odds CCW. SIG took their P365XL and added some really cool custom changes.
The SIG P365XL is a Micro-Compact. For this reason, this SIG model has become very popular to many citizens who carry, and law enforcement for off-duty carry. I have tested all of the SIG P365 models, including this latest Spectre version. What does Spectre mean? Well according to Merriam-Webster, Spectre means Ghost. I would say then, if you fancy yourself as a Warrior Ghost or Sheepdog Ghost, you better arm yourself with the SIG P365XL Spectre.
In looking over my test and evaluation sample of the SIG P365XL Spectre, I found SIG had ported the slide with oversize ports on either side. This reduces side weight, but will allow some lint or debris to enter in and around the barrel. The 3.7-inch barrel is ported to correspond with those oversized ports on the slide. So, the barrel is ported as well as the slide. In addition to the porting, the Spectre’s compensator is an integrated part of the slide. The combination of porting and the compensator noticeably reduces the felt recoil dished out by the heavier and faster 9mm ammunition. SIG has engineered the Spectre to maximize the reduction of felt recoil. In a combat situation, less recoil equals the ability to quickly recover back on target.
On a way too windy weekend day, I met my buddy John at the Oklahoma City Gun Club. John is a Federal Agent and former Marine. His professional history is steeped in law enforcement. In fact, is wife is a law enforcement officer as well. Our purpose was to conduct a test and evaluation of the SIG P365XL Spectre. We brought 9mm ammo supplied by my friends at Winchester. My family goes back four generation using Winchester ammo. On the other end, two more generations are using Winchester ammo in keeping up the tradition.
Between John and I, we shot over 200 rounds of Winchester ammo. We were shooting the Winchester 124 gr. full-metal jacket rounds. I wanted to test a 9mm round with about the average bullet weight of this caliber. This was in an effort to see how much recoil has been displaced by the P365XL Spectre.
In the testing of the SIG P365XL Spectre, John and I both concluded there was significant reduction of felt recoil in this 20+ ounce semi-auto pistol. We could have shot hotter ammo for testing, but reduced felt recoil is the same for any ammo. There is just less recoil. As stated before, I have T&E all of the other P365 models, and I can say SIG has done an excellent job and achieved their goal with the Spectre.
During the firing of the SIG P365XL Spectre, there were no malfunctions, no misfeeds and no hiccups. The pistol functioned perfectly as did the Winchester Ammo. In fact, John and I had so much fun shooting this pistol, we had gone through our Winchester ammo way too fast. As you will see in our video, we had little trouble hitting the small pop-back-up steel target. We shot from 15 to 8 yards. After about two mags, 24 rounds, we were comfortable in having hits of about 90 percent.
The only downside, for me, is finding a CCW holster which is designed for the SIG P365XL Spectre. A P365XL with a length of 6.6 inches would present a challenge in finding a holster. The only option will be a Kydex or molded polymer plastic holster. Those of us who prefer the leather to the plastic type holsters will have to wait for them to come out. The leather manufactures will assess whether there will be a sufficient amount of interest in the $1,300.00 pistol before investing in R&D and production.
The Kydex and Polymer holster producers will just make a mold and start banging them out. For me, I prefer the leather holsters over the Kydex-Polymer. Another downside is the MSRP of $1,300.00 per firearm. For many a considerable amount. I know John will be carrying this Spectre for off-duty only. His agency will not allow him to carry on-duty any firearm not issued. For most, if not all, larger agencies have the same restriction. For the average CCW citizen, the more affordable P365XL will do just fine. Check out the SIG P365XL Spectre on the SIG website, link below, and the Winchester ammo link below as well. For those who need a “Ghost” companion, I highly recommend the SIG Sauer Semi-auto P365XL Spectre.
SIG P365XL Spectre Specs
- SKU: P365V001
- Caliber: 9mm Luger
- Magazine: (2) 12rd Steel
- Sights: X-RAY3 Day/Night Sights
- Pistol Size: Micro-Compact
- Overall Length: 6.6 inches
- Width: 1.1 inches
- Height: 4.8 inches
- Barrel Length: 3.7 inches
- Weight: 20.7 ounces (No magazine)
- Sight Radius: 5.6 inches
- Accessory Rail: SIG Rail
- Trigger Action: Striker
- Trigger Type: X-Series Straight
- Grip Type: LXG Laser Engraved
- Grip Color: Black
- Barrel Material: Carbon Steel
- Frame Material: Stainless Steel
- Slide Finish: Distressed
- Slide Material: Stainless Steel
- Optic Ready: Yes
SIG P365XL Spectre
Winchester USA 115gr 9mm