The smallest dependable 13 shot 9mm on the market
The eternal quest for the smallest, lightest most powerful handgun is still in full swing. I have always said the perfect CCW or off duty handgun would be a 30 round, .44 mag, semi-auto, weighing 15 ounces with little recoil, with a three-inch barrel and about one inch wide. Well SIG (Sig Sauer) has come close. Discount the .44 mag for the deadly 9mm +P, reduce the 30-round mag for a 12 round mag and there we have it, a very small badass 9mm semi-auto which would make the California Justice Department’s “Gun Control Police” have palpitations.
Now how would one begin to tell another about the Sig Sauer P365. The easiest way is to make the weapon safe and hand it to the interested person. As they look over this firearm, I would explain all of the features. I would tell them this semi-auto pistol’s design was well thought out. Even though they can see for themselves, I would explain the high quality of this pistol they are holding. I would have them hold the weapon in a safe direction and feel how well this mighty little gun feels in the hand. I could point out how fast you can come up on target when drawing from the DeSantis holster I have.
I would go on to explain about the XRAY3 Day/Night Sights which are very visible in the sun and glow in the dark and low light. Pointing out with the XRAY3, one could easily come on target if some dark night an intruder was to show up in your house. I would make sure they know this pistol comes with two ten round magazines, but one could buy the twelve round magazine which I prefer.
In the event you are up to your elbows in wild eyed dirt-bags, it is reassuring to know the P365’s slide locks back when the last round is fired. You then engage the magazine release thereby dropping the free falling empty mag and insert a fresh one loaded with Winchester’s 115 gr. Silvertip personal defense ammo. You either grab the slide and pull back or engage the side stop and release loading the first of twelve more dirt-nap pills. With practice, this process can take place in less than two seconds. The one issue I found, for me personally, was the angle of the mag release button. This release button angles away from the grip. Most mag releases which are on the grip are on par with the flat side of the pistol. The Sig P365’s mag release angels away thereby making it harder for me to release the mag. Other shooters will likely find the mag release not to be an issue.
Why the Sig Sauer P365 is better than the Glock 42
- The Sig P365 comes with two 10 round 9mm mags, Glock 42 has two 6 round mags
- You can purchase 12 round mags with finger extension. (Makes the overall grip fantastic.)
- The Sig P365 9mm+P is the same size or slightly smaller than the Glock 42 in .380acp
- Fantastic trigger pull at 6.3 pounds, (Test Sample Firearm) Factory states 5.7 pounds
- Short trigger travel to a crisp and sudden release.
After firing the Sig P365 in my Test and Evaluation (T&E) phase, I carried this outstanding firearm in a DeSantis Gunhide “Mini Scabbard” Holster. As I am a police officer in the State of Oklahoma, HB 218 applies (COP CCW Nation Wide). So, while carrying the P365 for three days, I found it was so light with 13 rounds loaded, I forgot I had it on. The DeSantis Mini Scabbard facilitated this feeling. The pistol stayed close to my side in this amazingly simple but outstanding gun-leather. DeSantis makes some damn good leather products.
The ammo I used in the T&E was the oldest brand.….Winchester. They sent me their 115 gr. FMJ ball ammo as well as their famous Silvertip in the “spank me bad” 115 gr. hollow point personal protection rounds. I like Winchester because when I pull the trigger, a dirt-nap pill is going down range. Of the professional carry ammo, I have never had a single round not go off. On the bulk ammo, I have had one round which was a little too long and would not load in a KAHR. The Sig P365 loaded and fired this problematic round. I must state this was not the fault of the KAHR 9mm semi-auto.
I fired about 150 rounds of the Winchester ammo. The distance was at about 30 feet and some at 15 feet. The grouping of the excellent Winchester ammo was just fantastic. I cut the center “X” ring out with the ball and hollow-point ammo. Love the Winchester ammo. The recoil was “there” but not a bad as one would expect in this compact light semi-auto. I would say, any lady shooter could handle the recoil of the P365. Chambering a round in a semi-auto can be a problem for some ladies. I believe most ladies will have no problem chambering a round in the P365.
For the first time shooters, the bark of the P365 is surprising. With a 3.1-inch barrel pistol, firing ammo made for 4 to 4.5-inch firearm, will result in more muzzle flash and louder report. Please check out the video and photos. The Sig Sauer P365 9mm +P semi-auto is an excellent firearm. I recommend this to any serious shooters with the Warrior Spirit.
Velocity Test Sig Sauer P365 3.1-inch Barrel
- Winchester 115 gr. FMJ – 1,101 fps
- Winchester 115 gr. HP Personal Protection – 1,028 fps
Sig Sauer P365 Specs
- CALIBER: 9mm Luger
- BARREL LENGTH: 3.1 inches
- OVERALL LENGTH: 5.8 inches
- OVERALL WIDTH: 1.0 inches
- HEIGHT: 4.3 inches
- WEIGHT: 17.8 ounces
- ACTION TYPE: Semi-Auto
- GRIP TYPE: Polymer
- FRAME FINISH: Nitron
- FRAME MATERIAL: Stainless Steel
- SLIDE FINISH: Nitron
- SLIDE MATERIAL: Stainless Steel
- ACCESSORY RAIL: SIG Rail
- TRIGGER: Striker
- TRIGGER PULL: 5.3 pounds
- Magazine: 2, 10 round mags included (12 round mags available)
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