SIG Sauers’ Manly P365XL 9mm Ounce for Ounce the Best Priced Semi-Auto Firearm.
SIG Sauer P365XL 9mm, bad-boy, striker fired, Eternal Dirt-nap Pill Dispenser is nothing short of a warrior’s pistol. Sheepdogs, those who go armed ready to protect the flock from wolves but not hunt the wolves, the SIG P365XL would be the finest choice in a 9mm for you as well.
SIG describes the P365XL as a “Micro-Compact” 9mm. For me I would describe the P365XL as a compact 9mm. The reason is, for my medium hand this semi-auto 9mm fits it well. If you load up your P365XL and put it in your hoody pocket, it will weight down to the point anyone can see you have a droopy pocket. You could carry Hollywood style in the back of your belt. No recommendation from me here to carry this way. Striker fired pistols should never be carried where the business end is pointing at something tender and you would like to keep.
To carry this compact pistol, I recommend using a good quality holster made by a quality USA manufacture. If you are carrying the P365XL for defense then you should have the best equipment. Poor equipment means poor results. Poor results in defending your life or another’s means someone is not going to fair too well.
Test and Evaluation
SIG’s P365XL is a very easy semi-auto to shoot. Point and pull trigger. The action is a striker-fired system. This means when I chambered a live round, the SIG is partially cocked. When I pull the trigger, this action finishes the cock and fires the live round. The round leaves the barrel, the chamber opens, ejects the empty case and loads another live round. When finishing the cocking of this firearm the action on my T&E SIG P365XL was smooth and decisive.
Testing of the SIG P365XL was my first chance to shoot for almost three weeks. Record cold and Covid rampaging was my hold out. I needed to sharpen up my skills and have some fun at the same time. Ammo was an issue but the nice people at Winchester helped a great deal. Great ammo by great people.
To test the P365XL accuracy and knockdown power of the Winchester 115 gr. full-metal jacket flat nose rounds, I took this dirt-nap-pill dispenser to the metallic plate range. From the shooting positions it is 25 yards to the six-inch plates straight in front of you. If I was to shoot at an angle from the middle of the benches it would be 30 to 32 yards to the “dueling tree”.
I started by shooting at the six-inch plates directly before me. One plate has seen better days, so I had basically five plates. I had no idea where the SIG P365XL was sighted in at and no idea where the 115gr Winchester ammo would shoot from a 3.7-inch 9mm barrel. At first, I was shooting a little high and to the left. After a couple magazines, I found if I would shoot four-inches low on the six-inch plate I would knock it down. I had to adjust my hold and some thumb pressure to the left side of this pistol to keep from drifting to the left when pulling the trigger. Once I zeroed in, I was hitting the plates, mostly, four out of five times. To move forward, I remained central to the shooting benches and started to shoot at the dueling tree.
At the dueling tree, which was about 30 to 32 yards away, I was getting four of six of the six-inch plates with the P365XL. For whatever reason, it seemed the bottom two plates were always the thorn in my side. Maybe the angle or maybe my old eyes. Never the less, for shooting at zombie size threatening targets I believe one could make several critical hits. The accuracy of the SIG P365XL with the 3.7-inch barrel is excellent and only equaled by my SIG P938 SAS with 3.0-inch barrel (old SAS model), the P365 Micro-Compact with a 3.1-inch barrel and the P365 SAS with the 3.1-inch barrel. Now I am talking about SIG smaller 9mm pistols. For duty, back in the day….but not too far, I carried a SIG P226 9mm for many years. My P226 was and is a tack driver. I then gave this pistol to my son and started carrying the SIG P220 45acp which is an amazing pistol. When we would do our clearing the weapon training, I would load empty 45apc case into a mag with live rounds. The P220 would load the empty. A great pistol with ample knockdown power.
The carry/duty weapon I carry now is the SIG 1911 We The People in .45acp. Let me get right off the subject and say this. I have never fired a Colt Gold Cup which could shoot as accurately as the SIG 1911 We The People.
Back to the business at hand. The SIG P365XL has a X-Series straight trigger. Yes, it looks funny to me too. Years of having a curved trigger just took root. Roots be damned I like the funny looking X-Series straight trigger on the P365 and the SIG P320. In fact, shaving off the edges, I believe I can shoot more accurate than with the curved trigger. Let me say this, do not let the straight trigger spook you. This trigger works with the P365XL. Of all three P365 models, I like this XL model the best.
Quality is the corner stone of SIG Sauer Firearms. Needless to say, but I will, the P365XL is made in the highest quality one could demand. When it comes to protecting yourself and others, SIG quality is what you should be shopping for in a CCW or off-duty pistol. Quality is what the X-Ray3 Day/Night Sights is all about. These full-size sights are a great help in depositing dirt-nap-pills. I love the sights on the P365XL. They glow in the dark and provide a great site-picture.
A very cool and interesting item sent along with the P365LX was a SIG Legion X1-Microflip folding knife (not included with firearm). This knife is also of high quality. The Legion X1-Microflip knife is made for SIG by Hogue and when carried complements all SIG pistols. Check it out on the link below.
Self-defense is a serious business. Self-defense with a firearm is even more serious as the outcome could be deadly for one or more people. The CDC was commissioned to study gun violence by, I believe from what I can find out, President Obama. The result in part, was 500,000 to 3,000,000 citizens each year prevent an attack by just having or showing a firearm to their aggressor. Likely not what he was expecting. I spent the better part of 45 minutes trying to find this statistic again but gave up. It is out there as I found comments about the statistic but no firm location to be found. I have personally read this report on the CDC website. Crazy just crazy.
The SIF Sauer P365XL shot perfectly as did the Winchester ammo. No jams of any kind and no misfires. I would have liked more 9mm ammo to keep on testing this pistol but times are what they are. I highly recommend the SIG P365XL for CCW or off duty carry. Be safe out there and shoot low cowboys they are riding Shetlands.
SIG 365XL-9-BXR3 Specs:
- CALIBER: 9mm
- PISTOL SIZE: Micro-Compact (I say compact)
- BARREL LENGTH: 3.7 inches
- OVERALL LENGTH: 6.6 inches
- OVERALL WIDTH: 1.1 inches
- HEIGHT: 4.8 inches
- WEIGHT: 20.7 ounces empty
- SIGHTS: Optic Ready with X-RAY3 Day/Night Sights
- SIGHT RADIUS: 5.6 inches
- TRIGGER ACTION: Striker
- TRIGGER TYPE: X-Series Straight
- GRIP TYPE: Polymer
- GRIP COLOR: Black
- BARREL MATERIAL: Carbon Steel
- SLIDE FINISH: Nitron
- SLIDE MATERIAL: Stainless Steel
- MAGS INCLUDED: (2)- 12 round steel
MSRP: $650.00 (As seen on Gun Broker)
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