SIG Sauer P365
If there’s one handgun that has taken the industry by storm over the last couple of years in ways that literally no other pistol has, it’s the SIG Sauer P365.
Previously, if you were on the market for a 9mm pistol you would have to choose between a double stack pistol or a slimmer single stack. What made the P365 so unique when it was first released was the fact that it’s of the same size and width as a compact single stack 9mm, and yet has a double stacked magazine for a much larger capacity.
As a result, the P365 has exploded in popularity. There is now no shortage of aftermarket parts and accessories available for the pistol, and there are several inside the waistband holsters and outside the waistband holsters available for the P365 as well.
In this article, we’ll take a look at the history and evolution of the P365, and then we’ll dive into the specific features and specs of the weapon:
History and Evolution of the SIG Sauer P365
The P365 was officially released in January 2018 at Shot Show. It instantly received a significant amount of attention due to the fact that it was the same size and width of a Walther PPS, S&W Shield, or Glock 43, and yet had a double stacked magazine. At the very least, the P365 with its standard 10 round magazine challenged the idea that a slim concealed carry pistol had to be a single stack with low magazine capacity.
Since the release of the initial P365, several more variants have been released as well. These include the P365-MS (which comes with a loaded chamber indicator and manual safety), P365 SAS (which has a ported barrel, no front sight, and flush side catch levers so it’s less likely to snag on clothing), and the P365 XL (a larger version with a longer slide and barrel that accepts 12 round flush fitting magazine, however, the slides and frames are interchangeable between the XL and the normal P365 variant).
Today, the P365 has already become one of the most popular and noteworthy CCW pistols on the market. The Springfield Hellcat and Glock 43x/Glock 48 have already been released to compete with it directly.
Specs and Features of the SIG Sauer P365
The P365 is a striker fired pistol with a polymer frame and stainless steel slide coated in a black nitron finish for excellent rust and corrosion resistance. The grip can accept a flush fit 10 round magazine, or alternatively, it can take extended 12 round or 15 round magazines as well. According to SIG Sauer, the bore axis of the P365 is the lowest of any production pistol on the market today.
The standard steel sights of the P365 are made out of green tritium and are strong enough that they can be used to cycle the slide under one-handed use. The fire control unit is built out of stainless steel and is essentially identical to the one present on the P320 pistol. The standard trigger pull of the P365 is 5.5 to 6.5 pounds.
Here are the specs of the SIG Sauer P365:
- Country of Origin: Switzerland (but primarily manufactured in USA)
- Caliber: 9mm Luger
- Capacity: 10, 12, or 15 round magazines
- Overall Length: 5.8 inches
- Barrel Length: 3.1 inches
- Weight (with magazine): 18 ounces
- Width: 1.0 inches
- Height: 4.3 inches
The SIG Sauer P365 is a very unique handgun thanks to its small size and large capacity, and we have already seen a few other pistols released to directly compete with it, such as the Springfield Hellcat. It’s very likely that we will see more pistols from other manufacturers released in this same genre in the next few years.