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SIG SAUER P365: SIG’s Covert Carry Challenger

By Oleg Volk

SIG SAUER’s P365 has received more press attention than most new pistols, along with robust support from numerous holster makers. Since its release to the general public, it has generated an impressive number of positive testimonials. What makes this particular model so popular? Holster maker C&G Holsters reports that P365 IWB holsters are their #1 seller, edging out comparably sized Glock 43 (#4) and Smith & Wesson Shield (#5). The reasons are numerous, and they add up to a well-rounded defensive pistol that doesn’t sacrifice any important qualities to achieve any one of them in particular.

My first cursory experience with the P365 began with the test firing at SHOT Show Media Day at the Range. Used to unpleasant, inaccurate and hard-kicking subcompact pistols, I loaded only three rounds at first. I shot at the 6-yard target, hit it and loaded a full 10-round magazine. I was able to hit several 10-yard targets, loaded up another mag and hit 15-yard steel as well. About 50 rounds into the fun, I knew that my contact at SIG SAUER would get a phone call asking for a T&E sample. Subcompact pistols that shoot that well, sit comfortably in hand and run reliably aren’t exactly common.

The pistol arrived with two SIG SAUER-branded holsters; two more came from C&S Saddlery Co. and one from Galco Gunleather. All proved quite comfortable, to the point of me quickly forgetting that the gun was on my hip. The mag carrier situation was a little different, with the first designs hitting the shelves in early May 2018. The P365 magazine was the first component of the gun designed, and the rest of the pistol was built around it. Double stack at the bottom, single stack at the top, the P365 magazines accomplished the previously impossible 10-round capacity in the footprint of a six- to seven-shot magazine made by others. While their extended magazines add a single extra cartridge, the extended P365 mags fit a whopping 12-rounds. These magazines are even easy to load, without the extra-strong spring pressure evident in certain...

This article first appeared in Small Arms Review V22N7 (August 2018)
and was posted online on June 22, 2018

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