Sig p365 Review [2020 + Video] – Best CCW Handgun?

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There’s a lot of talk about Sig’s p365 as the best CCW handgun.  But is this true?  Well, the team at Gun University got their hands on one, and here’s exactly our thoughts.  In this Sig p365 review, we’ll take a deep look at the functionality, ergonomics and applicability as a CCW handgun.

Let’s see how it holds up to the fervor.

Sig p365 gun displayed

Sig Sauer p365

Sig p365 Background

Sig’s earlier products have never really been my thing.

The Sig p226 will always have a fond spot in my heart because it was one of my earliest handguns and because of some (very-limited) exposure to it in the military.  However, the rest of their earlier product-line just really didn’t do it for me.

Unfortunately, their early products just weren’t the right combination of features for modern gunfighting or competition.

This is largely because I’m not really a fan of DA/SA guns. Regardless of a trigger’s performance (weight, travel, reset, etc.), I want it to be consistent each trigger pull.  Many of Sig’s earlier designs had a long and heavy first trigger pull followed by shorter and crisper single action shots.  It was just… weird for me.

Also, the earlier Sigs were big and heavy.  They were great when they came out, but they were passed by newer advancements in firearms technology and materials… namely polymer striker-fired guns like Glocks, S&W Shields, H&K VP9s, Springfield XDs, Walther PPQs, and so on.

SIG P365 SPECS

Cartridge

9mm Luger

Capacity

10 + 1 and 12 + 1

Barrel Length

3.1″

Overall Length

5.8″

Width

1″

Height

4.3″

Weight

1 lb, 2 oz

Because of this, I started my earlier competition and defensive handgun training with 1911s (don’t worry, I grew out of it) and then Glocks.

Then came Sig’s new polymer striker-fired guns, the Sig P320 and this Sig P365.

Is it love? Maybe.

Sig had a rocky start with with their P320.  Many (me included) weren’t quite sure what to think when it first came out. Then, the Army selected it for its new handgun (huge news)!  Right as the P320 was on a high, there were reports of drop-safety issues and Sig conducted a voluntary upgrade to modify the guns to the military’s adopted configuration which solved the issue.

A little bit later, the P365 came out and it might have been the most exciting think at the 2018 SHOT Show!  However, some people were a bit hesitant to adopt it early because of the then recent P320 news.

The Sig Sauer P365 is a diminutive 12+1 round capacity striker fired 9mm.

How do we like it? Well… you’ll have to keep reading.

size comparison of p365 compared to other CCW handguns
The Sig P365 vs the S&W M&P Shield, Springfield XD-s-9, and the Ruger LC9. Note, although it’s the same size (or smaller), it has almost double the capacity of these other handguns.
1 Extremely compact

The dimensions as shown in this Sig Sauer p365 make this an extremely compact handgun allowing for it to be an ideal candidate for a CCW handgun.

2 12+1 if extended mag, 10+1 if flush

For such a small handgun, the ability to carry 12+1 or 10+ sets it apart from many other potential CCW or compact handguns in the industry.

3 Crisp trigger

The trigger used for the p365 is of high quality with a good feel and crispness to it as you pull and release.  Extremely well done, and worthy of note.

4 Striker Fired

Using the striker fired mechanism to initiate, this is important for this level of gun.

Different p365 Models

Sig p365

The first of the p365 models introduced

Sig p365XL
p365XL model
Sig p365 SAS
Sig Sauer p365 SAS model

Sig p365 Review - Does it Cut it?

I first heard of the P365 just before the 2018 SHOT Show and knew that I had to check it out. I made it over to Sig’s media day at the range (yes, they’re big enough now that they have their own event separate from the NSSF) and headed straight to the P365.

Here are my first shots with the p365:

Shooting the p365 at the rangeWe’ve heard (and seen online) complaints of broken trigger return springs and broken strikers.  We have no reason to doubt any of these – all we can say is that all of the Sig P365s we, or our shooting buddies, have shot have been flawless.   There are two tell-tale signs of these problems before they occur.  First, the trigger return spring starts to scratch the back of the magazine before it seems to break. p365 sightsSecond, the striker drags on primers before it starts to break.
I will say that both of the Sig P365s that I’ve spend enough time shooting to evaluate have had “primer drag.”  What’s weird to me is that I don’t think I’ve ever used the phrase “primer drag” until now.  I’m not sure if it’s a real issue or a perceived issue (although down below I did more research and found it not to be an issue).  Here’s what I mean…. it is CLEARLY happening.  The striker is dragging enough on the primer to leave a distinct line and, in some cases, drags some primer metal to the edge of the primer pocket. What I don’t know is whether it matters.  My striker has not had any issues and I am many rounds into mine and a good friend is many more rounds into his.  If I experience any issues, I’ll update them here.  Here’s what I can tell you, for sure… this handgun is the absolute best concealed carry option for me.

I’ve been a bit of a Glock-guy for a while (after I wasn’t) and it surprised me to see how well this p365 fit in my hand.  I have larger-hands and it is still perfectly controllable… especially with the 12-round magazine installed.  Before I switched over to the P365 for CCW, I carried a Glock 43.  It was very reliable, but I could not shoot it as accurately nor as fast as I can shoot my Sig P365. Also, the P365 has DOUBLE the capacity of the Glock 43!   For not being known for shooting pistols as well as I am for rifles, shooting this sized 10 round group at 10 yards is a feat – especially out of a pistol that is barely longer than my trigger finger while I’m holding it.

Here’s where the warning at the beginning came from… I’m not sure what I could not like about this pistol.  It is so much better than anything else in its class and I can’t wait to see what Sig does next.

shot grouping with the Sig Sauer p365I have been running this pistol hard and I intend to start shooting it in some local shooting competitions to test and see how well it holds up.

I like to say that most tiny/CCW guns are like travel tooth brushes.  Sure, they work.  But, you really only have it because it’s tiny and easy to carry around.  When it comes down to it, you’d rather have your full-sized toothbrush at home.  Well, the same goes for most guns.

However, this little baby is so capable, that it is not a tiny version of the gun I’d rather have…. it is the gun I’d rather have.

There’s one improvement I’d like to see: I’ve noticed that the finish on the magazine is quick to rust.  I hope that they fix this.

Despite reported issues and the magazines, I give this gun a solid A+   Seriously, you can get a Glock 19 (the most common gun I’ve recommend for all-around purposes) but it is a much larger gun for only three more rounds of ammunition (15 vs 12).

Go get the P365… you’ll love it!

And, unlike some other pocket guns, this is a no-joke pro-grade gun.  Seriously – I’d happily shoot the p365 in a tactical competition/course and I trust my life (and my family’s life) with it.

Sig P365 Pros and Cons

  • High Capacity
  • Insanely Accurate
  • Excellent Trigger
  • Great Sights
  • Perfect for EDC
  • Potential Striker Drag Issue
  • Reports of Reliability Issues
  • Poor Magazine Finish
Gun University gives the p365 a top grade in the review

FINAL GRADE : A+

Sig p365 Buyer's Guide & FAQ

If you’d like to learn more than what was provided in the Sig p365 review, the below information can help you to know the history of issues, reported problems and even way to maintain and clean your Sig Sauer P365 handgun.

Reported Sig p365 Firing Pin Problems - UPDATE: Resolved!

When Sig Sauer came out with their first ever subcompact pistol, the initial run had problems.  Sig Sauer initiated a call back, due to reported problems.   A company that demands excellence resolved the problem and the second run ran into no problems.

However, a couple of months after the “Gen 2” (as many Sig fans call it) came out, a couple of users started posting thingson social media and forums claiming that the was “primer drag.”

Primer drag is where the face of the firing pin drags across the primer when the barrel unlocks during the firing sequence.  This can cause damage and over time, cause the firing pin to break.

While it’s a bit impossible to verify the validity or severity of posts on social media, Phil Stader, the Product Manager, responded on both Sig Forum and Sig Talk to address the so called social media postings.  Basically, he reported that after the Gen 2, there have been minimal issues with the striker and trigger return springs and thus the Gen 2 fixed all problems.

Below are specifics to his response:

  • “The number of fractured striker tip returns account for 0.08% of the P365s shipped” (which is well below industry average)
  • “It was found that an extremely small percentage of strikers were out of spec due to start-up issues.  This has been resolved.”
  • “[Primer Drag] is completely normal and has absolutely no effect on striker endurance.”

So, with that, anything you see about the Sig Sauer P365 having a firing pin problem or issues is either false or has been resolved.  Having fired my P365 hundreds of times and never seeing any problems with it, I’ll have to whole-heartedly agree.

How to Clean Your Sig p365

Taking care of your Sig P365 is very important.  Check out the steps below to not only see a P365 dismantled, but also cleaned and lubricated”

Additional Resources for the Sig Sauer p365

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