Sig p365 Review [2020 + VIDEO]: Best CCW?

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.

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SIG SAUER P365

at Ranier Arms and Brownells

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.

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

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.

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 thing 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.

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SIG P365 FEATURES

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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.

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.

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.

4 STRIKER FIRED

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

P365 Models

SIG P365
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The first of the p365 models introduced

SIG P365XL
p365XL model

Check out our full review of the p365XL.

SIG P365 SAS
Sig Sauer p365 SAS model

Check out our full review of the p365 SAS.

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:

We’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 sights

Second, the striker drags on primers before it starts to break.

I will say that both of the Sig P365s that I’ve spent 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.

I 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

REPORT CARD

RELIABILITY

In our experience, and those of shooters we know, we’ve had flawless reliability. However, there have been credible reports of issues.

A-
ACCURACY

I can shoot this little gun MORE accurately than my full-size guns.

A+
ERGONOMICS

This gun just “feels right” in my hand – maybe it will in yours, too?

A+
CUSTOMIZATION

Aftermarket triggers, customized grip-modules, and lights/lasers are available.

A
VALUE

We think that this is the ultimate CCW gun and it is truly “pro-grade” – and for less than $500 street price, we think it’s a great value.

A+
Gun University gives the p365 a top grade in the review

FINAL GRADE : A+

Now that you’ve checked out our review on the p365, there are a couple  of things you should think about if you already own it or are about to purchase it.  We’ll first start with some of the things you should purchase as must haves if you don’t already have them:

Now that we’ve covered that, let’s take a look at a couple of items you can check out to either upgrade or personalize your p365.  The following are not mandatory to get, however, they will improve functionality and can improve the overall experience.

Best Pistol Light for the SIG P365

Let’s start with pistol lights, and or lasers.  Pistol lights will help you see in the dark, however, they do add weight and will cause the need for a special holster to use.  As for lasers, I’m not personally a fan of using them, however, I know  a lot of friends prefer them.  Let’s take a look at some of the best pistol lights and lasers for the p365:

Streamlight Sig p365 Gun University

STREAMLIGHT TLR-6 TACTICAL LIGHT/LASER

The Streamlight is a laser/light combo. I found it easy to attach to your p365 and the lighting and laser were clearly seen. I liked that it allows you to use 3 options of laser only, light only, or laser/light combo and is cheaper then other models. Being that it is our editors choice, we like that it takes up very little room without any cramping of the fingers and loss of space around the knuckles.

This is a well designed option for your P365. The Viridian Laser has a minimal design and is easy to keep concealed as long as you have the proper holster.  This laser can also be seen for a full mile in darkness and is perfectly visible at 25 yards in bright daylight. Check Amazon Price

Veridian Laser Sight P365 GUn University

The Sig Sauer FOXTROT365 Weapon Light was made by Sig and is ONLY a light. I actually prefer holding a good tactical flashlight but considering how small this is, I could get used to it. It has a pressure switch which makes it easy to use and Sig did great with the design, however, I have big hands and with the normal P365 grip, the pressure switch pushes my middle knuckle down just enough to make me wish I had more grip. This won’t be as much of a problem with the XL frame. Check Price

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The LIMA365 is built just for the P365. What I like about this product is that it has a no-snag profile  which helps reduce the risk of the laser sight catching on holsters, clothing, etc. Now this is ONLY a laser sight not a combo, however it lives up to the compact standard.  A solid choice if you desire a laser. Check Price

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Best Holster for the SIG P365

Obviously if you’re getting the p365, it will be for CCW purposes.  In order to do that best, you’ll need a holster for it.  While I personally prefer the appendix holster for my CCW, I understand that other do not.  Therefore, check out my recommendations for each type below.

Editors Choice Gun University

ANR DESIGN LLC - APPENDIX HOLSTERS W/CLAW RIGHT HAND

This IWB design allows the user to carry their firearm primarily appendix, which I prefer. However, it can adjust and will take into consideration the user’s body type, tactics and personal preferences for where you desire to carry it .  It is very affordable (compared to most) and made of the same material as most of the high end ones.  Best overall ROI. Check Amazon Price

A sturdy IWB tuckable holster which allows for great concealment. Has a slim fit design that will secure your gun and trigger while minimizing its visibility. SEE PRICE

Safariland Tuckable IWB Gun University

Here is your standard pocket holster. It holds your weapon in tight and has just enough room to breathe. Also, has a strong lightweight design and overtime will conform to your firearm with your body heat and use. This is our choice for a minimalist holster and is very cost effective. SEE PRICE

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Other Sub-Compact's of its Class to Check Out

There are many options in the CCW class but how do you pick the right one?.   Below are a few popular options that we also like.  Maybe they are as good as the P365, and maybe they are not!? Look below to see our take and reviews on what we think…you might be surprised!

The Hellcat vs. P365 is honestly one of the best comparisons we’ve done at Gun University.  We have some pretty big reasons we believe this, and most of those reasons won’t be what you think.  If you want to see our take… READ MORE

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The Glock 43X is a hybrid (so they say)! It is a combo of the Glock 48 and the Glock 43.  Glock did a solid job in rising to the challenge by creating its version of the P365 and a lot of you might agree.  However, we did notice though a few drawbacks compared to the P365 and, if your like me, it will interest you to know… READ MORE

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How To Care For Your SIG P365

If you own a gun, your going to want to take care of it.  The P365 is an amazing firearm and I actually get excited about the maintenance . If you keep up with the maintenance it last a lifetime!  If you don’t have a cleaning kit, we like the below from Gloryfire because it allows you to clean both handguns, rifles, etc.  We found this video to give you a step by step approach to clean your P365 and it does a good job explaining….

 

If you’d like to get started cleaning your gun, here is the recommended cleaning kit for the p365:

Important Links and Manuals for Your SIG P365

 

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.

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    1 Comment

    • Kevin Poole
      Posted April 4, 2020 1:37 am

      I love my P365. This article was a huge factor in my decision making process. Kudos to Mr. Cleckner for such a well thought-out and informative piece of firearms journalism.

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