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Sig P365 Micro 9mm

S IG SAUER INTRODUCED what could become one of the most popular concealed carry pistols with the P365 model. The P365 is one of the smallest sub-compact 9mms on the market, yet it has the capacity of 10+1 with the standard magazines and 12+1 with an optional extended magazine. 

After my initial impression of “boy this thing is tiny” wore off, the first thing I realized is that it wasn’t that comfortable in my hand. Perhaps in an effort to make the pistol micro-sized ergonomics weren’t completely thought out. The front of the grip feels good with the slight finger groves. However the short grip ends with an abrupt point and it actually gives a stabbing sensation at the base of my palm.

I had two other shooters, both with smaller hands, come to the same conclusion. This was with both the flush fit and slightly extended 10 round magazines. However Sig does offer a 12-round magazine that looks like it might also engulf the sharp portion that sharply pressed into my palm. Too bad I didn’t have that extra large magazine for testing.

The striker-fired trigger had around 3/16 inches of crunchy creep mimicking a first stage of a two-stage trigger. But it had a wall that broke consistently at 6.4 pounds.

The first time at the range the break caught me off guard. I thought it would be a little heavier after pressing through the five pounds of initial crunchy take up. Of course practice makes perfect. I imagine there will be a few after market parts that will take the creep away, leaving the nice break. And yes, I am a trigger snob, but there are better factory triggers on the market.

The Sig P365 shot very well with the 365 ammunition, sub 1” group at 10 yards.

The P365 has a proprietary SIG rail for mounting their accessories. The slide is topped off with impressive XRAY3 day/night sights. The rear night sights are serrated for glare resistance while the front night sight has a much larger luminescent green outline for rapid low light acquisition. 

The grip is factory stippled, I’m assuming by laser. Although it might be a tad abrasive on bare sensitive skin, it wasn’t too aggressive and offered plenty of traction to never need a custom stipple job or grip tape.

Once again, the tiny micro size is what is impressive about the Sig P365. It actually made my S&W 9mm Shield look big in comparison, yet the P365 holds three more rounds in standard capacity. The P365 frame might be a tad thicker to utilize the double stack magazine, but not by much. Now I actually feel that my Shield’s grip is too thin.

The Sig P365 looked small even beside the compact S&W Shield.

The P365 shot flawlessly in my Angelfire 3-Gun 147 load as well as the Sig 365 FMJ and V-Crown defense loads specifically designed for compact defensive handguns.

I was very pleased with its accuracy and its ability to run a plate rack at 25 yards. It even hit smaller 4-inch plates at the same distance with no issue. My single five shot group at 10 yards was less than one inch with the Sig 365 V-Crown ammo.

If you are looking for a ready to go sub-compact 9mm the P365 is definitely worth a look. Just make sure you are comfortable with the feel of the grip and trigger.

I would dread using it in a weekend-long, hundreds-of-rounds training course, but with a bit of practice I’d feel plenty comfortable with it under my belt. It retails right at $599.99 and you can find out more at www.sigsauer.com.

 

Optimized for Everyday Carry

Sig Sauer Introduces New 365 Ammo

SIG SAUER, Inc. introduces new, high-performance SIG 365 Elite Performance Ammunition in 115gr 9mm SIG V-Crown® and SIG FMJ loads.  Designed for optimal performance in short barrel, concealed carry pistols, such as its namesake – the revolutionary P365™ high-capacity, micro compact – SIG 365 ammunition uses low-flash, clean burning powders for maximum performance and shootablity.

SIG 365 Ammunition

 

Training the way you carry is paramount, and SIG full metal jacket (FMJ) ammunition is engineered to shoot like SIG V-Crown jacketed hollow point (JHP) personal defense loads – same recoil, velocity and importantly, same point of impact – to ensure a seamless transition from training ammunition to carry ammunition.  Corresponding SIG V-Crown and FMJ rounds are loaded on the same machines, use the same brass and are loaded to the same pressures. They use the same clean-burning powder that is consumed before the projectile leaves the barrel, for the optimal mix of muzzle velocity and muzzle energy, while still making recoil very comfortable and manageable.

SIG V-Crown stacked hollow point ammunition is especially effective for personal defense.  The proprietary V-Crown bullet delivers exceptional on target energy with maximum weight retention and expansion for ultimate stopping power, and the V-Crown’s coated, nickel-plated cases provide enhanced lubricity, superior corrosion resistance, and reliable feeding and extraction.  SIG FMJ training ammunition features durable, copper jacketed bullets that stay with the lead on impact and offers the perfect combination of affordability and performance.

“SIG 365 Elite Performance Ammunition is designed for exceptional performance in the new SIG P365 and other short barrel pistols,” said Bud Fini, Executive Vice President of the SIG SAUER Ammunition Division and Special Projects.  “We use clean burning powders that are consumed before the projectile leaves the barrel, resulting in optimal muzzle velocity and muzzle energy.  SIG 365 FMJ ammunition is an affordable, high-performance training load, while the award-winning SIG V-Crown stacked hollow point ammunition is exceptionally effective for personal defense, delivering outstanding accuracy, reliable uniform expansion and maximum terminal performance.”

Muzzle velocity for both 9mm SIG 365 115gr V-Crown and FMJ loads is 1,050 fps from the P365 3.1-inch barrel with muzzle energy of 282 ft-lbs.

SIG SAUER V-Crown ammunition meets the FBI protocol test requirements and all Elite Performance Ammunition is manufactured to SAAMI specifications by SIG SAUER at the company’s new, state-of-the-art manufacturing facility in Jacksonville, Arkansas.  For more information, visit www.sigsauer.com/ammunition.

 

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