I’ve had a SIG SAUER P365 on or about my person since they first dropped back in early 2018. Since then, they have become one of the hottest and most desirable pistols for concealed carry. I have put a lot of rounds through that P365, recently passing the 15,000 round mark.
Let’s dive into a P365 that’s accumulated a round count yours will probably never see.
I have to say that I really, really prefer the XL grip module. While I carry the gun with the standard short grip, I have shot the bulk of the rounds put through this pistol using the XL grip.
I have one of the early XL modules, so I had to cut out the notches for the manual safety by hand. That has never led to a problem, so I’m not going to elaborate on that any more here.
TL:DR version: I have never had an issue with the pistol. In fact, I have yet to have a single malfunction. That may come as a surprise to some of you considering the amount of negative press the pistol received early on, but those issues really only existed in a literal handful of guns and were immediately remedied. Yet somehow the myth seems to persist and I hope that upon reading this might change some minds about this handy little blaster.
Why would I bother to fire 15,000 through a carry gun? First, because I could and I had the ammo to burn over the years. Most people will only put a fraction of that total through their carry gun, and that’s fine. But to know know that the P365 will easily handle that kind of shooting volume is a confidence builder.
Now, you’ve probably read my earlier M17 review at 25K rounds. That gun is pretty much like-new except for some general wear and holster marks. The P365 has worn a bit more, likely due to it being actively carried close to my body with greater exposure to sweat and heat. I never carried the M17 IWB, but that is my primary way to carry the P365.
The finish is durable, but it has taken on a considerable amount of surface wear. Likewise, the grip modules have taken on a significant amount of smoothing and scuffs.
Internally the trigger has broken in as well. It is now a little lighter, but is at the same time slightly spongier. It has a distinct two-stage feel though the break is not as clean as it used to be. I have a flat trigger installed in it and it was put in before the pistol was even fired, so it is not something that has any influence as far as this review goes.
The recoil springs are still very strong and the slide shows no delays in lockup or slowed travel. The spring assembly is well designed and very stiff. I think that this is a contributing factor in why the gun has done so well as far as reliability is concerned.
The internals are laid out in a compact, efficient way that somehow leaves room for debris to be filtered out. The main issue with small handguns is that they are occasionally made too tight, and simple things like humid pocket lint can cause malfunctions.
This gun was not ever treated special in the course of my shooting with it, though it was not abused. It was regularly carried for weeks and then shot with the ammo in it. A big cloud of lint would erupt and then it would be business as usual. I did clean it every so often, usually every half year or so.
Accuracy has also not changed much, if at all. The P365 is a very accurate design that is really only handicapped by how small it is. It has routinely been able to print 2.5” groups at 25M, but I typically shoot it closer, probably 10M or in. On paper the groups from the bench are the same. I haven’t noticed a discernible change with the factory barrel and there isn’t even much of a change with an aftermarket barrel, either.
While I have several barrels, slides, and grip modules, my preferred method of carry is the standard slide, factory barrel, and XL grip module. I carry this in a BlackPoint IWB holster. Accuracy and speed of shots goes way up for me with the XL module, and while it is not as compact overall, it is still just as easy to conceal with normal clothing.
The gun in this configuration handles like a full-size pistol while being light and easy to have on my person. The ammo that I very much prefer to use with the P365 is the Hornady Critical Duty 135gr +P. This is a bit of a snappier load in the short module, but it is awesome in the XL version.
So what would I consider a negative to my time with the P365? I have to say that I don’t have any significant complaints considering I can just swap out parts on the gun in seconds. It has proven to be reliable and accurate, which is just about all I can ask from a carry gun.
I will say that the P365 takes some time to master as opposed to a larger gun like the M17. I think that the learning curve has more to do with recoil management than accuracy, which is a big plus to the design, and the XL module solves most of those issues and cuts training time down.
Having shot more in my gun than most of you will shoot in yours in a lifetime, I can say that with normal maintenance it will last you a very long time. It will likely wear more in your holster than it will being fired, so keep that in mind when you think it is too worn out. Appearances can be deceiving.