Without a doubt more people than ever are thinking about self-protection, and looking to obtain both a pistol and a permit to carry. The question I’ve heard from many, especially those entirely new to firearms is: which pistol is best? Unfortunately, there is no blanket answer to this question. There is only which pistol best meets your particular needs and requirements, which are likely very different than mine. Now, that said one contender worth serious consideration is the 9mm SIG Sauer P365.
Why SIG Sauer’s P365? Simply due to the fact that it meets so many requirements for concealed carry. It is small and fairly narrow making it very easy to conceal. Plus, it is light so you can carry it all day without noticing it. Better still, it is chambered for the 9mm cartridge, so it has the performance of a service pistol, but in a smaller package. For peace of mind it has a capacity of 10+1, 12+1 or 15+1 depending upon which size magazine you select. What I like best though, is it puts all of these features into a pistol which is very easy to shoot well.
SIG Sauer describes their P365 as a Micro-Compact pistol sized for everyday carry. That pretty well sums it up. It is a polymer frame striker-fired design with a stainless steel slide assembly. The polymer frame reduces weight, and it flexes a bit when the pistol is fired, and so dampens a bit of the felt recoil. Size-wise it is slightly shorter in the slide and the butt than a Glock 43 single-stack pistol. The first thing I thought when I took it from its box was, wow this is small.
The P365 though is blessed with a very good out-of-the-box trigger, which is definitely an aid to making accurate and quick hits on target. The trigger pull is very smooth, and breaks cleanly. Accuracy is very good and it’s an easy pistol to shoot well, especially considering its size. Depending upon the load accuracy from a rest at 25 yards runs between 2.5 to 3 inches. This is quite acceptable and I have no issues hitting a silhouette at 50 yards offhand. Plus, my pistol has been very reliable. So, reliable, easy to shoot and holds a lot of bullets. Nice.
My final thoughts? It’s small, easy to carry and I don’t notice even carrying it day in and day out. I really enjoy shooting it; it’s a fun gun on the range. This ensures I practice with it. If you enjoy shooting a pistol you are much more likely to practice with it. I like its features and especially its trigger. For me, it is an ideal carry gun. A 12-round magazine in the gun and a spare 15-round mag and I’m good. I see no need to go back to a 5-shot J-frame, or single-stack 9mm ever again. If you have been troubled by current events, and thinking about replacing your current carry gun with something offering increased capacity but without the size and weight, I’d suggest considering a SIG Sauer P365.