You might not have known this, but Sig Sauer has recently released the new P365 SAS. With one look, you can tell this pistol is quite a bit different than most concealed carry style handguns on the market.
First off, the SAS, which stands for Sig Anti Snag, is true to its name. Everything about this pistol is “anti-snag.” Not only is the magazine release and slide catch made flush with the slide, but there’s no traditional front or rear sight.
The lack of a front sight not only takes away a snag point, but it also leads to a ported barrel and slide to reduce recoil and muzzle flip. You can watch the video below if you want to learn how to aim this “sightless” pistol.
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P365 SAS Features
- Flush-Mounted FT Bullseye Fiber-Tritium Night Sight
- Ported Slide and Barrel for Less Muzzle Flip
- Flat Controls for Completely Smooth Sides to Reduce Snag Points
- SIG Anti-Snag Slide Treatment
- Striker Fired Design with a Clean, Crisp Trigger Pull
- (1) 10rd Flush and (1) 10-rd Extended Mag Included
|Grip Type||Black Polymer|
|Frame Material||Stainless Steel|
|Slide Material||Stainless Steel|
|Barrel Material||Carbon Steel|
Pros and Cons of the Sig P365 SAS
The biggest complaint most people are talking about is with the sights, or maybe we should say lack-of. It’s definitely different than what most people are used to. But, without traditional sights, it is truly anti-snag. However, most people are questioning how often a pistol will snag on something because of the front or rear sights.
- True to name, it’s anti-snag
- Light-weight and great for concealed carry
- 10-round magazine capacity
- Some shooters may find getting used to the lack of traditional front and rear sights difficult
- The lack of a slide release makes one-handed reloads difficult (although, you can use a hard surface to place your muzzle end of the pistol against and rack the pistol this way)
“The P365SAS was designed for the serious CCW user who truly understands the value of smoother draws, faster sight acquisition, and more effective engagements at realistic distances. This pistol does just that by taking the concept of the SIG Anti Snag (SAS) treatment to a whole new level. With the incorporation of the FT Bullseye sight embedded into the slide, the P365SAS does away with the need of a primary snag hazard of all pistols…the front sight. With the assistance of fiber optics during the day and tritium in low light, the user can now obtain a crystal clear high-visibility bullseye sight picture at real-word engagement distances faster than ever before. The ported barrel and slide results in up to 30% less muzzle flip and zero front sight fouling, since there isn’t one. The flush slide catch and takedown levers ensure absolute smoothness and zero snag risk. After shooting the P365SAS, sights will never look the same.”-Sig Sauer
Slide Release vs. Slingshot
The main controversy with this particular weapon is the inability to release the slide after you’ve shot the last round, using the slide release or slide stop. After firing the last round, the slide should lock to the rear. This is the most obvious way of knowing you’re out of ammo and need to reload during a firefight.
The next step would be to release the empty magazine and replace it with a new magazine, or simply put, reload. If you’re used to shooting the military-style M9 Barretta, you’ll release the slide using the slide release, as with pretty much all pistols of this style. The slide returns and the weapon remains cocked. Because of this, all you have to do is pull the trigger and a new round will fire. However, the Sig P365 SAS was not built for this type of reload. Instead, the shooter must slingshot the pistol.
Slingshotting a pistol typically requires two hands (typically because you can get creative with a hard surface). However, the question here is, how are you supposed to reload and continue in the fight if one of your hands becomes indisposed and there isn’t a hard surface around? Again, you can get creative here, but it takes more time, whereas a slide release would not only be effective, but quicker when you only have one hand.
When in a life-threatening, high-stress situation, slingshotting can create some less than ideal situations. For example, when you go to grab the slide and pull it to the rear and charge a new round into the chamber, there is the opportunity to de-cock the handgun. Of course, this does not apply to every pistol on the market, but it is a huge concern. Because when your life is at risk, the last thing you want to do is accidentally create a dead trigger.
With a slide release, the likelihood of accidentally decocking a firearm is minimal. But, that doesn’t mean it doesn’t come with its own set of cons.
Pros of Using the Slingshot Method
- You’re left-handed and firing a weapon intended for right-handed shooters
Cons of Using the Slingshot Method
- It is easier to miss grabbing the slide from over the top
- You could accidentally de-cock the pistol
Pros of Using the Slide Release Method
- It consistently works
- It’s typically quicker to use the slide release than it is to slingshot
Cons of Using the Slide Release Method
- Can be more difficult for some left-handed shooters (if you had to pick up your battle buddy’s right-handed configured weapon)
At the end of the day, there are pros and cons of both techniques, that doesn’t mean they don’t work. It’s important to find what consistently works for you. And as always, practice, practice, practice.
Difference between the P365 SAS and P365
Compared to the P365, there are some slight differences. Besides the obvious anti-snag, meaning no traditional sights and a flush trigger stop and magazine release. These differences change the hight of the pistol from 4.30″ to 4.10″. Below are the specs for the P365. Overall, you can see, there isn’t much of a difference between the two pistol variations.
- Slide serrations on front and back
- Sig Sauer Night Sights
- 10 or 12 round magazines
- Modified double stack magazine
- Smooth 6lb trigger pull
- Ambidextrous magazine release option
- Lifetime Warranty
|Weight||17.08 oz (empty)|
|Trigger Pull Weight||6lbs|
|Capacity||10 or 12-round option|
You can read more about the P365 in our blog, P365 Review