Sig P365 SAS Pistol | 2019 Review

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.




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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 take 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



Caliber 9mm Luger
Action Type Semi-Auto
Grip Type Black Polymer
Grip Color Black
Frame Size Micro-Compact
Frame Material Stainless Steel
Slide Finish Nitron
Slide Material Stainless Steel
Barrel Material Carbon Steel
Accessory Rail N/A
Trigger Striker
Trigger Type Standard
Barrel Length 3.1″
Overall Length 5.8″
Overall Width 1.0″
Height 4.1″
Weight 17.8 oz

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.

Fiber-Titanium Night Sight


  • 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.

Ported Slide and Barrel

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.

Smooth Slide

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.

P365 Features

  • 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

P365 Specs

Length 5.80″
Width 1.0″
Height 4.30″
Weight 17.08 oz (empty)
Barrel Length 3.10″
Frame Stainless Steel
Trigger Striker-fired
Trigger Pull Weight 6lbs
Capacity 10 or 12-round option
Price $599.99 MSRP

You can read more about the P365 in our blog, P365 Review


  1. “No front sight also means reduced muzzle flip.”
    “The lack of a front sight not only take away a snag point, but it also helps reduce recoil.”
    Wait,what?? You’re kidding, right? Recommend you do a bit more research on this product as it seems to me that the porting might help with muzzle flip…not a lack of a front sight.

    1. Hey there, Jeff. If you noticed, we said, “Ported Slide and Barrel for Less Muzzle Flip” under feature and quoted Sig saying, “The ported barrel and slide results in up to 30% less muzzle flip and zero front sight fouling, since there isn’t one.” But if that isn’t enough “research” for you, let us clear that up. We went ahead and changed it for readers like yourself who can’t put two and two together. It now says, “No front sight also leads to a ported barrel, meaning reduced muzzle flip.” If you need any further clarification, don’t hesitate to reach out. We’ll gladly read the entire article to you, since you clearly didn’t.

      1. Boy, it’s a good thing you don’t represent refactor tactical. Otherwise anyone reading your response would think you are an absolute a**hat. Who also didn’t want people’s business. So which is it? Lack of tact, or don’t care about refactor tactical staying in business? 🤔😜🤪

  2. Clear enough for me. My ported m&p shield flips way less than my regular shield… it’s worth in my opinion. My only grip is a minimal slide stop/release to do possibly one handed releases and thus why I’m not pulling the trigger on this one. I must say I’m happy with my regular P365. Make the slide stop/release more accessible and it will have company as my ankle backup.

  3. Strange I’m constantly being taught to “slingshot” instead of slide release. We are told it has to do with loss of fine motor skills during a high stress situation.

  4. Not sure about speed loss over slide release. It is still about practice. Example. For myself, having had my hand broken at least three times, the integrity is gone. I have a hard time using my thumb on ANY gun release/stop/lock. The body of the slide itself has a reasonable size to get a good grip on. The action of sling-shot, is a great motion setting one back into firing position much more than turning gun away from target slightly to press the release. This is a very minor point of “complaint”. All said. I see this tab as a slide “lock” and not a “release”.

  5. I would be interested in seeing how much flash you would get at night from the porting. Is it enough to cause issues with seeing the sight if you were firing in a low light situation?

    1. Almost a moot point with quality defensive ammo. They have flash inhibitors that all but eliminate flash, even in short barrels. Can be dramatic with some practice ammo, especially NATO spec.

  6. I wonder if a standard slide release could be swapped out. I know its a small snag point but i would perfer the ptions

  7. Having waited 4 months for my P365, it was worth it..the SAS has me wondering – ported barrel , and low light and extra flash means losing night vision.. sling-shotting the slide is how I assure it goes hard into battery.

    1. I own the SAS the sight cannot be adjusted. So when it shoots 4 off to the right it’s not what I was hoping for as a self defense pistol for the wife. Seven different range officers have fired it with the same result would not recommend it.

      1. Mine also shoots to the right… I played with the sight mounting, and I feel there is a bit of “adjustment.” I was able to loosen the screws and rotate it slightly, appearing to stay when retightened. I wouldn’t think it would take much movement with the short length of the sight to make a big difference. I haven’t fired it yet, but I’m optimistic. Mine was off 1/2″ at a 10 foot target distance… also confirmed by the range manager.

  8. I have some anecdotal evidence to share with you readers. FBI reports that majority of gunfights are 6 rds or less. I was a municipal cop for 22 years. The few gunfights we had never required a reload – even when we carried revolvers.

    We were instructed that a handgun were for those times when you were caught with your pants down. If known danger was afoot we took shoulder weapons.

    I think it’s highly unlikely that more than 12 rds will be needed. If a reload is needed, you probably brought wrong gun – or picked wrong fight.

    1. Most don’t choose to pick a fight, almost all have the choice taken away from them. Yes, one can always run away. Sounds like you are an arrogant Yahoo. Who doesn’t understand what concealed carry is about. So, you carry your 6 shot, and let us know how your gun fights go. Don’t worry, we’ll send in snarky comments to your obituary.

  9. can you put a 365 sas upper on a 365 lower mine has a manual safety would love in my opinion to have the best of both worlds any thoughts? I would think this would be a no brainer

  10. I just bought the Sig 365 SAS, and fired it at night and in the day. I tested it using the Speers Gold Dot G2 147 grain, Winchester Ranger 147 gr HP, and Winchester 115 fmj ball. The gun shot dead on at 21 feet, 3 inches to the left at 50 ft, and almost 11 inched left at 75 ft. At night, Speers G2 had the lowest flash. The ports helps in fast double taps, but it still has fair recoil. The slight release is almost non existent, but you can still rack the side. No jams….not even with cheap reloads.

  11. I bought this p365 for a CCW self defense gun. I’m a lefty. It’s PERFECT for me. DeSantis 155 8j crossdraw is a awesome holster. Hard to find LEFTY holsters. A 9mm+P has 2X the power of a .380. Or more. And 10+1. You can’t beat it. 1/4” trigger pull AND!!! Reset. Low recoil. “RECOVER TACTICAL” ZR65 is a very good adaptor for a Crimson Trace laser.

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