Promising a concealed carry option for those that a P365 with less recoil and more control, Sig Sauer on Thursday announced a .380ACP model of the popular micro-compact.
Using the same grip module and fire control unit as the standard 9mm P365-- keeping the same dimensions to make it compatible with existing holster options-- the new .380 variant uses a different magazine along with a slide, barrel, and recoil assembly designed for the lighter caliber. As it uses the same FCU and grip, the P365-380 is also compatible with all the same accessories as its 9mm older brother, such as flat triggers, Foxtrot lights, and XSeries grip modules. Magazine capacity is the same, with pistol shipping with two 10-round flush-fit steel-bodied mags.
Notably, it is three ounces lighter than the 9mm version.
Sig says the design philosophy for the P365-380 is to offer shooters-- especially those with smaller hands or those that find the manipulation and snappy recoil of small 9mm pistols challenging-- another option.
"The Sig Sauer P365 is the most popular concealed carry pistol on the market today. We have shipped millions of these pistols and until now it has only been available in one caliber,” said Tom Taylor, Sig's CMO and executive vice president for Commercial Sales. "The P365-380 uses the same grip module and fire control unit as the legacy P365 with a lightened slide, a 380 barrel, and a lighter recoil spring making it easier to rack for an overall exceptionally smooth handling experience."
Standard features include an optic cut compatible with the ROMEO Zero Elite or any optic with the same footprint, as well as dovetailed front and rear sights allow for effective co-witnessing. As with the standard P365 series guns, the new model uses a steel slide with Nitron finish and striker-fired system with a curved trigger.
The new Sig Sauer P365-380 pistol has a close competitor already on the market in the form of Ruger's LCP Max.
Similar to the P365-380, the LCP Max offers a standard 10+1 magazine capacity and comes with night sights installed, but is slightly smaller with a 2.8-inch barrel, and thinner (.081-inch slide width) while hitting the scales at 10.6-ounces, more than a quarter-pound lighter than the Sig. While the MSRP of the P365-380 isn't currently available, the Ruger LCP Max runs in the $450 and under area. In a big up for those looking to carry with a micro red dot, the Sig can while the Ruger cannot.
How does the Sig P365-380 shoot? Check out the below first look from Guns & Gear’s Ryan Gresham.