The Game Changer: An Evolutionary Look at the Sig Sauer P365
By Josh Wayner
The Sig Sauer P365 changed the concealed carry game. But how? (Photo: Josh Wayner/Guns.com)
The market for concealed carry pistols has been full for some time. Though not necessarily a problem, it seemed that the industry had begun to stagnate in developing truly different or new products. What essentially became standard was one of two options, a dedicated single-stack pistol or a cut-down version of a full-size gun — compromise was the established standard. Then Sig Sauer came along and shook that up.
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How Did We Get Here? The Genesis of the P365
The Smith & Wesson Shield, and single-stacks like it, have been a favorite among concealed carriers. (Photo: Jacki Billings/Guns.com)
People have always carried compact guns in one form or another, but these small guns tended to be finicky and under-powered with lackluster accuracy. Small guns often struggle with effectiveness because of shorter barrels and a reduced sight radius. Additionally, smaller cartridges — like .380 ACP, .38 Special, and 9mm — grappled with power and expansion as the limited energy generated out of short barrels made them an undesirable liability for many concealed carriers.
It didn’t help that when the 9mm round was adopted for U.S. military service in the 1980s,