One of the first pistols I wanted to see at the 2018 SHOT show was the new Sig Sauer P 365 Nitron. I was thankful when I was offered the opportunity to review one shortly after they started shipping.

First Impressions 

The P365 incorporates forward and rear cocking serrations, textured grip area, deep beavertail, and a Sig rail. Three dot night sights are standard. A new designed rail, the Sig rail is compatable with specifically designed accessories for this rail.

The trigger is very nice for a striker fired pistol, with some take up, breaking at 5 3/4 pounds with a bit of over travel. The slide stop and take down lever are in proximity to one another so care must be taken as to not crowd the slide stop when firing the pistol. Field stripping is easily accomplished by locking the slide to the rear and rotating the take down lever. The slide easily slides off the receiver without having to depress the trigger. The magazine release has plenty of real estate but sits close to the reciever. It is reversable if you so choose.

Front large night sight is dovetailed in.

The rear night sight is also dovetailed in, holding it securely in place if you needed to use it for racking the slide one handed. The rear of the sight is serrated, breaking up any glare.

Range Time 


Accuracy is not bad at all.

The left and middle magazine are the factory 10 rounders, with the first one having a textured pinky extension. The magazine on the right is an optional 12 round magazine, allowing for more grip area, making the little pistol a bit more comfortable to run. With that said, the two factory magazines work just fine but I preferred the one with the pinky extension.


After just over 600 rounds downrange of a myriad of ammunition, I am satisfied the P365 is a reliable handgun. Accuracy proved to be more than adequate for the task this pistol was designed for and treads into range use and maybe the occasional pistol match. With the capacity at ten plus one you have a larger complement of ammunition from similar sized and somewhat larger handguns, and with Sig Sauer offering a twelve round magazine you are getting near midsized pistol capacity. Now I know they say capacity is not everything but if you can have a bit more without sacrificing anything, why not? The P365 was not uncomfortable to shoot with the flush fit magazine but I preferred the one with the small textured extension and favored the twelve round magazine over the ones included.  The smaller magazines lend themselves for easy carry for a spare magazine and all magazines functioned without issue. I believe Sig Sauer has a winner with this pistol as a concealed carry sidearm with some cross over into other aspects of the shooting sports.


Ballistic gel performance of the new 365 V-Crown ammunition, designed to perform out of the shorter barrels of smaller pistols.


Caliber: 9mm Luger
Reciever finish: Nitron
Reciever material: Stainless Steel
Slide finish: Nitron
Slide material: Stainless Steel
Grip material: polymer
Accessory rail: SIG Rail
Trigger: Striker
Trigger pull: 5 3/4 pounds
Barrel length: 3.1 inch
Overall length: 5.8 inch
Overall width: 1.0 inch
Height: 4.3 inch
Weight: 17.8 oz
MSRP: $599


By Hunter Elliott

I spent much of my youth involved with firearms and felt the call early on to the United States Marine Corps, following in my father's and his brother's footsteps. Just after high school I enlisted and felt most at home on the rifle range, where I qualified expert with several firearms and spent some time as a rifle coach to my fellow Marines. After being honorably discharged I continued teaching firearm safety, rifle and pistol marksmanship, and began teaching metallic cartridge reloading. In the late 1990s I became a life member to the National Rifle Association and worked with the Friends of the NRA. Around that time my father and I became involved with IDPA and competed together up until he passed away. I began reviewing firearms for publications in the mid 2000s and have been fortunate to make many friends in the industry. Continuing to improve my firearms skills and knowledge is a never ending journey in which we should all be committed. I am also credited as weapons master on a few independent films.

3 thoughts on “Sig Sauer P365 Nitron, purpose built and well executed.”
  1. Great video. I really enjoyed shooting this gun and would recommend it highly. Thank you for allowing me to be a part of this. Hunter, keep up good work, just might keep you around.


  2. Hey Hunter went back and read this review. I may be borrowing this model next summer at the WA State Match shooting BUG Division. Should be fun.

    BUG = Back Up Gun Division.

    Take Care


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