Sig Sauer P365-XMacro: Full-Size Capacity in a Compact Frame
A few months ago, Sig Sauer introduced a new gun in its P365 line. The P365-XMacro is more like a cousin than a sibling to the diminutive original P365. Let’s examine its features to see why.
There are currently three subtypes of P365 X-Macro. The base model is, like the P365, offered with or without a manual safety. The comp version has a compensated slide for recoil reduction.
Across all of the X-Macro series thus far, there are many differences compared to the original P365.The P365 X-Macro is substantially larger, with a 17-round magazine (two are included) rather than a 10- or 12-rounder.But it’s still compact at 6.6 inches overall, with a tidy 3.7-inch barrel. At 22 ounces unloaded, it weighs about 25% more than its P365 predecessor. Its frame is long enough to have a Pic rail, expanding the options of lights that can be attached as compared to the small P365. Sig Sauer advertises this gun as the most concealable 17+1 capacity handgun on the market.
Improved triggers are becoming common in line extensions nowadays, and this gun is no exception. Sig chose a modern flat-face trigger that many people prefer. if it operates at least as well as the curved one in my 365, it’ll be just right for both defensive and range use.
Like other guns in the 365 line, the X-Macro has black Nitride finish on the slide and low-profile tritium night sights, front and back, come standard. A significant update is that every X-Macro comes red dot-ready with Shield RMS-c compatibility.
Other changes are the addition of a M1913 Picatinny rail, making the X-Macro capable, if not front-heavy in appearance, of carrying a full size light. It’s 5.2 inches in height, most of that of course being a longer grip which sports a single finger groove that’ll go between the middle and ring finger for most shooters. Three choices of interchangeable backstrap are included. As expected with carry guns, it’s offered with or without a thumb safety.
We need to talk about this gun’s shape. Sig kept the fairly straight grip angle of the P365, but added a beavertail for those meaty-handed folks who need one. To my eyes, it looks more like a compact P320 than a 365. Considering the fairly steady stream of negative press rooted in what to be a quality control issue for P320 manufacturing, at least in the opinion of myself and a number of other people in the industry, putting the 365 label on this gun makes sense from a marketing standpoint.
If you like a 1911-ish grip angle and need something a little bigger to be comfortable shooting your concealment gun, the Sig Sauer P365-XMacro is worth a look. Unless you’re in a hurry, it’s generally a good idea to wait at least a year after the release of a new model to be sure any issues can be worked out as the manufacturer deals with any trends in warranty claims. As of this writing, the base model market price is consistent around $650. Compensated and optic-equipped models can be up to $1,000.
Specifications: Sig Sauer P365-XMacro
Caliber: 9mm Luger
Magazines: 17 round (2 included)
Sights: X-Ray3 Day/Night Sights
Optic Footprint: Shield RMSc
Threaded Barrel: No
Pistol Size: Compact
Overall Length: 6.6 inches
Overall Height: 5.2 inches
Width: 1.1 inches
Weight: 22 ounces
Barrel: Carbon Steel, 3.7 inches
Accessory Rail: M1913
Trigger action: Striker
Trigger Type: Black
Frame Material: Polymer
Fire control Unit: Stainless steel
Slide: Stainless steel with Nitron finish
Manual Safety: Optional