Welcome to another episode of "I Carry,"Shooting Illustrated's weekly video series covering the guns and gear needed to put together a potential everyday-carry kit.Today, we're using aSIG Sauer P365 carried inside aG-Codeholster. We also have SIG's new extended magazines, aGalco mag carrier and specially developed SIG ammunition.
SIG Sauer P365 ($599)
Though introduced only a couple years ago, the SIG Sauer P365 has almost become the gun that needs no introduction in the concealed-carry market. At its launch, this so-called “micro-compact” redefined what consumers thought was possible insofar as on-board ammo capacity and overall handgun size.
Chambered in 9mm, the SIG P365 uses a unique, stagger-stack magazine design that, in a way, splits the difference between single-stack and double-stack magazine sizes. This allows a gun like the P365 to remain slim and carry-ready while upping magazine capacity. For years, comparably-sized guns struggled to fit six, maybe seven, rounds in a flush-fit magazine, but the P365 fits 10 rounds into a flush-fit mag without a problem. That’s what we call a great leap forward, Chairman Mao.
So, to recap, 10 rounds of 9mm inside a concealed-carry gun that measures just over four and a quarter inches high, five and three-quarters inches long and an inch wide. That’s pretty impressive, and the gun weighs less than 18 ounces to boot!
G-Code Incog Eclipse ($80.00)
We’re carrying this SIG Sauer P365 inside a G-Code Incog Eclipse holster, which has a number of unique features that make this option stand out in the Kydex holster market. The first thing you’ll notice is that the exterior of the all-Kydex rig is treated with this “Tactical Fuzz” finish. That’s literally what they call it. It’s actually a synthetic laminate material that feels similar to suede, and it actually helps anchor the holster inside the waistband while also reducing any noise from movement or during carry.
The Incog Eclipse is attached to the belt through a single belt clip, which juts out at a negative angle. It’s actually molded into this unique orientation, and that helps to push the exposed portion of the firearm above the waistband into the wearer’s body, so there’s reduced potential for printing.
You’ll also notice this anodized-aluminum attachment point down here. G-Code calls that its “Mojo,” and this is the standard Mojo attachment that allows for slight adjustment in ride height. There’s also a Super Mojo adapter, which allows for various degrees of cant as well as ride-height adjustment.
SIG Sauer 15-Round Extended Magazine ($49)
We’ve talked about the impressive on-board carrying capacity of the SIG P365, but for the engineers at the SIG Sauer facility in New Hampshire, getting 10 or even 12 rounds on-board this compact CCW platform wasn’t enough. New for this year is this extended, 15-round magazine for the gun, meaning that this little micro-compact can carry the same number of 9mm rounds as the popular Glock G19! However, it does add quite a bit of height to the platform, so I’d recommend it as a potential backup magazine rather than a dedicated carry mag, since that extended length is going to print much more easily.
Galco Carry Lite Mag Carrier ($25)
To carry this P365 extended magazine, we grabbed our trusty Galco Carry Lite mag carrier. This OWB mag carrier is available to fit a wide range of magazine shapes and sizes on the market, and the suede finish on the carrier provides many of the same benefits as the suede-like texture on the holster. Though it’s carried outside the waistband, a good cover garment will allow you to conceal your backup mag with ease.
SIG Sauer P365 Ammo
Of course, we’ll need to fill our primary and secondary magazines as well, so this is a good opportunity to examine another component of the P365 system: the ammo. SIG bills itself as a one-stop shop for a complete weapons system. That’s certainly how their military contracts are playing out, and this strategy has extended itself into the personal-defense world as well. Now, you can run SIG ammo in your SIG self-defense pistol.
These SIG P365 rounds are particularly important, though, in that they’re optimized for use in short-barreled pistols. This might not seem critical on the surface, but self-defense rounds are generally tuned to perform a certain way. This balance can be interrupted when the rounds are fired at a lower velocity out of a short-barreled gun, and that can have disastrous, even fatal, consequences for an armed citizen. That’s why these P365 rounds are built to perform specifically from the short, 3.1-inch barrel of the P365.
All of this gear represents just one of an incredible number of combinations on the market today, and it’s important for everyone to find the EDC kit that works best for them. Looking for something different than what you see here? Stay tuned to “I Carry” to see more concealed-carry setups.