The Queen Of The World and I went shooting last weekend because we had this little beauty to break in:
The problem with Florida is that you don't often get a chance to wear a jacket, so a big 1911 isn't always the easiest to conceal handgun. This pistol is tiny, and so can pretty much go anywhere with you. Surprisingly (to me), it's chambered in 9mm (rather than .380 ACP) and can even handle +P loadings. Even more surprising (to me) is that the recoil is very manageable. It's actually fun to shoot despite its diminutive size. SIG claims that the P354 has the lowest bore-axis ratio of any handgun currently manufactured. I haven't checked this claim, but this pistol is not at all "snappy" in its recoil.
Maybe this was why it was the best selling handgun in America a couple years back.
So to the basics: Polymer? Check. Striker fired? Check. Double stack 10 round magazine? Check. Tritium sights? Check. All standard.
We did a couple of upgrades. The grip is really short, and so I ordered some 15 round magazines which add about another inch to the length of the grip. They didn't arrive in time for this review, so the shorter grip doesn't hurt shootability.
We also bought the SIG laser for this pistol. You see that at the bottom of the picture here, right in front of the trigger guard. It's pretty slick - it snapped right in and there's an activation button right where your hands go around the grip. Grab the pistol and the laser comes on; put it down and it goes off. Got to love SIG engineering.
This picture is a little off-center so you can see the laser dot. The laser comes with an Allen Wrench that lets you adjust elevation and windage. I got it mostly dialed in but need to take it back to the range to get it dead on at 7 yards.
Accuracy is fine - this is more accurate than I am. There are some flyers from other targets on the page; all of the SIG's were on the color. Heck, they'd better be with a laser and all. The trigger is great, crisp break.
So what didn't I like? Well, the magazines have really stiff springs - like I-could-only-load-5-rounds stiff. This will work itself out over time.
The grip is really short. The extended 15-round magazines should fix that.
And I'd like a manual safety. That's personal preference, SIG actually makes a variant with one to comply with Massachusetts regulations (spit) - the P365-MS.
Lastly, I do not look forward to the arguments with The Queen Of The World about whose gun this will be. Alas, I think I know how that will play out ...
All in all, I can see why this is such a popular pistol. The component systems are all mature: the striker system from P320, the recoil locking system dates to 1975 (!), and the Fire Control Unit is an updated version of the one from the P320. These components have all been combined by engineers who kept an eye on the overall system, and blend together beautifully.
I'm not any kind of gun or shooting expert. I like shooting, and shoot a fair number of different guns, but I'm really a dilettante. Your mileage may vary, void where prohibited, do not remove tag under penalty of law.
I don't do scientific, repeatable tests. There's no checklist, although that's not a bad idea. I write about what I like and don't like, but it's pretty much stream of consciousness. Opinion, we got opinion here. Step right up.
I'm not a shooting teacher, although I do like to introduce people to shooting.Maybe some day I'll take the NRA teaching class, but until then, you get a dilettante's view. You'll get opinion here, but if you get serious about shooting, you'll want to get someone who knows what he's doing to give you some pointers. It can help.
And oh yeah, shooting things is fun.