The SIG Sauer P365 was a game-changer. The success of the pistol forced so many other manufacturers to catch up. There’s no wonder the aftermarket for these wonder-pistols has exploded, especially with the introduction of the P365 FCU. Strike Industries, a company loved by those who appreciate their push for innovation, has entered that aftermarket. SI has introduced their Strike Slide, this time for the SIG Sauer P365.
Strike Slide For SIG P365: The Specs
- Length: 5.66”
- Width: 0.90”
- Height: 1.28”
- Weight: 7.7 oz
- Footprint: Shield Standard Footprint
- Colors: Black, FDE
- MSRP: $259.95 (black), $269.95 (FDE)
Shallow Cuts: First Impressions
The first thing I want to mention is the packaging. The Strike Slide comes in a plastic container similar to a drill bit. I am very happy with this. It’s just enough to store it when it’s not in use. While I understand why people like cool packaging, nine times out of ten, it ends up in the trash.
The FDE color looks better in person than it does on the website. I wouldn’t call it shiny, but it does have a semi-gloss sheen to it. There were no signs of crude edges or shoddy craftsmanship, and the Strike Industries aesthetic was clearly present.
The cocking serrations are very aggressive, which I like on a carry gun. If those aren’t enough, the Strike Slide also comes with two cocking ears, or charging handles. These are located just behind the rear slide serrations. After first using something similar during my H&K VP9 Match review, I imagine I will find these to be very useful. The ones included with the Strike Slide have been patented by Strike. One thing that Strike claims on their website is that the weight of their slide is less than that of the stock slide, reducing recoil. We’ll see about that.
Deep Cuts: The Strike Slide In Use
First things first, I wanted to see if the claims of lower recoil were true. I took the stock slide and the Strike Slide to the range for comparison. As you can see below, they look to recoil about the same.
After zeroing the Shield Sights RMSx Competition red dot, it was time to run this slide. I wanted to put it through its paces. With this being meant for a concealed carry gun, I thought it would make sense to test it in an IDPA match. Unfortunately, shooting a real match meant delaying this review for at least a month. So, I set up a competition-like stage and ran it a few times with the stock P365X and with the Strike Slide.
I really appreciate the angles and lines of this slide. More than just being visually pleasing, the deep serrations make manipulations a breeze. I don’t think the stock ones are lacking, but these are definitely an improvement. They make manipulating the slide from the front of the gun much easier.
To The Point: Final Thoughts
Whether or not the claims of lower recoil are factually true, I did notice a difference when quickly switching between the two. Using the Strike Slide felt sharper, as if the slide returned to battery sooner. In comparison, the stock slide felt more like the gentle sluggish push of a 1911 in .45 ACP. As I mentioned in previous articles, I found the cocking ears to be useful. I liked having the option of leaving them off if I don’t want them.
The deep slide serrations were positive and significantly enhanced my ability to manipulate the slide from the front. I find this especially convenient during dry fire, as it minimizes the movement I need to reset, allowing me to practice follow-up shots more effectively. The branding is subtle but familiar, giving access to those new to Strike, but still giving fans of the company what they want.
The only thing I found missing from the Strike Slide for SIG’s P365 was the missing parts. While I understand this is meant to be a blank slate, I would like to see an option to order this in a completed, rack-and-go form. While I would love to be a garage gunsmith, I live in an apartment. The lack of space to put this together means a lack of tools, as I have nowhere to put them. I literally hammered this together with an incomplete 80% AR lower. I think an option with a barrel, parts kit, and some irons would be very welcome.
For any of you that care about the gap between the rear of the optic and the Strike Slide, Strike Industries will be offering a part to fill it. This is not a production part in the photo below. I got a printed version from Strike so you could see what it would look like. I used the white one for added contrast.
I’m personally using this as a competition slide, hence the giant red dot. The slide works well in this role, but I think would really shine as an option on a carry gun. The added aggression in its cuts is just what I want when it’s all on the line. If you carry a ported P365 SAS, the cuts in this slide will work with your gun, as well. Aside from the practical features, the slide looks cool. If you just want to give you P365 a sweet new look, this should do the trick.
If you want one of these for your P365, you can pick one up directly off of Strike’s website. Make sure you give a like, follow, or whatever Twitter calls it, too. You can find Strike Industries on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, and YouTube. Go out and compete!
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