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Greetings fellow bikers and Patriots! I just got back two weeks ago from a fantastic ride through the North Georgia Mountains and the Great Smoky Mountains of North Carolina and Tennessee. Over three days, I rode 950 miles of some of the most scenic country in the United States. Some of the major motorcycle routes I rode were GA Route 60 through the Suches area, the vaunted Moonshiner 28, the Blue Ridge Parkway and New Found Gap Road. These roads are all quite different, but one commonality on each route was that I was carrying concealed. I rarely leave home without a sidearm. And I mean rarely. In fact, I had my trusty SIG Sauer 1911 We The People on my side, with a spare seven-round magazine on my left side. That is 15 rounds of .45 ACP power! But carrying a concealed pistol in the summer – when the temperatures can cook an egg – can be uncomfortable.

Summer Carry

During the summer months, you need to be cognizant of how you carry. When you are dressed in lighter weight clothing, it is much easier to have your firearm “print” through your clothing. While I have noticed a lot of people open carry over the past year, this is just not for me, as I do not want to become a target for someone wanting to score a new firearm. Plus, I firmly believe that surprise is the essence of self-defense. If you are open carrying, and you are unfortunate to be in the same place as a thug committing and armed robbery, you will be the first person the shit-bag aims at.

I am not a small guy at 6′ tall and 205 pounds. This allows me to typically carry outside-the-waist band (OWB). While I own several great inside-the-waistband (IWB) holsters, most notably Crossbreed Holsters Super Tucks, I typically wear tighter jeans when I am riding. Carrying OWB inevitably leads to its own set of issues as doing so makes your sidearm more likely to print through your clothing – especially given the fact that I prefer full-sized or commander sized pistols. That being said, I always wear shirts that would be a bit on the large size for my frame when I am carrying OWB. This helps to conceal my pistol, but because the shirt is a bit larger, it can make it more difficult to draw the pistol. If I decide to wear a shirt that is a bit tighter, I carry my compact SIG Sauer P365 SAS in a small OWB holster made by Crossbreed. It certainly is easier to conceal than my larger frame semi-autos but I also like to carry larger caliber pistols like my P226 SIG Sauer Legion and my P229 SIG.

This is my Crossbreed (OWB) holster with my P365 SAS SIG Sauer pistol – it is great for riding

My suggestion for you is to carry the pistol you are most comfortable with, in a holster that makes it comfortable to wear. The optimum rig would be an IWB holster as they make concealing your firearm easier. A lot of people I know also use an ankle or pocket holster. There are certainly some quality rigs for both type of carry, but neither works well for me. I find ankle holsters uncomfortable and pocket holsters only work for compact pistols which are not my preferred firearm since I do not shoot them as well as larger pistols. You, however, may find one, or the other, a very viable solution.

Know The Carry Laws Where You Travel

Traveling outside your home state can present a dilemma if you prefer to leave your humble abode with your pistol. Before any of my out-of-state trips, I always review the concealed carry laws for the states I will be traveling to. Because I travel to Georgia, South Carolina, North Carolina, Alabama, Kentucky and Virginia regularly, I know my Tennessee Handgun Carry Permit (HCP) is valid in each state. But if I were to venture into Maryland concealing a pistol, I would be subject to arrest and incarceration. If there is any chance that you may change your return ride mid-trip, make sure to check out the laws for each state. (Note: This author never recommends illegally carrying a firearm in states which do not have reciprocal reciprocity with your state. Doing so can result in arrest, expensive legal fees and incarceration.)

If you are planning a trip this summer, consider planning your ride to include only states you are legally allowed to carry in. This September, my beautiful lady and I are heading to The Race of Gentlemen in Wildwood. New Jersey. I definitely will not be carrying during this trip as New Jersey has some of the toughest gun laws in the U.S., and possessing a firearm there is a serious felony which inevitably would require time in their penal system. Something I am just not willing to risk. Some of these anti-gun states do allow you to carry an unloaded pistol, in a lockbox, but may only allow you to do so if you are not staying there – in other words – interstate travel.

Below is a map highlighting states Tennessee have reciprocal concealed carry arrangements with. The states in yellow are good. The states in brown are not so good. The states in black are plain evil and will not get any of my business on long trips on two wheels.

Concealed Carry Reciprocity Map from United States Concealed Carry Association

If you are going to conceal carry, carry your pistol in a rig which is comfortable for you. If you are traveling this summer, you should consider only going to states you can legally carry in with routes that take you through states that honor your right to self-protection.

Until next time, brothers, sisters and Patriots, keep the shiny side up, carry often and live like there is no tomorrow.

Grey Beard Biker
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SIG Sauer is one of the finest pistol manufacturers in the world. Your ever-lovable Grey Beard Biker owns many P-series pistols and several of their 1911s. The P365 was released on January 8, 2018 to very positive reviews. It was a unique pistol for the legendary manufacturer of semi-automatic pistols and rifles, in that, unlike their other compact 9mm, the P938, this pistol in its stock form comes with a double-stack magazine which boasts 10 rounds. If you carry with one in the chamber, which everyone should do, this compact pistol has 11 rounds of 9mm firepower in a gun smaller than my hand.

Introducing the SAS version of the P365

The P365 SAS comes with a hard plastic case, pistol and both a flush mount and extended 10 round magazines

SIG Sauer has manufactured the SAS version of their popular P-series pistols for years. SAS stands for SIG Anti Snag, which provides snag free draws by smoothing out the slide and the side controls. And while the P365 is the best-selling pistol in the United States, the SAS model was not released until October 2, 2019. As you will learn, this may be one of the very best, non-Legion, SIG pistols made today.

When I was looking at P365 pistols, I looked at the stand P365, the P365 SAS and their new P365 XL. My plan was to buy the standard model, because the XL was larger than I wanted for a compact carry. But when I looked down the slide of the SAS, and saw there were no standard tritium sights, I was taken aback. The P365 SAS has a unique flush mounted tritium sight which brings the sight axis down nearly to the barrel. This inevitably makes the pistol more accurate – which I confirmed on the range. It is essentially foolproof. You have the pistol lined up properly when the tritium dot appears. Granted, in a serious self-defense situation, which is more often than not at very close range, you will not be lining up the sights – you will be pointing and shooting!

Disassembly

The P938 SAS fully disassembled for cleaning

Taking down a P365 is like every other P-series – a proverbial piece of cake. Remove the magazine and cycle the slide to eject the cartridge from the chamber (double-check by cycling the slide again – you can never be too careful). Remember, a pistol without a round in the chamber is nothing more than a damn paperweight in a self-defense situation. The next step is to lock the slide back – and the P365 SAS is different here – you use either a medium size flat screwdriver – or my preferred tool, a nickel – to turn the takedown screw clockwise a half turn. There is no takedown lever on the SAS version of the P365. Release the slide and turn it upside down. Depress the stainless-steel guide rod and spring to remove it. Lift the chamber side of the barrel up and slide it backwards out of the muzzle – removing the barrel. The gun is torn down and can be cleaned.

The takedown screw is visible directly above the trigger

To reassemble the pistol, reverse these steps. The SAS takedown screw rotates automatically to the lock position when you release the slide so you can put your nickel away once you remove the slide. Cool beans!

The P365 SAS slide and stainless-steel guide rod – notice the rounded edges on the slide

Shooting the P365 SAS

My overall impressions were very positive with this newest offering of the P-series SAS pistol line. Sight acquisition is superb, which was a pleasant surprise. I was a bit concerned about the flush mounted sight, but it may be better than standard combat sights. Time will tell for me as I carry this pistol over a longer period of time.

The tritium flush mounted sight is terrific – when you see the illuminating you are lined up
Top view of the flush mounted tritium sight

I have larger hands. Other compact 9mm and .380 ACP pistols I have tried are uncomfortable for me to shoot. My hand tends to swallow these up and the muzzle lift during rapid fire often proved to cause inaccuracy for follow up shots. This was true for my last compact carry 9mm – the SIG P938. This gun was a beautiful example of what a compact concealed carry firearm should be. But it was a bit small for my hands and the muzzle lift was noticeable. The double stack magazine allows for more comfort with my gargantuan mitts and the muzzle life was much less noticeable due to the fact that SIG ported the barrel and slide on the SAS model – an ingenious idea which is long overdue for smaller caliber compact pistols or larger caliber models like my 10mm P220 SIG. Based on my search of SIG Sauer’s website, the P365 SAS is the only vented model pistol they make.

Fully assembled SIG Sauer P365 SAS with the 12 round magazine installed

The P365 SAS proved to be both accurate and easy to shoot. Unlike most compact striker-fired pistols, this model has a very crisp trigger and operates single action only (SAO). The trigger pull weight is not listed on their website, but I would judge it to be in the 5.5-6 pound range – with 6 pounds being what other reviewers have measured. With the vented barrel, follow up shots were quite accurate.

Summary

If you are looking for a compact concealed carry pistol, I would highly recommend the SIG Sauer P365 SAS. The retail price on this model is $580, compared to the P365 standard at $500 and the XL at $590. For the extra $80, I would highly recommend the SAS because of the sights and the vented barrel. You will have to compare the size of the XL to the other P365 models to see which you like better. I also purchased the extended 12 round magazine as it fits my hands better and provides 13 rounds of 9mm power.

Until next time, ride often and keep the shiny side down!

Grey Beard Biker
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