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Is the P365 fun to shoot? I would not describe it that way. Although the gun is quite manageable for experienced shooters, it is a snappy handful. The 12-round magazines improves management, however, the grip extension (entire mag) moves as the gun cycles. The rough texture on the mag base and slight spacing between the gun and mag become irritating during long range sessions. Although the x-cut trigger guard allows a good purchase of the gun, I find it digs into my middle finger in order to obtain maximin purchase. Does the 365 function well? Yes. Fun to shoot? You decide.


EDIT: Based upon some of the post this thread, I need to define "snappy handful". Please note I said above that the 365 is quite manageable. The snappy handful comment is based upon a 3 to 4 second 13 (1 in the pipe, 12 in the mag) round dump. My on target hits at 7 yards are zippered about 6 inches verticle and 3 inches left/right. From 2 inches low to 4 inches high, drifting slightly left (I am right handed). So a little jagged, and spaced over 6 inches. Others may be able to better settle (recover) on target accuracy than I. Was not knocking the 365. If I did not like the gun, I would not of shot over 4000 rounds in 9 months.

Below is the catalyst for this post.

Reoccurring themes on P365 post seems too often include that it is “fun to shoot” or “feels good in my hand”. I for one do not know how to interpret the intent of the writer.
Where is the context as to why they enjoy shooting a 365? Is the 365 more fun than other guns they own? Did they purchase it to have fun or, is fun a byproduct of owning it for a more serious usage?

Moving on, feels good in my hand, is that the reason they purchased? Was there other criteria or evaluations applied in the decision to buy? What size is their hand?

I know I am being picky; however, I enjoy diverse discourse of substance.
 

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I agree with you to some extent.
I don't consider the P365 to be snappy but it is not a so called "range" gun that I would spend all day shooting.
The reason it exists is for concealed carry with a little more rounds than existing CCW guns such as the P938, Kimber Micro and others of similar size.

If the goal was to have a range gun you could shoot all day buy a P226 or something similar. There are dozens of firearms that would satisfy that requirement.
 

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I agree with you to some extent.
I don't consider the P365 to be snappy but it is not a so called "range" gun that I would spend all day shooting.
The reason it exists is for concealed carry with a little more rounds than existing CCW guns such as the P938, Kimber Micro and others of similar size.

If the goal was to have a range gun you could shoot all day buy a P226 or something similar. There are dozens of firearms that would satisfy that requirement.
I shoot about 10K rounds thru my 226 nine per year, nothing better to shoot on the planet (if you exclude revolvers). I currently only fire 5 SD rounds per week thru the 365. Although I shot the hell out of it the first 6 months of ownership.
 

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I think the 365 is much less snappy than the 938 or the 238 and although not as easy as a 4" barrel, it has its own place and shouldn't be overlooked. Personally, if a few hundred more rounds go through mine trouble free, I may use it for home and EDC.
 

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I just picked one up last night with a birth date of December 4, 2018.

Can't wait to get to the range and try it out.
 

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Very broad question. It's not a "snappy handful" for me or small female shooters that I know. My Colt Mustang Pocketlite 380 is accurate and easy to carry but not much "fun". Having said, that a friend has maximum fun shooting his 4" Smith and Wesson 500 Magnum (I don't understand that)!

IMHO, for it's class and features the 365 is amazing. It's fun to make good shots comfortably with an easy to carry gun. Personally I consider 22's "fun" at this time in my life. You might want to consider a 22.
 

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Very broad question. It's not a "snappy handful" for me or small female shooters that I know. My Colt Mustang Pocketlite 380 is accurate and easy to carry but not much "fun". Having said, that a friend has maximum fun shooting his 4" Smith and Wesson 500 Magnum (I don't understand that)!

IMHO, for it's class and features the 365 is amazing. It's fun to make good shots comfortably with an easy to carry gun. Personally I consider 22's "fun" at this time in my life. You might want to consider a 22.

I tend to be more in your friends class, not quite up to his standard. Shoot my Smith 29 & 686 for fun. 44 & 357 magnum. User name Shoot A Lot (of) 44.
 

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Interesting questions and I'm sure that each of us has our own impressions based on shooting experience and a number of our differing physical characteristics. Over the course of about 50 years, I've never shot a gun that wasn't "fun to shoot" by some measure. Some were rather brutal, but what a rush! The P365 is fun because for such a small pistol it's very accurate and easy to manage, although the reason for my purchase was that it appealed to me as a carry weapon.

Whether it feels good in the hand is subjective and each of us probably has a different sense of how it feels. To me the grip seems a bit small for a solid 2-handed grip (there isn't much grip surface available for my weak hand palm); but it still handles well, is accurate, and is easy to manage during shooting. But for its primary purpose (carry), I want it to be small, so it is all about compromise for me.

I haven't put more than 200 rounds through the P365 during a range session, but I haven't had issues with grip texture, trigger guard, or any of the 10 or 12 round mags. In the end, it isn't perfect, but it comes so close to perfectly meeting my carry needs.
 

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Shoot my Smith 29 & 686 for fun. 44 & 357 magnum. User name Shoot A Lot (of) 44.
.357 and .44 Mags (owned several of each) seem to have more recoil than a 365, plus revolver grips and lack of slide movement don't absorb "snap" for me. Not sure about your original post now. :confused:
 
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Fun to shoot is as subjective as it gets. But I typically put 100-200 rounds down the pipe in any given range session and it certainly is not painful by any measure.

I don't know about the extended mags - I don't really use them. I am firmly in the keep small guns small camp. I shoot my compact rx with a subcompact grip module and the 938 and 365 almost exclusively with the flush mags.

I do typically shoot around 20 or so JHP during a session and I will admit the +P stuff can definitely be "snappy".

I think most folks are saying they can't get over how many rounds vs how easy to shoot and conceal it is when they say "its a blast to shoot".
 

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.357 and .44 Mags (owned several of each) seem to have more recoil than a 365, plus revolver grips and lack of slide movement don't absorb "snap" for me. Not sure about your original post now. :confused:
You are correct of course, recoil does not bother me I love 40 ounces of steal in my hand and the powerful discharge. I also love mastery of heavy double action trigger pull. The OP was inspired by so many post this forum, about FUN and/or feel without explanation by the member. I just added my personal opinion and left the consensus up to the members. Not asking for agreement, just curious as to how others feel. I will shoot anything with a trigger and a barrel, love to shoot. Well almost anything, fired a Smith 500 a few times, not pleasant.
 

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I'm planning on replacing my .38sp J-frame in my carry rotation with my P365. I've found the P365 much more accurate, easier to shoot, and more "fun." Putting 100 rounds of .38 through my j-frame is not very pleasant to me but I can shoot my p365 for hours. I guess it's all subjective.
 

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I'm planning on replacing my .38sp J-frame in my carry rotation with my P365. I've found the P365 much more accurate, easier to shoot, and more "fun." Putting 100 rounds of .38 through my j-frame is not very pleasant to me but I can shoot my p365 for hours. I guess it's all subjective.
Can you define much more accurate? Do you prefer shooting your 226 or 365 more?
 

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Fun? Eh, I mean, I find shooting inherently fun, but I've yet to be able to put more than 120 rounds through the P365 per range trip. The trigger has a bit of slap, and after 120 or so rounds, I am done.

Don't get me wrong, it feels great in my hand, it's accurate, and I can shoot it well, but I'd prefer to shoot any of my other handguns. I always said the same about my P938 as well. I mean, I can put 500 rounds downrange from my MK25 and not experience any discomfort. That is way more fun.
 

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I'm planning on replacing my .38sp J-frame in my carry rotation with my P365. I've found the P365 much more accurate, easier to shoot, and more "fun." Putting 100 rounds of .38 through my j-frame is not very pleasant to me but I can shoot my p365 for hours. I guess it's all subjective.
P210.

P365 is a micro self defense gun.

Was asking cnmjr123 to expand his post. I think we all know what a P365 is. Also that the 365 is accurate, just like all modern handguns.
 

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I find this gun fun to shoot. The plus is wanting to practice with it. The trigger just agrees with me and its accuracy is amazing for a small package. I would not define my PPS Gen 1 as fun. Although the PPS is a decent shooter I didn't find myself taking it along as often as I do this. I really like the sights also.

As for snappy- I let my inexperienced girlfriend try it and she hated it. It was really jumpy due to her hold. Tis good for me though.
 

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I think both issues are subjective. I do think the 365 is fun to shoot due to its relatively light recoil and that I don't have to reload magazines every six rounds. It's a fairly accurate weapon, which helps put more rounds on target and lessens the frustration when they don't.

In contrast, I find the Taurus .410 revolver not very fun to shoot. Recoil is sharp, the grip doesn't buffer it much and on the model I briefly owned, the trigger pull was terrible.

For me, the 365 is comfortable in the hand. The grip isn't boxy or too short for my hands and feels like an extension of my arm. Easy to acquire sight alignment and the trigger is smooth enough to avoid jerkiness that may send a round astray.
 
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