Sig Sauer is one of the world’s leading firearms manufacturers. The company provides firearms for military, law enforcement, and civilian markets all across the world. The brand is known for its qualiy and reliablity.
Sig Sauer received the Army’s contract for a new handgun this year, with the M17 (military version of the P320) being the choice. This demonstrated that the Army believed in Sig Sauer’s reliability for the troops.
However, the Army’s adoption of the pistol brought the P320 under more intense scrutiny. No major issues had been found up until this point. However, a recent test is raising eyebrows across the firearms industry.
Omaha Outdoors tested the P320 extensively, including drop testing. In their study, they found that the gun discharged if dropped from a certain height and if the firearm hit the ground at a certain angle, where the slide and frame hit the floor simultaneously.
At first, Sig Sauer claimed that they were not aware of this issue, but the company is now telling consumers that they may voluntarily upgrade the trigger to address the safety concerns.
In a press release Sig Sauer stated the following:
Newington, NH (August 8, 2017) – The P320 meets U.S. standards for safety, including the American National Standards Institute (ANSI) / Sporting Arms Ammunition Manufacturers’ Institute, Inc. (SAAMI®), National Institute of Justice (NIJ), as well as rigorous testing protocols for global military and law enforcement agencies.
The design of the SIG SAUER P320 overcomes the most significant safety concern in striker-fired pistols today: the practice of pressing the trigger for disassembly. This can be performed with a round in the chamber which has resulted in numerous incidents of property damage, physical injury, and death. The disassembly process of the P320, however, uses a take-down lever rather than pressing the trigger, eliminating the possibility of discharge during the disassembly process.
Recent events indicate that dropping the P320 beyond U.S. standards for safety may cause an unintentional discharge.
As a result of input from law enforcement, government and military customers, SIG has developed a number of enhancements in function, reliability, and overall safety including drop performance. SIG SAUER is offering these enhancements to its customers. Details of this program will be available at sigsauer.com on Monday, August 14, 2017.
The M17 variant of the P320, selected by the U.S. government as the U.S. Army’s Modular Handgun System (MHS), is not affected by the Voluntary Upgrade.
“SIG SAUER is committed to our approach on innovation, optimization, and performance, ensuring we produce the finest possible products,” said Ron Cohen, President and CEO of SIG SAUER. “Durability, reliability and safety, as well as end-user confidence in the SIG SAUER brand are the priorities for our team.”
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I am seriously saddened to see this. The P320 is a really great and comfortable shooter. These safety concerns must be addressed immediately. If you have one of these handguns, stay tuned to find out what the next steps from Sig will be to fix the problem.
Carry on folks, but if you own a P320, I would say it’s a good time to press pause and use another pistol for your EDC.