There has been a lot of buzz about the recent reports of the Sig Sauer P320 pistols firing when dropped in a certain manner. Gun websites, YouTube, Facebook, and other social media outlets have stories and videos of the P320 being dropped onto the back of the slide and having the gun discharge. This is a surprise to many, as the P320 was extensively testing during the Army’s selection process. It also meets U.S. standards for safety, including ANSI and SAAMI specifications.
As a result of these report, Sig Sauer announced a voluntary upgrade program for all P320 owners. These upgrades are said to include enhancements in function, reliability, and overall safety that includes drop performance. Details of the program will be announced on Sig Sauer’s website on August 14th.
Sig’s press release is below for those that want to read more about the issue. We see quite a few holsters for the Sig P320 series come and go, so we encourage those of you that carry these pistols to check out the details of the voluntary upgrade program and send your pistol in to have the work performed if you feel it makes sense for you.
Published Date: 08/08/2017
P320 pistol meets requirements for industry and government safety standards; performance enhancements optimize function, safety, and reliability.
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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