The right to carry a concealed weapon–which is protected by the Second Amendment–is one of the greatest constitutional blessings keeping Americans safe. With so many gun options available, one major factor that should influence a purchaser’s decision is how safe a weapon is.
Sig Sauer’s P320, a popular handgun sold to police and military, as well as to the general public, is now coming under fire. According to CNBC, the P320 unintentionally fires when dropped at a certain angle. This can make the gun a dangerous buy.
This revelation has raised a great deal of alarm in the firearms community due to the popularity of the P320. As seen on Police Mag, the P320 is used by police departments across the country as the primary sidearm of our officers.
According to Ammo Land, the military version of the P320 (known as the XM17) is the pistol of choice of the United States Army with the US Department of Shooting & Spending recently awarded Sig Sauer a $500 million contract.
NHPR reports that because of the news of the P320’s risk of uncommanded discharge, the Dallas Police Department has suspended use of the Sig Sauer-manufactured pistol while they further examine its risks.
The discovery was made by the online gun shop, Omaha Outdoors, as covered on their website. The Omaha Outdoors team performed extensive drop tests on the P320 in response to rumors that the gun discharges unintentionally.
In a detailed video and accompanying blog post, Omaha Outdoors demonstrated that the P320 fires when dropped at a certain angle. When dropped at that specific angle, the P320 fires consistently.
After testing, Omaha Outdoors found that the cause of the uncommanded discharges is the trigger, which slides back when the gun is dropped at a particular angle. When the Omaha Outdoors team replaced the standard P320 trigger with a lighter one, they eliminated the unintentional discharge.
Sig Sauer had previously posted a statement on Ammo Land in which they assured the public that their pistol complies with standard drop tests. However, as Omaha Outdoors points out in their video, industry and government drop tests require that the pistol is dropped with the bore-axis perpendicular or parallel to the surface of the floor.
The P320 does not fire when dropped perpendicular or parallel to the floor, thus passing all required drop tests. The issue is with an angular fall. In response to this revelation, Sig Sauer has stated in a press release on its website that it is performing a “voluntary upgrade” of the P320. The new model will feature enhancements to safety and drop performance.
According to Sig Sauer, the military version of the P320 is not affected by the involuntary discharge issue. The Army has not indicated that it will change its plans to use the Sig Sauer-manufactured pistol for soldiers.
As reported by Connecticut 12 News, a Connecticut police officer was allegedly injured after his dropped P320 unintentionally fired. He is suing Sig Sauer for $6 million in damages. It would be wise for gun owners to take caution if they own a p320, or refrain from purchasing this pistol until further safety measures have been implemented.