The recent media frenzy surrounding Sig Sauer’s P320 and drop tests performed by outside sources isn’t exactly news today. Sig has endured a virtual dung-storm of negative press and clever memes about the topic since news and videos surfaced of the P320 firing from being dropped directly onto the backside of the slide and frame. So Sig was sure to respond officially at some point. And respond they did.
The below letter is from Sig Sauer to dealers concerning a “voluntary upgrade” of the P320 to consumers who’d previously purchased the pistol. The letter – littered with the obligatory “we did nothing wrong” legal speak – was without question approved by Sig Sauer attorneys prior to its release. But what I found to be most eye-opening was Sig’s verbal thumb in the eye to Glock whose owners have been relentless in their attacks on Sig since the news broke with a resounding “buy a Glock” being sounded. Here is the paragraph I’m referring to from the letter:
“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.”
Clearly Sig Sauer is sick of the social media posts and meme war being waged against them by Glock and other striker fired pistol owners. But I think this is just how social media piles on these days in this new age of social media and giving every single person with a smart device or PC essentially the same voice, equal to all others online regardless of expertise or knowledge.
In this case, Sig appears to be saying “while our pistol has an issue, so does yours”. Whether you agree or disagree with their approach, you do have to give Sig Sauer some credit for not ignoring social media (because that’s how the issue grew) and recognizing that this issue would not just go away on its on. It hasn’t helped that this comes so soon after Sig Sauer’s being awarded the Army’s new contract for a modified P320 to become their new battle pistol. Glock and Glock owners have been very vocal in their disapproval and this drop test issue was just what they were waiting for.
I for one won’t be sending my two P320’s back to Sig for the voluntary upgrade any more than I would send any of my Glocks. I don’t drop my pistols, so I’m good. (Implied sarcasm.) But if you’re interested in taking part in the voluntary upgrade you can reach out to Sig Sauer at www.sigsauer.com.
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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