Sig Sauer Addresses P320 Safety Rumors

Stories about drop-safety concerns from the Dallas PD regarding the pistol began circulating Thursday.

The company insists there is no defect that could result in the P320 firing when dropped under normal conditions.
The company insists there is no defect that could result in the P320 firing when dropped under normal conditions.web photo

You may have seen some nasty rumors circulated on social media and on gun sites last week and through the weekend regarding the SIG Sauer P320 pistol. The gunmaker, who recently secured a $500,000 Army handgun contract—beating out Beretta, Glock, FN, and Smith & Wesson—spoke out over the weekend to dispel those rumors.

According to this story on guns.com, the company issued the following statement regarding stories saying the P320 had been rejected by the Dallas Police Department due to safety concerns if the striker-fired guns were to be dropped:

"In response to social media rumors questioning the safety of the P320 pistol, a variant of which was selected by the U.S. government as the U.S. Army's Modular Handgun System (MHS), Sig Sauer, Inc. has full confidence in the reliability, durability and safety of its striker-fired handgun platform," Sig said in the press release. "There have been zero reported drop-related P320 incidents in the U.S. commercial market, with hundreds of thousands of guns delivered to date."

The guns.com story says the rumors got started on Thursday when The Firearm Blog published an article based on a Pistol Forum post from July 28 alleging the police department was requesting that its officers no longer carry the P320. The post included what appeared to be an internal memo citing safety concerns.

The story says The Firearm Blog contacted the Dallas PD, who confirmed in a statement that it had suspended the use of the P320 pistol.

"The department was notified that Sig Sauer identified a defect in the P320 handgun that could cause the weapon system to go off when dropped. Please check with Sig Sauer for more information about the defect," Debra Webb of the Dallas PD told the publication.

The rumors intensified as images of the P320 owner’s manual surfaced with a warning to owners that the pistol may fire if dropped.

“All Sig Sauer pistols incorporate effective mechanical safeties to ensure they only fire when the trigger is pressed. However, like any mechanical device, exposure to acute conditions (e.g. shock, vibration, heavy or repeated drops) may have a negative effect on these safety mechanisms and cause them to not work as designed. This language is common to owner’s manuals of major handgun manufacturers,” the statement said.

The story says Sig's CEO and President, Ron Cohen went on record saying, "Sig Sauer is committed to producing only the finest products. Safety and reliability have been and always will be paramount to the Sig Sauer brand."

It remains a mystery exactly what led to the Dallas PD’s orders for its officers to stop carrying the P320 or how they were notified about the supposed defect.