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Even though “Shark Week” is over, a sharknado of internet voices formed when they saw blood in the water regarding the SIG Sauer P320. “The P320 pistol meets requirements for industry and government safety standards; performance enhancements optimize function, safety, and reliability,” stated an August 9 release from the company. “Recent events indicate that dropping the P320 beyond U.S. standards for safety may cause an unintentional discharge.” Look for details on a voluntary upgrade from SIG Sauer on Monday, August 14.
Last week the story broke across gun websites that the Dallas Police Dept. had declared the P320 pistol not safe as “there is a defect that could cause the weapon system to go off when dropped.” Note the P320 is not the main duty gun for that department but is allowed to be carried by officers. The warning went out in an official memorandum, which was soon leaked. This began wild internet speculation, the first shark sucked into the waterspout, including a post that indicated an officer had been injured when he dropped his pistol. That turned out to be spurious. No Dallas officer had been injured, and no P320 from that department had discharged when it was not supposed to do so.
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Sources at SIG Sauer told me that the memo came out due to wording in the manual for the P320. In the legal warnings of many handgun manuals, there is language to the effect that if a loaded pistol is dropped, it may discharge. That’s pretty common verbiage written by lawyers to protect the manufacturer. “If dropped, the pistol may fire. Keep the chamber empty unless actually firing!” As a guy who actually reads gun manuals, I’ve seen that sort of language time and time again.
SIG Sauer immediately issued statements regarding the safety of the P320. “The P320...
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