I am sure many of you have already read internet chatter or watched a YouTube video regarding the SIG P320 failing drop tests. This is true, false, and somewhere in between. To be honest, this is not “new” news. Word spread at the 2017 NRA Show about the SIG P320 having a trigger issue. All SIG P320s that have been sold to date, regardless of when it was manufactured, will pass all industry and government standards for drop testing. This is due to the way the drop test is conducted. Current drop tests call for the pistol to be dropped with the barrel down or on flat on its side. The current issue was first noted during testing by the German police who perform drop tests at something like 25 different angles. One of these angles did in fact fail, which led to the new trigger design. In fact, SIG already had a replacement trigger used in the M17 P320 military contract.
So, what have we learned? The SIG P320 will pass all industry and government drop tests. Which puts it on par with every other pistol on the market today. It does have an issue if dropped in a particular manner, at an exact angle (something around 30 degrees), where contact is made to both the slide and frame simultaneously. Could this be the case with any other pistol you own or would potentially buy? Sure, but how many of us are willing to drop out guns on concrete from two meters 30 or so times to find out? That is not to say this is all hoopla to be unconcerned with. Even SIG Sauer admits that. While any of us could own a pistol with an unknown issue, few of us want one with a known issue. Although the P320 does meet all U.S. standards, SIG has stepped up to the plate by offering a voluntary upgrade. What does that mean? Well, we do not exactly know. SIG Sauer has released the following press release promising full program details on Monday August 14. Here is the release from SIG Sauer.
SIG Sauer Issues Voluntary Upgrade of P320 Pistol
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.”