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Sig Sauer Trigger Problem: Safety First, Brand Loyalty Distant Second

Sig Sauer Trigger Problem: Safety First, Brand Loyalty Distant Second
Convention attendees look at firearms displayed at the Sig Sauer booth at the 2016 National Shooting Sports Foundation's Shooting, Hunting, Outdoor Trade (SHOT) Show at the Sands Expo and Convention Center on January 19, 2016, in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Ethan Miller/Getty Images)

By Wednesday, 09 August 2017 11:32 AM Current | Bio | Archive

I do not care whether you carry a Sig Sauer, Glock, Colt, Smith & Wesson, or any other brand of firearm (well, unless it’s a Springfield).

My two main concerns are that people do carry firearms, and that they do it safely.

I thought that was a unanimous opinion in the Second Amendment community, but a recent occurrence has made me rethink that position. It seems that some place brand loyalty over safety concerns.

I try to stay active on both Facebook and Twitter promoting gun rights, firearm industry information, and firearm safety. These worlds collided last week when we found out that the Dallas Police Department issued a recall for their Sig Sauer handguns. There were concerns that the P320 would go off when dropped. Sig Sauer denied that potential. After sharing this story, Sig owners started getting defensive about their choice of weapon.

On Monday, August 7, a video was released by The Gun Collective that demonstrated the Sig P320 accidentally firing when it was dropped. Omaha Outdoors, the makers of the video, showed that when striking the ground on its back plate, the trigger is heavy enough to continue the momentum and move rearwards, thus firing. They even showed that a different type of trigger prevents it from happening.

When this video was watched, many of those previously defensive Sig owners launched into accusations of a rigged test perpetrated by a company who sells Glocks primarily. Most did not want to even consider that their weapons might have a potentially fatal flaw.

Then the second shoe dropped. On Tuesday, August 8, a second independent video showed another Sig P320 failing a drop test. Before I even had time to let this sink in, we were informed about a Connecticut police officer who is suing Sig Sauer for injuries caused when his P320 was dropped and fired, the bullet striking his leg.

While writing this article, Sig Sauer issued a statement offering voluntary upgrade “enhancements” to rectify the possibility of an unintended discharge.

I am glad that Sig Sauer did not wait and addressed the problem immediately. However, I don’t think it should be voluntary. This should be a mandatory recall to ensure that all their firearms are safe from this issue.

Regarding Sig owners, please don’t be defensive nor dismissive of any potential safety issue with your firearm. Contact the company and have your trigger replaced.

I carry a Glock 19. The reason I bought this specific brand of weapon is because of their “Safe Action System” which is specifically designed to prevent the weapon from firing without the trigger being pulled, even if it is dropped. I have been a proud Glock carrier since 2010. However, if a safety issue was found in Glock pistols, I would want to know as much as possible, as quickly as I could gather the info. I would not get defensive. I would not think it was a conspiracy.

Safety should be the first concern of every gun owner and concealed carrier. Brand loyalty should be a distant second.

John Cylc is an eight year U.S. Army veteran. He is also a contributor to LifeZette. To read more of his reports — Click Here Now.

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