Full disclosure: This news has been out for some time but no one has reported it.
It looks like FN America has stepped up to the plate this time to protest Immigration & Customs Enforcement’s selection of the Sig P320 as their new duty sidearm. Previously, Nathaniel F. reported on the selection of the P320 and how that will go a long way to boost the credibility of the brand, you can read his post here. Does the second protest for a large contract won by Sig have implications of a design flaw or is this business as usual?
There have been rumors of a couple of failures with the P320 specifically failing the drop test as well as loaded magazines disassembling themselves when dropped. Below is the FBI drop test specs that the P320 has been rumored to have failed.
7) PISTOL DROP TEST
A) Three pistols from each class will be selected for this test.
i) Each of the pistols will be cleaned & lubricated per the Offeror’s recommended
b) Each pistol will be loaded with a primed cartridge case in the chamber and a magazine
filled to capacity with service cartridges (54227).
c) The pistol will then be dropped from a height of 48” onto smooth concrete in the
i) Muzzle down
ii) Muzzle up
iii) Sights down
iv) Magazine down
v) Right side down
vi) Left side down
There is no indication of what pistol FN America entered into the competition, but it has been rumored that their MHS submission was the FN 5.7 pistol. I am not sold on this, but there is no solid information out there to indicate otherwise.
With the new protest on the heels of Glock’s protest of the MHS contract being awarded to the P320 it starts to raise some questions. Either way, we will update you as we learn more about both protests.