BREAKING: FN Protests P320 Selection By Immigration & Customs Enforcement

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?

FN has lodged two separate protests for the same contract, read the first one HERE and the second on HERE.

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
specifications.

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
following manner:
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.



Patrick R

Patrick is a Senior Writer for The Firearm Blog and works in the shooting sports industry. He is an avid recreational shooter and a verified gun nerd. With a lifelong passion for shooting, he has a love for all types of firearms, especially handguns and the AR-15 platform. Patrick may be contacted at tfbpatrick@gmail.com.

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  • JumpIf NotZero

    Just for example… I might be inclined in this case to buy an FN gun if they would have released a statement saying something like

    “Congrats Sig! We are happy for you, we’re sure your gun will serve XYZ adequately. Here at FN we’re disappointed we couldn’t lower our price enough on our FNS models, but all the same we’re all happy for you.”

    Instead of “wah wah wah”. Which does nothing for me. It certainly doesn’t tell me they have a better product or lost the competition because of some arbitrary reason that doesn’t effect me as a typical consumer.

    Nothing about “let’s protest!” tells me they have the superior product they are confident in.

    • Shaun Connery Oliver II

      Here here, brother! Glock, FN, buck up, throw on your big boy pants and show a little class!

  • Bid protests are normal these days, and a vast majority of the time nothing comes of them.

  • Phillip Cooper

    It’s a MODULAR handgun specification. Did Glock even bother to read the requirements? Or for that matter, the defininition of what “MHS” means?

    • CommonSense23

      Well considering Glock met the requirements for the program, I am going to assume they did.

    • JumpIf NotZero

      What!? We got backstraps that come off!

  • Tacticool

    But does it takes Glock Mags?

    • Gun Fu Guru

      Can you hip fire it ’80s style?

  • Zundfolge

    All FN and Glock will likely accomplish with these protests is to diminish their brands in the eyes of the buying public. One could argue that the Army contract is large enough that it might be worth the diminution of respect for Glock, but I think FN is shooting themselves in the foot here.

  • raz-0

    I really hope they didn’t submit the 5.7. It’s a stupid gun. Horrible trigger.

    It’s also the only pistol I have ever seen where the trigger guard has broken without being severely abused.