Sig Sauer has released an exclusive statement to The Outdoor Wire in regards to the lawsuit filed by the New Jersey State Police that Nathaniel F. wrote about earlier this week. You can read his post about the lawsuit HERE to get up to date.
Sig’s statement confirms that they are aware that they are being sued by the State Police but goes on to say that they were rather surprised when they were notified of the suit. It appears that Sig was well aware of the reported issues that New Jersey State Police are experiencing with the P229 that they selected as a sidearm and have been working with the agency to determine a solution.
Sig goes on to state that the issues are limited to the training ammunition used by the agency, and the pistols function as intended when used with the standard duty load that was selected. Apparently, the ammunition that the State Police use for training is unique and presents some issues when used in the P229.
With the reputation for exceptional customer service that Sig has built over the years, I am certain that they will make every effort to make things right and ensure that officers have a firearm that they can depend on both on the streets and while training.
Below is the statement that was released to The Outdoor Wire. As always, we will keep you updated of any changes or developments as they come.
STATEMENT REGARDING NEW JERSEY STATE POLICE
May 21, 2017 – Sig Sauer, Inc. is aware of the lawsuit recently filed by the State of New Jersey regarding its purchase of the Sig Sauer P229 model handgun by the New Jersey State Police (NJSP).
The NJSP selected the Sig Sauer P229 handgun as its new duty weapon after conducting an in-depth review and exhaustive testing of available handguns. Sig Sauer developed a version of the P229 specific to the requirements of the NJSP, and delivered to the NJSP as scheduled in the summer of 2014.
Following delivery, the NJSP informed Sig Sauer that it was experiencing failures during qualification training with their training ammunition. Sig Sauer immediately began working with the NJSP to determine the cause of this failure and resolve the issue.
Sig Sauer’s investigation of the failure mode indicates a contributing factor may be a compatibility issue between this unique NJSP P229 and the specific training ammunition used by the NJSP. Importantly, these failures were limited to the training ammunition used by the NJSP, and the P229s functioned when using their duty ammunition.
Sig Sauer had been diligently working with New Jersey officials to resolve the issues associated with the P229 handguns it purchased. In light of these discussions, Sig Sauer was surprised that New Jersey filed a lawsuit. Sig Sauer is committed to customer satisfaction, and stands ready to continue these discussions and work with NJSP to reach an equitable solution.