Opinion: The Sig P320 Drop Test Controversy & “Failures” is NOT a Big Deal

    OMG! SIG P320 HANDGUNS CAN FIRE WHEN DROPPED IN EXTREMELY UNLIKELY AND NEAR IMPOSSIBLE CIRCUMSTANCES! THIS MEANS THE GUN SUCKS AND THE ARMY WAS WRONG!

    Or not?

    By the time this is published, much of the hub-ub and hoopla of the firearms media industry will have largely died out and the Sig P320’s reputation will have suffered immensely for in my opinion – a non-incident. A tester, known to have published a variety of often highly negative opinions and then inflaming them¬†posted a negative and inflammatory video where they would not sell a product because of “safety” concerns.

    Here’s the skinny – Sig DID test the P320 and it PASSED all of the various DoD, NIJ, ANSI, Cal DoJ, and various other drop-safety standards. Further, they tested the weapon well BEYOND those standards working to ensure the weapon is a pinnacle of safety. By any objective measure of “reasonableness” Sig is nearly insane for the above and beyond testing, they opted to go through. If they were to test every angle of every condition, there would be almost 50,000,000 permutations – an impossible number to complete.

    Now, Sig is scrambling to contain an inflamed PR nightmare over various “tests” conducted to no formal standard (which the original video reviewer admits as such). To showcase this, they are again going above and beyond any reasonable standard by offering a full replacement and upgrade program for products that, again, passed, all objective safety standards.

    To me, this entire situation is a completely overblown circus of media frenzy on not enough information and poor perspective. Sig Sauer’s handing of this showcases them as a class-act and we all just need to “Move Along”

    For additional details on the exact situation and steps Sig is taking, they held a media day and basically “pulled down the shorts” for the non-experts to inspect. Details over at SoldierSystems.¬†

    Frank.K

    TFB’s FNG. Completely irreverent of all things marketing but a passionate lover of new ideas and old ones well executed. Enjoys musing on all things firearms, shooting 3-gun, and attempting to be both tacticool AND tactical.


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