It has been in the news for over a week and the issue won’t die. And that’s unfortunate because the P320 is, overall, an excellent gun. A new video has surfaced of a P320 discharging a primed-case when dropped. Not just once but, several times and purportedly, more than one gun. The difference is this video is far more credible in that it is specific about how they obtained their results and even goes so far as to suggest a potential fix.
So what does all this mean? Well, it may mean that SigSauer has some fixing to do for a lot of guns already sold and minor production changes going forward. That the gun passes all standard industry and government tests is expected. What Omaha Outdoors has done is demonstrate a very specific set of circumstances that can cause the gun to discharge on impact when dropped. We’d suggest waiting to hear more from Sig but, also wait for peers to independently verify what Omaha Outdoors says they’ve found.
So. Are Jeff and I going to dump the P320s we’ve recently purchased? Probably not. Interestingly enough, the P320 XFive, so far, does NOT appear to be affected by this problem according to Omaha’s video. What Omaha Outdoors did not mention is that not only is the trigger of the XFive different from other P320s, so is the striker itself. And there has been a production change among regular P320s at least once since it was initially released in 2014. We may be seeing a problem resulting from that change or another since that transition to the second generation of the gun. It may also be specific to a range of guns manufactured at a specific point in time. WE DON’T KNOW. There are simply too many variables to be sure. We will probably test our own guns to see if we can replicate the result. As is usually the case, we need more information before jumping to conclusions.
This week has been busy. We actually didn’t cover everything we’d planned to discuss. Sig’s P320 continues to end up in the headlines of the gun world. This week, it actually got some bad press, or as some might call it, “fake news.” Jason’s curiosity got the best of him and squirreled all of us while recording. That and more on this week’s podcast
This week, Jeff experienced a surprise break heard around the world! And if you don’t think we gave him enough ribbing for it during the podcast, we wish you could hear the stuff said “off air.” Here’s a fact. We may not all have a negligent discharge but, we are certainly all capable of it. Complacency will be your undoing. The minute you think you are infallible or incapable of making a mistake is usually the exact moment it happens.
Craig Douglas’ post here is meant primarily for LE. Don’t take this as me trying to be the guy telling LEOs how to do their job. I’m simply passing information along from SME and noted instructor, Craig Douglass of Shivworks. Douglas’ main point here is to be precise in your instructions. He also suggests emphasizing what you don’t want your subject to do. Having said all this, I find Douglas’ points to be applicable outside of LE as well.
I work in IT in the finance industry as my primary job and I also do contract work in other fields. When interacting with people, I find that precise language makes all the difference in the world in helping me help them solve their problem. Precise wording of the description of a problem makes diagnosing that problem and finding the solution faster and simpler.
Three weeks in a row? I think we’re actually impressed ourselves with this run. This week, we’ve got a “don’t be THAT guy” discussion about a loss prevention officer who turned a shop-lifting case into a murder charge. We also discuss lights, both handheld and weapon mounted. If you don’t have a handheld light as part of your every day carry setup, you’re doing it wrong.