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.
James Debney, President and CEO of Smith & Wesson, said, “I would like to clarify that we fully support the Brownells Dream Guns® Project and we appreciate that it showcases the many ways in which our customers – loyal fans of our M&P brand – can choose to customize their M&P firearms. Our decision to contact the companies that worked on the project was intended to protect the trademarks that support the M&P brand. When a product bears the Smith & Wesson and M&P trademarks and is purchased new with our lifetime service policy, we want to be sure that the consumer knows it has passed our demanding quality standards. In our efforts to protect that promise and to preserve the brand that we and our customers cherish, we did not fully understand the intent of the Dream Guns® Project and we overlooked the opportunity to convey our enthusiasm for the creativity and innovation that Brownells and all of the companies involved have demonstrated. We look forward to seeing the firearm on display at the upcoming SHOT Show in January and at the NRA in May.”
Brazil-based handgun maker Forjas Taurus SA has agreed to a $39 million settlement in a class action lawsuit alleging some of the company’s most popular semi-automatic handguns can discharge when dropped and have a defective safety that allows the gun to fire even when it’s engaged.
According to court documents filed May 15 in a U.S. District Court in Florida, the company has agreed to pay up to $30 million to owners of nine separate handgun mode who opt to send their pistols back, with owners receiving anywhere from $150 to $200 for their pistols depending on how many choose that option.
The agreement also will extend the warranty for the nine handgun models, allowing gun owners to send the pistols back to have the handguns inspected by Taurus technicians and address the “safety defects” alleged in the suit. Documents show the settlement could include as many as 100,000 handguns.
An extremely well done, thorough review. Worth reading if you’re seriously wondering about the Taurus Curve. But, Michelle DiCianni summed it up exactly as we were expecting an honest review of The Curve to turn out. We can’t even get one because it seems a number of them left the factory with an as yet undisclosed problem that has led to them being quietly recalled before reaching dealer shelves.
Got a couple of the new Taurus Curve pistols today. Before they arrived, someone from Taurus called us to tell them we couldn’t sell them, and had to send them back to the factory… due to issues they refused to discuss.
Just one more reason why we are phasing out Taurus products here.