SIG Sauer produces some of the most iconic and celebrated boomsticks on the market, but the company is facing serious lawsuits over widespread reports that people have shot themselves with their SIGs without even pulling the trigger:
The SIG Sauer P320 semi-automatic handgun is used by some 1,000 law enforcement agencies from the local to the federal level, as well as being a popular civilian purchase.
But its manufacturer is facing a slew of lawsuits alleging that it can fire even when holstered, even when the trigger isn't pulled, and even when it is just sitting at rest, lawyers allege.
A total of 150 people have reportedly claimed injuries from the SIG P320 discharging without the trigger being pulled, with one source telling the Post that the weapon "isn't just a gun, it's a ticking time bomb."
Look, blasters are beautiful things. There's a lot of people who love their Sigs and won't let you say anything bad about them. They aren't as sensitive as Glock fanboys, but they swear their little hand cannon would never hurt them (for transparency I own a P365 that's sadly at the bottom of a lake due to a tragic boating accident).
When I'm looking for validity of various reports, I find it helpful to turn to the meme world.
And hoo boy are there a lot of memes.
One thing to keep in mind is that striker-fired guns in general are quite safe, regardless of what the Fudds say, and most "spontaneous" discharges are actually user error.
The problem may lie in the P320's internal design: Its striker is always under spring pressure, with the pressure (typically) only being released when the trigger is pulled. The non-military version of the gun also lacks an external safety, although a safety on a carry weapon is a bit silly because 1) your (preferably Kydex) holster is your safety and 2) the bad guys aren't gonna wait for you to ready your gun on a millisecond's notice.
Multiple police agencies have reportedly discontinued use of the gun. Among the plaintiffs in the case are "as many as 10 U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents."
What's confusing is that Sig has already offered a free trigger upgrade for the P320 for several years now "that reduces the physical weight of the trigger, sear, and striker while additionally adding a mechanical disconnector." Videos like this have been around for 5 years...
...So my questions is why it has taken these departments/individuals this long to sue.
One attorney referred to the P320 as "the most dangerous gun on the market."
I don't know about that, my man! There have been FAR worse pistol designs. I'm sure we could find an old Taurus or two to disprove that statement. 😂