Sig P320 design fails drop test, retailer finds (VIDEO)
By Daniel Terrill
An independent test may have verified a possible issue in the Sig Sauer P320 design, the handgun recently selected as the official sidearm for the U.S. Army, when exploring rumors alleging the gun has a faulty drop safety.
While the design met industry drop safety standards — dropping a pistol from 1 meter and 1 centimeter at six different angles onto a concrete pad — it would discharge when dropped from angles not included in the test, explained Andrew Tuohy, a popular gun writer who conducted the test for online retailer Omaha Outdoors.
“We found in our testing that the P320 will fire if it is dropped at a certain angle,” Tuohy said in a video showing the test results. “This angle is not found in any of the previously mentioned drop tests.”
Tuohy explained the P320 met official standards requiring the gun fall with the bore axis perpendicular or parallel to the ground. Yet, the video shows un-commanded discharges when dropped in a reverse direction.
“If the pistol is allowed to drop with the bore in an upward direction and the frame and the slide contact the ground at the same time, the trigger continues to move to the rear and the pistol