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    Another Sig P320 Injury.

    Slatowski was issued a P320 as his service weapon to use as a deportation officer for the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement in Pennsylvania.

    On Sept. 21, 2020, Slatowski was conducting his required, quarterly firearms training in New Castle, Delaware, according to the lawsuit. While on the firing line, he was instructed to draw and fire two rounds at the target.

    When Slatowski "placed his hand on the pistol grip to draw it out of his holster, the weapon fired," according to the lawsuit.
    "Slatowski never touched the weapon's trigger," the suit alleges. "The bullet struck him in his upper right hip and exited out the back of his lower thigh, causing substantial injury, maceration of tissue, blood loss, and nerve damage."

    Bagnell described Slatowski as "an exemplary, highly trained public employee, former Marine, husband and father of four, who is lucky to be alive," according to the news release.
    Slatowski is suing Sig Sauer for "negligence, strict products liability, breach of express warranty, breach of implied warranty, and negligent and intentional infliction of emotional distress in view of Sig's misrepresentations about the safety of the weapon," the lawsuit states.

    "To this day I'm shocked that a firearms manufacturer would design, build and sell a lethal weapon knowing it could fire without the most highly trained soldier, agent, or civilian ever touching the trigger," Slatowski said in the release.

    His attorneys say he is presently unavailable for media interviews, according to the release.
    Sig Sauer spokesman Michael Marotte told Military.com that the New Hampshire-based gun company is not prepared to comment on the lawsuit at this time.

    This is not the first lawsuit brought against Sig Sauer over the P320. Last March, Sig agreed to settle a class-action lawsuit that required the company to reimburse owners of the P320 pistol who paid for repairs or upgrades to prevent an alleged safety glitch, which could cause the weapon to fire accidentally.
    The class-action suit claimed that P320 pistols made before Aug. 8, 2017, do not include a mechanical disconnector, a feature that blocks the pistol's ability to fire when the slide and barrel are in an unlocked condition.
    Sig Sauer's free Voluntary Upgrade Program, offered to anyone who purchased the pistol before Aug. 8, 2017, includes the new disconnector feature, company officials have said.

    Slatowski's lawsuit argues that the P320 design "possessed an inadequate sear-striker connection, even after implementing a 'voluntary upgrade' program for the gun; an inadequate internal striker safety; and lacked any external safety or tabbed trigger safety," the lawsuit states.
    In addition to Slatowski's case, the lawsuit argues that the P320's alleged flaw has resulted in approximately 28 accidental discharge incidents involving law enforcement officers. Approximately 15 of those have resulted in injuries, according to the lawsuit.

    The Army's new Modular Handgun System -- which is being adopted by all of the services -- features an upgraded design over the original P320 and has "passed the U.S. Army's testing protocols," according to Sig officials.

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    Iím curious what the culprit is this time.

    The prior incident was caused by a modified holster made for a different firearm.

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    Quote Originally Posted by DAVE_M View Post
    I’m curious what the culprit is this time.

    The prior incident was caused by a modified holster made for a different firearm.
    True.

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    I have an older 226 and a 228 and love them. Bought a couple of 938 pistols a couple years ago. I stayed away from the newer poly framed sigs for some reason. I sure would hate to have something like that happen to me.
    Doesnít play well with TROLLS...

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    Hey Guys,

    I know you see more of this than me.

    what do you think of a newer 12/2018 P320 with a m/s? Safety wise, I know most hate the m/s, but I see it as a newer 1911 basically. Striker trigger is like a 1911, ready to fire.

    just seeing all this, with pistols magically firing secured in the holster, etc. makes me wonder.

    My Glocks I trust, the P320, I shoot great, just don’t know it would be an EDC.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Martman300 View Post
    Hey Guys,

    I know you see more of this than me.

    what do you think of a newer 12/2018 P320 with a m/s? Safety wise, I know most hate the m/s, but I see it as a newer 1911 basically. Striker trigger is like a 1911, ready to fire.

    just seeing all this, with pistols magically firing secured in the holster, etc. makes me wonder.

    My Glocks I trust, the P320, I shoot great, just don’t know it would be an EDC.
    Sig could improve the P320 by making a larger P365 trigger assembly for the P320 pistols.

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    This is why I hate striker fire pistols. Give me double action single action any day. Not walking around with a pistol that is always cocked. Why I choose CZ 75s, sig p220, and older Smith semi's.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Xeon64 View Post
    This is why I hate striker fire pistols. Give me double action single action any day. Not walking around with a pistol that is always cocked. Why I choose CZ 75s, sig p220, and older Smith semi's.
    Not all Striker fired pistols have preloaded strikers.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Xeon64 View Post
    This is why I hate striker fire pistols. Give me double action single action any day. Not walking around with a pistol that is always cocked. Why I choose CZ 75s, sig p220, and older Smith semi's.
    You are in the minority. The best selling pistols in 2021 are striker fired

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    Most people who buy new pistols have no idea what they are buying. Striker fire/polymer pistols are cheaper to make. So when you average consumer wants a 9mm they are going to grab the $300 Shield over the $1200 double action Sig. Glock and MP types shoot great and are reliable but I would never stick one near my body with a round in the chamber. Same goes for a 1911 cocked and locked. Not going near me.

    Maybe I am overly cautious because I was taught gun safety from my father who accidentally shot himself with a pistol. His learn from mistakes caution might have been transferred to me.

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