During a comprehensive Omaha outdoor testing the SIG Sauer P320 – winner of the Army’s new M17 MHS pistol – is the only handgun out of eleven different weapons to fail this comprehensive test, a statement released on August 15 by Omaha Outdoors.
The testing protocol involved dropping the handguns at different angles with a primed case in the chamber (no live round).
None of the ten other handguns – which included four Glocks, two H&Ks, two S&Ws and a 1911 – tested after the P320 fired when dropped. The video released by Omaha Outdoors describing the tests is embedded below:
Here are the ten handguns that were tested:
Glock 17 Gen 2
Glock 17 Gen 3 modified by Zev
Glock 22 Gen 4
Heckler & Koch VP9
Heckler & Koch VP9SK
Polymer80 PF940C Glock kit with all stock Glock parts
Smith & Wesson M&P9 M2.0
Smith & Wesson M&P45
Springfield TRP Operator 1911
The results of this test publicly confirm what many – already knew: The SIG P320 appears to have a particular weakness in drop testing not exhibited by virtually any other modern handgun against which it is competing.
This weakness is almost certainly caused by a lack of a trigger safety: The inertia of the trigger itself is enough to cause it to move rearward and discharge the firearm. A simple, inexpensive piece of plastic on a hinge is enough to prevent this malfunction.