“The San Joaquin County Sheriff’s Department talked with the manufacturer and decided to replace 300 guns that were less than a year old,” kcra.com reports. “The type of gun in question is the Sig Sauer 226, a .40-caliber handgun. The problem is a tiny pin that anchors a spring in place that helps reload the gun. Twice in recent weeks on the department’s range, the pin failed and the guns wouldn’t reload. Officials don’t think all of the 300 guns they recently bought have a malfunctioning pin, but after talking with the gun maker, the department didn’t want to take any chances.'” SIG says the cause of the problem is/was/might be . . .
What we have been told by Sig Sauer today is that (the pins) may have been replaced with the wrong pin or part,’ [Sheriff’s spokesman Les] Garcia said.
The manufacturer is flying in a company representative to fix all the guns, Garcia added.
But to switch out 300 guns, the sheriff’s office had to call on the police departments from half a dozen other cities to cover its emergency calls on Thursday, while most of the officers made that switch.
The mutual-aid call lasted about three hours.
UPDATE: SIG SAUER tells TTAG they’ve sent someone to San Joaquin replace the pin as a preventative measure. “The existing pin does not affect function and only presents any issue when gun is broken down on an armorers level.”
It’s a question of a tapered vs non-tapered pin, apparently. In any case, SIG has not issued a recall. “We are assessing the situation and, if required, we will take any necessary action.”