“Gunmaker Sig Sauer filed a 5-count lawsuit against a French company that makes Airsoft guns claiming patent infringement and a failure to pay royalties for use of Sig’s name and logo.” seacoastonline.com reports. “The suit was filed . . . against Cybergun, which on Friday, Feb. 10 had 15 products on its website with Sig brands.” So SIG’s gone sour on Cybergun. It may have something to do with recent police shootings of replica-wielding citizens, like today’s foxnews.com story out of Oregon.
Two shootings involving police and replica guns in a 9-hour span are under investigation in Oregon’s largest city.
The shootings in northeast and southeast Portland Thursday left a teenage robbery suspect dead and a homeless man critically wounded, according to local media reports.
Police said Quanice Hayes, 17, and Don Perkins, 56, were armed with “realistic-looking” replica firearms when they were shot.
As usatoday.com reported when Boston banned replica guns from public spaces, there’s been a big ass backlash against the BB guns . . .
In 2015, lawmakers in Florida, Indiana, Massachusetts, Nebraska, New York, Ohio and Washington introduced legislation creating or amending imitation firearm statutes, according to the NCSL. A number of places, including California, Kansas, Puerto Rico and Washington D.C., already have law on the books regarding imitation firearms . . .
“I see very few reasons for anyone to buy a replica hand gun,” Boston City Councilor Frank Baker said.
Good thing Councillor Baker’s not in the replica gun biz. Like . . . SIG SAUER. Who manufacture (in Japan) and sell pellet versions of the P250 and P226 (above). And .117 caliber recreations of their MPX and MCX rifles. And all the ammo, scopes and bits you need to make them work.
So no, SIG isn’t unhappy with replica airguns per se. Quite the opposite. In fact, I’d expect SIG to start building more SIG airguns in-house-san, as owners of “proper” SIGs learn the joys of mastering their manual of arms with legal replicas. Void where prohibited by law, of course.