“Channel 2 investigative reporter Aaron Diamant obtained a copy of an emergency order by Morrow’s (Alabama) Chief of Police pulling his department’s new Sig Sauer pistols off the streets immediately,” wsbtv.com reports.
While the gun maker plans to roll out a fix, the chief told Diamant between the safety of his officers and the public and the potential liability, he had no choice but to act now.
Especially that liability part. If a member of the public was injured by a cop’s dropped “pre-enhancement” SIG SAUER P320 it could cost the government involved millions of dollars.
The Dallas PD started the trend — igniting the drop-safe story in the first place — by pulling two officers’ P320’s from service. As this continues to play out, it looks like SIG’s loss could well be GLOCK’s gain.
Callaway bought 30 P320’s for the department just a few months ago, but now he feels he can’t trust them. He said it’s too risky for his officers and the public.
“I couldn’t bear to hear that the weapon went off and hit an innocent person, or hit an officer,” said Callaway.
Callaway pulled the Sigs out of service Thursday night and spent $15,000 on 30 new Glock pistols. Callaway told Diamant he used drug forfeiture funds to give taxpayers a break.
This is the first report we’ve read of a police department sidelining their SIGs, but no doubt it isn’t the last. SIG has been pushing the P320 into the law enforcement market hard.
As tampabay.com reported back in May of last year, the New Hampshire gunmaker gave the Pasco Sheriff’s Department 770 P320’s to replace their GLOCK .40’s.
Sheriff’s officials said that on top of being free, the SIG Sauer pistols are safer. SIG Sauer gave the agency about 770 new handguns, which have a retail price of about $600 apiece . . .
The SIG Sauer pistols offer a safety feature that the Glocks don’t, but sheriff’s officials said it played no role in their decision. They don’t require pulling the trigger to disassemble for cleaning.
I doubt Pasco can ditch all 770 SIGs just like that. But I also bet the Sheriff’s Department — and dozens of other police departments — have received a call from their local GLOCK or Smith LEO distributor.