The state of New Jersey alleged in a recent lawsuit the New Hampshire company provided defective handguns to New Jersey State Police for a contract three years ago and failed to adequately rectify the problem.
“Sig Sauer’s investigation of the failure mode indicates a contributing factor may be a compatibility issue between this unique NJSP P229 and the specific training ammunition used by the NJSP,” Sig said in a statement Monday. “Importantly, these failures were limited to the training ammunition used by the NJSP, and the P229s functioned when using their duty ammunition.”
Sig added it was surprised by the lawsuit, which had been filed in late April, because company representatives had been working with New Jersey officials to resolve the issue. “Sig Sauer is committed to customer satisfaction, and stands ready to continue these discussions and work with NJSP to reach an equitable solution,” the company said.
According to court documents, Sig supplied 3,000 new P229 handguns to the New Jersey department in September 2014, but when troopers used the new guns in training, they experienced “Failure to Extract” malfunctions, meaning their weapons failed to eject the spent shell from the barrel after being fired.
The lawsuit has asked Sig to refund the $1.7 million the state dished out for the guns, and reimburse $856,680 for accompanying holsters as well as costs for testing and evaluating the guns.
While the problem had been limited to the one department, neighboring agencies took notice. Yet, Glock, similar to Sig’s determination, said an investigation revealed the root of the problem to be ammunition and not the gun.
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