New Hampshire-based firearms manufacturer Sig Sauer is pushing back amid allegations that it supplied New Jersey state police with about $2 million worth of defective handguns,Guns.com reports.
Sig Sauer says it now believes the defects were not caused by the design of its weapons — as a lawsuit filed by the New Jersey attorney general’s office alleges — but rather the specific ammunition used by state police while testing a batch of 3,000 P229 9mm semiautomatic pistols, which the company sold the department in September 2014.
“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,” the company said in a statement on May 22. Adding, “The P229s functioned when using their duty ammunition.”
The state of New Jersey filed a complaint against Sig Sauer for breach of contract, alleging that the handguns “sporadically” experienced failure to extract malfunctions during training, leading the department to conclude that the P229s were not safe for use in the field.
“An FTE malfunction renders a gun unfit for police use because a Trooper may be unable to fire more than one round of ammunition in a life-threatening situation,” reads the complaint, which was filed in late April.
Sig Sauer had worked closely with the department to fix the problem over a period of 16 months, according to the lawsuit, replacing various components and, eventually, even the weapons themselves when the state police realized Sig Sauer had supplied them with the wrong gun. The department had ordered the p229 Legacy, but Sig Sauer instead delivered 3,000 models of the P229 Enhanced Elite — which is a similar firearm, but with a different extractor system.
New Jersey police ultimately decided to abandon the P229 altogether and replace it with the Glock 19.
The state of New Jersey is suing for a full refund for the P229s, as well as $856,680.21 for the cost of the holsters purchased for the handgun, and also an unspecified sum to cover the money spent on ammunition to test the weapons.
In its statement, Sig Sauer claims that it was surprised by the lawsuit. “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.
Sig Sauer is one of the largest firearms contractors in the United States, and the P229 is the favored handgun of the U.S. Coast Guard, Secret Service, and other law enforcement agencies across the country. Earlier this year, the company won a half-billion dollar contract with the U.S. Army to supply its new service pistol, the P320, which will replace the Beretta M9.
Sig Sauer is also being sued for patent infringement by Steyr Arms, who is alleging that Sig’s P250 and P320 pistols use the same “plastic housing and multifunction metal part removably mounted” Steyr patented back in 2001.
Retired Army Gen. Stanley McChrystal officially endorsed Rep. Seth Moulton (D-Mass.) for president on July 18. A former Marine infantry officer who deployed to Iraq four times, Moulton joined McChrystal on MSNBC to discuss the endorsement, and whether he's bothered that he hasn't found a spot on the crowded Democratic debates so far.
(U.S. Navy/Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Bill Dodge)
The amphibious assault ship USS Boxer shot down an Iranian drone Thursday in the Strait of Hormuz, President Donald Trump announced.
"The Boxer took defensive action against an Iranian drone which had closed into a very, very near distance – approximately 1,000 yards – ignoring multiple calls to stand down and was threatening the safety of the ship and the ship's crew," Trump said during a White House ceremony. "The drone was immediately destroyed."
"This is the latest of many provocative and hostile actions by Iran against vessels operating in international waters," he continued. "The United States reserves the right to defend our personnel, our facilities, our interests and calls upon all nations to condemn Iran's attempts to disrupt freedom of navigation and global commerce. I also call on other nations to protect their ships as they go through the Strait and to work with us in the future."
The Army may be celebrating its prized Army Futures Command (AFC) reaching full operational capability, but the organization's leaders still have quite a to-do list in front of them.
AFC commander Gen. John Murray briefed reporters on Thursday alongside Bruce Jette, the Army's Assistant Secretary of Acquisition, Logistics and Technology, on the progress of the Army's modernization roadmap and what's coming down the pipe to help soldiers soldiers win the conflicts of the future.
But while that lawmakers skirted questions on the war in Afghanistan during former Secretary of the Army Mark Esper's confirmation hearing for defense secretary this week, AFC's top priority remains, first and foremost, the soldiers fighting in conflict zones right now.
The official trailer for Top Gun: Maverick is here, and if you were praying to God there would be another volleyball scene, you are in luck.
Slated to hit theaters in 2020, the sequel to 1986 classic features Tom Cruise back in the role of Maverick, only this time he's a Navy captain behind the stick of an F/A-18 Hornet.
The two-minute trailer features a number of throwbacks to the original Top Gun: There's Maverick pulling the cover off his motorcycle and driving down the flight line, a shirtless volleyballer (there was no way you would have escaped this), and a piano-playing scene with Great Balls of Fire, my man.
Directed by Joseph Kosinski, the film also stars Jon Hamm, Jennifer Connelly, Miles Teller, and Ed Harris. The film hits theaters on June 26, 2020.
Watch the trailer below:
Top Gun: Maverick - Official Trailer (2020) - Paramount Pictures