21 Jan 17
Army Version of the SIG320:
Friends as SIG tell me these additional details about the pistol that will ultimately be delivered to the Army:
Our military’s version of SIG’s 320 pistol will have a manual safety lever. Of course, most troopers will never be allowed to even have a magazine inserted into the pistol, much less carry the weapon with a round chambered, so the manual safety lever will have little real function.
Two more “enhancements:”
The take-down lever will be “secured” in some way on the right side, so that it cannot be removed at the field level which would allow complete removal of the fire-control unit from the plastic frame.
The slide cover-plate at the back will be “secured” in a similar fashion, and for the same reasons.
Army procurement people obviously do not want “end-users” (the ones who may actually have to shoot someone) taking the gun apart any further than field stripping.
I carried a SIG320 for most of last year. My copy has no manual safety, as I have no interest in one and consider it a mostly useless and unnecessary addition. If I were carrying a 320 with a manual safety, I’d leave it in the “off” position. However, a manual safety that does not exist cannot be inadvertently left in the “on” position, and that is why I like it gone!
Not everyone agrees, however.
“There is nothing so useless as doing efficiently what need not be done at all”