Man Sues Sig Sauer After He's Shot By His Own Gun

A couple of years ago, Sig Sauer had some trouble with the P320. The guns were fairly popular, but it was discovered that if they were dropped and landed on the back of the slide in just the right manner, there was a potential for the weapon to discharge.

The gun community became sharply divided on the issue, but Sig stepped up and offered to modify people’s firearms at no charge. This modification would eliminate any potential flaws. Sig never said there was a flaw, mind you, but it was over and done with.

Now, well after the fact, a man is suing Sig after he was shot by his own P320.

A Tacoma man who was shot as he put his Sig Sauer pistol in a holster has sued the company for millions, alleging the firearms have a history of going off without the trigger being pulled.

Cody Hoefs argues the company knew about the defect and failed to do a mandatory recall.

“… Sig Sauer concealed and propagated a defective deadly weapon so as not to jeopardize a $580,000,000 contract with the United States military, whereby it chose to put profit over the safety and well-being (of) both law enforcement and the general public,” the lawsuit says.

The model, the Sig Sauer P320, was the subject of a CNN investigation in 2018.

Hoefs was at home Nov. 23, 2016 when he put his loaded pistol in the holster.

The gun went off “with no prompting while fully-seated in its Sig brand holster,” and Hoefs suffered a gunshot wound to his right thigh and lower leg, the complaint says.

The lawsuit lists a series of similar incidents in which Sig Sauer guns went off “without the trigger being pulled, or simply while being handled, accidentally dropped, or while being holstered.”

Of course, if this is actually the case, then Sig has a major problem.

However, I don’t think that was really the case.

You see, while we’ve had people claim guns just “went off,” the only known example of that happening was the issue with dropping. Sig issued a voluntary recall on the P320 to address that issue, so they should be covered there.

Frankly, I find it very unlikely that a gun proper holstered with no obstructions in the trigger guard just fired. It makes absolutely no sense, even with a gun that might have been covered by the voluntary recall but wasn’t sent in.

I’m sorry, but this just doesn’t add up.

In every “accidental discharge” I’ve seen other than when the older P320s were dropped and landed at just the right angle on the rear of the slide, there was something else at work. For example, some article of clothing getting caught on the trigger or something similar.

Guns don’t just go off. They don’t. Even flawed guns need some kind of stimulus to cause the firing pin to make contact with the primer on the round.

Hoef is welcome to file his lawsuit, but I actually expect this one to be thrown out in short order unless he can show definitive proof that the gun can just go off while sitting in a holster unmolested. Frankly, I don’t see that happening.