Malfunction Found in Sheriff’s Deputies’ Handguns

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The wrong pin in the San Joaquin County Sheriff’s Office’s new batch of Sig Sauer guns led to deputies being pulled from the streets to requalify on old weapons.

More than 300 of the .40 caliber handguns were taken from deputies after two malfunctioned on the testing range.

The department purchased over 300 new Sig Sauer 40 caliber handguns about 8 months ago. Deputy Sheriff Les Garcia told FOX40 the department had been transitioning them slowly but surely into deputies’ hands. Thursday, 2 of the guns stopped firing rounds, during a testing process for their last batch of the handguns.

“Sig Sauer got back to us (Thursday), identifying an issue with the sear spring pin that’s located at the top of the gun,” Deputy Les Garcia said. “If that pin malfunctioned with the tension on the spring, that spring will pop out of place, therefore making the gun inoperable.”

San Joaquin County Sheriff’s Deputies asked other local law enforcement agencies to cover their district while officers re-tested their old handguns. Police Officers from Manteca, Stockton, Lodi, Ripon and Tracey assisted in what’s known as a mutual aid request. By 3PM, San Joaquin Sheriff’s Deputies were back on the streets, with their old, yet operable handguns.

“We had them change their guns, re-qualify,and get back out on the street to handle calls for service,” said Deputy Sheriff Garcia.

Sig Sauer representatives are expected in town Friday to repair the defective guns.

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