Industry News: V10N5


Chicago PD to Use Sig Sauer P320s

On May 31, 2018, SIG SAUER announced that the City of Chicago Police Department added the P320 to the department’s official authorized duty pistol list. The department is the second largest in the US with over 13,000 sworn officers.

Tom Jankiewicz, SIG SAUER’s Executive Vice President, Law Enforcement Sales, stated, “We are pleased that the SIG SAUER P320 has been added to the Chicago Police Department’s official authorized duty pistol listing. The modular design of the P320 gives their full complement of officers the capability to easily change grip size and convert the sizing of their P320 from full-size to sub-compact, based on the officers’ needs and preferences. This customization feature of the P320 makes it an excellent option for a large department like the Chicago PD to meet the diversity of needs amongst officers.”

The P320 is a modular, striker-fired pistol available in full-size, carry, compact and subcompact sizing. The serialized trigger group makes the P320 adaptable to multiple caliber, size and grip options. The P320 is available in 9mm, .357SIG, 40S&W and .45ACP, with a choice of contrast or SIGLITE Night Sights. The intuitive 3-point takedown requires no trigger pull for disassembly, and safety features include a striker safety, disconnect safety and optional manual safety.

The official authorized P320 pistols are: P320 Nitron Full-Size, P320 Nitron Carry, P320 Nitron Compact and the P320 Nitron Subcompact.

The financial terms were not disclosed.

Poulin Earns Over $2.4M in May

Thousands of bidders participated from across the globe in a 3-day auction held May 7–9 by Poulin Antiques and Auctions (Fairfield, ME), resulting in over $2.4 million in sales. The auction house is rated one of the top five firearms auction houses in North America. The auction offered an extensive selection of firearms to a large in-house crowd, telephone bidders, internet platform bidders and absentee bidders.

The 3-day event comprised several collections including the personal collection of the late Joseph “J.R.” LaRue (1940-2017). LaRue was the Chief Firearms Consultant, advisor and catalogue writer at James D. Julia, Inc., for many years. He also owned Carter Mountain Consulting Agency in TN, providing appraisals for the firearms community across the country.

There was a wide variety of weapons to choose from. The first six lots were comprised of Angelo Bee-engraved firearms including a Colt 1908 Vest Pocket Pistol; a Colt Python; a Browning trombone slide action rifle; a Winchester Model 21 two-gauge set; and two Browning Superposed shotguns. These firearms set the auction’s pace when all six sold, totaling over $81,000. Lever actions held their own in this sale with an exceptional Ballard No. 6-1/2 Rigby factory engraved single-shot which rang in at $18,212.

Quality handgun selections invited strong auction participation and healthy bid prices. With many fine examples to choose from, the auction had something for every collector.

Trijicon® Licenses OASYS Thermal Imaging and Aiming Tech

On June 6, 2018, Trijicon announced it will license BAE Systems’ OASYS thermal imaging and aiming technology. This new licensing agreement will enhance Trijicon’s expanding product portfolio for commercial, military and law enforcement customers around the world.

With this technology license, Trijicon will be positioned to provide the OASYS line of compact, high-performance thermal imaging and aiming monoculars, weapon sights and binoculars. To accelerate Trijicon’s business position, BAE Systems will also sell its current OASYS inventory to Trijicon. Going forward, Trijicon and BAE Systems will continue to collaborate to help maintain product quality, transfer manufacturing and operations knowledge and develop a potential product roadmap.

“We look forward to building on the OASYS portfolio, working closely with BAE Systems to maintain quality and performance, and making the products accessible to a larger customer base,” said Trijicon President, Stephen Bindon.

The OASYS electro optic product line uses uncooled thermal technology to deliver innovative imaging and aiming products that provide infrared thermal detection of targets to deliver heightened situational awareness to operators.

Sig Sauer Electro-Optics Donates to HAVA

The Honored American Veterans Afield (HAVA) was presented a $40,000 check from SIG SAUER Electro-Optics at the 2018 NRA Annual Meeting in Dallas, TX.

Andy York, President, SIG SAUER Electro-Optics said, “At SIG SAUER Electro-Optics we wanted to do something above and beyond the current SIG SAUER commitment to help bolster the program and show our profound support for those that have defended our freedoms.”

HAVA was created and organized in 2007 by a committee of shooting sports industry executives to help the healing and re-integration of disabled veterans and injured active military back into normal American life through participation in outdoor events.

HAVA sponsors guided hunts, shooting events and outdoor activities across the country, hosting hundreds of veterans annually.