A friend of ours sent us some photos of a recent pistol mishap that I thought was worth sharing. After a match while unpacking his truck, his shooting rig was accidentally dropped. (Cue the, “I never drop a gun crowd” 🙄).
The gun was in the holster and the entire system hit the deck. What happened was surprising. It seems the Surefire X300 rails broke and the polymer trigger-guard on his 2011 also completely snapped off. Inside of the holster.
What does this mean? Nothing. Literally shit happens. Give me any gun long enough I can (and have) break it. Chris ended up having to fix the gun himself, since Staccato wanted to red-tag it and have him send the entire gun in for expensive service.
While frustrating for many, you have to see this from Staccato’s point of view. They carry liability insurance on their firearms. As do all major 07 manufacturers. Should a gun grenade on a user and seriously hurt someone, their insurance policy is in place to protect them from having their assets drained to zero by a judgement.
Well…that insurance carrier who underwrites that coverage also has certain policies and procedures in place to maintain that coverage. And I guarantee any firearm that comes to their attention due to some-kind of mishap or accident; the insurance rule is, “Send it in. It’s our name on the gun and we want to go through it to certify it’s still safe”.
But it’s just a plastic grip module you say. We can see what the issue is. But the underwriters have to assume worst case scenarios. The gun was in some-kind of mishap. Maybe the story they are getting isn’t the whole truth? Perhaps the firearm was abused or improperly used beyond the story they are being told? Maybe it wasn’t dropped out of the tailgate of a car in the parking lot? Maybe it skidded down the highway at 60mph? Or maybe it was involved in a high speed, drag-racing accident? Or worse yet, actually did fall out of the Space Shuttle’s Door Gunner Hatch?
My point…insurance people for all the actuarial tables they claim to rely on, still default to the belief people don’t give them the whole truth. If a gun rises to the level of “accident” or “incident’, their response will be to send it in.
It’s nothing personal. Just business.
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