Seligman Police Department shotguns repeatedly jamming

Wednesday, February 11, 2015

Seligman has replaced malfunctioning police shotguns at least twice over a relatively short time period.

"They were double feeding and jamming, whenever you go and cycle them," said Brian Nichols, Seligman city clerk.

The Armscor 12-gauge shotguns have a lifetime warranty, and Terry Burgess, Seligman police chief, said he has sent two shotguns back to the manufacturer, Davidson's Inc.

The latest incident occurred when Seligman police officers had problems with the shotguns while re-certifying for them at the shooting range on Dec. 14.

The Seligman Board of Aldermen has decided to wait and see how the replacement shotguns do whenever they come in, Nichols said.

"We contacted the manufacturer, and they were like, 'Oh, you must have got a bad batch,'" he said.

"Granted, these have already been back to the manufacturer a couple times to be repaired for the same issue, and they certified that they were fine. In fact, we did a quick test with them to make sure they were OK, but obviously we didn't test them enough because it took no time at all to start jamming up at the range."

If the returned shotguns have the same issue, the city will then pursue other shotguns, Nichols said. Each shotgun costs about $240.

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