As a result of our own testing on the Honor Guard pistol, Honor Defense has released details of a plan to offer a “voluntary upgrade” that is supposed to address the drop safety concerns that were brought to light by Firearm Rack. If you haven’t seen the video, I have posted it below. Honor Defense is being reasonably close-lipped about what the Honor Guard voluntary upgrade program is, I sure hope they figured out how to fix it and have conducted proper testing before talking about an upgrade program.
Honor Defense has reiterated that they meet the long-standing drop safe standards, but that does nothing for my confidence level in pistol, it only tells me that the standards are very broken and should be addressed by manufacturers.
Honor Defense will be rolling out the details on January 21, 2018 for whatever reason. Personally, I would have liked to see the details rolled out with the initial press release, that would have given me a warm and fuzzy feeling about how serious they take the safety of their customers.
I will not be sending my pistol in because I still feel that it is a less than optimal choice for carry and will keep my gun in the safe until someone decides they want to buy it.
All Honor Defense pistols meet or exceed industry and U.S.A standards for safety. These include the American National Standards Institute (ANSI)/Sporting Arms Ammunition Manufacturers’ Institute, Inc. (SAAMI®), and the National Institute of Justice (NIJ) test protocols. Abusive handling (drop tests and jar off tests) have been conducted internally and confirmed by an outside laboratory recognized by the State of California.
Recent events indicate that handling an Honor Guard pistol beyond U.S.A. safety standards by dropping or striking the firearm with a hammer may cause an unintentional discharge. As a result, Honor Defense has developed an upgrade to the Honor Guard striker assembly (within the slide).
To receive the upgrade, go the Honor Defense website and follow the directions outlined in the Honor Guard Upgrade section. Once received, Honor Defense will upgrade your slide unit and promptly return it to you.
This upgrade will provide increased drop performance beyond U.S.A safety standards and is available to all owners of an Honor Guard pistol.