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Old 12-29-2016, 08:19 AM   #1
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Break-in Needed?

New sig owner here. Just got my first sig - Legion P229 9mm.

Before I went to the range for the first time, I cleaned and lubed the gun. First magazine 10 rounds it had 4 FTFs. I could see the round rest on the ramp and didn't go into the chamber. Ammo was Blazer Brass FMJ 115gr. Shot another 40 rounds Blazer 50 S&B 115gr and it was fine. Then tried Golden Saber 124gr JHP and slide failed to go into battery once and I had tap it in.

Went home, cleaned and lubed the gun. On the second trip to the range, I brought all types of 9mm I have. Blazer Brass 115, Federal 115, Lawman 147, Remington 147. Shot 200 rounds and not a single malfunction this time. Tried the same and another brand new magazine no problem either.

Does a Sig need break-in? That sounds a little strange. 4 FTEs and 1 failed to go in battery make me concerned but it hasn't happened again since. I will ask the popular newbie question "is this normal"?
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Old 12-29-2016, 07:22 PM   #2
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I've had one or two that were very tight straight out of the box. One didn't function because I left it completely dry before taking it to the range.

I'd put about 200 rounds through it before getting too worried. After that point, I'd call SIG.
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Old 12-29-2016, 07:32 PM   #3
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None of my few dozen have needed a break-in, clean & lube then shoot the **** out of em, never a malfunction.
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Congrats on your new pistol... great choice! Welcome to the forum too!

My very first pistol was an HK P30L (9mm)... that pistol was known to require a break-in period. I had 10-12 malfunctions over my first 200 rounds using 115 gr Walmart fare (WWB, Federal Champion, etc.)... many folks on various forums recommended shooting "hotter" ammo, so I went to shooting 124 gr ammo exclusively for the next 200-300 rounds. When I tried the weaker 115 gr again, I had no further problems... break-in complete.

Since that experience, I began to subscribe to the common recommendation of shooting the same grain for target practice as you would carry for self-defense. I now only shoot 124 gr ammo (can easily find it online in bulk for the same as the weaker 115 gr ammo). I have never (knock on wood) had another malfunction in any of my 9mm pistols since I switched to 124 gr ammo. My suggestion, when in doubt shoot 124 gr ammo to "break-in" a pistol.
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I had a couple FTFs my first time to the range after cleaning and lubing. I clean and lube after each range trip. 2000+ rounds later and haven't had an issue.

I wouldn't worry until you fire a few hundred through it.
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SIG manufactures to very tight tolerances to attempt to improve accuracy. Such tight tolerances benefit from grease on the rails. Sometimes, extractors are particularly tight. This causes both failures to feed and may cause erratic ejection.

With 9mm P229s in particular, I break them in on +P 124 grain ammo to speed up the break-in process.

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only one I had a problem with was my W German P220, had to put about 100 rounds through it before the recoil spring softened up enough to be reliable, all the others haven't needed any break'in
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Bought a P220 6 mos ago. First two mags I had 4 Ftf in total. Put 300+ rounds through since and 0 issues since the first two mags. It honestly made my heart drop when it happened since I just spent all this money on this amazing and highly recommended handgun. I feel much better now and my smile grows bigger after every trip to the range since.
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Welcome from the Old Dominion! As others have said, once clean, a dab of grease on the rails and metal to metal contact on the barrel. Put it together and shoot another 200 124gr FMJ and self defense rounds from it. See how it performs. It should be better.
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Bought a P220 6 mos ago. First two mags I had 4 Ftf in total. Put 300+ rounds through since and 0 issues since the first two mags. It honestly made my heart drop when it happened since I just spent all this money on this amazing and highly recommended handgun. I feel much better now and my smile grows bigger after every trip to the range since.
Something about the recoil spring on the 220 that makes it really strong. takes a few hundred to soften it up, and then it will run forever.

Mine is still pretty stiff, (hee, hee), just grease the rails liberally and the barrel where you see wear marks, underneath slide, lube the rest and have a blast
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Welcome from the Florida Spacecoast. SIGs like any other firearm I suppose are mechanical tools and all are a little bit different out of the box. So as others have said, you need to put 400 or 500 rounds into them before you can begin to think there is a problem with your pistol.
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Thanks everyone! All great advice. I will definitely shoot more to see if it improves.


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I guess I either missed my break-in or just got lucky with my P226 Legion. Just lubed it and went to the range...and 1000 rds later not a hiccup.

Heck, out of all the pistols I've bought in the last five years or so, the only one that's had any sort of issues of any kind was, of all things, the Sig P320C .45 I recently got...documented in the P320 forum section. I guess that could be part of 'break-in', but it just seems odd in today's pistols that it would need it....in regular, service-grade/non-custom pistol with roundnose too, surprisingly.
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