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Old 06-29-2012, 01:28 PM   #1
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Question P238 trigger

I recently bought my wife the Sig P238. We went to the range today and i was totally unimpressed with the trigger on that weapon. Yes i did rack and click it at the shop and it felt fairly smooth as compared to other 380's. But once we put a few rounds thru it the issue of " Is the trigger really stuck, Just how far / hard to i have to pull this thing" started to come up.
With the Sig locked and loaded and hammer back it was almost a chore to fire that weapon.... Yeah i know that some require a little break in but this was more odd as it didnt do" this sticking" every time but rather randomly during the process of going thru a clip of ammo.

I have been around and owned sidearms for some 50 years so i am not some new comer to how a gun should operate but this time it is certainly something unexpected and more so due to the Sig being such a better than average brand.

It was almost like shooting a double action revolver without cocking the hammer... Much more force is required than necessary.

While i personally prefer the 45 as a carry this is my wifes new gun and i'd really like to have it right instead of how it is. Nice looking and accurate but the trigger issue tends to make one jerk the trigger instead of squeeze. No mater what i did or how i pulled the trigger it randomly would seem to stick as if there was a burr on the sear or something.

Has anone else run across this issue and if so what if anything were you able to do about it.....

Thanks for any and all info anyone can provide
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Old 06-29-2012, 01:43 PM   #2
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pull should be 7 poundsish. if it's more there is an issue.
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Old 06-29-2012, 02:49 PM   #3
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I have heard that 7 pounds is about the norm and that trigger being a problem is a fact. Even the range marshal tried his hand on that gun and said that it was NOT right & i bought it from them.. Yeah i know i can have a hissy fit witht hem and send the gun back to Sig BUT has anyone known of pre existing issues on that model?

So my question still stands as to what other then dealing with Sig themselves can one do about a trigger job.
Surely someone has run across and dealt with this issue before.
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Old 06-29-2012, 03:42 PM   #4
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Here's what fixed mine:


Good luck
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Old 06-29-2012, 03:59 PM   #5
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I don't know if a heavy trigger is inherent to the 380 as I've only shot one (S&W bodyguard) and it was terrible. I couldn't believe how much effort it took.
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Old 06-30-2012, 05:55 AM   #6
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A lady friend of mine just purchased a P238 and we took it to the range this week. I was really disappointed in the trigger since it is nothing like mine at all. Her's is incredibility inconsistent. In mine, I had to install a new sear spring and at the same time I installed a stainless trigger and mine now is crisp at 5.5 #. I have not yet measured the trigger pull on her new gun, but will do so shortly. I gave her a couple of snap caps and told her to work the trigger a few thousand times and we'll see if it gets any better.
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Old 07-01-2012, 05:30 AM   #7
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Mine feels almost revolver SA crisp , from mass where the state mandates trigger pulls that are insane i think they missed this one!

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Old 07-01-2012, 05:36 AM   #8
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The trigger on my 238 is great. No changes needed whatsoever. It breaks just like a 1911.

I think you guys need to dry fire the pistol with a snap cap a few hundred times before changing parts out.

I think computers have changed how we look at machines and how they are supposed to operate. Some machines need to be broken in to 'feel' like they should.

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Old 07-01-2012, 07:56 AM   #9
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I love the trigger on mine
And the pistol is accurate as heck

I'd send it back to sig and let them handle it
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Old 07-01-2012, 02:29 PM   #10
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My lgs has a rainbow 238 he can't sell ,my wife likes it so he will sell it to me at a very reduced price ,maybe tommorow , the trigger is as good as mine!
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Old 07-08-2012, 08:11 PM   #11
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The trigger should have the same constant pull feel. If your getting one hard pull put of the 7 then something may not be resteating correctly. I would hand it back to sig if it's a new gun and tell them the ammo you shot and that the issue is not constant.

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