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Old 10-07-2013, 07:40 AM   #1
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P290 Slide Stop Lever

I just bought a P290RS. When there is an empty clip in the gun and the slide is back I have to set the gun on a table, use both thumbs and put a good amount of my body weight on the slide stop lever to release the slide. When there is no clip in the gun it is a nice, easy one thumb push to release the slide. I have not had the gun loaded yet so i don't know what its like with a loaded clip. None of my other handguns have had this issue. Is this a design feature of this gun or did i get a lemon?
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Old 10-07-2013, 07:49 AM   #2
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you're overcoming the new mag spring & new recoil spring when the mag is inserted, it'll get easier over time.

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Old 10-07-2013, 08:34 AM   #3
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My p290rs is like that too. Pull back on the slide slightly to release tension on the lever or just pop the magazine out. I think it has something to do with the mechanism that keeps the slide open when the mag is empty. My new Sig p250 and 1911 scorpion do the same thing.
I've gotten in the habit of just releasing the mag, then tripping the slide release lever to close the slide, and then pushing the empty mag back in. If you leave the slide open and pop in a full mag it releases easily. Also, after 800+ rds it is getting alot easier.

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Old 10-07-2013, 01:53 PM   #4
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Originally Posted by trollersteve View Post
slide stop lever

You said it yourself, it's a slide stop. Technically not a slide release. Most people use it like a release but you're actually supposed to pull back on the slide slightly while pushing the slide stop down. As someone already said it will get easier. I have a 22 lb. recoil spring in mine and i can release mine without pulling back on the slide.
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