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Old 04-09-2017, 11:53 AM   #1
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Rail-less SP2022???

I've mentioned before how the SP2022 has become my #1 favorite Sig over all others, much to my own surprise as well as others. The ONLY possible thing I would change about it after daily carry for 12+ months is if it came without the Picatinny (sp?) rail. While a lot of folks like and use them, I personally have never had use for one, and much prefer the sleeker front-end of a Sig that doesn't have a rail.

So, thinking along those lines, and the fact that the SP2022 is not available in a rail-less version, I am seriously considering the careful removal of the rail on mine. Since the pistol is fairly inexpensive to begin with, and I have ZERO interest in parting with it, I'm not the least bit concerned with any decrease in resale value by doing this. I only want to slick it up for my own personal satisfaction.

Anybody have any GOOD reason(s) I shouldn't do this? Please feel free to try to talk me out of it if you wish before I begin working on it, because obviously once I start, it cannot be undone. Obviously care will need to be taken since the S/N plate is located under the rail, and I wouldn't want to cut into that. Other than that precaution.... anybody got any reason to not proceed?
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Old 04-09-2017, 11:56 AM   #2
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I'd like to see that process unfold. Lately, I've been thinking about picking up one of those.
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I am not an engineer .... that said, I think it could look nice in so doing the rail removal, but I wonder what it would do to the overall strength of the frame.
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While modifying the frame of an SP2002 is certainly a possibility, you might consider just finding an SP2009 instead.

ADDED: a couple of years ago some SP2022s were sold with the "Swiss frame" from the SP2009/SP2340.
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Old 04-09-2017, 02:48 PM   #5
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Yep! I remember the confusion when Bud's was selling them.
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I am not an engineer .... that said, I think it could look nice in so doing the rail removal, but I wonder what it would do to the overall strength of the frame.
Should not affect the strength at all since all the stress is handled by the steel sub-frame. All that plastic.... er, uh, I mean, POLYMER front lower is a dust cover and rail, and housing for the recoil spring assembly. Simply removing the rail portion and nothing more should not affect anything whatsoever, as long as care is taken to not go overboard!
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While modifying the frame of an SP2002 is certainly a possibility, you might consider just finding an SP2009 instead.

ADDED: a couple of years ago some SP2022s were sold with the "Swiss frame" from the SP2009/SP2340.
Yes, I've actually owed several of those, but since I bought this one new and know its full history, plus it already has night sights so no upgrades needed there, and it is confirmed by me to be 100% reliable and have an extremely sweet trigger to boot, I have zero desire to replace it with an unknown!
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Should not affect the strength at all since all the stress is handled by the steel sub-frame. All that plastic.... er, uh, I mean, POLYMER front lower is a dust cover and rail, and housing for the recoil spring assembly. Simply removing the rail portion and nothing more should not affect anything whatsoever, as long as care is taken to not go overboard!
Agree with you 100%. Look at what they are doing with the 320s. Compact and subcompact frame on full size slides. With the frame metal well to the rear of the rail that is where the forces bear. By leaving the SN not much 'plastic' is being removed.
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Well since nobody has offered any valid reason to not proceed with this mod, I think I may start on it tomorrow if time permits. I have a ton of stuff to do, plus music to prepare and practice for Easter Sunday, so I'm gonna be stinkin' busy the next few days. I want to take my time and do a good job, plus make a photographic record of the progress to post, so I'm not going to rush it once I do start!
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While you are at it round off the pointy bit on the trigger guard.
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I want to take my time and do a good job, plus make a photographic record of the progress to post, so I'm not going to rush it once I do start!
Looking forward to the finished 2022
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Interesting projekt. I got a SP2022 on my want list but don't have a need for the rail either.
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While you are at it round off the pointy bit on the trigger guard.
Nope. I like the pointy bit on the trigger guard! That's one of my favorite features of the P226, and one of the things I missed on the P228 and 229...
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