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Old 04-18-2017, 10:45 AM   #1
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P290RS - what are the "must have" upgrades?

Over the weekend my wifey picked up a P290RS with the oiled rubbed bronze finish and G10 grips. She liked the feel of the pistol in her hands and preferred the DAO trigger since this will be her first carry gun. Cabela's had it on sale for $399 and I had some club points, so after adding $10 to get it transferred to a dealer in our state on the other side of the river, the final price was $384 and change. Seemed like a good deal to me... and it made the wifey happy. Win-win!

We haven't fired the pistol yet (range time this Saturday) but already just fiddling around with it I can't say I'm a huge fan of the DAO trigger. It's certainly not going to fire unintentionally, so I can see that being a good thing for a first carry gun. But I am wondering about any upgrades that are out there right now - are there any "must haves" that we might as well get now, since everyone seems to get them eventually anyhow?

I was looking at some of the other P290 threads and see the references to the Galloway Precision parts: Antioch Trigger, s/s guide rod, and springs. None of the prices on those parts seem insane - especially compared to the 1911A1 I'm in the process of upgrading LOL.

I don't understand the difference between the Galloway 22 lb Recoil Spring Set and the Flat Wound Recoil Spring Conversion. Is the 22lb spring simply a doubled up flat wound recoil spring? Also, is 22lbs excessive for target shooting/plinking? I could see it being useful for taming some of the hotter defensive loads, but still... 22lb recoil spring for such a small gun seems like a lot.

Are there any smithies out there who do trigger/action work on the P290RS? I checked with Robert at the SIG Armorer and he told me he doesn't work on those particular SIGs.

And, yeah, we plan to take it out shooting before we do anything to it... I just like to start planning ahead sometimes. (Okay, most times. )

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Old 04-18-2017, 12:32 PM   #2
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There are trigger and spring mods for it as you mention, but I've never tried them on mine so I can't offer an opinion.

I have it in 9mm and 380. You don't mention which she bought, but the effort to cycle the slide is significantly greater with the 9mm.

The only thing I've changed is adding G10 grips from SIG to get a bit of a palm swell. I liked that feel a bit better.

Just give the trigger a few hundred rounds to smooth out before you judge it. It gets smoother the more you shoot it. Although it stays looooong all the time. )

The 290RS is not universally loved, but in my opinion it's a great little gun. The 9mm is my EDC.

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Check out the thread: P290 Info, Parts & Accessories
I have the 9mm P290 RS...It is a good gun. I enjoy mine.
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My P290RS has a stainless guide rod, the Galloway performance spring kit, and an Antioch trigger. My guide rod was purchased on Amazon. It costs more than the Galloway version but I wanted a black one. I am using the factory recoil spring and have had zero FTF or FTE in 500 rounds.
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The performance spring kit will drop a pound or 2 from the trigger pull and make the gun a bit more pleasant to shoot. If you are not fairly adept at these kind of mechanical things, I would suggest leaving installation to a gunsmith. I have mixed feelings on the Antioch trigger. I didn't find it much easier on the finger than the plastic factory trigger. The gun has not been easy for me to learn to shoot well. I believe a big part of that is the trigger. Not just the long DAO pull but the irritating shape of the bottom of the trigger. I finally decided to do something about it as shown in this post.- P290RS Galloway trigger mod
I haven't fired the gun yet after smoothing the trigger but it feels 1000 times better. I can't help but think it will improve my accuracy.
All in all it's a great little pistol. 100% reliable, not picky with ammo, accurate if you do your part. I carry mine IWB at 4:00 with a single clip leather holster and it almost disappears. Enjoy yours!
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Thanks for the feedback, all.

It is indeed the 9mm version - I guess I wasn't even aware that the 290 was available in any other chambering since the SIG site only shows a single 9mm Nitron job. but, I shouldn't be surprised, considering the site doesn't show the model we picked up (and the born-on date was 10/6/2016).

I can almost guarantee I'll add the Galloway s/s guide rod since I have a problem with plastic guide rods in general, but we'll still see how the wifey likes shooting it this weekend before making any drastic changes.

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Thanks for the feedback, all.

It is indeed the 9mm version - I guess I wasn't even aware that the 290 was available in any other chambering since the SIG site only shows a single 9mm Nitron job. but, I shouldn't be surprised, considering the site doesn't show the model we picked up (and the born-on date was 10/6/2016).

I can almost guarantee I'll add the Galloway s/s guide rod since I have a problem with plastic guide rods in general, but we'll still see how the wifey likes shooting it this weekend before making any drastic changes.

Cheers!

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I forgot about the guide rod. I did replace the plastic original in my 9mm with a SS rod from Steve Bedair.

I also have a set of pink grip panels if your wife is interested. No charge.
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And if you are looking for a nice IWB kydex holster, I got one on Amazon for about $29. Badger Concealment. Very thin and light.
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I put on better sights, since mine is an odd ball and didn't have Sig night sights. I do plan on a metal recoil spring guide rod, but haven't really felt the urgency. My trigger appears to be metal. It smoothed out nicely after about 250 rds. (9mm)

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Not a must have upgrade but I modified the flat mag base plate to accomodate a Pearce extension so that I can get a full three finger grip with the six round magazine.




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Not a must have upgrade but I modified the flat mag base plate to accomodate a Pearce extension so that I can get a full three finger grip with the six round magazine.
That's pretty handy. Was it a fairly quick/easy modification?
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That's pretty handy. Was it a fairly quick/easy modification?

It involved sanding the bottom of the Sig flat plate, the top of the Pearce extension and bonding them together.




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It involved sanding the bottom of the Sig flat plate, the top of the Pearce extension and bonding them together.

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Awesome. Thanks, Dave!

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I put on better sights, since mine is an odd ball and didn't have Sig night sights. I do plan on a metal recoil spring guide rod, but haven't really felt the urgency. My trigger appears to be metal. It smoothed out nicely after about 250 rds. (9mm)

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Are those Trijicon HDs? I have them on my Walther PPQ and they are excellent sights. The SIG night sights are a little weak and my front sight was dead within a month of purchase. SIG did send me a new one no questions asked. It seems to be a common occurrence.
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The only change to mine is the Galloway stainless guide rod and the grip panels
you see in the pic. It came with a set of dimpled G10's that I didn't care for. I like these
grips. It came with the laser and so far I haven't had any trouble from it. Easy
to engage or turn off works as a laser sight should.
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I have owned mine for a couple of years. The only thing I changed is the guide rod. You and wife should shoot and get use to it stock and then change things if you feel you must. You even learn to rapid fire that 9 lb long trigger pull, I did.
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