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Old 07-30-2012, 04:55 PM   #1
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Question P232 Slide Release Lever

Hoping someone has an idea here: I'm attaching 1 pic of my new Sig just after purchase (2 months ago). The slide release lever is situated perfectly in its housing. The second pic is after my last trip to the range and a disassembly/cleaning. The latch won't return completely although it does seem to be fully locked/latched. I've taken it apart several times trying to figure out what I did that is causing it not to fully close. Thanks for any advice/ideas/suggestions:
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Old 10-06-2012, 08:50 AM   #2
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I just had the same thing happen to my new 232 today. I was shooting at the range, only my second time shooting the gun and I look down and the lever is in the exact same position as yours. I couldn't push it back and when I tried to remove the slide it wouldn't budge (perhaps because the barrel was warm, I don't know? So I proceeded to shoot my last 14 rounds. Then I was able to take the slide off and couldn't see anything wrong. After a thorough cleaning and oiling it got a little better but hasn't returned to parallel. It's about half the distance compared to you photo. Did you ever figure out what the problem was on yours?
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That should be the takedown lever...and that doesn't look right...my P230 has not done that...are you making contact with it while shooting???

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Try to disassemble, take the mag out and reassemble. that may do it for you.
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Old 10-07-2012, 06:48 AM   #5
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I just looked at mine. It is in there VERY tight with no side to side play. I notice the far side of the pin has a flat cut and that leads me to believe it has to be "clocked" to pass over a spring to keep it from coming back out. I have no break down of assembly to verify this but I think a spring is broken.
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That should be the takedown lever...and that doesn't look right...my P230 has not done that...are you making contact with it while shooting???

Bill
Takedown lever, thanks. I don't believe I was making contact...but I'll certainly pay attention the next time I shoot.
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Try to disassemble, take the mag out and reassemble. that may do it for you.
I did that and it did improve a little. Just not back to parallel like it should be. I'll try again before my next trip to the range.
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I just looked at mine. It is in there VERY tight with no side to side play. I notice the far side of the pin has a flat cut and that leads me to believe it has to be "clocked" to pass over a spring to keep it from coming back out. I have no break down of assembly to verify this but I think a spring is broken.
That's my fear, but it would be crazy to have a broken spring after only 175 rounds. This combined with the scratches in the slide when I took delivery are not leaving me with a very positive experience thus far.
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Old 10-08-2012, 05:34 PM   #9
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Took it apart tonight, cleaned all around the takedown lever and under the barrel. Saw a couple of very small pieces of dirt. Perhaps a tiny piece of dirt got wedged in while shooting? After cleaning and oiling again the lever snapped back into proper position. Worked it a few times and seems to be almost normal again. I'll try it out at the range one more time before sending it back to sig. I also noticed a good deal of wear on the top of the lever from the slide. And the lever doesn't seem to be stainless, it looks like brass where it's worn. Does that make sense?
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Old 10-17-2012, 07:54 PM   #10
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Just sent my brand new p232 back to Sig today to replace the takedown lever. Customer service confirmed they've seen a few of these lately. I'm wondering if something changed in the manufacturing or perhaps there's just a bad batch of parts? I sent along a letter requesting a little more information about it. I doubt I'll get any explanation though. If I do, I'll post it.
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as long as they fix it.
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Just sent my brand new p232 back to Sig today to replace the takedown lever. Customer service confirmed they've seen a few of these lately. I'm wondering if something changed in the manufacturing or perhaps there's just a bad batch of parts? I sent along a letter requesting a little more information about it. I doubt I'll get any explanation though. If I do, I'll post it.
probably. you see it in Nascar time to time. a whole team will blow engines and it's because a batch of lifter springs were bad.
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I have the exact same problem with my brand new stainless P232 as Canaima does with the takedown lever. I have only shot about 100 rounds. I called Sig and they instantly said it's a known problem and they will replace the takedown lever under warranty. Don't know why if Sig knows about it they wait for the hapless consumer to sort the defective ones out for them at our cost and time I may add. They said they have had numerous P232's in for the same 'known problem' and the turn around will take 2-3 weeks. Not very impressed with how Sig is handling a 'known problem'. You would think they would just do the right thing and issue a recall for any suspected series of P232's and replace the part. It would save all us a lot of time and stress thinking we just bought one of the most expensive .380's on the market and it is having issues just out the box. Wow
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It does seem a lame way of addressing a known problem for what is held out to be a premium quality firearm. Notification and voluntary "recall" would seem appropriate. The company doesn't seem to realize how much business these issues cost them.
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I agree 100% w/Grey Coupe

Glad it's just not me that feels that way. If this is the only problem I have with the gun I will be glad. I will definately share my experience with you guys whenever I get it back.
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Sorry I hadn't checked the forum in a while and didn't realize there were responses here. I am sending my P232 back (Miller's suggestion) this week to have that disassembly lever replaced. I will post an update once I get it back and have taken it to the range. Regards everyone.
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Glad it's just not me that feels that way. If this is the only problem I have with the gun I will be glad. I will definately share my experience with you guys whenever I get it back.
I wish it were the only I problem I had. The scratch and dent issues I had after getting the takedown lever serviced the first time led to the gunsmith noticing a flaw that warranted a replacement gun. Which they ordered for me on Nov. 9. So here I sit without my gun, praying the new one won't have similar issues. I hope your experience goes better.

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I have owned two p232's in the last year and both had to sent back for the takedown lever. The first time they said the gunsmith couldn't fix it so Sig sent me a replacement. Last week I had to sent the second back to Sig, both had only 300 rounds and I noticed after 100 that something was wrong. I hope they can fix this issue because I really love this gun.
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I have owned two p232's in the last year and both had to sent back for the takedown lever. The first time they said the gunsmith couldn't fix it so Sig sent me a replacement. Last week I had to sent the second back to Sig, both had only 300 rounds and I noticed after 100 that something was wrong. I hope they can fix this issue because I really love this gun.
So sorry to hear your misfortune. If you search the forum or view my posts you'll hear (and see) the long, sad story of my 5 month ordeal with scratched slides, failed takedown levers and replacement guns (I'm now on new P232 #3). Good luck!
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Two years ago I had the same problem. I could not take the gun apart. Sent it in to Sig and they sent it back having only half fixed the problem. The take down lever was about 10 degrees open still and I had the slide fly down range after five rounds. Sent it back for the second time and now everything works fine.
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