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Old 10-05-2012, 06:21 PM   #1
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Sig P290

Well , New to the forum ,been looking around for a while for a new pistol in
9mm .
I do own 3 Rugers and they are very reliable ..
I do use on occasion the Sig Sauer 229 at work .
After hrs of looking on the net and on forums amd sales , etc.
I decided to go with the Sig Sauer P290 .
My local GM store had only one left in stock , and do to the season here now getting super buisy I was a little nervous it would sell before I,d made up my mind ...
I took a quick look at the pistol (P290) last night , noticed it had the 6 and 8 rd. mags , holster , lube , lock extra mag bottom etc.
So after looking for hrs on line at articles and pricing etc. I found out that the P290 was revised , New edition has the RS feature , 8 rd. mag w/ etx. for pinky , new mag releas , and most importantly was the new style frame with the dove or ? beavertail for bigger hands .
So after looking on line at many on line gun sales I noticed not all the RS or newer versions actualy had the RS imprinted on the slide .
I couldnt make it back to GM until later this afternoon but in my mind the P290 I looked at was the old square version . ( not saying its a bad gun ).
So I finaly made it to the store to take another look at the pistol and to my surprise it was the newer Frame . Looks identical to the RS ..
I,ve seen the RS online listed as both P290 and 290 RS , and look identical .
Well the gun was $699. , they had another P290 listed in the sales flyer but the reg. price was $549 on sale for $499 . They let me have this one at the sale price so I jumped on it .
I was looking it over once I got home . Everything looked great except it does not fire unless I reset the slide .
Now I,m a little discouraged . This gun looks identical to the RS ??
I did call SIG early this morning before I purchased the gun to get a litle more info. , but they never called me back .. hhmm..
So can this gun be converted to RS or would it be worth it ?
Sorry so long.....
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Old 10-05-2012, 06:51 PM   #2
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might look identical but rs version resolved some issues.
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Old 10-05-2012, 07:44 PM   #3
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What date did they start the RS Models ?

Anyone know what date they started making the newer RS model ?
Believe mine says April 30th 2012 ....
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try a search for the 290 & see when problems started coming up.
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I surely hope you did not pay $499 for a P290. They are readily available, NIB, with laser (not sure why anyone would want a laser on such a small gun...), from a variety of reputable dealers on GunBroker, for $425 or less. A general rule is to NEVER buy from Gander Mountain. Go there, see/handle guns and get an idea of what you want, and then buy elsewhere.

Nonetheless, you now have it. The first thing I'd do is prepare it and shoot. Get 200+ rounds through it and see if you are having any issues. If you get to 200 and are having no issues, I'd leave the gun just as it is and be happy.

If you do have issues, you can send the gun back to Sig for these issues and they will supposedly fix them. However, I sent my P290 back to Sig 3 times and the gun returned each time with the same problem still present. I eventually negotiated with them to obtain a P290RS from a local dealer at little cost.

My P290RS has worked flawlessly through close to 700 rounds. Sig added the restrike, which they heavily published, but they also made a lot of other changes in the RS version that they purposely did not mention. These were fixes to the original P290 design. For anyone buying a Sig P290 today, the RS version is the ONLY one to get.

If you have the original P290 (your slide does not say RS on it), shoot it and see if you have a problem. If not, you are one of the lucky ones. If so......welcome to the long list of unhappy customers.
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I surely hope you did not pay $499 for a P290. They are readily available, NIB, with laser (not sure why anyone would want a laser on such a small gun...), from a variety of reputable dealers on GunBroker, for $425 or less. A general rule is to NEVER buy from Gander Mountain. Go there, see/handle guns and get an idea of what you want, and then buy elsewhere.

Nonetheless, you now have it. The first thing I'd do is prepare it and shoot. Get 200+ rounds through it and see if you are having any issues. If you get to 200 and are having no issues, I'd leave the gun just as it is and be happy.

If you do have issues, you can send the gun back to Sig for these issues and they will supposedly fix them. However, I sent my P290 back to Sig 3 times and the gun returned each time with the same problem still present. I eventually negotiated with them to obtain a P290RS from a local dealer at little cost.

My P290RS has worked flawlessly through close to 700 rounds. Sig added the restrike, which they heavily published, but they also made a lot of other changes in the RS version that they purposely did not mention. These were fixes to the original P290 design. For anyone buying a Sig P290 today, the RS version is the ONLY one to get.

If you have the original P290 (your slide does not say RS on it), shoot it and see if you have a problem. If not, you are one of the lucky ones. If so......welcome to the long list of unhappy customers.
Thanks , I think ,,,
Not sure why I ve seen the RS verson with it staped RS and also without it stamped on the slide ?
All the first edition Sig P290 Ive seen for sale and adertised have the flat butt end near the hammer , Basicaly a different lower Frame ?
Mine has the newer lower frame and mags ??
Looks identical to some Ive seen advertise on Buds guns , etc. on the net .
Theres were listed as RS and have the newer frame and does not have the RS on the barrel either .

Guess I was missled ???
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If your slide does not say P290RS, it's the original build. In the above, the RS is on the right.

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I swapped out my original P290 for the RS version and it's a world of difference. Sig has addressed and corrected several issues. If the store you bought it from deceived you regarding which model you were purchasing, I suggest you send a letter to the CEO and ask for an exchange for the RS version. I don't think you stated whether the store employee told you it was the RS version.
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Gander had the Original P290 that was listed for $549.99 on sale for $499.99 .
After looking in the gun cabinets aand the employee lookingin the back , they realized this was the lsat Sig they had in the store .
Problem was the Sig I have had a $699.99 price tag and was a different model ( Better upgrade according to them ) thats the reason it was $150.00 more .
So after doing some reserch that night and next morning on line I seen the differences the RS and Non RS models had .
RS Came with an upgraded or beavertail frame ( better for bigger hands )
Also a ext. on both 6 and 8 rd. mags for your pinky .
They said it came with the better mag or slimmed down release .
I,d even looked on line at several of the popular gun sales sights and seen the RS model listed with and WithOut the RS stamped on the slide .
I figured the ones that were biult with the better grip frames and without the RS on the slide were just earlier RS models and they were more then likely using up the remaning slides ??
GM in my area has the fancy gun locks they will remove them but very much froun on dry firing any gun there .
No way of me knowing it would not refire without reracking the slide again ?
I,d doubt VERY much they would even consider taking it back even though I havent fired it yet .
Guess I,ll have to take my chances and hope for the best .
Read I can have the RS installed for $100 ??
Guess the best thing to do would be to shoot the gun a few hundred rounds before I decide on if I want the RS or not .

BAD thing is I,ve read both ways that some are saying they love the RS and some are saying there RS is STILL missfiring .. HHMMM.....
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I am certainly not pleased with sig rushing guns to production that are loaded with bugs! That's certainly the issue with the 290 and now the P938. They are losing the reputation with this BS!
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If your slide does not say P290RS, it's the original build. In the above, the RS is on the right.
Both of these guns have the newer frame, they both have the "extended" beavertail. Notice the difference in the location or the hammer, the RS is more "hidden." That is the best way to tell the difference if you are not sure which one you have.
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Sig 290rs vs 250sc for CCW

Sig 290rs vs 250sc for CCW

I've attached one photo comparing my new 290rs (Re-Strike model) for CCW because my 250sc is too big and heavy for my EDC preference. The 290rs is hard to find so I bought one online at Buds Gun Shop for $518 with debit card. After FFL transfer, local background check and tax, this 290 cost me $620 total, compared to $500 total for my 250sc two years ago. Damn expensive for a 6 to 8 round “micro” 9mm semi auto, but I don't like to mix ammo calibers. My loaded 290rs is about an inch shorter and 6 ounces lighter than a fully loaded 250sc. But as you see, the extended mag grips are pretty similar.

My 290rs came in a hard plastic Sig case, with plastic paddle holster, and two mags (6 & 8 rounds), gun lock and owners manual. My 250sc is shown with standard 12 round mag and a 15 round mag with X-grip adapter. It also will load 10 and 17 round mags. I also own a Sig 250C with threaded barrel and Tundra SV suppressor and a dozen 17 round mags, which unfortunately all stay locked away because my lawyer warns me I will likely be prosecuted if I actually shoot anyone with it. What a waste of money! ($3000). But if the “zombie apocalypse” or anarchy ever comes, I'll be ready for it.

This 290rs was incredibly stiff. The barrel slide stop and release single lever wouldn't budge after I racked the slide open and tried to chamber a snap cap dummy round from a mag. My FFL dealer told me this would loosen up with break in, so off I went to my local public firing range. But first I fully greased the barrel slide and racked it manually over a thousand times. I even left it racked open overnight to loosen the spring a bit.

Taking down the 290 for cleaning and lubing was very difficult for me, compared to the 250. I had to go to YouTube.com to find different techniques. I had to use the “girly method” of holding the slide back on a table top to remove the retaining pin until I found another technique where a guy stuck his thumb in the trigger loop. Crazy, but that worked best for me and I finally got adept at it.

At the firing range, I shot 200 rounds 9mm WWB FMJ, then 50 Gold Dot 147 grain HP, which is my carry load since I bought so much of it for my suppressor. I'm no marksman, but I did pass my CCW shooting test at 15 yards with the 250sc, but I couldn't shoot the 290 straight past 20 feet. Terrible recoil and long slow shaky trigger pull for me. I and the gun got slightly better with practice, but I have no target confidence beyond 10 feet with it, which is the minimum self-defense distance I would pull the trigger at anyway. No malfunctions except I had to manually rack the slide all the way back very hard to feed magazines. Eventually, the slide loosened up and would chamber the 8 round mag after a strong slap in. I carry the 6 round mag unchambered in the 290 for my own safety. I don't expect to be fast, just careful and accurate. I stopped practicing after 250 rounds because it was getting very costly, but not much more accurate, and I was getting a blister on my shooting hand palm from the rough grip stippling. My girlfriend thought this “cute” little gun would be ideal for her. I won't let her shoot it because I can barely shoot it straight. She actually racks the 250sc slide easier than my new 290rs. Probably just more break in time.

So my initial impressions of the Sig 290rs for CCW: expensive, reliable within 10 feet, if not very accurate in my non-expert hands. More concealable than 250sc, but I'll grab the 250 first for home defense if I can get my hands on it, especially with its double stack bullet capacity and all my extra mags for it. I'll keep practicing, but frankly, I'm disappointed with the 290rs for my intended CCW use. I'll keep carrying it though and get used to it. By the way, I'm using a VEDDER 4-way belly band holster I found on Amazon.com for my pot belly build. It has 4 elastic pockets spread around the waist so you can holster wherever you feel most comfortable. Costs @ $30.
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I recently bought a new P290RS ($427 shipped) and my first range trip was a real eye-opener.
Even though I love my P250sc/c hybrid, for some reason I shoot the P290RS faster and more accurately (which is counter-intuitive in light of the P290RS' heavier trigger and shorter grip/sight radius). If careful, I could hit cans at 15yds (haven't tried farther, yet) and Mozambique drills were surprisingly easy at 5yds.
Right now I have a tendency to shoot low if I rush the shots (training issue) and my only complaint is the stiff recoil spring which makes disassembly and releasing the slide stop more difficult.
It's looking like the P290RS is going to be my new EDC w/the P250sc/c relegated to nightstand duty (something I was *not* expecting).
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