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Old 11-23-2012, 08:18 AM   #1
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P290RS issue

Have had my P290 now for a few months. I really want to like this gun, but a few things bother me.

Immediately after purchasing the P290RS I took it to the range. Found out that the slide did not want to lock back on an empty magazine. Sent it back to Sig within days of ownership. Service was good and I received it back within a couple weeks. Problem appeared fixed. However, the issue is re occurring again, but only on the small capacity magazine.If I apply pressure to the underside of the magazine and pull the slide back it will lock back ok. Any ideas why this is happening?

Another magazine issue I have is with the extended 8+1 (I have three). These magazines will not insert and lock into position if pressure is only applied to the plastic base plate (using palm of hand). Pressure has to be applied onto the bottom steel part of the magazine with a thumb or finger to securely lock this in place. This is obviously not an ideal magazine/load method.

The intermittent slide lock back and the particular way the magazine has to be inserted is giving me second thoughts about carrying this gun for its intended purpose.

Any one else have any similar issues.

Thanks.

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Old 11-23-2012, 08:42 AM   #2
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Old 11-23-2012, 09:46 AM   #3
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Thank you for the welcome

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Old 11-23-2012, 01:02 PM   #4
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Welcome. Check the magazine in question in particular the follower, which trips the slide lock, may not be coming fully up and is getting hung in the mag body.

I have no clue on the mag issue except to say carry the six shooter instead.
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Welcome. Check the magazine in question in particular the follower, which trips the slide lock, may not be coming fully up and is getting hung in the mag body.
Fixed. The follower did not have enough spring to push the slide lock up. Stripped the magazine and stretched the spring a bit. Now works ok.
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Fixed. The follower did not have enough spring to push the slide lock up. Stripped the magazine and stretched the spring a bit. Now works ok.
Excellent news.
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Lightbulb spring fatigue

Stretching the spring in a magazine may be a quick short term solution for fixing the slide lock problem. However, stretching the spring causes some spring wire fatigue, which may allow the spring to loose some of strength under compression of a full magazine over a long time. I would consider replacing the spring and see if the slide will lock.
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stretching the spring is the worst thing you can do, probably won't fix anything & generate more problems..
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So far so good I guess. It would be helpful if the OP updates to see if was a short term solution or if he/she has solved the issue. I don't know if stretching the spring would hae been my first choice but a stronger spring rate would also be a satisfactory option.

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Slide lock back appears to be ok at the moment, at least better than what it was. New spring is always an option in the future.

However, problem with larger capacity magazine locking into place is still an issue when using the plastic base plate. So much so that I would not trust its function under a high stress situation.
Sig never responded to my email about the problem.

For these reasons, it will not be my everyday concealed carry gun. Need to move on.

Thanks.
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Lightbulb stripping the p290rs

I do not have the finger strength to hold the slide in the position that will allow me to push out the lever to remove the slide. I would like to know opinions about my solution to this problem.

This is what worked. Out of a small piece of wood that is 7/8" thick and 2" long I cut out a notch that is 5/8" deep and 9/16" wide. The wood now sort of looks like the letter U.

With the magazine removed, I locked the slide back. Then, I placed the U shaped piece of wood upside down on the rail in front of the slide. The barrel fits into the notch. By releasing the slide, it moves forward until it can go no further because the flare of the barrel will not fit into the notch. The slide is stopped just at the right position to push out the lever. Once the lever is removed, I pulled back on the slide to let the piece of wood fall off and allow the slide to move all the way forward to remove it.

After completing maintenance, I do the same thing to position the slide in just the right place to easily insert the lever.

Since normally the slide pushes against the barrel anyway, can I do any damage by insertion of a piece of wood to block the slide from moving all the way forward?
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