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Old 06-10-2016, 06:19 AM   #1
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I recently bought a well used stainless P226 .40, and I've been thinking I'm going to do the Sig service package. I might get the barrel refinished, and possibly do the glass bead finish on the frame and slide. I figure it'll look and feel brand new after that (once I get new grips).

There's one thing that makes me think that these services aren't worth what they cost, and that's looking at the price of other things- $240 for a new barrel installed, opposed to the $200 they charge for a new barrel. $40 for labor to replace a barrel?! And $60 to switch the magazine release from one side to the other?! SRT trigger with installation is $100. With SRT parts costing $50, that's $50 just to install it! All of this just doesn't sound right and makes me question the value of every service they offer, even if it is 20% off with free shipping.

Also, the only barrel refinishing I noticed was Nitron; no mention of re-bluing the barrel. I'm only so familiar with Nitron; I thought it was just for stainless parts, but is it something that can be done to any barrel?

Has anyone else done the glass bead finish service on their stainless Sig? If so, did it look new afterwards?
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Old 06-10-2016, 06:24 AM   #2
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J45, I'd say shoot your new to you .40 cal with at least a couple hundred rounds before you decide on changing its functionality. Master the weapon first, and then decide what improvements you'd like to add.
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Go to a local gun shop and see what labor they will charge for the same work? I had a local shop charge $60 just to replace a front sight because I did not have a sight tool and did not feel like wacking the slide with a hammer and pin myself and cause damage. That was just their labor. I had the new sight.

Bench time for anything is not cheap no matter where you go.
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J45, I'd say shoot your new to you .40 cal with at least a couple hundred rounds before you decide on changing its functionality. Master the weapon first, and then decide what improvements you'd like to add.
I already have. I didn't really see this as change in function, simply a restoration.
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they charge for their time, whether it's high or good $$ value depends if you can do the work yourself.

there are plenty of you tube videos that describe, in detail, what you ant done.
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they charge for their time
That's the thing though... $40 for a barrel change? It takes less than a minute to change a barrel. So to me, it doesn't seem like time is a factor.
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fact that they would charge $40 to change a barrel, gives insight to how common coming across owners who dont clean there firearms.
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That's the thing though... $40 for a barrel change? It takes less than a minute to change a barrel. So to me, it doesn't seem like time is a factor.
They aren't charging to swap, but to do what needs to be done to make sure it's fit. Not every barrel just drops in.
The work they do preserves the warranty (where applicable). Do it yourself, or have a local smith do it, and you void everything.
I don't think you can have the frame blasted, just the slide.
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I don't think you can have the frame blasted, just the slide.
They offer both slide and frame on their list of custom shop services

http://www.sigsauer.com/upFiles/CmsC...p-Services.pdf
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They aren't charging to swap, but to do what needs to be done to make sure it's fit. Not every barrel just drops in.
Yep and get the barrel fit right in a case that it won't drop right in can take about 30 mins. with stoning, checking, stoning, checking, etc. till it fits.
The .357SIG barrel SIG added to my P229 when it was in for fitting the 9mm x-change kit fits better than the .40 barrel the gun came with, no play at all.
And $80 for an hour labor is about average.

You could also contact The SIG Armorer Robert Burke or Bruce Gray Gray Guns and check if they would give you a better quote.

If I take my bike to a certified H-D mechanic they charge $90/hr.

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They offer both slide and frame on their list of custom shop services

http://www.sigsauer.com/upFiles/CmsC...p-Services.pdf
They only bead blast a stainless frame, which I didn't realize. They do not blast alloy frames, which is what I was thinking.
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I've got a couple of P228s at Sig right now getting the SRT and standard triggers installed. Taking advantage of their 20% off special the total for both pistols was $215.84 or $107.92/pistol. For me it is worth it. I do not have the tools, time, or inclination to possibly mess up my go to pistols.
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