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Old 03-13-2013, 07:22 AM   #1
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Slide release

My new SIG P220, full size, requires a two handed slide release after emptying a magazine. What do I do to facilitate a release with the thumb?
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Old 03-13-2013, 08:00 AM   #2
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the recoil spring will loosen up over time & a thumb release will get easier.
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Old 03-13-2013, 08:10 AM   #3
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With a loaded mag inserted just pull back on the slide and release.
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I noticed the exact same thing on the new 226 tac ops I was handling this afternoon. I could not release the slide with just the button. The spring was way too tight and required me to pull slightly back on the slide while pressing the button to get the slide released. Does seem like a break-in period thing...
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It will probably break in and get easier. I prefer to "slingshot" the slide anyway by pulling back on it slightly and letting it release. Only time I use the slide release lever is when I have an empty mag in it for some reason.
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I have this new p239, I put Hogue grips on it and thought that made it more difficult to
operate the controls. I'm putting my left thumb on the release and my right thumb on top
of the left thumb to release it. Works pretty well. Have to say working the slide is difficult
too. Was a mechanic for years but after moving to management a lot of years ago
the finger and grip strength just aint what it used to be.
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The so called slide release is actually a slide lock. It is designed to be disengaged by pulling the slide back and releasing when mag is loaded to chamber a round-as dead duck said "slingshot". If you prefer not to do this, I suggest practicing a tactical reload. Leave one in the chamber when loading a new mag do you never have the slide locking back. If you decide to preform tac reloads, keep the muzzle pointed downrage and keep the firearm in your "workspace"- the direct, natural line of sight between your eyes and the intended target.
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I have this new p239, I put Hogue grips on it and thought that made it more difficult to
operate the controls. I'm putting my left thumb on the release and my right thumb on top
of the left thumb to release it. Works pretty well. Have to say working the slide is difficult
too. Was a mechanic for years but after moving to management a lot of years ago
the finger and grip strength just aint what it used to be.
i first held a friend's p239 before buying mine and I felt like I was a wimp for not begin able to push the slide release down with my thumb. My friend can, but he'd been doing that for so long, it's nothing. I think it's a combination of of callousing your thumb and just the mechanics getting easier over time.
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