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Old 04-23-2013, 12:43 PM   #1
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SP2022 Re-Assembly Help

Hi guys,

First post here. Been lurking since I got my gun back in December. Had not shot it until this morning. Put sixty flawless rounds through it and got my Crimson Trace Railmaster dialed in.

Last night, I disassembled and lubed it for the first time before my trip to the range this morning. I did have difficulty with getting the slide back on correctly. When I inserted the take down pin, the slide locked open and would not budge. Even with the pin removed, the slide stayed locked and would not move at all. The only way I was able to get it to release was hit it sharply with the palm of my hand. I had to this several times until I finally got it right. I was sure I had probably done some damage but based on the way it performed today, it looks like I got lucky. If I remember right, on the last attempt, I partially inserted the pin before I moved the slide back to line up the slots. This was the only thing I did different from the previous attempts.

My gun is disassembled, clean and lubed sitting on my desk and I'm trying to work up the courage to try to put it back together. I really don't want to get like I was yesterday. Not to mention the risk of damaging the gun. Any tips or suggestions would be appreciated.
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Old 04-23-2013, 12:54 PM   #2
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Mine had been doing some crazy stuff like that also. Mine was like not wanting to go on the back rails without some force and seemed to not want to align correctly I took it I a gunsmith today and he showed me if I keep downward pressure when I put the slide on it takes all the problems I had away. I hope yours gets better.
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Old 04-23-2013, 01:02 PM   #3
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That pin is tough, it loosens up a little bit after the first time. The slide will lock back without that pin insert everytime. I've never seen any evidence of damage after that happens. I haven't found where it catches either.

Several of the YouTube videos I found on disassemble and reassemble talk about it, but never said what causes it. A good smack is how they fixed it as well. The videos all show putting in the pin part way, then sliding it back and pushing the pin in the rest of the way. So, after the second time of doing it, that's what I've been doing. Since then, I've cleaned it about 10 times, and have around 1500 rounds downrange without issue. I wouldn't put too much worry on it.
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Old 04-23-2013, 01:07 PM   #4
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Sometimes during reassembly we push the slide too far back before inserting the pin. The breech section will drop down some and get out of whack, my 2022 does the same thing. When reassembling, just be sure the breech doesn't move as you slowly push the slide back onto the rail guides.
You can also simply invert it (upside down) when reinstalling the slide.
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Got it on the first try. Like Bones said, I think I was pulling the slide back too far before inserting the pin. Thanks everyone. I look forward to learning more about these fine weapons.
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Hello guys, first time on here. broke my 2022 down, and same thing happened, stuck all the way back even without pin. What i noticed is that it hung up on the hammer. Pull slide all the way back as far as it will go, and hold the hammer back. Should slide right back into postion.
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Hello guys, first time on here. broke my 2022 down, and same thing happened, stuck all the way back even without pin. What i noticed is that it hung up on the hammer. Pull slide all the way back as far as it will go, and hold the hammer back. Should slide right back into postion.
Good to know I'm not the only one. Thanks for the tip. Will keep it in mind if this happens in the future.
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Old 04-24-2013, 06:44 PM   #8
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I found with mine you have to put the slide pin into place as soon as the lug lines up. Then push the slide all the way to the insert notch, push the slide pin all the way then pull the slide back all the way and let it go. Works well for me.
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Re: SP2022 Re-Assembly Help

Yup, putting the pin in as soon as it lines up with the barrel lug is the ticket. It keeps the barrel from dropping down and getting in the way as you pull the slide back to the takedown notch. Once you get to the notch you just push the pin in the rest of the way. Easy as pie once you do it once or twice.
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What lead me to your thread was the issue of re-assembly, even though I have a P232. I purchased it new in early March, and while it shoots beautifully it is a rascal to re-assemble after cleaning too. I thought it was me and I would get the hang of setting the slide back on as I followed the manual and some great you-tube videos. However I continued to experience the slide would set down but would not rack full forward like it is supposed to. A friend of mine is a well respected expert with firearms, and even he had difficulty getting the slide reseated after cleaning. After patience and several tries I would get it seated and the function checks were good. The last time I shot and cleaned it, after getting the slide seated, it failed the function check where after inserting the empty magazine it would not stay locked in the open position as per instruction manual. I tried a few times, including a different magazine, and it still would not stay locked in the open position. At this point I called Sig Customer Service and they sent me the shipping label to send it in. I just got it back (took about two weeks) and was stunned when the document stated two gunsmiths inspected, disassembled, and reassembled the pistol several times without difficulty. It stated the difficulties the customer experienced cannot be duplicated. Reading your post and the replies is helpful, even though the pistol model is different. If you or anyone else has any thoughts, I'm open for suggestions. Maybe it's just me but it felt like the gunsmiths threw me under the bus, as there were no helpful comments that I should try as far as technique when re-seating the slide or what may have caused that particular function check to not perform as per instruction manual.
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I found a different way of making it work good or bad i don't know when it gets stuck I insert empty mag and it releases any one else tried this
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I found a different way of making it work good or bad i don't know when it gets stuck I insert empty mag and it releases any one else tried this
The slide should stay locked open when an empty mag is in place (the mag follower (which SIG calls a "feeder") should push up on the slide catch), so I'm not sure what is happening in your case.

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OK tried method of putting in in part way then pulling back and seating fully seems to work most times sometimes i just have to give it small push forward and it falls into place
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...The videos all show putting in the pin part way, then sliding it back and pushing the pin in the rest of the way...
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Sometimes during reassembly we push the slide too far back before inserting the pin. The breech section will drop down some and get out of whack...
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Yup, putting the pin in as soon as it lines up with the barrel lug is the ticket. It keeps the barrel from dropping down and getting in the way as you pull the slide back to the takedown notch. Once you get to the notch you just push the pin in the rest of the way. Easy as pie once you do it once or twice.
Yep; you need to lock the barrel in place with the tip of the pin, then move the slide the rest of the way back to finish pushing it in.

SIG is explicit about this in the SP2022 Owner's Manual:

"Slip the complete assembly [slide, barrel, recoil spring guide, recoil spring] from the front onto the frame until it is flush at the rear.

Insert the slide catch lever horizontally from the left until it reaches the slide."

Then they describe sliding the slide further back and pushing the lever the rest of the way in.
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