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Old 05-22-2020, 03:31 PM   #1
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P938 - Should I trust the local smith?

Here's what I have going on with my P938. Should I send it to the factory and wait out the current backlog, or can I trust a skilled gunsmith on this one?
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Old 05-22-2020, 03:41 PM   #2
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Can you give an explanation of what is happening ? Is that a FTFeed or FTExtract ?
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Can you give an explanation of what is happening ? Is that a FTFeed or FTExtract ?
It is not extracting. It occurs randomly and I am not able to get more than a couple shots off at a time.
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If the gun is under warranty, get in touch with SIG and send it in.
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Old 05-22-2020, 05:41 PM   #5
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I agree, send it to Sig before giving it to a smith. Not that a smith should not be able to help you, but if he identifies something that the factory needs to fix, and they can tell a smith had it they may balk, especially if he files on anything.
But before sending it in, does it happen with all mags? Handloads? All brands of ammo?
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Old 05-22-2020, 05:43 PM   #6
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Again, I am simply asking if a skilled gunsmith can take care of it. The warranty is no good to me if there is a huge backlog.
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I sent my P938 in two weeks ago for a similar issue and it was back to me in a week. The fix for mine was they polished the feed ramp. There was no backlog on mine. You may be able to get them to wave the $55 shipping.


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I think you answered your own question. If there's a huge backlog that you are unwilling to tolerate then you have 2 choices IMO, take it to a skilled gunsmith, or leave it be until you are certain you can live with whatever time Sig tells you its going to take to fix it.

It appears you are not open to alternatives, I understand you did not ask for any - so my answer is YES. Good luck, hope it works out for you however you proceed.
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Old 05-22-2020, 06:03 PM   #9
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A skilled gun smith can handle it. I've never understood the send it back to the factory thing anyway. If you vehicle breaks it doesn't go back to the factory to get repaired, even if it's under warranty. The gun factory may have very skilled gunsmiths, but the primary job of the(any) factory is to manufacturer stuff, not repair it.
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Again, I am simply asking if a skilled gunsmith can take care of it. The warranty is no good to me if there is a huge backlog.
If the skilled smith said he can do it then yes. I recommend asking the smith if he can take care of it.
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TeamFDN, couple of questions:
1. What types of ammunition have you tried?
2. How well did you clean and lube before firing? Especially the rails. I believe 938’s need to run pretty well lubed during break in, which could easily be 400-500 rounds.
3. Is your Guide Rod screwed together tight?
4. Is this a new gun, or is this a new problem on an old gun?
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Old 05-22-2020, 06:21 PM   #12
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Sig usually pretty quick with their turnaround times, a week. If you drop the mag, does the casing fall out or do you have to work it out with a finger.

I had some issues with some Blazer Brass 6 months ago. My local range also said they had some trouble with Blazer 9mm around the same time. Long story short, maybe its your ammo.

Take out the barrel and drop some ammo into the chamber. It should drop in freely and easily. If the ammo is fine, replace the extractor. Certainly your gunsmith can do that.
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I'm confused (not unusual these days).

Is the case stuck in that position?

I assume the slide travels back sufficiently far to pickup the next round which then gets stuck under or behind the spent unextracted case?

Either the extractor is weak or the case is difficult to pull from the chamber (rough chamber or ammunition issue)... maybe?

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BTW If that's LIVE Ammo You Cannot Ship It Back To Sig.
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Take a look at post #3 in this thread. ThnkFrst has posted pictures of a normal and broken extractor. I've had them broken and still eject intermittently.
https://sigtalk.com/p238-p938-pistol...ing-brass.html

If thay's the issue you can replace it for about $32.37 plus shipping. It will probably be faster. You can probably get a new roll pin for it at a local hardware store.
https://www.midwestgunworks.com/page...prod/1201630-R

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