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Old 03-16-2012, 02:07 PM   #1
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What a treat at the the range, did great and very accurate.
Changing the grips was BRUTAL.
The trigger return spring comes off when you take off the original grips, so I had no way of knowing how it went BEFORE it popped off. Off course, I made the newbie mistake of putting it in backwards for the 1st,2nd, and 3rd tries until I realized it fit another way! Hope I didn't mess anything up...seems to work fine. Will need another Range Test to see how it does.
Hogue grips from Greg Cote fit perfectly, once I got the spring in correctly.
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Old 03-16-2012, 04:57 PM   #3
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The E Grips that came on it are actually more comfortable..the ergonomic design is very good. I have large hands so the Hogue's are fine too. But for duty, rough use, the originals probably do the job very well.
Again, what a PAIN to get them off without having the trigger return spring come flying out too!
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Original E Grip Configuration:
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Old 03-19-2012, 04:23 PM   #6
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I got my Sig .357 Conversion unit today and it installed without a hitch.
Will see how it shoots the next time I hit the range.

But 2 things I've noticed so far:

1: Color

The slide is almost a dark green compared to the black of the frame. It doesn't match. The .22 upper matches 100% as the earlier pix show. Don't know If I care or not, but after spending the $$$$ I did, I think I;d like it to match like an original .357 Sig must. Or do they also have a different appearence?

2: Slide

When installed without a round, the rear of the frame rail is visible on the pistol, while the original .22 unit it is not.
Also...if I pull the trigger while the slide is engaged without a round or dummy case in the chamber...the hammer seems to bounce a little at the end as if It's not hitting anything..I also don't feel anything like a firing pin impact. Maybe the tolerances are so tight..the thickness of the cartridge rim makes a difference.

As long as it works..it's not a problem. Will see how it fires come range time.

Maybe both issues are just the way it is and I have to get use to them as part of the learning curve on a new gun?
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On item #2, Normal to have the small amount of frame rails exposed and normal to the hammer bounce.

Both of my 226's have the rails exposed. Actually never thought to look if it is the same with a round chambered.

The hammer has a rebound or return spring in the mechanism to do what you are describing.


On item #1, you are comparing a nitron finish on stainless steel to an anodized finish on the aluminum frame. It is not uncommon to see differences between the frame finish and the slide finish. They are different finishes on different substrates. I believe we would all like to see them match perfectly but in most cases a visual difference is noted.

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Info appreciated greatly.

As a newbie, I have no experience with this brand...and its' quirks.
On Bushmasters, it's common to see differences in their anodizing..some came out purple!
I suspect the only way to get them all to match is to send them all off to be refinished at the same time. But as you mentioned, the difference between Aluminum and Stainless Steel may make a decent match impossible.

Here's another shot under different lights in all fairness, to how it looks in different conditions.
Also..is a UU-XXXXX number any indication where the frame was made?
I was told a UU serial number means it was made in Germany.
I'll chalk it up as part of the learning curve and expect it to perform perfectly at the range!

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is that the e2 grip that you took off? if so are you interested in selling if it fits the 229?
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I purchased a German Sig P226R made or proofed in July 2011 with e grips and it included a tool for removing them(one unit) which worked very well. Everything I have read, and it is alot, has been very positive for the P226. That is not to say there was nothing negative, but whatever was said was minimal in substance and problem.
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Sig customer service confirmed the color difference between the slide and frame is normal since different metals come out of the finishing process they use with different shading.

They say the frame rail is normal too.

My new 226 .22 LR Classic does include a pusher tool for popping off the grips.
But it's still a pain and if you drag them off...the trigger spring flies off too.
So far, I've found nothing in the manual advising what the tool is for or how to use it.
I understand the new E Grip is not just a simple swap out and some of the firing group may need to be changed too.
Honestly, they are more comfortable than the wooden ones I installed and may go back to them no matter how much better the Hogue's look.
Function over form!
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