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Old 04-11-2012, 06:20 AM   #1
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HELP! P226 Slide Wear / Metal Shavings / Your Thoughts

April 15 2012 I purchased a new P226 Tac Ops in 9mm. Other than being slightly inaccurate it has worked flawless with absolutely no failures of any kind. This gun has always been torn down, cleaned, lubed, and treated to Slide Glide after shooting any rounds through it regardless of count. Up to the point of installing the 22 cal kit I was really happy with this gun.

A few weeks later I ordered a 22 conversion kit directly from Sigg. At the time I first installed the 22 kit the condition of the gun was pristine with no visible signs of rail wear, coating wear, or anything else.

Upon assembly of the 22 kit I did notice that when I installed the 22 slide it did scrape off the majority of the grease, more so than the 9mm slide, off the rails so I re-installed a second application of grease and applied a little oil. I assumed the tight fitting was as designed.

After approximately 150, 22 rounds of CCI Mini Mags, I was made aware of an issue as I was being poked in my fingers by what appeared to be several long metal slivers about 2mm in length and after further inspection and removal of the slide the entire inside of the slide and breach area was covered in metal shavings and fine metal particles. Upon returning home and during cleaning several large round flakes, similar to “gold flakes or nuggets” about 2mm in size were found after washing out all of metal in the gun with liquid cleaner. I called Sigg, sent photos, and retuned the gun to Sigg. As you can see from the photos one of the side rails appear to have a grove in the middle of the scraped area as well.

At Siggs directive I went back to the range and every time after 100 rounds or so the red slide glide is completely silver filled with fine metal particles and the black rail coating is considerably worn off even more, however, the metal particles are no longer slivers or large flat “saucers” as they once were. They are now more fine particles.

Sigg suggested I send the gun back and today I received an email from Sigg telling me the wear was normal. So I would like to request your feedback and experience as well as wear/round count/life expectancy and if it's normal to have a Sigg P226 filled with metal particles every time you fire it. Your advise and comments are much appreciated.


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Old 04-11-2012, 08:02 AM   #2
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How do the rails look inside your .22 conversion slide? Any burrs or rough machine tool marks?
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Got my first SIG in 1986. I've gone through a lot of Sig models, personally and in the public sector since then and have never heard of such a thing. Sounds like a bad fit issue with the conversion, so why not just let Sig deal with it.
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The picture isn't good enough to see what you are describing and what we say doesn't matter anyway. If Sig suggested you send it back, then send it back and I am sure they will fix anything that needs fixed.
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Really? Does your Sig have metal particles in it after you shoot 100 rounds? Have you ever found that you had several metal slivers stuck in your fingers after firing your Sig?

Sig has the pistols but they are being sent back and today they said it was normal wear.... for a 5 week old gun????? I can't see how having the slide glide full of metal after every use is "normal". Turns from red to grey metal. If so, I'm selling and changing... Love my new HK and FHM.

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I was confused by your post. Didn't realize you sent it back already. Also it said you bought in on April 15 2012 so I assumed you meant 2011 and had had it a year. After reading the post again I am still confused by the order of things that happened. But I can't imagine saucer shaped pieces of metal? or red metal? or anything 2mm in size? 2mm is pretty big and I'm just confused.

I will go back to the beginning though where you say it was not an accurate gun from the day you first shot it? I would have returned it to place of purchase or Sig before I modified it with a new slide and barrel. If you are an experienced shooter and a Sig 226 was not accurate, there was a problem from day one and you should rewind to there and start again dealing with things.
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