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Old 10-23-2012, 10:28 PM   #1
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P226 Wear & Tear...

So, I am new to Sigs, brand new. I had a p220 classic .22lr for about a week, shot 50 rounds through it and then traded it for a p226 in .40. After I got home, I broke it down, (I field stripped it when I got it, but didn't look too hard) and it's pretty worn... From all I've read, it seems like it should be fine as long as I run some good grease in the rails and lube all the other parts... What does everybody think? Oh yeah, I have some Militec-1 on the way, anybody else use it?

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Old 10-23-2012, 10:48 PM   #2
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http://sigtalk.com/sig-sauer-pistols...ion-guide.html

Reference that page.

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Thanks SnakeShooter! I found that page during my research and read it over and over again. It made me feel better about my trade... I would say the worst wear is on the top of the rails near the hammer, and it's dark and bright gold... So, according to Flork, it should have plenty of life left! My barrel is awfully worn, does anyone recommend stripping/polishing it with vinegar and whatnot?
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Unless there's grooves that you can feel, don't bother. Polishing just removes more steel, making your tolerances larger. If it gets bad enough, replace it.
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All I can see from your pics is just normal wear and tear and it looks like mostly finish wear. As Snake said, I'd just leave it. It's going to happen anyway as you shoot. Wear to the outter surface of the barrel isn't all that important. What's imporant is the bore and condition of the rifling, so if that's in good condition I wouldn't worry about it. The outter surfaces of the pistol appear to be in very good shape, so, to me, it looks like it was pretty well taken care of.
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That handgun is actually in pretty damn good shape, especially the exterior (from what I can see). It looks like something I would buy lol.
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Well, good. That makes me feel better. I tend to end up with things that have "personality"... haha. The more I look at it, break it down, clean it, hold it, the more I'm starting to appreciate it. Going shooting this weekend, that should make or break it for me! The first thing I want to do is get new grips. These ones are worn, almost completely smooth in some places. I have tiny hands, I'm thinking about the Hogue G-10 grips, anybody like/dislike them?
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One bit of advice with the Hogue Grips... DON'T use the steel screws that come with them. I was just reading another thread about how the Hogue steel screws are a bit short and tend to strip out the softer aluminum frame. Use the screws that come with your gun and don't over-tighten them. Use some fingernail polish or blue Loctite to keep them from backing out. I love G-10 grips, especially on 1911s. Haven't tried them on a Sig yet. The checkering patterns are usually aggressive and G-10 is denser than most other materials that grips are made of, so they add a little heft. I modified my Ruger 22/45 to accept 1911 grips and slapped on a pair of VZ canvas Micartas with a really aggressive checkering. The gun recoils down into my hand and is super-controllable. The checkering pattern is slanted downward and to the rear, so the recoil "tracks" the grip down into your hand.

Go grab a pair of the Hogues at your local Cabela's or other sporting goods store and ask if you can check them out and handle them. Heck, most online retailers take parts like that back no questions asked, as long as they aren't scratched or anything.

If you have any more questions, just let me know.

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EDIT: Never mind, the VZs on my 22/45 ARE G-10. Here's the ones I found at a pawn shop for $25 in new condition:

http://vzgrips.com/gun-grips/1911-pi...irty-olive-g10

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Me? I like a bit of color.

I also like aggressive checkering. It reminds you that the gun is there, that it's dangerous, and that it shouldn't be taken lightly.

SIG Sauer P226 Chain Link G10 - G-Mascus Tan [26117-TAN] - $119.95 : Hogue Inc., The Best Value In Handgun Grips, Rifle Stocks and Accessories - Bar None!

Some of the top-end custom 1911 artists (i.e., nighthawk custom and Rodgers) use this "golfball" texture, which purportedly is the best of both worlds: grippiness and comfort.

SIG Sauer P226 Piranha Grip G10 - G-Mascus Black/Gray [26137-BLKGRY] - $119.95 : Hogue Inc., The Best Value In Handgun Grips, Rifle Stocks and Accessories - Bar None!
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yes to militec-1
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I really like the look of the VZ and Hogue grips. That's the next purchase I'll make for this thing! I read some of the threads about stripped threads... Scary! As far as the Militec goes, I read that you should "heat" it. Will a hairdryer work?
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Just my 2 cents, yes to mil tec-1 oil. All of my sigs are treated with the oil and heat gun. On the rails I use mil tec GREASE. About 6bucks for a LARGE tube,like lifetime worth. I just dont feel comfortable with just the oil on rails although that is what I used before I found the grease.Your supplier should carry it also.
Grip screwa I would not ues anything stronger than nail polish.The metal there is awlful thin and locktite tends to grip a bit too well. If threads get damaged good repairs have been made with locktite thread repair kits and DEVCON. With devcon you will have to redrill and tap new threads. I would prefer helicoil but that depends on your skill level but would solve the problem forever.I think SIG should use that to begin withfrom the get go!
Your wear looks good to go with proper lube job and run rails wet with grease. If it slides grease if it rolls oil it.
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Survival here:
Congratulations on ur trade u have a fine weapon, have one myself in 9mm. With some tlc she will be the prettiest girl at the range.
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Got the Militec-1 in today... Broke it down and lubed it up. Hit kind of a snag though... I took the takedown lever and locking block out, looked dirty in there. Cleaned them up and lubed them. When I tried to put the locking block in, it got stuck, like really stuck. So, I wiggled and pried on it and finally got it back out. Caused a little bit more wear and tear.. A few knicks and dings, but I think it's ok. I had to leave for work, so it's in peices on my dresser. Now I have to try to tackle it when I get home. Fun, fun... On a positive note, the Militec-1 seems great. Nice and smooth.
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Looks good to me. Congrats on the swap from a 220 --> 226.

Mine comes in tomorrow and I cannot wait.
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