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Old 01-28-2013, 04:09 PM   #1
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I bought a used P226 in 9mm yesterday. After getting it home and examining it closley I have 2 things I noticed. The Mag Eject Button is on the right hand side of the gun. How do I go about moving it back to the left side? Step by Step please. 2nd thing. When I look into the mag well I can see the Trigger Bar Spring protruding into the mag well. The Mag will insert and eject properly, however this just ain't right, so to speak. What's the best way to fix this?
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Old 01-28-2013, 04:20 PM   #2
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There's a youtube video that shows the process of swapping your mag release over the way it is on yours right now. Just do the same steps to swap it back. I was actually gonna swap mine to the right side to hit with my trigger finger but the back plate was pretty tight so I didn't want to scratch it up without ordering a replacement one. Be careful with the 2 little springs in the release! Put it in a plastic bag when you do it in case they decide to fly!
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it was for someone left-handed, or someone right handed, who wanted to release the mag with the right forefinger, someone will talk you thru it.

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Thanks Guys

Thanks to both of you for your response. I actually tried using my trigger finger to press the Mag Release Button, it works very well but the rest if my handguns are on the left, also the button has a noticable sticking point and an audible click when I depress it. If I can take it apart maybe I can determine the problem. Then I can decide which side I prefer. Any thoughts on the spring problem?

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Toothpick & Pay Attention

Use a toothpick to fix that Trigger Bar Spring

The end of the trigger bar spring is just a tiny bit too far down into the frame. Stick a toothpick under the spring close to the hole in the frame while holding the spring close to the trigger bar. The spring needs to almost touch the trigger bar so it does not touch the inside of the grip.

Changing out the Magazine release is not difficult. The big problem comes when you insert the Magazine catch stop in wrong. Wrong is with the stop turned 180. When removing the stop you press a small point like an ice pick into the end of the stop. If you insert the stop with that edge behind the stop that means you cannot press it anymore and the mag release will not work.



The picture above shows the mag catch stop turned the correct way.

You must remove the trigger bar spring to insert the Support plate in the right side as it slips in from the back side.
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Top Gun Supply has a DVD by Chris Ornsdorff, a Certified Sig Armorer, that gives detailed instruction in the disassembly and reassembly of the classic P-series pistols. If you are wanting to learn how to service and maintain your pistol, it's well worth the small investment. The techniques he shows are very close to what is taught by Sig in the Armorer's Course. Top Gun Supply also has a wide variety of parts for Sig pistols and they are highly respected in the Sig community.

Chris Ornsdorff video: Sig Sauer Armorer's Course DVD - P SERIES - Top Gun Supply

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Use a toothpick to fix that Trigger Bar Spring

The end of the trigger bar spring is just a tiny bit too far down into the frame. Stick a toothpick under the spring close to the hole in the frame while holding the spring close to the trigger bar. The spring needs to almost touch the trigger bar so it does not touch the inside of the grip.

Changing out the Magazine release is not difficult. The big problem comes when you insert the Magazine catch stop in wrong. Wrong is with the stop turned 180. When removing the stop you press a small point like an ice pick into the end of the stop. If you insert the stop with that edge behind the stop that means you cannot press it anymore and the mag release will not work.



The picture above shows the mag catch stop turned the correct way.

You must remove the trigger bar spring to insert the Support plate in the right side as it slips in from the back side.
another great pic, i'm learning a lot.
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To all that have been helping me. Some great ideas and great info. Can we go back to the spring issue? The tooth pick is a great idea for a field remedy, but what about a permanent fix. Would a new spring take care of the problem?
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The toothpick fix is permanent.

You don't leave the toothpick there. Use the toothpick like a crowbar or wedge and pull the spring up into it's correct place.
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OH! OK, I get it now. Thank You.
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