Sig P220 Mag Trouble


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Crosscut
January 23, 2010, 01:00 PM
Having trouble getting rounds into my mags. I just picked the gun up used. I have three mags like the one pictured and have trouble with all, I have one other mag that is no issue but it doesn't have the two extra indents at the back which I believe fits the groove of the shell case. I've been shooting Wolf ammo steel case, would a switch to brass solve the problem, or I could just grind down the indents. Any thoughts?

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9mmepiphany
January 23, 2010, 09:17 PM
the easiest way to load mags is with a Uplula loader, which depresses the follower down deep enough to just slip the shell in.

i've actually never heard of anyone having this problem as i think the shells just slip pass the indentions as they are pressed in. the "indentions" are there to retard the forward motion of the 2nd shell when the top shell is stripped off by the slide.

when loading, just press down the follower with the shell and slip the round as far as it will go. place a 2nd round atop the first, when you press it down, it will press the 1st one below the indentions and allow it to move to the back of the magazine.

Slim Pickens
January 24, 2010, 12:06 AM
The newer style P220 mags (as in your picture) are notoriously hard to load and unload.

The older mags were much easier to load because they did not have the groove on each side. Sig upgraded the mags with those grooves to keep the top cartridge in place until it gets cycled into the chamber. With the older mags, the top cartridge would often slide forward against the feed ramp and then fall out when a loaded mag was removed from the gun. Some people were annoyed by that. Otherwise, either style of mag should function okay.

You could grind down the indents, but I would personally keep them as they are. Steel or brass shouldn't make any difference, unless Wolf is even worse than I thought.

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