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Replacing Slide Stop Spring in Sig P238

Discussion in 'Handguns: Autoloaders' started by J., Aug 28, 2010.

  1. J.

    J. member

    While dealing with failure to eject spent cartridge issues the Slide Stop has fallen out two times.:confused: So if anyone has replaced the spring please give me your knowledge.
    The Sig people are sending me that spring, (slide stop spring) and they assured me that it was easy to replace but it is very small and I am not sure that I have the skills to replace. Then they want me to put replace the recoil spring which is not a problem, but I don't know why they didn't put the right spring in the gun in the first place.:scrutiny:
    Also, the manual says not to over oil but the Sig guy says they like to be well oiled, "They Like to be wet he said." But then a rep from sig was talking on Tom Gresham's show and he said to just oil what was shiny. I take that to mean the parts that are wearing from a bad fit or lack of oil. Anyway, If anyone has any thoughts on that plese tell me.
    Actually, I would just like to send the gun back but they say they want accept it until I have put 200 rounds through it. At one round at a time that is probably going to take a long time.
    By the way I am not limp wristing it because I have had other shooters try it and it fails to eject with them.
    Thanks for any help:)
  2. DasFriek

    DasFriek Well-Known Member

    I owned a P238 for a few months and i loved the gun, I still miss it.
    To work on this gun is easy, Just think of it as a mini 1911.

    Everything below when using a live round make sure the safety in on as the P238 will allow the slide to fully move unlike a normal 1911.
    If its having ejection issues its likley the extractor needs some fine tuning.
    Just google "How to adjust a 1911 extractor?"
    Testing can be done by hand and use fmj as it may mess up any hollow points being chambered that many times.

    After some rethinking tho, If your having the slide stop spring falling out its possible that the slide stop is popping up when the gun is fired and catching on the slide stopping it from ejecting the case fully.

    Again try hand cycling the slide with a fmj round and with your thumb push up on the slide stop as you pull the slide back and see if its grabbing something.

    Past that i cant help with the slide stop spring replacement, But it cant be hard.
    Parts diagrams usually will at least show how its oriented into the gun.
  3. J.

    J. member

    Thanks, I have just decided to sell it, forget about it, and go back to revolvers. I understand revolvers and they work correctly right out of the box, or at least they did the last time I bought one.
    Mr Moderator please delete this thread....

  4. DasFriek

    DasFriek Well-Known Member

    I can understand your frustration, Im the type who likes a challenge at times.
    I only know auto's so revolvers are completely foreign to me.
    Good luck and i hope you don't loose much in the process.

    BTW the best way to get a thread deleted of your own is to report the thread with the buttons at the lower left.
  5. rellascout

    rellascout member

    Smart move the p238 is a failure by Sig "Cohen" Sauer.
  6. Flint Ridge

    Flint Ridge Well-Known Member

    J. - What is the build date on your P238?

    Seems like the newer one's might have fewer problems.
  7. Storm

    Storm Well-Known Member

    J, like you, many of us SIG P238 product testers have said goodbye to that mistake.
  8. Jolly Rogers

    Jolly Rogers Well-Known Member

    And probably many more owners just keep shooting a reliable gun but don't post on any forums about it.
  9. Storm

    Storm Well-Known Member

    Most likely the case. But, besides the forums, you also have folks complaining about them in gun shops and a lot of complaints are heard at the range. This isn't an Internet tempest in a teapot. The gun has had very serious issues.
  10. Flint Ridge

    Flint Ridge Well-Known Member

    Plus how many folks buy something and don't shoot it. Or, buy it put 2 mags through and place it on the nightstand. Also folks that quietly just sell it. So problems are overstated here as we attract problems. However if you think all the problem P238's are gone, you would be mistaken. Plenty still NIB all over the country.
  11. DasFriek

    DasFriek Well-Known Member

    Ill admit i had an issue with the slide not staying back on the last round on the one i owned. And when i adjusted the mag to fix that it would no longer feed HP's. Then i adjusted the feed lips in the mag and i put over 500 trouble free rounds threw that gun and carried it cocked and locked in my back pocket with my 270lb butt on it.

    Basically the gun is a mini 1911 and even a full sized one of those can still be finicky.
    I do admit it may not be a gun for the masses, But for a few with patience they can be greatly rewarded with one of the best shooting .380's on the market.

    Or have a big pita i guess also.

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