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Sig P226

Discussion in 'Handguns: Autoloaders' started by mlbmd, Aug 24, 2009.

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  1. mlbmd

    mlbmd Member

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    I have a Sig P226 9mm, about 15+ years old. About a year ago, in a review I read about a particular spring that had been updated since my pistol was manufactured and it was recommended it be replaced.
    I cannot remember what particular spring it was; I know it was not the recoil spring.
    Can anyone shed any light on this?
    Thanks
     
  2. 9mmepiphany

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    it sounds like you're referring to the main spring

    the newer 226 models come with the shorter mainspring and a longer mainspring seat. the factory seats are plastic, but you can get metal ones if that is your preference.

    the change requires that you either get newer grips or modify the ones you have to clear the new parts
     
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    Trigger bar spring perhaps?
     
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    If the guns runs don't replace anything. IMHO
     
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    I know they changed the style of the trigger bar spring under the right grip, but I'm not sure if they put the new spring in the old pistols. The old trigger bar springs were one part that broke occasionally on Sigs, so an upgrade is good if it applies to your pistol. Old springs were just bent wire, new springs have a coil in the center.

    If you go to Midway USA, they have spring (parts) kits for old and new P226's, they might give info there. Otherwise try the Sig Forum.

    P.S. Welcome to The High Road.
     
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    Like the others said, the trigger bar transfer spring has been changed.
    But one thing to note about that, the new style trigger transfer bar spring will not fit under the older grips.
    If you want the new spring then you must change grips to the new factory grips or something aftermarket.
    It's really not necessary to change, but you should keep a couple of replacement old style springs.
    If it's a defensive piece then I suggest changing to the new style if you shoot then gun a lot.

    The hammer spring/mainspring has changed too. It went from a steel hammer strut seat to a plastic mainspring housing. It's not necessary to change to the new style.
     
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    I've heard that not replacing some of the more worn-out recoil springs might cause the frame to crack if the slide slams against it at full force without the spring absorbing some of the impact. I usually live by the "if it ain't broke don't fix it" mentality, but thinking about that made me a little concerned.
     
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    How many cracked frames have been reported?
     
  9. John Parker

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    SIG should send you a free spring kit if you call them up.
     
  10. 9mmepiphany

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    regular replacement of recoil springs should occur between 3500-5000 rounds
     
  11. rellascout

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    I have not heard of Sig giving away springs in a long time.
     
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    None that I know of, but I'm sure in some extreme conditions it might happen. As my P6 cycles great and hasn't had any problems, I'm not too concerned with changing it anytime soon.
     
  13. gtmtnbiker98

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    Just buy the springs from Top Gun Supply, they aren't that expensive and what I consider cheap insurance.
     
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    Agreed.

    There have been some old reports or frame cracking, but those are all second hand accounts. From those accounts apparently Sig will replace the frames. There were also reports of slides cracking on some 220s, but that was related to the design, not recoil spring issues.
     
  15. John Parker

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    I got mine from them about 6 months ago.
     
  16. customizedcreationz

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    Sig gave you a free spring kit ?

    Thats news to me and I am a Sig Dealer !
     
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