Sig P-238 Magazine Failure
I went to the range this weekend and had a scary thing happen when shooting my Sig P-238. The base plate of the Sig Factory 7 Round Magazine came off!!! When I say came off I mean the baseplate separated from the magazine dumping the spring, follower and ammunition out the bottom of the magazine. Since this was a practice session I simply gathered up all the component off the shooting table, but what if this had actually been a life or death situation? If you carry locked and loaded you would have one round in the chamber and be looking at a magazine change if you also had an extra mag in your pocket, if not????
Upon closer examination of this magazine the baseplates are tack welded in place on the interior of the mag. On this mag there wasn't much more to hold the baseplate than the heat discoloration of the stainless. This was a fairly new magazine and has only been cycled a half a dozen times before this failure. What's scary is I am now concerned about the quality control of all the Sig P-238 magazines as I can see no way to assure this will not happen again. Additionally, this appears to be a poor choice of affixing a magazine baseplate since these little Sigs really has only one purpose, and that is Concealed Carry and Personal Defense. I contacted Sig and they have shipped me a replacement magazine. I contacted my local gunsmith and he tells me this is not an isolated occurrence and suggested I bring in a magazine that I use for carry and he would TIG weld the baseplate to be sure this cannot happen at least to that magazine.
My question is has anyone else had this problem?