Sig P238 Issue

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    Sig P238 Issue

    Took my Sig P238 out this weekend & after every 2nd shot fired the slide would stay stuck back. I'd slide it back forward & continue to fire. It happened every time I put a new mag in. I have never had a problem with it with in the 2 years I have owned it. Any ideas on what it could be?

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    Several ideas. Magazine spring and follower, ammo, and magazine. When you have a failure to chamber, do you slap the bottom of mag to see if it will chamber a round?

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    If it staying back but not locking then it could be time to replace the recoil spring.
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    you need a new barrel spring and firing pin spring while your there

    the firing pin safety pin that protrudes from the top of the slide is creating more hold back than the bbl spring can overcome.
    and take the slide completely apart to clean the firing pin channel and the general area
    remember to reoil if you use break cleaner.

    often times just a good cleaning fixes hung up stuff but after 2 years new springs are not such a waste of money.
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    I did just start using a Sig extended mag & this was the first time I tried it out. I didn't have my original mag with me so couldn't try it. I had gave it a good cleaning a couple of months ago & haven't fired it since then. Where can I purchase a new recoil spring from?

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    Hold the phone guys...

    Pearl,

    Are you stating that the slide stop is engaging the slide so that it locks open, or something else.

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    Lets look at the slide stop spring and make sure it's intact and functioning. If the slide stop seems like it's wiggling around in place when the slide pulls to the rear without a mag inserted, if might be item #18 on the parts list in your users manual. That little guy can cause premature lock back if it's worn or damaged.

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    If you've owned the pistol for two years you may have the older-style, round recoil spring rather than the newer, longer flat spring. If that is the case, Sig will send you a pack of three recoil and three firing pin springs free. In any case, they're inexpensive.

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    Call Sig customer service before you make any internal changes.
    The early 238s had several issues but the newer ones got different mag designs and different recoil springs. I found Sig's CS to be very helpful and they reduced the trigger pull on my 238 from 11.13 to 7lbs and had the gun back to me in 8 days. No cost to me at all.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jrprich View Post
    Call Sig customer service before you make any internal changes. The early 238s had several issues but the newer ones got different mag designs and different recoil springs.
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    Fire it one handed. If the problem goes away, it's your grip. You're bonking the slide stop when the gun fires.

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