Sig P238 Recoil Spring Question

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    Sig P238 Recoil Spring Question

    I have had my P238 for a little over a year. I have heard of problems with the recoil springs wearing out. Have any P238 owners experienced this yet or any other problems? I have about 600 rounds through mine with no problems as of yet.
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    I assume all gun springs wear out in time. I've read that the recoil spring is the first to go, and that SIG Sauer recommends replacing recoil springs after 5,000 rounds. As I understand it, this is a generi recommendation -- it is not specific to the P238.

    I found the article: http://throwinglead.com/index.php?pa...ning_guide_SIG. A maintenance schedule is toward the end.

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    I've put probably 250-300 rounds a month through mine over the past 5 months... just keeps getting smoother and has yet to see its first malfunction.
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    I have over 1,000 rounds through my P238...No Problems, so far.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Skookum View Post
    SIG Sauer recommends replacing recoil springs after 5,000 rounds.
    Dang. Mine shoots awesome and by those standards, I am long overdue. I've had my P238 for about a year and half now and I put about 100~ rounds through it every week when practicing. Never had a issue.
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    I had some initial problems with my P238 when they first came out. I called Sig and they sent me the new flat springs (2), I haven't had a problem since. Give them a call, maybe they'll send you some freebies.

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    Mine runs fine. Got about the same round count through mine with no failures. Now that you mention it though, it might be a good idea to order one up to have on hand for when it starts to act up... I think Sig suggest a replacement at the 500 round mark, not sure on that though.
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    Quote Originally Posted by gottabkiddin View Post
    Mine runs fine. Got about the same round count through mine with no failures. Now that you mention it though, it might be a good idea to order one up to have on hand for when it starts to act up... I think Sig suggest a replacement at the 500 round mark, not sure on that though.
    I heard the same thing but seems like a very small round count to be replacing springs already.
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    Owner's manual recommends spring replacement at 1,500 rounds. You can buy 3 sets of replacement springs from Sig Sauer for $4, IIRC. I went ahead and changed mine out after 1200 rds. Springs are cheap, why take a chance? Especially with a carry gun.
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    I only have about 200 rounds through mine but my neighbor has 1000 rounds through his without a hiccup
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