The SIG 226 and P12.45 sagas!
Ok - for those who are in the know re my probs with 226 at a recent steel shoot and, my P12.45 extraction prob's I'd had - UPDATE!! Sorry - my usual verbose self so bit long!
Went over to the Wed's .22 pinshoot later this afternoon but left myself over an hour of extra time so I could get some shooting in on the outdoor pistol range... all to myself - nice!
I first tried and tested the P12.45, post the fitting of my new Wilson extractor. YeeHaw! Ran like a good 'un. Only put about 50 or so rounds thru but oh my - what a joy. Suddenly this has become what I always wanted it to be - 100%, nary a hiccup - and it is sweet. I take back any disparaging remarks I may have made in past re Para's - this now is one very nice experience and I trust it. :smile:
The SIG - well all is not quite perfect tho way better, and I think I have realized what is affecting it. For those I didn't tell - SIG suggested when I spoke with them - put a bunch more ammo thru yet, like another 200 - 300.
Loaded up all my mags first with American Eagle - so, 2x20, 1x15 (other 15 was put aside with carry ammo) and 3x10. Put that 85 rounds thru and only IIRC about three minor feed probs, the sort that tap-rack-bang easily deal with. Then to almost tempt providence - loaded same mag's with the dreaded S&B!
This actually shot almost OK but again the odd poor feed but not bad ones. So we are up to about 170 rounds now. I thought OK - lets ''use up'' more of this S&B and went thru another 60 or so - BUT!!!! Problems began to show. I now got the odd stovepipe - still easy to clear but worst was later on the dread misfeed and mag jam. That is where the rising round goes too high (too slow off the mag) and jams against top of chamber - leading to that round's base pressing down bullet of next round in mag such that it is pointing down, and thus the rounds under it - if that makes sense!! If you've had this failure you'll know what I mean! Things are well jammed.
This requires a mag drop and shake free loose round, whack mag to reinstate normal round locations and reinsert and chamber a fresh one. Nasty drill - I'll call it the ''you are screwed'' failure!
So - my conclusion was - std pressure ammo will not run right thru a filthy gun - because by this stage I had a lotta soot around muzzle and plenty of mess internally. I had gone to that steel shoot with a dirty gun - perhaps thinking like with my BHP - it'll run better! Wrong!
It has to be a problem from fouling tho arguably not something that should happen anyways. I can say tho that however dirty this gun is my carry +P GD's will always run - 100%.
I intend now to do a scrupulous clean - maybe a gentle extra lap of slide to rails (same material, being ST, so lapable) - and then hope to go throw another 100 rounds thru when the chance. If that lot goes well then I will happlily reinstate the gun back to carry - knowing that the +P ammo is flawless for function.
I guess, looking back - this occurrence was first time I had gotten the gun so badly fouled up. Still think it should be more forgiving but not as concerned as I was. More feedback as it becomes available.