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    Default Jamming Sig P226 Please Help.

    About a month ago I purchased a lightly used Sig Sauer P226 9mm in excellent condition. It is an Old West German one, pre-94.

    It was my first personal gun purchase, though I already own a number of other guns given to me by family members. I am by no means an expert shooter, but I am familiar with and have shot quite a few different guns.

    The first time I shot it I put 100 rounds of 115 grain Winchester 9mm ammo through it without any problems. After that I field stripped the gun, cleaned it and lubed it, reassembled it and put it back in the box. This was probably 3 weeks ago.

    Yesterday I brought it out again and bought 100 rounds of Federal 115 grain 9mm ammo. With two other friends we took turns shooting at some milk jugs. My friend went first and it almost instantly jammed. From that point on none of us could get more than five rounds straight through it without it jamming on us. Sometimes it was having a failure to eject and a few times it was a feeding issue. I really am not sure what to do.

    Any pointers or help is appreciated. I'm really worried, I love this gun, but I can't use a gun that is going to jam on me like this. I'd love to hear some opinions from people a lot more educated on the topic than I am. Thank you in advance guys.

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    Default Re: Jamming Sig P226 Please Help.

    Hmmmm...either you reassembled it incorrectly or it could possibly have a weak recoil spring. Try field stripping it and reassembling it again.

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    Default Re: Jamming Sig P226 Please Help.

    Buy another box of the Winchester ammo and see if the problem persists, the Federal could be underpowered.

    And yeah pay attention to the recoil spring , a weak spring will cause failure to feed a too strong spring will cause failure to eject, i feel its the ammo though, switch ammo before you start to panic and let us know how it turns out.

    Your post caught my eye because i have never seen a Sig Jam and i own 6 of them. And carry 3 of them on a regular basis.

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    Default Re: Jamming Sig P226 Please Help.

    Quote Originally Posted by mrnyman View Post

    Your post caught my eye because i have never seen a Sig Jam
    Same here!!! (Other than when I was breaking in my .22 conversion)

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    Default Re: Jamming Sig P226 Please Help.

    You are getting good advice, but when was the last time the magazines
    were stripped, cleaned and magazine springs were checked for kinks.
    Magazine lips are not deformed as well as the magazine follower. Just
    check to eliminate these possible problems.
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    Default Re: Jamming Sig P226 Please Help.

    Proper lubrication comes to mind. To start, try more oil on the rails.
    IANAL. I don't give legal advice. I'm only stating my OPINION.
    (Did I really need to say that on an Internet forum? LOL)

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    Default Re: Jamming Sig P226 Please Help.

    Does your sig have a 3 wire strand spring?
    if so give it a good looking over for a broken wire.

    that recoil spring also becomes coil bound (Spring completely compressed) during normal operation, I would check that everything is properly seated in that area, something could be preventing the slide from getting fully rearward

    just a couple suggestions
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    Default Re: Jamming Sig P226 Please Help.

    Quote Originally Posted by FUNDAMENTALS View Post
    You are getting good advice, but when was the last time the magazines
    were stripped, cleaned and magazine springs were checked for kinks.
    Magazine lips are not deformed as well as the magazine follower. Just
    check to eliminate these possible problems.
    This ^^^^

    The one and only time my wife's P226 malfunctioned was due to a dirty mag. Took it apart, cleaned it up and it ran like new.

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    Default Re: Jamming Sig P226 Please Help.

    Also please give more info. What mags are you using? How did you lubricate it?

    A few pointers:

    1. An older pistol would love to have new springs put it it. The recoil spring could easily cause failures..

    2. Sig's like to be run wet. I lube Sig's more heavily than any other firearm. Quality grease on the rails (I use Shooters Choice) and oil on the springs. There is an EXCELLENT lubrication guide below:

    http://sigforum.com/eve/forums/a/tpc.../908103701/p/1

    This is written by Scott Flork, a well respected Sig gunsmith. He use to work for Grays Guns (who custom made several batches of Sig 220's in 10mm) and now with Apex Tactical. This guy know's his stuff and so many people don't realize how under lubricated their Sig's are.

    3. Stick with factory mags (as in the older german ones made by Sig) and Mecgar (Mecgar made Sig's factory mags for years). Avoid factory mags marked MADE IN USA as they are made by Checkmate and they aren't near the quality of Mecgar.
    Last edited by sigarms229; May 19th, 2012 at 11:54 PM.

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    Default Re: Jamming Sig P226 Please Help.

    All of the posts so far and an emphasis on not wasting any more of your mony on the crap Federal ammo. Worst stuff out there. One round will give you some muzzle flip and the next will give you some,...well,...muzzle blip. I don't/won't shoot the stuff, even if it is free. If your gun is tight or has a fairly strong recoil spring, then it will show up using Federal ball ammo, especially in 9mm. A lot of the other things mentioned are good to check, but will not be so prevalent after 200 rounds.

    If you retry the Federal and shoot with everything stiff (do not let the gun move when you shoot it) and it cycles (and it will) then you'll know it is the ammo.
    BCM and Glock...for a bigger pile of 'cold dead hands' brass.

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