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On mine, the bind was so bad it was almost impossible to get to slide lock, so I'm going to call "Nope" on your theory . . (that, coupled with Sig agreeing that my spring was bad . . . and I *think* publishing a note about this issue as well).

It is likely, though, that the problem may develop over time, and that there might be a period when it acts like yours did prior to becoming a problem.
 

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I've had two CPO Sigs, a P229 in 40S&W that I didn't keep (I'm done with .40, period) and another in 9mm. Both looked and felt brand new, and functioned flawlessly. Every other used Sig I've bought needed the recoil spring replaced, even the ones that had springs that appeared to be new had to be replaced as it was obvious the springs were pretty tired out.
 

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...I'd wager everyone on here has at one time or another purchased a new item and met with a lemon.
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Basically, SIG is standing behind their red box items. And as one who had to send a NEW pistol back to them for work, I'd have no qualms about buying a red box gun.
Ditto! I've had no problems with any of my CPO's and used Sigs at all since purchase. Yet years ago, I had recurring problems with my brand new P226 and P320 that were covered by their warranties.

Strange, but it does happen. I chuckle whenever I think about it.
 

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But, I tired of waiting and just bought a 220 LEO trade-in that I then converted from DAK! It certainly would have been smarter to have bought a DA/SA CPO last fall when they were more plentiful. I’m very happy with my purchase and liked the project - but it was a long walk around a small tree.
how did you convert ? Did you send off to sig?
 

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Finally, I'll contact Sig and see if they will send me another spring.

try this first ^^^^^ before you spend $$$ in after market stuff, send Sig also the pic with the rod and spring.
after reading this I will go back and check all my recoil springs
 

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Discussion Starter #47
Haven't gotten around to contacting Sig yet, but right now I'll test the sprinco gr/flat spring setup and let you all know how that works. The function test went well, no binding on the GR, which is thinner than the stock one. I also have the Grayguns fat custom stainless steel guide rod as a backup.

I know galling isn't much of a thing as it used to be, but given that the slide is stainless and the aftermarket guide rods are as well, wondering if that's a potential hazard. Maybe not as much because they are likely different grades of stainless?

Not sure what the stock guide rod is made of, can anyone tell from my original photo? Il check with a magnet but I believe it's blue steel.

Thanks again, everyone!

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Discussion Starter #48 (Edited)
Update: Took the P229 with flat spring and Sprinco guide rod to a defensive handgun course. Got about 20 rounds thru it and several type 1 and type 2 type 3 malfunctions.

Instructor thought it might be a bit "dry". Do classic Sigs need to be run wet like a 1911?

While lubing it up, lost the slide bushing and so I finished the course with my Glock.

Went to the range on Friday and replaced the sprinco with the gray guns fat guide rod I bought. Had less malfunctions but it still seemed sticky in the 50 rounds I shot. Replaced with Wolff extra power 17lb springs (round and braided) and shot another 50 perfectly.

Going to have to put another 200 rounds without a malfunction to see if it's worthy to carry. Right now, can't trust it.

Sprinco is sending me a couple of slide bushings ao I can give it one more chance.

On the other hand, my P226R with SRT is the bee's knees. Might switch over to the 357 Sig barrel for carry.

What say you?

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Update: Took the P229 with flat spring and Sprinco guide rod to a defensive handgun course. Got about 20 rounds thru it and several type 1 and type 2 malfunctions.

Instructor thought it might be a bit "dry". Do classic Sigs need to be run wet like a 1911?

While lubing it up, lost the slide bushing and so I finished the course with my Glock.

Went to the range on Friday and replaced the sprinco with the gray guns fat guide rod I bought. Had less malfunctions but it still seemed sticky in the 50 rounds I shot. Replaced with Wolff extra power 17lb springs (round and braided) and shot another 50 perfectly.

Going to have to put another 200 rounds without a malfunction to see if it's worthy to carry. Right now, can't trust it.

Sprinco is sending me a couple of slide bushings ao I can give it one more chance.

On the other hand, my P226R with SRT is the bee's knees. Might switch over to the 357 Sig barrel for carry.

What say you?

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You never mentioned the ammo?
 

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I'll say no to the original question. All the CPO's I have bought had more of a storage/rust preventative goo (Consmoline of something similar) in them that was very sticky, so I always do a pretty deep clean to get rid of that and a good relube, and never had issues (well, other than the bad recoil spring in a 229 I have mentioned).

Yiu definitely want to clean and lube right out of the box, though.

And yes, "classic" Sigs like to be a bit wet . . . the only misfeed I have ever had was in my W. German 226 when I let it get dry years ago soon after I bought it. (I grease the rails and other slidy parts, and oil elsewhere . . . )
 

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I have one CPO P229 .40 and it's flawless since day one. Although the light blue recoil spring you have was exactly the same as mine, it was shooting normal. But I didn't like how it was binding on to the guide rod so I bought a stainless steel guide rod and new recoil spring (flat wire) from Osage & Midway. It's much much easier to separate the two now.

Looks like your recoil spring is binding that's why it looks shorter.
 
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