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Hello all,
Another stupid question,
While cleaning and lubing my P226 for the first time I noticed upon reassembly that the recoil spring had one end that was red in color while the other end is plain. I'm sure that is a sign on how to insert the guide rod, but I don't know which end to install it in. I took a guess(50-50 odds), and inserted the guide rod starting from the colored end - in other words, the colored end goes toward the muzzle and the plain end goes toward the rear of the gun. Is this correct or not? Thanks again.

Phil
 

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should be green or orange:

Color code Sig Multi-strand springs:
White P229 (9mm)
Green P220 (45), P226 (357/40), P250 full size (357/40, 45)
Red P220 Compact, Carry
Orange P226 (9mm), P250 full size (9mm)
Blue P229 (357/40), P250C (357/40)
 

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:DBear doesn't miss much...always look forward to his comments and advice. Sometimes I think he lives on here.
 

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tight end goes on the guide rod first...if that's the colored end there you go...I like bearone2's comments and advice too...

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should be green or orange:

Color code Sig Multi-strand springs:
White P229 (9mm)
Green P220 (45), P226 (357/40), P250 full size (357/40, 45)
Red P220 Compact, Carry
Orange P226 (9mm), P250 full size (9mm)
Blue P229 (357/40), P250C (357/40)
My p226 40 spring is orange. Is that correct?
 

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I'm glad I took the time to read this thread.Out of curiosity I glanced at the muzzle end of my Mk25 and observed the orange end of the spring.It has since been corrected.I guess you learn something new every day.Thanks.
 

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By your chart wouldn't the 226-40 be green and the 9mm orange?
yes

not to offend but when i posted the chart, i hoped that folks would read it, see what they have in comparison to the chart, make adjustments to correct if installed wrong & not throw a curve-ball asking if a wrong combination is correct.
 

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should be green or orange:

Color code Sig Multi-strand springs:
White P229 (9mm)
Green P220 (45), P226 (357/40), P250 full size (357/40, 45)
Red P220 Compact, Carry
Orange P226 (9mm), P250 full size (9mm)
Blue P229 (357/40), P250C (357/40)
Here is the data another way (Model focused):

P250 full size: Green (357/40, 45); Orange (9mm)
P250C: Blue (357/40)
P220: Green (45)
P220 Compact, Carry: Red
P226: Green (357/40); Orange (9mm)
P229: Blue (357/40); White (9mm)
 

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Thanks to Bearone for posting this info (more than once, I certainly know) and Fjgiie with the perfect illustration of how to properly install your recoil spring. I had to learn the hard way.
Just for the sake of posterity, the 239 and 245 share the same, flat wound recoil spring. I can't say what color (if any) is on them, as I've never seen one factory, but wanted to throw that in there.
 

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Just got my 226 Tacops today. The end of the spring is painted red and the red end was pointed away from the muzzle. I assume that is the correct way unless someone messed with it between the factory and when I bought it. The red end is also the tighter end of the spring on the rod. Hope this helps.
 
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