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Bought this pistol new about 5 yrs. ago and have fired about 2,000 rounds thru it. I have always had a problem with the right grip screws coming loose on this P229 .40. Constantly tightening them resulted in a crack on the upper right wood grip and a stripped thread on the lower right grip frame. Decided to replace the stock grips with Hogue Piranah G-10 using the same grip screws. This time I also used blue loctite. I never liked the idea of gluing grip screws before but it is the only way I know to repair the stripped frame thread.

Have also replaced the Equinox factory sights with Trigicon SG-03's. The fiber optic filament tube came loose from the rear hole while a very small part of it remained lodged in the front hole when I tried to remove it. The rear sight was very dim and needed replacement. My MGW sight pusher tool did not fit the tru-glo so I removed it with a hammer, punch and WD40. The installation of the new Trigicons was easy. They are much brighter by comparison and guaranteed for 12 years.
 

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Not a fan of the try-glo's for that reason.

This fellow put helicoils in my 229 frame when I stripped out a grip screw hole and also did another member's P938. Price is reasonable although shipping bites.
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Not a fan of the try-glo's for that reason.

This fellow put helicoils in my 229 frame when I stripped out a grip screw hole and also did another member's P938. Price is reasonable although shipping bites.
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+1 on Mr. Jones. He's put helicoils in a couple of P938's for me, also. Fantastic craftsmanship and I no longer worry about stripping the frame threads.
 

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Thanks for the helicoils info. I'll give him a call. Just got back from the range and the blue loctite did not keep the bottom screw from flying off or the top screw from loosening. Maybe I didn't have it clean enough? Ordering new grip screws from Midway and noticed they sell a Loctite retreading kit too. No reviews. Lol.
 

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Before you try the heilicoils try to just buy a tap. I purchased a aluminum frame pistol used a few years ago (not a sig mind you ) and found the first time I removed the grips that one of the grip screws had just been loctited in place because it had been stripped. A quick trip to Home Depot and 3 dollars later I had it retapped & it's been great ever since. ( not sure what size tap you need but I guarantee that someone on this forum will have the answer) I would still use the blue loctite though. I use it on all my pistols that have that style of removable grips. Good luck.
 

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Re-tapping will only work if there is enough material left to cut the new thread in, or if you are tapping a larger thread and using over sized screws.
 

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That was the situation I was in. Luckily there was enough material left to cut new threads.
 

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Thanks, I'll check tap sizes too. I'm new to this forum and encouraged by all the related threads, suggestions and fixes others have tried. Have also been studying at uTube. Lol.
 

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P229 Equinox stripped grip thread.

Repaired with 8/32" x 1/2" internal hex head button cap screw cut to size (Home Depot). No tapping was required. #60 rubber washers under all screws.

Field tested (100 rds.) and the new screw held, although some very minor loosening did occur. I was shooting 180 gr lead fp reloads over 5.0 gr. Bullseye.

Will pay closer attention to my grip screws in future. This has been educational for me. Lol.
 
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