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I noticed that the guide rod is stainless steel but is hollow. I have already bought one that isn't hollow but would I have any problems using the hollow one?
A friend had a hollow one,I can't remember if it was poly or SS but it broke at the range on him.
I really like the P239 since changing grips to the Hogue rubber grips. The SRT trigger is awesome and I think all Sigs should come with the SRT trigger and last I like that mine is SAS. Not much poking me when I carry it. It is my edc gun now since I have been to the range and shot it a few hundred times.
Next purchase will be the P220. Not sure which model I will be getting but likely the smaller carry one so that I can have a 45 that I can carry.
 

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Shawn156, the original P6, P220, and P226 had hollow guide rods that were carbon steel, any they were sufficient for duty use. Can't vouch per se for a hollow stainless steel unit, but if factory, no doubt, it will be up to the task.
A polymer I could maybe understand breaking, but I'm not aware of Sig utilizing them, but I am aware of Beretta doing such, as I have a 96, and have replaced mine with a Wolff unit.
Your desire for a 220 is understandable. I've got an older one, that I used to carry quite often. After some updates, including an SRT, G-10 grips, and a new pair of Sig Lites, it's ready to go again. It's not a "carry",, but then again, it's pre-accessory rail!
 

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I've only seen the black hollow steel guide rods on P239s. I would assume that they are carbon steel. Is this stainless steel rod that you speak of factory stock? Is it silver?

I would have no concern running the OEM hollow steel guide rod.
 

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I have a couple. Both hollow steel that's black. The one in 357Sig has a few thousand rounds through it with no issues. No idea how many rounds the 9mm has - also no issues.

You don't say what caliber your friends is but 357Sig is pretty punishing on a smaller gun. I feel like if mine is still doing it's job after the rounds it's seen, you friends failure is an anomaly. If it were me, I'd contact Sig for a replacement.
 

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I have four 239s in calibers of 40 and 9mm .....all are hollow guide rods and have near had an issue with any of them. I would be interested in hearing more details about your friend's gun issue.
 

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I have a lot of hollow guide rods, 239s, M11-A1s, 229s and 220C, I noticed that my full sized 227s are hollow while the compacts are solid, same with the 229's some are hollow and some are solid. Don't know the logic but I can't see any issue for the job they perform. I haven't seen a plastic one yet but that would bother me just because.
 

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His wasn't a Sig but can't remember which brand it was.
Thanks for all the feedback and I'll save my money for something else like a box of ammo!
 

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I have a P226R police trade-in dating from 2009 that came with a polymer guide rod. The head has a tendency to shear off from what I've seen.

I've never had a problem with the hollow steel rods, but I always replace them with solid ones.

Polymer Guide Rod:

 

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I have 3 P239's. The 2016 SAS 357 has a hollow guide rod and the 2010 & 2006 have solid guide rods.
 

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It sounds like the P220 SAS G2 Carry is the only logical choice for you...
 

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My 239 had a polymer rod but I changed to a Bedair Stainless one. My slide had a small burr that was putting a gouge in it. I smoothed the burr and changed to the stainless.
 

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Shawn156, the original P6, P220, and P226 had hollow guide rods that were carbon steel, any they were sufficient for duty use. Can't vouch per se for a hollow stainless steel unit, but if factory, no doubt, it will be up to the task.
A polymer I could maybe understand breaking, but I'm not aware of Sig utilizing them, but I am aware of Beretta doing such, as I have a 96, and have replaced mine with a Wolff unit.
Your desire for a 220 is understandable. I've got an older one, that I used to carry quite often. After some updates, including an SRT, G-10 grips, and a new pair of Sig Lites, it's ready to go again. It's not a "carry",, but then again, it's pre-accessory rail!
Wow, looks good with the grips. My 1995 would probably look good having that done too ... hmmmm
 

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I did go ahead and replace it. It wasn't an expensive upgrade and I feel more comfortable carrying it now with the new guide rod.
 
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