Is there any fix to the slide rattle on P239's?
I love the pistol, but hate the rattle.
Some have it, some don't. I had six P239 pistols at one time, three da-sa and three DAK. All calibers represented. Two rattled. Nothing significant about their production dates compared to the others.
The "rattle" didn't bother me...but I quit shaking the pistols just to hear it. The two functioned just fine. You might try using grease if you're currently using oil.
Get over yourself. You're not that special unless you walked on the moon or received the Medal of Honor.
My Gen 2 SAS is exceptionally loose. Still runs flawlessly and seems to maintain accuracy. I am thinking about sending it to the Sig Armorer for a Carry Action upgrade, but thought I would ask the forum here if there was a rattle fix first, because it bothers me more than the trigger.
As long as there is no play between the slide and barrel, don’t sweat it; accuracy won’t be affected. Agree on grease vs. oil, if you’re not already using it.
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Well ..., maybe not.
Years ago I asked Grayguns if they could tighten up the slide of a P229. The answer was perhaps yes, but perhaps the process would destroy the slide.
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Slide "rattle" on semi-auto pistols is usually a psychological issue rather than a mechanical issue.
If it REALLY bothers the shooter, slides can be tightened to more closely fit the frame rails. Old-time gunsmiths used to do this on bullseye .45's, and later on other competition pistols used in IPSC. It added to the perception that the highly modified pistol ($$$) had been made as intrinsically accurate as humanly possible.
According to Bill Wilson's 1988 book "The Combat .45 Automatic", slide tightness contributes to about a 5% intrinsic accuracy improvement. In other words, poop. Thus, a 2" group at 25-yards would be one-tenth of an inch smaller with the 5% "improvement". Given Sigfreund's post re GrayGuns advice, there is a risk involved depending on the specific slide characteristics and the degree of tightening involved.
If a shooter finds the "rattle" severely unacceptable or aesthetically displeasing, either buy a different pistol that doesn't rattle or have the slide tightened. It's a free country. Don't, however, expect any meaningful improvement in intrinsic accuracy.
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I wonder if you could experiment and find the thickest grease that would still allow the pistol to function reliably
And if that grease would then also calm the rattle just a bit....
Slide glide comes in three thicknesses I think.
Edited to add: just went to slide glide website and it says "heavy" (thickest version) is for slides that are looser...(and hot weather). Worth a try.
Yes, this is simply a personal preference fit & finish issue for me. Perceived quality, if you will. Not looking for accuracy improvement.
Thank you all for the input. Not sure what I might do at this point. I have tolerated it for 6+ years and I have no desire to part ways with this pistol.
Shake maracas, not pistols.
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I just cannot control myself.
I could play in a band with my oldest 239 (50K rounds). It has not made any difference to its accuracy or usability. Enjoy the best of the last metal single stacks.
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