I recently picked up an older P229 in 40 cal apparently made in the late 90's according to SN. It came with the new two piece grips that are flat black. The screws on the grips were tight and the mags inserted and fell freely. I didn't like the looks of the new style grips so I installed a pair of the old style two piece grips which appear to be the same except for the dark gray color that is more durable. The replacement grips were dated 2002. When I installed the replacement grips, the same screws went into the magwell far enough to keep the mags from inserting. I could back off on the screws to make them work but I decided to put O-rings in them so I could tighten them properly. This seems to work well. My question is did the older guns use washers or O-rings?
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Early P229s in 357/40 have a thinner grip frame because of the wider magazine, so shorter Torx screws were used. You may actually have 9mm length screws. No washers or o-rings were used.
Dunno about the history. But my 1996 P229 DA/SA .40 (bought new) has no spacers or rings. Just the slotted screw.
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Actually, they came with slotted screws. I changed mine out for hex socket screws. The ones I used were from TJ's Custom Gunsmithing. They are relatively expensive since TJ overcharges for them like everything else he sells or does. I think I bought them from Brownells.
Here's some from Hogue that are cheaper. If I remember correctly, the Hogue screws would rust where TJ's wouldn't.
I have gone with Hogue on my Sigs with exception of the P220s. Hogue are purportedly harder and more durable than they used to be. Have never had any rust. I like the hogues have a variety of grips some plastic some aluminum some g10 and Hogues work with all of them.
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