I was working on a co-workers older first gen p229 .40 pistol the other day. He purchased a new 229-40.357 parts kit, it came with the light blue painted recoil spring. I tried putting it on his factory guide rod, but it was so tight, it hardly even slipped on. After trying to hand cyclce it was definitely binding. Does anyone know if this is the correct spring, or is there an updated guide rod that we need to get? Any information is appreciated.
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Posts: 683 | Location: Illinois, Lake County | Registered: August 21, 2007
Did you insert the rod into the tighter end of the spring?
SIG recoil springs in Classic line pistols like the P229 are usually tight on the rods. If, however, the spring actually binds on the rod regardless of which end the rod is inserted, then that is probably not right.
But the ultimate question is how the gun functions when fired. If there are no slow slide speed malfunctions, then I wouldn’t worry about it.
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Posts: 42086 | Location: 10,150 Feet Above Sea Level in Colorado | Registered: April 04, 2002
When changing the spring on the rod, turn the spring Clockwise and hold the guide rod still. That will make the spring loose on the rod. If you turn it backwards it makes the spring tighter. You can turn it the other way only a little and it gets too tigt to turn. Yes, a little ATF or light oil helps and is required when shooting.