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I picked up a used P229 today that was completely dry (not dirty, just dry). I tried to load it but it would jam on HP or FMJ using the slide release. Without the slide or ammo it would rack if I pulled back all the way, but if I only pulled it part way it would bind and not go into battery. I then oiled the heck out of it and everything seems to be working fine now. Did it just need lube or should I keep looking for any issues?
 
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Yes, it was most likely just the lube. Sigs like ARs like to be run wet.


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I've seen this a few times with friends' guns.

It just needed lube.
 
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As Bruce Grey sez:

"Get some..."



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If your weapon has a lot of use or is older you might consider replacing the recoil spring. Also a good cleaning if not regularly done.
 
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I bought a 226 that didn’t fire, the previous owner used so much lube the firing pin could not move properly. After a good cleaning it is one of my favorites,
 
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I bought a 226 that didn’t fire, the previous owner used so much lube the firing pin could not move properly.


When that happens it’s not the amount of lube used, but where.
Keep lubricants and solvents out of the firing pin or striker channel and that problem won’t occur.




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If your weapon has a lot of use or is older you might consider replacing the recoil spring. Also a good cleaning if not regularly done.

+1.
If you don't know the round count, you may want grab a new recoil spring.
 
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Your 'new to you' (used) P229 was very likely FILTHY prior to being offered for sale and hosed down with Gun Scrubber, 'Brākleen' or something similar. It's very possible the Trigger mechanism is dry too...It may not have had ANY lube anywhere! Eek

You'd be well advised to detail strip, inspect thoroughly, and lube as appropriate. Wink


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^^^^^ Yep.

Even if you're not an amateur gunsmith, every owner should learn how to detail strip the firearm. It is an opportunity to clean/inspect and lube individual parts and wear patterns. I also find a certain amount of satisfaction in understanding how the gun works.

Also, you may want to consider replacing all or some of the internal springs like TBS, Trigger Reset Spring, etc.

Here's a link with step-by-step (+pics). There are probably a lot of videos out there as well.
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https://www.ar15.com/forums/handguns/-/14-118625/?


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I find it curious how many folks feel the need to disassemble their firearms down to bare frame. When is the last time you took your car's braking system completely apart? How about the airbags?
 
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I recently 'Detail Stripped' an Audi S5 4.2L V8 to clean the intake ports... Wink





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