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Posted: 7/11/2004 5:51:12 PM EST
I have an older 226 made in W. Germany and it has developed some "looseness" in the slide from side to side. When the mag is empty w/ one round in the pipe the slide will rattle a bit when you shake the weapon. This rattle goes away when there are rounds in the mag.

What gives?
Link Posted: 7/11/2004 6:14:11 PM EST
[Last Edit: 7/11/2004 8:08:27 PM EST by 199]
For whatever reason Sig slide to frame fit tends to be a bit loose anyway.

The loaded magazine is pressing the top round against the bottom of the closed slide pretty firmly. This pressure probably conceals any looseness.
Link Posted: 7/11/2004 6:56:52 PM EST
I agree.  It's completely normal.  It helps the weapon to be extremely reliable in bad conditions.  My 2002 P226-9mm does the exact same thing.
Link Posted: 7/24/2004 9:11:03 AM EST
As did mine when I had it.
Link Posted: 7/26/2004 11:54:01 AM EST
The bbl to slide fit seems to be much more important to accuracy.  Accuracy gained from a vault tight slide to frame doesn't seem worth the reliability risk.  I think SIG designed them with the perfect mix.  As long as your sights are moving with the same relationship to the bbl, who cares about a little slide slop?  It insures a few specs of sand in the grooves won't shut you down.
Link Posted: 8/21/2004 5:06:18 PM EST
My 229, 226, 220 is the same way.  BTW the 229 had its's 14,000 th round through it now with no problems.  Just checked over by a q'd armorer.  Nothing beats a Sig!
Link Posted: 8/22/2004 1:53:23 PM EST
My P226 does the same.  Still a tack driver and functions flawless.

Joe
Link Posted: 8/22/2004 2:06:42 PM EST
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