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Posted: 2/11/2013 3:12:23 PM EDT
[Last Edit: 2/11/2013 3:29:34 PM EDT by ectonym]
Let me say first of all thank you in advance for the answers and advice....

I have a Sig Sauer P226 that was made in 1988 in West Germany. The previous owner said he didn't know how many rounds the gun has had through it but that he had put 1,000 rounds through it himself. The frame rails are still black with no gold/bronze or silver wear showing.

I got into firearms only a few years ago and am not as intense about them as some other members here but would still like to know how to maintain and repair my pistol.

I've read that older P226's use different parts/springs than the newer guns.

Can you guys please tell me when the manufacturing date cutoff between "old/new" guns was? If I wanted to give my gun a tune up by replacing the springs and parts that wear (without sending it to Sig) where would I find the appropriate parts for my older gun?

Midway has a spring kit but it says that it isn't suitable for old models.

Thanks again!

Here are some pics of the field stripped pistol. The glare of the light makes the frame rails appear shiny but I assure you there is no wear there.

Link Posted: 2/11/2013 8:07:43 PM EDT
The older guns have the stamped/folded steel slides. The newer models have stainless steel slides.

Top Gun Supply has all the supplies that you should need. I would also pick up the SIG armorer video while you are picking up parts. It will show you how to detail strip it.
Link Posted: 2/12/2013 2:34:47 AM EDT
[Last Edit: 2/12/2013 2:35:52 AM EDT by silversport]
IIRC the JJ says yours is an '88 made pistol imported by SiGARMS in Herndon, VA (cuz it has Herndon, VA on the slide)...looks on my monitor to be in nice condition and would always be well served by at least a recoil spring change (so you know where your starting point is)...enjoy and nice pistol (my first P226 was a 1987 model)

Talk to Top Gun Supply...they can set you up...

Link Posted: 2/12/2013 7:45:24 AM EDT
Top Gun Supply will hook you up. Just get the I/O (inner/ outer roll pin) spring kit for the 226 as you have the carbon steel slide. it'l have everything you need, upgraded trigger bar spring (with the coil), decocking lever spring, recoil spring, slide stop lever spring, I/O pins, and the last few I got had new grip screws.
Link Posted: 2/12/2013 4:45:12 PM EDT
Go here http://www.sigsauer.com/CustomShop/SpecialCTU.aspx they will take care of it but from the looks of it keep shooting.
Link Posted: 2/15/2013 3:09:03 PM EDT
I actually haven't shot the pistol yet.

Unfortunately, Top Gun is out of P226 parts kits. Sig factory service is just way too expensive and not an option.

Is the collective opinion of this forum that I shouldn't fix what I don't know to be broken? To simply shoot it and see how it turns out?

I will not be carrying this weapon for CCW.
Link Posted: 2/16/2013 1:00:26 AM EDT
Except for carry guns, the only thing I change on older carbon steel guns is the trigger bar spring to the coiled one instead of the bent one. The original bent ones alledgedly "splinter" sometime after 5,000 rounds. I've never seen it happen though. Otherwise I just run as is until I get malfs which, with Sigs, is next to never. Even then mag springs are typically the problem.

If you do change the trigger bar spring, sometimes the new coiled one will drag/catch on the old style grips so you may have to replace them. A 3 or 4 of our old department guns needed new grips after they were serviced because of the new TBS.
Link Posted: 2/16/2013 3:34:47 AM EDT
I don't think you'll hurt it if you want to shoot it a bit...running it through a course might be a bit much but a few hundred rounds until you could change the recoil spring won't kill it...I would want to change at least the recoil spring just because I like to have a starting point...they're usually so cheap that the change is an easy choice...as for the other springs...usually the spring will fail making the part stop working...okay on the range (just bring another pistol )...check Brownells or elsewhere for a recoil spring...someone should have them in stock...just make sure you are buying the 9mm P226 spring as they make them for the 357 SiG and .40 S&W versions as well...

Link Posted: 2/16/2013 4:36:18 AM EDT
I also advise to change the recoil spring but when I do it I also change mag springs as the used mag springs may not be able to keep up with a new recoil spring
my advise to change just the TBS is the least I would do
your firearm looks like it doesn't have much use. I've seen 226 9mm with close to 10000 on the original recoil spring (twice Sigs recommended replacement), ran just fine until it was changed because the mags couldn't feed the cartridge stack fast enough
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