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Posted: 12/17/2005 5:42:40 PM EDT
Hi. I decided to take apart my Sig P228 tonight for a detailed cleaning. I striped down the frame completely. All went well accept the magazine catch. I put the magazine catch detent in wrong. Now the magazine catch does not work and I can’t get it out to fix it. Damn!

The detent holds the mag catch in. It has a shoulder on one side like a half-sphere. I put the shoulder facing to the right if you are looking at the gun from the muzzle. It goes in facing the left. What can I do aside from pounding the whole thing out and ruining my frame? There must be others out there that have done this. Please help. Thanks.
Link Posted: 12/17/2005 5:57:16 PM EDT
For future reference, there is no need to ever detail strip a SIG, barring mechanical issues.

Ask your question at the gunsmithing section at Sigforum if someone doesn't answer here.
Link Posted: 12/17/2005 10:00:05 PM EDT
Absolutely do not try to pound the thing out!! You’ll destroy the frame.

I’ve never done it, but I’ve heard of guys using either the tip of an Exacto knife blade or a really thin feeler gauge (presumably cut down) to walk the pin around to the correct orientation.

An Exacto blade looks too thick to me, but I’d think you could thin it with a stone or some wet-and-dry paper. Also try to make the blade edge a little ragged to help grab the pin rather than slide on it.

If all else fails, you can certainly drill out the mag release. Just drill a hole deep enough to destroy the pin’s spring and let the pin fall backwards. I don’t how hard the mag release is, but I’d use a sharp new drill if I had to do this. I’d also use a drill press.

I’ve been told that the folks at SIG do this by feeding the drill through the mag well bottom. Seems to me this’d require depressing the mag release at the same time to get access to the part you want to drill.

Anyway, you’ll then have to replace the mag release, spring and (probably) the pin.

Good luck!!
Link Posted: 12/18/2005 4:27:26 AM EDT
OW! That sucks, good luck.
Link Posted: 12/18/2005 8:53:08 PM EDT
If you can't get it out, send it to SIG. THeir customer care is great, and you won't mess up your frame!
Link Posted: 12/18/2005 8:58:31 PM EDT
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