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Old October 28, 2012, 03:20 PM   #1
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Problems with new P229

A few weeks ago I purchased a new 9mm P229. It ran great for about 800 rounds using Federal ammo ... As soon as I started using a box of WWB ammo, I started having FTE issues. I took the gun home and cleaned and lubed well-- giving special attention to cleaning the extractor and went back to using Federal ammo. Now I am experiencing 1-2 FTE every 50 rounds or so (spent shell remains in the chamber). The shell shows marks from the extractor, but just stays in the chamber ... But is easily removed by tipping up the barrel. Anyway, it is at the shop where I bought it ... they said they'll have their gunsmith look at it, but will more than likely send it to Sig. So ... I'm a little bummed, I'm sure they'll make it right (or at least I hope so).

FWIW, I also have a p229 in 40 cal I bought used several years ago and have never had a problem in several thousand rounds.

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Old October 28, 2012, 04:26 PM   #2
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Interesting. That 9mm- does it have the internal or external extractor?
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Old October 28, 2012, 05:11 PM   #3
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I'm not sure ... It's at the gun shop right now and I can't remember. It has a build date of Feb 28 2012.
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Old October 28, 2012, 05:35 PM   #4
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I have a 229 9mm from 5/2012 and in around 1500 rounds its been perfection. Hopefully you get your issue solved quickly.
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Old October 28, 2012, 05:54 PM   #5
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I've had the same problem with my 9mm 229. It looks like below. Anyway, I had a local gunsmith look at it and declare that the extractor was in spec and there were no flaws. It still didn't work. It was then sent to SIG who replaced the extractor. It worked well for about 100 rounds and then started doing it again. It did it with more than one brand of ammo and with different magazines.

Since discovering that the problem still remains, I have not shot it again. I'm kind of ****** about it. It's the most expensive handgun that I own and it's the only one that has had a problem, so far.

I have had mine for about four years and I bought it used but in excellent condition.
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Old October 28, 2012, 06:59 PM   #6
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Well that's discouraging. I'll be sure to let you know what Sig finds out.


My p229 in 40 cal has been flawless ... It's one of the reasons I wanted the new gun.
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Old October 28, 2012, 09:54 PM   #7
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All P229s have external extractors.
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Old October 28, 2012, 10:20 PM   #8
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OK, guess you're right there, I was thinking about the internals- with the short extractor and the long extractor that requires the use of the half punch tool.
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Old November 1, 2012, 06:55 PM   #9
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Update...

Well ... The gunsmith at the shop called and said my gun was ready. Turns out he worked on it ... By the time I got to the shop the gunsmith wasn't around so I didn't get to talk to him. The ticket said the extractor was cleaned and adjusted. He put 50 rounds through it w/o issue. I guess I'm glad they didn't send it to Sig ... Although I am curious what they would have said. So, I put 150 rounds of Federal FMJ through it w/o issue. Seems to work well.

I'll continue to test the pistol before trusting it for a home defense weapon.
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Old November 1, 2012, 08:12 PM   #10
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I would call him to find out exactly what he did. You need detailed documentation just in case it isn't fixed 100%.
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Old November 1, 2012, 08:20 PM   #11
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I've had the same problem with my 9mm 229. It looks like below. Anyway, I had a local gunsmith look at it and declare that the extractor was in spec and there were no flaws. It still didn't work. It was then sent to SIG who replaced the extractor. It worked well for about 100 rounds and then started doing it again. It did it with more than one brand of ammo and with different magazines.

Since discovering that the problem still remains, I have not shot it again. I'm kind of ****** about it. It's the most expensive handgun that I own and it's the only one that has had a problem, so far.

I have had mine for about four years and I bought it used but in excellent condition.
You could try contacting Bruce Gray of Grayguns. If anyone can fix it he can and will do a terrific action/trigger job on it.

http://grayguns.com/
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Old November 2, 2012, 07:36 AM   #12
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Thanks. I'll keep that in mind, although I'm quite happy with the current. It's one of my best.
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Old November 18, 2012, 01:15 PM   #13
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Just an update ... Put another 300 rounds through it fmj and hp ... Works great.
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Old November 18, 2012, 01:30 PM   #14
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Glad yours is working out. I've avoided taking my out lately.
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Old November 19, 2012, 11:58 AM   #15
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My friend had FTE issues with his using WWB. We found out later the ammo is underpowered and the recoil spring needed breaking in before we could use the milder stuff. AFAIK the gun runs fine now after a couple thousand downrange.
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Old November 19, 2012, 12:19 PM   #16
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My friend had FTE issues with his using WWB. We found out later the ammo is underpowered and the recoil spring needed breaking in before we could use the milder stuff. AFAIK the gun runs fine now after a couple thousand downrange.
I've got my own complaints about WWB, being underpowered isn't typically one of them. Dirty yes, inconsistent yes, but it typically has enough umph to get the job done.

I love these "breaking in" requirements. I had to "break in" a new HK P30 as well. IMHO, it's bs.
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Old November 19, 2012, 01:18 PM   #17
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I hope it works out for you. I bought a P229 9mm recently and through 400 rds with no problems. Its my favorite gun by far.
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