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Old March 17, 2020, 10:51 PM   #1
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When you are cleaning your Sig P238 . . .

When you are cleaning your Sig P238 don't get zealous and try to clean under the safety lever by pushing the lever up beyond its normal spot. There is a spring loaded catch under there and if you aren't careful it will go flying off in to oblivion. After looking for 20 minutes I was ready to give up and buy a new one. Figured I reassemble the gun with out that piece . . . and there . . . .laying on the grip . . . was the piece I thought had flown off. Size of a grain of rice. It's a good day when that happens.

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Old March 18, 2020, 02:18 AM   #2
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I have done this as well, lol!

Glad to hear I wasn't the only one.
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Old March 18, 2020, 07:04 AM   #3
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Congrats...I've lost 'em on the floor of the loading/cleaning room, living room rug, and once while hunkered down in a bunker while being mortered in Vietnam...this last was a 1911 recoil spring and plug. Found the spring but ended up using a spent .45 ACP shell case for the plug...a nice design element by J. Browning, who evidently knew about fumble-fingered, scared GI's...Rod
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Old March 22, 2020, 04:18 AM   #4
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The spring and plunger are copied directly from the parent Star pistols ( particularly the DK .380) and used by Colt and Kimber also. I have ordered from Sig for replacements for Star pistols and suggested same to others who have launched parts into outer space, cost was $5 for each plunger and each spring so don’t loose them too often.
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Old March 23, 2020, 11:37 PM   #5
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Brought my 238 home, stripped it for cleaning.......and yes, that little sucker wen't flying. I never found it. I sent it back to Sig for repair and I've never touched the safety for cleaning since.
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Old March 24, 2020, 06:50 PM   #6
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Thanks rodfac . . .

Rodfac thanks for the info. Next time I clean the 1911 I'll probably try that out just to see it work.

And thanks for you service to our USA.

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The most problems I've had is Ruger revolvers changing that hammer spring takes 3 hands it seems. I put it in a plastic bag when I change them to capture the spring and the base plate when they try to launch into low orbit

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Old March 26, 2020, 12:07 PM   #8
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Thanks for the tip Prof Young! I’ve done something similar on two other handguns:

1. Lost the detent plunger on a Star Model B by over rotating the safety with the slide off. I ended up fashioning a replacement with some judicious filing of a from the shaft of a broken drill bit. Lucky for me, the Star’s detent spring stayed in place.

2. If I remember the gun correctly, an internal spring on a P64 trigger flew off during a reassembly. Since it was just a range gun, once again I cobbled a replacement from some other spring I had on hand. It worked, but was not elegant (meaning it was a bubba repair). About 3 weeks later, I was closing the magnetic catch on my laptop shoulder bag and it wouldn’t snap shut. Lo-and-behold, the little spring had been captured by the magnet and had ridden around with me for weeks. Sometimes Providence smiles on us fools!
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