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Sig P238 Barrel Slide stop frame wear

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#1 ArmedWithKnowledge

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Posted 10 August 2017 - 10:57 AM

I just recently purchased a Sig P238 SAS and took it out for it's first range session the other day. While cleaning it discovered what appear to be abnormal wear (metal sheering/peening on the corners, finish scraped away). Because of this, I'm extremely interested in seeing other P238 owners barrel and frame wear, specifically on the underside of the barrel shroud and the area beneath the slide stop catch. Seeing the wear on your P238 (and knowing how many rounds you've put through it) will greatly assist me in deciding whether or not I go without my new carry gun for up to a month while I send it back to it's birthplace for inspection, so I would really, really, really appreciate photos of as many different P238s and their respective wear as possible. I'm attaching the photos of mine for reference as to what I'm interested in seeing.

 

Thank you so much in advance, I'm spinning my gears here worrying my gun might be faulty.

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#2 TRJ

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Posted 10 August 2017 - 11:20 AM

My wife's friend carries a P238, bought in December, received as a Christmas gift from her Pops. I texted her your photos and she checked hers. Says yours is abnormal. She has at least 200 rounds through hers... I know because I was with her. Sorry, no photos though.

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Posted 10 August 2017 - 11:28 AM

I have a p938 and looks nothing like that
I would contact Sig

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Posted 10 August 2017 - 11:34 AM

Needs to back to Exeter for a check up.


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Posted 10 August 2017 - 11:40 AM

I have a .22 version of the 938 and also have wear under the slide and on top of the frame. Have the same issue with my Beretta 92 and Ruger SR22. These are all aluminum frame firearms. The slides on the Sig and Ruger are also aluminum. I am an Engineer by trade and can validate that even with hardcoating aluminum will wear faster than steel. For this reason I limit the number of aluminum frame firearms I own. Don't freak out because of this. Unless the wear is very quick and severe it is normal. Check YouTube for some examples. There are some on the SR22. Hope this helps.

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Posted 10 August 2017 - 12:11 PM

I have a .22 version of the 938 and also have wear under the slide and on top of the frame. Have the same issue with my Beretta 92 and Ruger SR22. These are all aluminum frame firearms. The slides on the Sig and Ruger are also aluminum. I am an Engineer by trade and can validate that even with hardcoating aluminum will wear faster than steel. For this reason I limit the number of aluminum frame firearms I own. Don't freak out because of this. Unless the wear is very quick and severe it is normal. Check YouTube for some examples. There are some on the SR22. Hope this helps.


I agree in regards to the frame wear but not on the preening where the barrel and slide lock up. That looks like a timing issue.

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Posted 11 August 2017 - 12:01 AM

I do have some wear on the barrel but not as bad as yours. My frame has no wear. I have somewhere between 500-750 rounds through my 238.

 

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Posted 11 August 2017 - 01:07 AM

Checked the 938, coating wear only. That's metal on metal impact on that barrel. Not good. Chitownshooter, the slides are not aluminum. Take a magnet, they stick. Aluminum wouldn't be heavy enough to control recoil in a firearm in this size.

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Posted 11 August 2017 - 05:32 AM

Never liked this pistol , now I like it even less . Yours can't be the only one doing this . I see yet another gun recall coming .



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Posted 11 August 2017 - 06:36 AM

I have one and have put many rounds down range yes I have wear marks but not like your.



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Posted 12 August 2017 - 01:43 PM

Thanks for all the replies. My P238 is currently en route to Exeter. Really disappointed but hopefully they'll take care of it and not just send it back with a "working as intended" letter.



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Posted 12 August 2017 - 09:41 PM

I'd be interested in hearing what they say. My 238 shows some wear too -- but I'm one of those weirdo's who figure wear is normal and only becomes a problem when you pull the trigger and it no longer goes BANG.... I wonder what the design lifespan is and what the B-10 failure rate is -- obviously they are not designed to be a range gun but how long are they designed to last..?? I understand your concern...

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Posted 13 August 2017 - 07:23 AM

My experience has been that many mini guns show wear and in time , a certain amount of rounds require parts to be replaced . This just may be one of those guns and these days , unfortunately is how things are made . I have had many Sig's and the only one I have kept is my P226 ultra elite .



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Posted 14 August 2017 - 02:37 PM

I'd be interested in hearing what they say. My 238 shows some wear too -- but I'm one of those weirdo's who figure wear is normal and only becomes a problem when you pull the trigger and it no longer goes BANG.... I wonder what the design lifespan is and what the B-10 failure rate is -- obviously they are not designed to be a range gun but how long are they designed to last..?? I understand your concern...

It arrived back at Sig today but it'll probably be a week or so before I hear anything from them. I'll make a follow-up post once I hear from them to let you and everyone else know what the end-result is. And I want to thank you and everybody else for all your responses, I really appreciate it.
It's my first Sig and it wasn't cheap, so I've been a bit worried (could you tell?  :frantics: )


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