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Sig P238 mag question

Discussion in 'Handgun Discussion' started by CIPuyleart, Jan 14, 2011.

  1. CIPuyleart

    CIPuyleart La Center, WA Bronze Supporter Bronze Supporter

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    Being that my Sig P238 is my first experience with the 1911 platform in any way/shape/form (other than running a few clips through a friend's older Colt Officer's 9mm), I've got a question on the mags that I'm hoping someone here may be able to provide some insight on.

    The pistol I picked up came with two mags - one the standard 6-rnd stainless steel and the other Sig's new X-Grip extended 7-rnd made of galvanized steel. Both operate great (ran a mixed box through it the other day using both mags and have a leaning toward using the 7-rnd more just because of the pinky grip and extra capacity, but if it's in my pocket the 6-rnd does fit better).

    The question is, when I release the 6-round mag, empty or full, it drops out of the pistol look nobodies business...exactly how I would expect a mad to drop. The 7-round mag, however, only pops down about 1/4" or so and stops. You have to pull it out the rest of the way. Even holding the gun in firing position, it only drops maybe 1/2" and stops.

    The only difference I see between the two is that the 7-rnd has a "bump" on the left side near the top (see photo - 7-rnd on the left) that the 6-rnd does not. It does not show any wear on it though, which I would expect to see if this was rubbing and thereby causing it to not drop free. I want to get my hands on a couple more of these extended mags, but would prefer to know what's hanging them up (and if I can fix it) before investing a bunch more $$ in something that I'll ultimately not use as much (because the ability to reload quickly and efficiently falls higher on my priority list than the extra round or pinky extension).

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    Thanks for any info you guys might have...
     
  2. mxitman

    mxitman N. Seattle Member

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    That looks like a factory dimple in the xmag but I think thats what hanging you up. I just ordered 2 of these magazines and I'm going to be bummed if they don't just drop out like the 6 rounders do.
     
  3. turq

    turq Molino,oregon Member

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    Get a magnifying glass and examine it closely. Apologies if you've done this. Good Luck
     
  4. glockguy

    glockguy Albany Oregon Well-Known Member

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    why dont you just buy the colt pony mags? they are half the price of the sigs and work just the same...
     
  5. Cougfan2

    Cougfan2 Hillsboro, OR Well-Known Member

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    ^^^ This. Sig bought the patent rights for the Colt Mustang/Pony. The Colt mags work fine from folks I have heard that have the Sig 238's.
     
  6. turq

    turq Molino,oregon Member

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    If you want to buy two colt pony mags I have two; one w/ pinky extention; one without $10 apiece Pm me I would trade for lots of 9mm ammo or 223 ammo LOL
     
  7. glockguy

    glockguy Albany Oregon Well-Known Member

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    yea I know Sig bought bought the rights, but the colt mags still run about $23 compared to the almost $50, i used the colts in my p238 and they worked great..
     
  8. CIPuyleart

    CIPuyleart La Center, WA Bronze Supporter Bronze Supporter

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    The dimple is factory, and I give it a couple of taps with a punch (with a block inside to prevent changing the lips of the mag) and it now drops free easily when empty.

    I could get some colt pony 7-rnd mags, but the pinky extension on them doesn't look/feel quite the same to me. I like the fit/feel/look of the extension on the Sig mags.

    @mxitman - I had a 3-pack of 7-rnd mags on order (placed my order on Feb 2) that JUST showed up yesterday. The first thing I did was pull them out and take a look. They all have the same dimple, but it is not as pronounced (doesn't stick up as much). The first one I checked dropped free empty without any adjustment. I didn't open the other two, because I'm undecided if I'll actually use them, or put them up for sale (given the fact NO ONE has any in stock it seems).