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scherfinator 10-15-2010 09:34 PM

Do i need to break in my new Sig 229?
Curious of how to properly break in a brand new gun. I just got a new Sig P229 e2 and was wanting to know if I even needed to break it in.

StanDJ77 10-15-2010 11:07 PM

Well, im not a expert but first i would break it down and wipe it down with a clean cloth. I say that because your new best friend has been sittin in a case for awhile waiting on you to buy. From the manufacturer to the gun shop, it probably got sum dust on it. Then, you will need to fire at least 500 rounds through it without any hiccups before u can say its reliable(considering its a sig i doubt u could deny its reliability) People say certain guns(like glocks) dont need a break-in period but i dont believe it and i love glocks.Anyways, after that you should be good to go:)

scherfinator 10-16-2010 12:18 AM

so 500 rounds without breaking it apart and cleaning it?

NGIB 10-16-2010 12:23 PM


Originally Posted by scherfinator (Post 369000)
so 500 rounds without breaking it apart and cleaning it?


I clean my guns every time I fire any rounds and it's a good habit to start. The 500 rounds is a benchmark many use to "prove" reliability. Generally speaking, a Sig is not as likely to need a break in period as other brands are. For ANY new gun:

Clean it thoroughly before ever trying to shoot it. Some guns come packed with heavy grease and other protective junk - as the manufacturers know they may sit for years before sold. Once it's really clean, lube it good and go shoot it. Lube is your choice but I've used Mobil 1 car oil on all my handguns for many years without any problems.

I generally run at least 100 rounds of FMJ target ammo through any of mine before I try any HP defensive ammo. If it cycles 100% on range ammo, I move to whatever SD ammo I intend to use and test that as well. Again, I've never owned a Sig that was picky at all but I am kind of anal about procedures as my guns are always clean and well lubed...

jeepcreep927 10-16-2010 12:46 PM

I'd say NGIB hit the nail on the head as far as tearing it apart and cleaning it before you fire a single round. The crap that is on a new gun is there for corrosion protection on a gun that may sit around for months or more and travel across the country before it reaches it's end user. It's not there for lubrication purposes.

Steel or alloy frames and slides and barrels get hosed out with carb cleaner. Take the grip panels off first please... Polymer frames go in the dishwasher with no soap (I fully expect Cane to blast me on that one but that's one of the beautiful things about Glocks:D ). Compressed air on all parts immediately until dry, lube conservatively with whatever snake oil you choose (synthetic 40 weight motor oil).

I wouldn't trust a gun for protection without putting a few hundred rounds through it for reliability testing with a certain bullet style. Some feed better than others but a few hundred rounds to "work the kinks out" shouldn't be required.

StanDJ77 10-17-2010 02:51 PM

Ive never had to put any extra lube on my brand new guns. If your not seeing anything on a clean white cloth, whats the point?

jeepcreep927 10-17-2010 04:15 PM


Originally Posted by StanDJ77 (Post 369599)
Ive never had to put any extra lube on my brand new guns. If your not seeing anything on a clean white cloth, whats the point?

It's not "extra". As stated in two prior posts, you're cleaning off the PACKING GREASE that's on it already and applying LUBRICANT.

The heavy junk that's already on them is for corrosion protection, not to lubricate moving parts. Again, re-read above.

silentghost 10-17-2010 06:18 PM

I personally don't think any firearm requires a "break in" per-say, however most gun owners like to make sure that the firearm they are going to trust their lives too will at least function like it is supposed to with the ammo they plan on keeping their firearm loaded with.

As has been said, make sure to clean the packing grease, oil, or whatever they send it from the factory with before you shoot your firearm for the first time.

StanDJ77 10-17-2010 06:26 PM

Ok packing grease, but theres no rule that states u must lube a brand new gun. If u want to, fine be my guest but its not a law. i think its more important to put sum rounds through it then anything else. Of course i own a glock so what do i know:rolleyes:

billt 10-17-2010 06:35 PM

I broke in these 2 with nothing but this.

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