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Ara 11-17-2012 06:29 AM

P226 - lubrication
Hi all,

I'm fairly new to Sigs.

I own a 226 (.40 ) and was wonder what works best as far a lubrication is concerned.

Does grease work better than gun oil? How do you lubricate your sigs (type of product, amount used etc)

Any help / tips is appreciate?



Ultimate_sig 11-17-2012 06:43 AM

Frog lube works very well. Becareful of gun oils some are harsh on the polymer

crazycharlie2 11-17-2012 01:03 PM

What does the instruction manual say?
That being said, I've been using Frog Lube lately. My wife doesn't object to the smell.
Types of lube, climatic conditions, etc. can vary.
I don't want to open a can of worms here. Lubricants are like as$*^&!$. Everyone has their favorites and opinions.

SigArmored 11-17-2012 02:14 PM


Originally Posted by Ultimate_sig
Frog lube works very well. Becareful of gun oils some are harsh on the polymer

Actually the p226 is not a polymer pistol the slide is stainless.But to answer the question I grease my internals such as my trigger parts when I do a thorough take down.I use a drop of oil on each side of the slide.I put a thin ring of oil around the tip of the barrel and then another drop where the guide rod meets the barrel.I also pay special attention to where it looks like the slide and frame are rubbing using a q-tip to lightly rub those areas down.I do a full take down once a year and I clean after every outing to the range.

drvsafe 11-17-2012 02:45 PM

On ALL of my firearms I use CLP to clean and to lube when I store and I use the Hoppe's oil with the needle nose applicator for pinpoint lubrication and when I go to the range.

Hasn't failed me in 15 years.

DavidB 11-17-2012 02:57 PM

On sigs website they have a cleaning and lubricating video. That said, I also like clp and hoppes. I've heard a lot of good things about balstoil but can't seem to find it anywhere

Overkill0084 11-17-2012 03:00 PM

From the manual page 38:


Avoid over-lubrication of components.
1. Lubricate the cleaning brush with gun oil and insert it into the barrel via the chamber (opposite the muzzle end).
2. Wipe powder residues and oil from the barrel bore and chamber with cleaning patches.
3. Clean exterior surfaces of the barrel with a brush coated with gun oil.
4. Remove dirt from guides of the frame, inside and outside of slide, recoil spring guide and recoil spring with a brush or cleaning patch. Lightly lubricate same surfaces with a cloth impregnated with gun oil or gun grease.
5. Lightly oil bores of the barrel and chamber. Remove any excess lubricant.
Note: TW-25B or a like lubricant designed for stainless steel is recommended for “All Stainless” models, such as the P220 ST or P226 ST.
That said, a good general rule is: oil on rotating parts. Grease on sliding parts. I use synthetic motor oil & Tetra Gun grease. YMMV.

zx9rt1 11-17-2012 03:09 PM

Mobile 1 synthetic works like a charm. And a quart will out last the owner. Research it. Makes a very good gun lube. I have been using it for over 5 years and still have oodles and oodles of it left.

kodiak 11-17-2012 03:39 PM

I use a little bit if regular white lithium grease on the rails and ballistol (it's a CLP) on the rest.

otisthecat 11-17-2012 06:19 PM


Originally Posted by kodiak (Post 1017720)
I use a little bit if regular white lithium grease on the rails and ballistol (it's a CLP) on the rest.

Do you use the white lithium that comes in an aerosol can? I grabbed some after seeing it mentioned a few times but have yet to try it out.

General question for anyone - Do you re-lube before going to the range? I clean/lube every time I shoot (twice a month usually, couple hundred rounds at most each time), but I have not been doing any additional lubrication before going. Should I?

I have an older 226, and doing the above has never caused me any issues, just don't want to be shortening the life span of my gun(s).

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