Do i need to break in my new Sig 229?

Discussion in 'General Handgun Discussion' started by scherfinator, Oct 15, 2010.

  1. scherfinator

    scherfinator New Member

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    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.
     
  2. StanDJ77

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    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:)
     

  3. scherfinator

    scherfinator New Member

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    so 500 rounds without breaking it apart and cleaning it?
     
  4. NGIB

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    No.

    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...
     
  5. jeepcreep927

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    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.
     
  6. StanDJ77

    StanDJ77 New Member

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    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?
     
  7. jeepcreep927

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    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.
     
  8. silentghost

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    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.
     
  9. StanDJ77

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    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:
     
  10. billt

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    I broke in these 2 with nothing but this.

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  11. StanDJ77

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    LOL, really motor oil? does it get the carbon and crap thats left after shooting? I just ordered me some ballistol but, whatever works go for it:cool:
     
  12. billt

    billt New Member

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    Mobil 1 products work beautifully. 1 quart lasts all but a lifetime. Their grease is some of the best I've ever used. Bill T.
     
  13. silentghost

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    Have you tried other weights or have you only used 140 and 40 weight? Where do you put each individual oil component? Just kinda curious what you use where to lube up your firearms...
     
  14. billt

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    All I have ever used to lubricate my firearms is Mobil 1 Motor Oil, ATF, (Automatic Transmission Fluid), and for very high pressure friction points like bolt lugs on bolt action rifles and hinge pins on O/U shotguns I will use a small amount of STP. I have never had a a gun rust or fail because of a lubrication issue in over 45 years.

    Gun oils and greases are overpriced "snake oils" in fancy packaging, nothing more. Know what a Castrol Rep told me your getting when you spend $8.00 for a bottle of "Castrol / Hoppes Synthetic Gun Oil"? Castrol Syntec Motor Oil with an emulsifier added to it. You can buy it all day for around $4.50 @ quart, or pay $8.00 for 4 ounces of it in a fancy brushed Aluminum pump bottle. Same with a lot of these "Gun Greases".

    Go into any auto parts store and you can buy a large tube of Moly Grease that will last the average shooter a lifetime for a couple of bucks. It's as good, or better than these miracle gun greases they sell for over $10.00 for a 1/4 ounce! An even better product is the Mobil 1 Synthetic Grease. It comes in a 1 pound tub for around $6.00. If you like the fancy hypo type applicator, you can get one at Walgreens, or most any other drug store for around .25 to .50 cents, and it's refillable too boot.

    Mobil 1 can be tailored to your climate just as you would if you used it in your car. If you shoot or hunt in very frigid climate it comes in a 0W-20 grade that won't stiffen up in cold weather. Here in Arizona we don't get much cold weather, but in the Summer it can get blistering hot so I use the 10W-40 or the 20W-50 grade. It has a nice viscosity that won't run off metal and dry up in a few days like some of these water thin gun oils like "Rem-Oil" will. Mobil 1 Synthetic Gear Lube has an even higher viscosity that works well on guns that tend to be run at higher temperatures like AR-15's and AK-47's. It comes in a 75W-140 Grade. ATF is a very clean non gumming lubricant that works well for lubricating semi autos and fast moving parts like slides and even trigger mechanisms. I'm not a believer of these so called "dry lubes". 47 years of shooting has taught me one very simple fact. If I can see oil on my firearms, I know I won't be seeing any rust.

    All 3 of these products can be purchased at any auto parts store for around $20.00, and will last the average shooter for years, if not a lifetime. I won't overpay for these gun lubes that do nothing better except make you poorer. Bill T.
     
  15. colmustard

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    I also have switched to mobil 1 motor oil for my firearms. And I have only had to buy one quart and its been months! The best oil is cheaper than than some of the cheaper gun oil by comparison to quantity without lose of quality, whats not to like.:D
     
  16. dogwalk

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    I couldn't agree more. I have 229 in 357 Sig and love it. Took it to the range several yrs. ago and emptied a few mags and was very pleased. Am a senior citizen and have had them all it seems. I shoot as often as I can. Dogwalk