From a friend’s brand new SIG P226, the new “long extractor” … broken after 150 rounds.
This isn’t the first report I’ve seen of such a break, but it’s the first one I know of from a first-hand source within my circle of shooting buddies.
Years ago I wrote an article entitled Trust No One: An Insider’s Perspective. To this day it remains one of the most popular items on this website. The gist of the article is pretty simple: just because a model has been around for years doesn’t mean you’re buying, today, the same gun that someone else bought and used successfully three years ago.
Dimensions, materials, Quality Control processes, sub-vendors… these things all change daily at big gun companies with no notice to consumers. And while some of those changes do in fact result in improvements, other times they’re just cost-cutting measures or conveniences for the manufacturer.
During my five years at SIG I broke one extractor… after tens of thousands of rounds, much of it very dirty lead-nose ammo that was clearly gumming up the extractor. From all my customers shooting literally millions of rounds a year I don’t recall there ever being any kind of serious extractor problems. Those “small” extractors — which were standard back then, the new “long” extractor hadn’t been invented yet — worked great. It might have been a little tricky to install but otherwise I cannot think of a single reason why it should change. I knew Federal Air Marshals with over 100,000 documented rounds of violent 357 SIG ammo through their guns with the original extractors intact and running perfectly.
Is this broken part a fluke? It doesn’t appear to be if other reports on the web can be taken at face value. Whether that means the rate of failure has doubled or increased a hundredfold I couldn’t tell you. Only SIG knows that and I doubt they’re publicizing hard numbers. But it’s certainly a disappointment, especially coming at a time when SIG was finally getting out from under the image of poor quality control.
I’ve been very seriously considering doing a SIG for my 50k test gun in 2015. To be honest, this is not encouraging.
Train hard & stay safe! ToddG
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