TFB FIELD STRIP – The SIG Sauer P-Series Handguns

Matt E
by Matt E

The SIG Sauer P-Series is one of the most iconic handgun designs created in the last 50 years in my eyes. It was also one of the easier systems to field strip and clean which a number of different handguns also use in today’s market. Once you know how to disassemble the gun, it becomes easy with practice. Here are the disassembly steps.

REMEMBER the four rules of gun safety:

  1. All guns are always loaded.
  2. Never let the muzzle cover anything you are not willing to destroy.
  3. Keep your finger off the trigger until your sights are on the target.
  4. Be sure of your target and what is beyond it.
Step 1.

Remove the magazine, lock the slide back and inspect the chamber to make sure the firearm is unloaded.

Step 2.

Push the disassembly lever in a downward, clockwise direction until it is vertical like in the picture below.

Step 3.

Once you have it in the downward position you will be able to release the slide and it will come apart from the frame of the gun.

Step 4.

Push the recoil spring forward towards the muzzle to compress the spring and gently pull the recoil spring and guide rod out of the slide.

Step 5.

Push the barrel forward in the slide and then lift up as you pull the barrel out of the slide. It should slide out fairly easy but don’t force anything.

Reassembly is done in the reverse order. Make sure to function check after assembling the gun.

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Disassembly on the SIG Sauer P-Series is fairly easy but can be a learning experience the first time taking it apart. My biggest advice when taking things apart is to take your time and make sure not to force anything. Let me know if you guys would like to see more disassembly articles. If you have ideas for guns be sure to leave them in the comments below. If you have specific questions feel free to message me on my personal Instagram page @fridgeoperator. I love helping you guys out whenever possible. Stay safe out there.



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Matt E
Matt E

I'm an avid shooter and love educating whether it's at my job or in the shooting community. I'm an average joe that really loves talking with other people about firearms and other passions.I'm active on Instagram on @fridgeoperator.

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  • Hammer Hammer on Jun 05, 2019

    Virtually all Sig pistols are defined as "P-Series" since the "P" simply stands for "pistol" (with a few exceptions, like the M17). This includes the new polymers. But not all of the P-Series are taken down in the manner described above. For example, the P938/238 have a take-down procedure similar to a 1911.

    But yeah, in terms of the Sig pistols that take down in that fashion, they are beautifully simple.

    And the classic, all-metal P-Series guns are probably my favorite pistols ever produced.

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    • Vicki Austen Vicki Austen on Jun 06, 2019

      @Hammer yeah, i have a 30yr old p-210. nice weapon with the 22 kit. other than that they do nothing for me.

  • Lucius Foster Lucius Foster on Jun 07, 2019

    I was at the gun store buying a AR15 lower to build and I looked at and held a new Sig 320 x compact. All I can say is wow.

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