P95 Mag Release

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yep, let a smith work on it... it will be worth it... I'm had a number of springs that have journeyed to a different universe...

As for the P89 quandary on older mags and newer ones... I fixed my older P 89 by just filing off some of the top of the magazine latch....

just for kicks, here is a picture of my latest pistol project.... converting a Sig P239 from a DAK trigger to DA/SA only took an entire weekend to get it right.


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I love the 239! Its too bad they were discontinued. Considered obsolete by many, except me!
 

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You really don't need a smith. If your worry is only the mag release you simply push on the back of the spring up in the magwell.

If I was closer Id help out for sure. Tinkering on P-guns is fun for me. Haven't done it in awhile but fun.

Google around a bit more and see if you can find more info on the mag release specifically.

It has been awhile but I think I simply put a small 1/4" dowel up there and squeezed it against the spring with my thumb. The side without the actual catch will almost fall out on its own. The other side with the catch is a tighter fit through the hole in the frame but I bet you can get it.

Did you try to push the release forward to remove your mag yet? Maybe all this is moot.
 
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I love the 239! Its too bad they were discontinued. Considered obsolete by many, except me!
Probably Obsolete because I actually own 9.... 10 is going to be my limit though....
For those that don't know the history, the P239 was designed by Sig to be a concealed carry pistol for off duty police officers.... it was pretty popular for a while ... then along came all the plastic pistols.... as well as striker fired.... One of mine came from the Phoenix police department.... I suspect others were from the same kind of place. I changed out the grips and it is the best handling pistol I own... I hate that I sold one to a friend .... and it was a 357 sig frame. The lower came either 9mm or 357sig/40 cal.... you can shoot 9mm in the 357/40 ones with just a barrel change out.... no need to change recoil spring or magazine.... So, practice with 9mm and carry 357 sig.
 
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From JAYDAWG:

Please enlighten me......................

Good question, hope we get a reply... but then it might start a religious debate......

I re-read the original post and I think the key is "old Ruger P95". I'm now betting it is just gunked up,
Again, I think I'll take it to a smith and let him figure it out. I've shot it with Hoppe's solvent, followed by Hoppe's gun oil, and not much difference. I even shot it with PB Blaster, and nada. I think there's probably something either out of place, or boogered up to a fare-thee-well.
 
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I inherited it after the Station Night Club Fire, and it sat in my gun cabinet for a couple of years. Then, I took it to club's range, and it stove piped several times, so I took it home and gave it a serious scrub and clean, after which it cycled flawlessly, except for the mag release. I again let it sit, but would take it out to clean and oil every couple of months. Now, I've decided to try to get the mag release working, and here we are.
 

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"The Lord's Caliber", .45 acp

I was wondering if that might be in reference to

Revelation 19:11
"And I saw heaven opened, and behold a white horse; and he that sat upon him was called Faithful and True, and in righteousness he doth judge and make war."

I have a set of grips with this verse on one of my Colt 1911's, 45ACP of course;)
 
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Okay, I got it even though I think that is kind of a stretch .... there has to be more 1911s in the Bible ... but not wanting to cause conflict I accept it and will let my two 46acp buddies know this and they will like it.
And yes, after all that spaying and such I think it needs to got to a gun smith... I'll be he (or she, got to be politically correct.. or maybe 'they' would have worked) will be able to fix it easy.
 

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Found this which seems pretty good but right at the end (10:20) he talks about but doesn't actually remove the mag release. The 95 is a bit harder because the grip is solid and you have to go up the magwell to apply pressure on the spring.

I really think it is simply you are pushing in instead of forward.

Do post a follow up and we will try to help more. Few P-nuts on here that still care about the old P-series.

Thanks for finding my video, Roylt! I made several a few years ago and it's fun to see them get found. I also did a video on the history of the P-series.

You are right, I took it all apart, except the magazine release. I despise that part. I have removed them but it was too challenging to capture on the video. If I remember correctly, you have to relieve the pressure on the spring which is incredibly strong on every one I tried. I think I used a tool to push on the spring itself inside the mag well. Still takes ridiculous pressure to then get the two pieces pulled out, one to each side. A third hand helps, or the exact leverage against the spring.

Good luck with it Uncle Rick. It's really not that intimidating of a gun to take apart. The mag release DOES come out, just realize it's in two parts and one comes out each side. Gotta relieve that spring pressure as much as you can. Makes me want to pull out the P-guns and play with them again!
 
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Thank you, royalt ! As much as I appreciate the reply, I think it's going to be a job for the local gunsmith. As I mentioned earlier in this thread, I'm like Captain Fumble Fingers, and springs and small parts have a tendency to grow wings if I take them apart.
 

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Mine releases from either side alone or by pushing both. They go "in" a little by default but the far and above majority direction is forward, the direction the projectile leaves the barrel. I would make sure you have P95 magazines.
 
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Mine releases from either side alone or by pushing both. They go "in" a little by default but the far and above majority direction is forward, the direction the projectile leaves the barrel. I would make sure you have P95 magazines.
I've tried pushing forward, and still find the releases hard to engage. I have the original 10 round mags that came with the gun when my son got it, as well as a couple of after market mags I ordered from CDNN. The problem exists with all of them.
 

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I am wondering if the flat spring has broken, and is "stuck" in place. I have not had this happen to any mag release that I happen to own, but the problem is sounding like that may be part of the problem.

I had a flat mainspring break inside a NAA revolver, and that thing was locked up solid! Amazing what a small piece of metal in the wrong place can do.
 
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I have tried leaving a (empty!) mag in the well, just shy of locking in, as was suggested previously, and it hasn't done anything to soften it up, but out of curiosity I tried pushing up on the mag, and the release worked fine. So, do I take my dremel tool to the mags, or try to polish up the lock pin? It would be easier to open the mags up a bit, but the problem would return if I ever bought new mags.
 
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I'm not going to look back and read all 'our' post but I wonder from your recent post if you possibly have mags for an older, first edition, P89?
How many magazines do you have for this pistol? I could send you one of mine to try.

edit: well I just tried this, original P89 mags, in a P95 and could not really tell the difference but I do have to say after spending the last 8-9 years shooting Sig P pistols and all my Ruger P95's and 89's put away I really don't like the mag release on the P95. I is much harder to engage than on my other pistols... even the Glocks
 
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