My Sig P238 has been a decent shooter, but never 100% reliable. I kept cleaning and lubed it according to Sig specs (not too much oil), hoping one day after the initial break-in period a miracle would happen and my little Sig will be problem free. Well, that didn’t happen, instead I got a problem I’ve never experienced with any gun I’ve shot.
I was finishing a box of .380Auto Sellier&Bellot, inserted a new loaded mag (6 cartridges) and fired first shot. The slide moved back about a quarter of an inch and got stuck with an empty shell still in the chamber. After dropping the mag, I made sure the gun is safe and tried to clear the chamber by pulling the slide back with no success. It stuck so badly that no matter how much force I’ve used, it wouldn’t move even a millimeter in any direction.
I called our experienced range master, who inspected the gun, making sure it’s safe and brought it back to his office. He put some oil on the gun (the excess oil is seen on the pictures above), and after several attempts to clear the pistol he just said plainly: you need an experienced gunsmith, and recommended one.
I’ve purchased my Sig little while ago, and still have an original manufacturer’s warranty. I hope this problem could be resolved without wasting too much time, and will try to update this post on how the whole ordeal goes on.