Troubleshooting

(Sometimes things just don’t work right)

All manufacturers design their products to operate under a wide variety of conditions. However, they cannot test every possible situation. We have complied troubleshooting information for products of various manufacturers here. These are by no means complete and we always recommend that you contact the manufacturer should you have any questions about their product. 

Information on these guides has been compiled from original manufacturer documents when at all possible which include Owners and Armorer manuals. 

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AR 15 troubleshooting guide Most semi-automatic rifles operate using the same or in a similar method. However, each manufacturer has their own troubleshooting procedures. However, use this AR 15 troubleshooting guide to help you start working through any issues you may encounter. The AR 10 is extremely similar (the AR 15 is a redesigned AR […]

1911

1911 Troubleshooting Guide Most semi-automatic pistols operate using the same or in a similar method. However, each manufacturer has their own troubleshooting procedures. However, use this 1911 Troubleshooting Guide to help you start working through any issues you may encounter. Don’t forget to visit our 1911 Field Strip, Frame Disassembly and Reassembly as well as our 1911 Slide […]

Beretta 92

We have compiled a list of DOD recommended procedures for troubleshooting the most common issues in the following tables. This is by no means a complete list of troubleshooting steps but is a good starting point for the most common issues that you may encounter. 

Sig Classic P229

The Sig Sauer Classic Pistols are equipped with drift adjustable fixed Sights that consist of a rear sight and a front sight blade. Learn more about doing a sig classic sight adjustment here!

Sig classic

Most Sig Classic Recoil Springs are color coated so that they can be identified. However, what happens when you need to replace them and the color has worn off over the years? This Sig Classic Pistol Recoil Spring Color Guide will help you find the correct replacement. 

Glock 23

We have compiled a list of the Glock recommended procedures for troubleshooting the most common issues in the following tables. This is by no means a complete list of troubleshooting steps but is a good starting point for the most common issues that you may encounter. 

Smith and Wesson M&P

I have compiled a list of the Smith and Wesson recommended procedures for troubleshooting the most common issues with the M&P9, M&P40, M&P357 and M&P45 pistols in the following tables.

Sig classic

I have compiled a list of the Sig Sauer recommended procedures for the Classic Pistols in the following table. This is by no means a complete list of troubleshooting steps but is a good starting point for the most common issues that you may encounter. 

Sig classic

In Filming the Sig Classic Series we point out the difference between the old and new style of trigger bar springs and that they install exactly the same. However, the question can the old and new style of Sig Classic Trigger Bar Springs be used interchangeably still remains.

Since time is limited in our videos we figured that we would answer that question here.

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P365 vs P365XL – First shot impressions

In this article, I am going to walk you through my first impressions of the P365.

As much as I am a big fan of the P320, it didn’t fill all of my needs for a pistol that I thought it would. I enjoy it as my everyday carry (EDC) in the fall and winter months, where it is easier to conceal. However, I find that I don’t care for it in the summer, even when configured as a subcompact. It is still just too heavy for warmer weather. I started to find myself carrying my Taurus 738 more to lighten the weight on my belt. This decision comes at the cost of a micro pistol that doesn’t fit my hands and a horrible double-action pull on the trigger.

I finally broke down and bought a P365 figuring that would be my fix. But, which one should I choose: Standard, XL or SAS? I eliminated the SAS since I like to use the slide release with my thumb and ended up buying both the standard and XL. 

P365 vs P365XL – Pedigree

The P365 pays homage to its big brother the P320 in looks, magazine release and a Fire Control Unit (FCU) chassis. However, the further you look into the pistol, you can see that it is a design all to itself and not just a smaller P320. One design feature that I like on the P365 is the full-length slide rail on the FCU. The full-length slide rail was a concept that Sig abandoned on the P320 and I am glad to see it make a comeback. 

The full-length slide rail on the P365 makes me think that this is what a striker-fired P226 or P229 might have looked like, minus the composite frame.

P365 vs P365XL – Grip Module

I have large hands and generally like larger grip patterns. However, I was surprised at the feel of the P365. I wouldn’t say that it is a perfect fit. However, it is close enough for me to be comfortable. The XL fits my hand better than the standard. However, the standard is not that bad either and is far superior to my Taurus 738. It will take some time for me to get used to a thinner grip of the P365 over the P320, but the weight tradeoff is going to be worth the learning curve.

P365 vs P365XL – Capacity

The magazine for the P365 is neither a single stack nor a double stack. I would call it more a stack and a half as the bullets are slightly staggered to get the capacity while keeping the grip thin. 

The standard comes with two 10 round magazines. One magazine is flush fit with the grip module while the other has a finger extension. 

The XL comes with two 12 round magazines that are flush fit to the grip module.

P365 vs P365XL – Comparison to my other carry options

There is no doubt that the P365 is thinner than my other carry options. But how does it measure up against my other carry options? I am going to compare this to other subcompact guns and my measurements are approximate. 

Weight of pistol

Glock 26 – 1lb 3.3oz

P365 standard – 1lb 0.4oz

P365 XL – 1lb 2.0oz

P320SC – 1lb 6.2oz

PT738 – 9.1oz

Glock 26 VS P365

The P365 as tall as my Glock 26, 1/2″ shorter in length, 1/4″ thinner and saves 2.9oz on weight.

Glock 26 VS P365 XL

The P365 XL is taller in height by 5/8″, 1/8″ longer in length, thinner by 1/4″ and saves 1.3oz on weight. 

Sig P320SC VS P365 Standard

The P365 is shorter in height by 1/2″, 1″ shorter in length, thinner by 1/4″ and 5.8oz lighter. 

Sig P320SC VS P365 XL

The P365 XL is just as tall, 1/4″ shorter in length, 1/4″ thinner and 4.2oz lighter.

Taurus PT738 VS P365 

The P365 is 1/2″ taller in height, 1/2″ longer in length, 1/8″ wider and 7.3oz heaver.

Taurus PT738 VS P365 XL

The P365 XL is 1″ taller in height, 1.25″ longer in length, 1/8″ wider and 8.9oz heaver.

P365 VS P365 XL

The P365 is 1/2″ shorter in height, 1/2″ shorter in length, same width and 1.6oz lighter.

 

P365 – Features

Both the standard and XL features Sigs X-RAY3 Day/Night sights.

Both pistols have a reversible mag release for left-handed shooters. However, it is slightly disappointing that the slide stop is not ambidextrous. Left-handed shooters are left with the slingshot method or using their trigger finger to bring the slide home on a reload. I wish that the P365 would have taken a lesson from the P320 on this and not followed the Sig Classic line. 

The XL slide has a removable plate for adding optics. However, it seems that optics was either an afterthought on the standard or SIG felt that the XL is in a larger class of pistol. There is undoubtedly enough real estate on the standard slide to have a removable plate for optics. 

The grip module of the XL has an extended beavertail and integrated magwell. This gives a slightly better ergonomics and ease of reloading over the standard model. Also, the XL features a flat trigger to aid with finger placement

The magazines for the XL are longer to fit into the bigger grip module. However, they are backward compatible with the standard model which gives standard users more options on capacity for carry if they don’t mind an extended magazine. 

Although not a documented feature, the slides are compatible with their pier grip module. For instance, you can run a standard slide on an XL frame and vice versa. 

P365 vs P365XL – Range time

Shooting both the standard and XL pistols went well. Two of us took the guns to the range to shoot them. All ammo we shot through the pistols were reloaded on my Dillon 650 from range brass. 

One thing that both of us agreed on was that the standard had more recoil than the XL. It seemed to us to be a little snappier in the standard. It is not significant, but you do notice it when you are shooting the pistols side by side. 

Both guns performed well for my buddy and he had no problems with failure to fire or failure to feed.

However, all the failures happened when I was shooting. However, the failures were isolated to the standard and not the XL. Although I had no failure to fire issues, I did have a few failures to feed problems. It didn’t seem to follow the magazine, which left me to either an ammunition or shooter problem. 

Since we were taking turns shooting the guns and using the same ammunition, I was confident that these failures were shooter error. After playing with my grip a little, the issues went away and the pistol was reliable. I do attribute this to the gun being small for my hands. For me to use this as a carry pistol, I will need to put more range time in and focus on my grip. 

Closing

It was fun to take these guns out and run a few hundred rounds through each of them. Except for some problems with the standard P365 that grip changes fixed, the guns ran reliability. 

I like both models, but I will need some time to get used to them since they are smaller and don’t fit my hands as a larger frame pistol does. However, I can see either of these taking over as my EDC.

I feel that if you are going to run the standard P365 with the pinky extension magazine, you might as well as step up to the XL. The pinky extension makes the standard just as tall as the XL but with a reduced capacity of two rounds.

I think that my ideal configuration of an EDC P365 would be with the XL frame but the standard slide (essentially a carry version which is not offered). This configuration will give me the length of grip I need for my bigger hands but the reduced slide length to help with concealment. As an added bonus, two additional rounds of capacity. 

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Winchester 94 reassembly – Build an iconic rifle

 

Our Winchester 94 reassembly video will show you how to assemble the “New Model” of the Winchester model 94 from to its individual components. We do not install the barrel in our video as that is a function of a qualified gunsmith. 

This video features a Winchester 94 in 30-30. However, this process will also work for the calibers as well. Even though, this video features the “New Model”, the concepts can translate over to a pre-64 or post new model rifle. Things may just look different. Or instance, the link screw on this rifle will be a pin held in with a screw on the bottom of the link on a pre-64 rifle. 

There are a lot of screws in this rifle, we recommend a quality gunsmithing screwdriver set. Visit our article titled Gunsmith screwdriver vs regular screwdriver – there is a difference to learn more about gunsmithing screwdrivers. 

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Winchester 94 reassembly – Learn More 

If you interested in learning more about the Winchester 94 rifle, visit our Winchester 94 disassembly video.

While you are at our site, why not learn more about the tools that we used on the Winchester 94 videos visit our article titled Winchester 94 – Tools used in our Videos and visit our troubleshooting guides at http://trb.fyi/troubleshooting/ while you are on our site.

 

Video Index:

Installing the carrier spring, cartridge guide and spring cover – 0:47

Installing the lower tang – 3:18

Reassembling the finger lever – 6:26

Reassembling the locking bolt – 6:21

Reassembling the breechbolt – 9:32

Installing the breechbolt and locking block – 12:16

Installing the lower tang and hammer – 12:54

Installing the carrier – 14:00

Installing the finger lever – 14:43

Installing the stock – 18:01

Installing the magazine tube – 18:55

 

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Winchester 94 – Tools used in our Videos

The Winchester 94 has been around for well over 100 years and is one of the iconic rifles of the west. This article shows you the Winchester 94 Tools that we used in our videos. 

The Winchester 94 is not a difficult rifle to work on, however, there are a lot of screws and you will find yourself switching screwdrivers often. We do recommend a good set of gunsmithing screwdrivers to keep you from striping screw heads and scratching the receiver. 

There are several manufacturers of quality gunsmith tools that you can choose from and at a price point for just about every budget. These can be purchased online from places like Brownells and Amazon.

I do recommend that people purchase their gunsmith tools at Brownells whenever possible. Brownells has Guaranteed Forever policy on most of their products. If you don’t need it, don’t want it or don’t like it, they will take it back anytime. I have used their Guaranteed Forever policy on punches that I broke removing stuck roll pins. It was a simple process of contacting customer service and they replaced the punches at no cost to me.

Winchester 94 – Tools used in disassembly

Stock Removal

Brownells MagnaTip bit 300-5 and Magnetic Law Enforcement Handle – Remove tang screw

Lower Tang Removal

Brownells MagnaTip bit 240-5 and Magnetic Law Enforcement Handle – Remove Hammer Link Screw

Lower Tang Disassembly

Bench Block

8 oz hammer

Brownells MagnaTip bit 240-3 and Magnetic Law Enforcement Handle – Remove Mainspring Screw

3/32” roll pin starter punch – Remove Trigger Stop Pin

1/8” roll pin starter punch – Remove Trigger Pin

Brownells MagnaTip bit 120-3 and Magnetic Law Enforcement Handle – Remove mainspring strain screw

Lever and breechbolt removal

Brownells MagnaTip bit 240-3 and Magnetic Law Enforcement Handle– Remove the finger lever linkpin stop screw 

5/32″ punch – Remove finger lever link pin

Brownells MagnaTip bit 300-3 and Magnetic Law Enforcement Handle– Remove finger lever link screw

Leaver Disassembly

Bench Block

8 oz hammer

5/32″ punch – Remove finger lever link pin

1/16″ punch – Remove friction stud stop pin

Locking block disassembly

Bench Block

8 oz hammer

3/32″ roll pin punch

Breech Bolt

Bench Block

8 oz hammer

3/32” roll pin starter punch – Start the removal of the extractor pins

3/32″ roll pin punch – Complete the removal of the extractor pins

1/16” roll pin starter punch – Remove the ejector stop pin

Carrier guide and loading port removal 

Brownells MagnaTip bit 180-5 and Magnetic Law Enforcement Handle – Remove the spring cover screw

Brownells MagnaTip bit 120-5 and Magnetic Law Enforcement Handle – Remove the carrier spring screw

Brownells MagnaTip bit 180-5 and Magnetic Law Enforcement Handle – Remove the cartridge guide screw

Magazine tube removal

Brownells MagnaTip bit 180-3 and Magnetic Law Enforcement Handle– Remove the magazine plug screw and band screws

Winchester 94 – Tools used in reassembly

Installing the cartridge guide and carrier spring and loading port

Tweezers – Place carrier spring into receiver

Brownells MagnaTip bit 180-5 and Magnetic Law Enforcement Handle – Install carrier spring screw

Tweezers – Place left cartridge guide into receiver

Brownells MagnaTip bit 180-5 and Magnetic Law Enforcement Handle – Install cartridge guide screw

Brownells MagnaTip bit 180-5 and Magnetic Law Enforcement Handle – Install spring cover screw

Assembling the Lower Tang

Bench Block

8 oz hammer

Brownells MagnaTip bit 120-3 and Magnetic Law Enforcement Handle – Remove mainspring strain screw

1/8″ roll pin starter punch – Temporarily install trigger and sear, as well as, finish install trigger pin

Tweezers – Install sear

3s holder punch – Start the install of the trigger pin

5/64″ roll pin punch – Temporarily install trigger stop and trigger stop spring

5/32″ punch – To push down on trigger stop spring

2s holder punch – Start install of the trigger stop pin

3/32″ roll pin starter punch – Install Trigger Stop Pin

Brownells MagnaTip bit 240-3 and Magnetic Law Enforcement Handle – Install Mainspring Screw

Reassembling the lever

Bench Block

8 oz hammer

2s holder punch – Start the install of the friction stud stop pin

1/8″ punch – Finish the install of the friction stud stop pin

Tapper Hammer – Install finger lever link pin

Reassembling the locking bolt

Bench Block

8 oz hammer

3s holder punch – Start the install firing pin striker pin

3/32″ roll pin starter punch – finish installing the firing pin striker pin

Reassembling the breechbolt

Bench Block

8 oz hammer

3s holder punch– Start the install of the ejector stop pin

1/16” roll pin starter punch – finish the install of the ejector stop pin

2s holder punch – Start the install of the extractor pins

3/32” roll pin starter punch – Finish the install of the extractor pins

Installing the lower tang and hammer

Brownells MagnaTip bit 240-5 and Magnetic Law Enforcement Handle – Install the Hammer Link Screw

Installing the Carrier

Brownells MagnaTip bit 180-3 and Magnetic Law Enforcement Handle – Install carrier screw

Installing the Lever

Brownells MagnaTip bit 180-3 and Magnetic Law Enforcement Handle – Install the finger lever link screw

Installing the stock

Brownells MagnaTip bit 300-5 and Magnetic Law Enforcement Handle – Install the Remove tang screw

Installing the magazine tube

Brownells MagnaTip bit 180-3 and Magnetic Law Enforcement Handle– Install the magazine plug screw and band screws

 

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