Frame to slide slop?

Discussion in 'P-3AT' started by JeffM, Sep 10, 2007.

  1. JeffM

    JeffM New Member

    Jun 26, 2007
    Hi everyone,
    I was just cleaning my P3-AT and was wondering how much slop is acceptable between the frame and the slide, in front? My P3-AT will wiggle almost 1/32" in the up and down! It does take a light push as the spring is trying to keep it up but the gap there seems kind of big. Is this normal? I guess as long as it goes back to the same spot everytime? Thanks.
  2. JFB

    JFB New Member

    Jul 25, 2005
    Welcome JeffM

    I just checked mine. the muzzle end of the slide can go up and down 0.040"(little over 1/32), while the hammer end about 0.010"

  3. JeffM

    JeffM New Member

    Jun 26, 2007
  4. Bobo

    Bobo Well-Known Member Supporter

    Jun 13, 2005
    Yes, that's pretty normal.

    Considering the short barrel, tiny sights, long trigger pull, and loose fit it's amazing how accurate these babies are. Gotta love 'em! [smiley=thumbsup.gif]
  5. JeffM

    JeffM New Member

    Jun 26, 2007
    That is quite remarkable indeed, you'd think with that much slop on such a short barrel....
  6. TxCajun

    TxCajun Administrator Staff Member Supporter

    Sep 7, 2004
    Quite normal. Worse on the Pf9, I hear. :-/

  7. +1

    I did not measure... but yes, more than a little "slop"... or maybe just enough "allowance".
  8. rcmodel

    rcmodel New Member

    Feb 6, 2005
    Eastern Kansas
    The gap you mentioned has very little to do with slide tightness.

    It is caused by varying degrees of warpage in the molded plastic grip.

    Some of them are fairly straight and have little gap, and some of them are warped enough to look pretty bad.