Sig Sauer Internal Lubrication

General Info
When I assemble a Sig, I install what I call “the 3 primaries”, first. They are as follows:
Decocking Assembly
Hammer Rebound Assembly
Magazine Release

The first 2 are mandatory to install first, they can be installed later, but with a fair amount of difficulty for people like me with large hands. The Magazine Release can be installed at any time.

Parts that don’t need lube
Firing Pin Block, Firing Pin and associated springs. These parts will bind up with dirt and debris extremely fast if you grease them, so I leave them dry.

Lets get started
The order of the following pics are the order I assemble the gun, I’ve found this works best for me and is not necessarily the only way to assemble a Sig.

First things first, install the decocker assembly and Hammer Block

The double action face of the hammer gets filled with grease, the Sear is going to rub against the hammer when the trigger us pulled and requires a lot of lubrication.

The double action notch on the right underside of the hammer needs to be greased also.

The Sear goes in next with grease on the DA face and on both sides.

The safety lever gets grease on both sides and special attention on the Sear engagement trigger bar engagement surfaces.

The Strut gets grease on the entire top section

When greasing the Main Spring, I insert the tip of my grease syringe into each end of the spring and leave a line of grease. I insert the end of the strut all the way into the spring to push the grease to one end, remove the strut, flip the mainspring around and reinsert the strut. At this point, the strut and spring go in the frame.

I always put a line of grease on the side of the frame the trigger bar rides on, this is a major drag point and should remain lubricated.

The Trigger Bar gets grease on most of the back end and some on the sides.

The Trigger doesn’t need much grease, only the part where the Trigger Bar Axle contacts the Trigger should be lubricated with a small dab of grease.

The Locking Block Insert gets grease on the underside lockup surface and the top nearest the back in the center as well as a bit on the recess for the Slide Lock Lever Spring.

The Grease for the spring helps prevent the spring from digging into the Locking Block Insert as well as hold the spring in place while you install the Locking Block Insert.

Once all the parts are installed, grease the rails and install the slide.

scott / July 24, 2010 / Random Apex


  1. Andy - February 20, 2011 @ 12:35 pm

    What grease do you recommend for the internals?

  2. scott - February 21, 2011 @ 9:26 am

    Any high quality gun grade grease will do the trick. I personally use Lubriplate #105 – Available from Brownells or most boating stores. It’s a marine grade white lithium grease that stays put.

  3. Doug - March 20, 2011 @ 9:09 pm

    What’s your opinion on Tetra lube product. I also use MPro7 for thye cleaning.

  4. scott - March 21, 2011 @ 9:03 am

    I like Tetra just fine, I had used it for a long time, but switched to other lubes when I ran out or Tetra.


  5. Matt - March 22, 2011 @ 10:39 am

    Which viscosity Slide Guide (thin, medium, or heavy) do you recommend for a Sig X5?

  6. scott - March 22, 2011 @ 1:04 pm

    For the internals of the X5, I’d use the light or medium. On the rails, I’d recommend a high viscosity oil. In most cases, the slide to frame fit is so tight you can’t use grease.


  7. Doug - March 28, 2011 @ 1:04 pm

    My friend told me he uses grease almost everywhere after cleaning his sig. He even uses it to coat his barrel instead of a good gun oil. Basically, he said he never uses oil anymore. What’s your take on this? Also, I pickup my sig220 today, I was planing on using ‘break free’ to initially clean it up before my first trip to the range, I follow up with Tetra for the slide. I like the MPro7 stuff for the barrel. Thanks again, Doug

  8. Doug - March 28, 2011 @ 5:11 pm

    Scott, do you wipe off the excess extra grease from the rail areas? I am assuming you do? Thanks, Doug

  9. scott - April 1, 2011 @ 8:27 am

    Normally, I’ll install the slide, run it back and forth a few times then wipe off the excess grease on the outside and run with it.


  10. Jason - May 13, 2011 @ 6:28 pm

    I field strip and clean my gun after every trip to the range, but how often do you recommend we clean and lube the internals?

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