My first Glock 19


August 19, 2008, 01:59 AM
my glock 19 is brand new and i find the slide very hard to pull back and when i do manage to get it cocked the slide release is very had to push down is this normal?

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Sergeant Sabre
August 19, 2008, 02:15 AM
I think you missed the "autoloaders" forum. This is for revolvers.

Take it apart and clean it. They are shipped with some grease inside. It's kind of gold-colored. Get it all out then lubricate it with a light oil.

Hard to pull back compared to what? I don't find Glock slides hard to pull back, but others might. The slide lock might be a bit tough to push down, especially with an empty magazine inserted.

August 19, 2008, 02:21 AM
Congrats on your new Glock!

I don't know about your physical build/strength but if you're having problems retracting the slide then try the "push-pull" technique. If you're right handed hold the pistol as your normally would and with the left hand grab the slide, then "push" with your right as you "pull" with your left. Tracking?

And lastly, that lever is a "slide stop" lever not a "slide release" lever. It was never meant to release the slide, although many people do it including myself. If you do it this way it's way easier if you have a loaded mag in the gun (be careful if you're gonna do this now). Proper way is to release the slide by grabbing it and letting it fly forward.

August 19, 2008, 02:32 AM
My buddy just bought a new Glock 19 and his slide release is a little rough to push down.. I think it'll break in a little over time...

August 19, 2008, 02:41 AM
Last I heard, Glock recommended that you shoot the pistol with the copper lube on it during initial break in. I always clean the gun first, but I am careful not too remove all the copper lube. As for the slide stop, I recommend you train by sling shotting the slide on a reload. You could also install an extended slide release to give you a little bit of additional leverage.

August 19, 2008, 02:50 AM
what do you mean by sling shotting the slide? forgive me for asking simple questions this is my first gun ever. all i know my thumb is sore as hell trying push down on that slide release lol

August 19, 2008, 03:10 AM
It'll loosen up and your hands/fingers will toughen-up. Don't worry.

Sling-shotting is the method of releasing a locked-back slide in the same manner as using a real sling shot. Hold the grip in your strong hand and pull the locked-back slide back with all your might, then let go so that the spring will snap the slide forward (like a slingshot). This will chamber a cartridge reliably rather than by just letting go of the slide stop.

August 19, 2008, 03:34 AM
:( how rude lol

August 19, 2008, 03:39 AM
Glock slides are actually pretty easy to manipulate. My 115lb. wife does it, just takes practice.
Don't drop the slide like that when empty, it's just a bad habit to get into. Just take the empty mag out and then you can ease the slide forward.
When you have a full mag in the gun use the slingshot method like others have said.

August 19, 2008, 03:48 AM
Congrats on your Glock, enjoy it!

Personally I don't like the slingshot method, I was taught to reach over the top of the slide with my hand and draw it back that way. Either way will work its just a matter of what works best for you, nonetheless using the slide release to chamber a round is generally considered a bad practice by many.

you sound weak
buy a water gun
:uhoh: That's not very polite...

August 19, 2008, 04:15 AM
Do not remove the gold colored grease, Glock puts it in the gun for break-in purposes. Read your owners manual and learn the lubrication points. Lube your new gun before you shoot it for the first time.

Evyl Robot
August 19, 2008, 09:21 AM



August 19, 2008, 09:26 AM
^ I'd buy it.

Evyl Robot
August 19, 2008, 11:56 AM
I'd be tempted, at any rate!

August 19, 2008, 06:33 PM
Congrats on your Glock.


Dr. Tad Hussein Winslow
August 19, 2008, 06:36 PM
i find the slide very hard to pull back and when i do manage to get it cocked the slide release is very had to push down is this normal?

No, not really, but this is subjective,


Yes, normal. It's designed to slingshot, not release with the button.

August 19, 2008, 07:40 PM
you sound weak
buy a water gun

memphisjim, not all people have the same abilities. That does not mean they do not have the right to self defense.

We try to maintain a higher level of discourse at The High Road than you have chosen.

August 19, 2008, 07:45 PM
Go CZ and don't look back, your life depends on it!!!

August 19, 2008, 07:50 PM
So with slide locked at the rear, you're having trouble pushing down the slide lock lever? Here's an option: with a loaded magazine or without a magazine, pull the slide back and let go. The slide lock lever will automatically fall, when you pull it to the rear. MAKE SURE YOU are in SAFE MODE!!!!

But, I recommend you take a basic firearms course since this is your first ever pistol.


Arrogant Bastard
August 19, 2008, 07:52 PM
you sound weak
buy a water gun

That was uncalled for.

Arrogant Bastard
August 19, 2008, 07:54 PM
using the slide release to chamber a round is generally considered a bad practice by many.


August 19, 2008, 09:15 PM
My very OWN "FIRST GUN" was a Glock Model 19C. I love Glock even though I am more of a single action revolver lady now. I could rack them in the Model 17, the Model 19 and the Model 19C. (Before that time frame - I used my late husband's revolver for self defense.)

I can't rack the slide on MANY semi automatic pistols due to an old injury, former broken up left arm, hand and side due to a bad fall plus with arthritis now at 58 years old. I can rack SOME of them but not ALL styles and/or brand names. Same as I can still SWIM but not do a fabulous back stroke as I used to do with limited range of motion. I was always an outstanding swimmer.

I COULD rack the slide on the Glocks in 9mm, the S&W Model 41 that I bought for my late husband, the S&W Model 22A, the famous Ruger Mark (?) semi automatic pistol in 22LR, etc. There were many others that I had trouble with due to my physical problems and weakness NO matter how I tried various 'ways' of doing this.

Best wishes to you and you will love the Glock. Give the Glock a chance and follow the advice of others who are far more into semi automatic pistols than I am. I do NOT know tons about semi automatic pistols. My late husband and my groom aka husband know more about those pistols than I do. My Glock was smooth and a straight shooter from the gitgo. I do not know if they changed them from May 1998 (NIB) or not - that was when I bought my very FIRST own gun.

Take care.


August 19, 2008, 11:15 PM
Congrats on the G19! IMO, it's the finest example of pistol Glock manufactures! Now the trick is to get it dirty, very very dirty & very very often! :D

August 20, 2008, 12:52 AM
mainenwo, yeah that stock slide release is a little bugger. Glock 19, was my first very own handgun.

Personally, I replaced it with a extended slide release. And its easy to thumb now. A few dollars, and its an easy to drop in part. I also did the extended mag release and 3.5 lbs trigger spring. (the spring I suggest you wait until you are comfortable with your first ever gun.)

Here's a page ( with some hints racking the slide (and theres a LOT of good information on the website as well) authored by one of our members.

August 20, 2008, 12:55 AM
Try locking the slide back, then inserting the magazine. Release the slide lock and your first round is loaded.

Bennett Prescott
August 20, 2008, 01:58 AM
using the slide release to chamber a round is generally considered a bad practice by many.
Because while some guns have slide releases, and some of them are extended or held in place with little enough force that you can use them to load the gun, ALL semi-autos will load if you slingshot the slide.

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