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miles1
April 16, 2013, 03:45 PM
I recently purchased a used glock 19 early gen 3.Ive already field stripped it and the finish appears good with no scuff marks or pitting in the breach face.There doesnt appear to be any bulging of the barrel and i went ahead and already bought 2 15 round mags and have fired 50 trouble free rounds with no problems.It passed a basic function test aswell.

Im looking for any suggestions from those that own older glocks if there is anything else I should replace as its an early gen 3 made in 1999.I had no problems with the ejecting rounds and feeds great.The recoil spring passed a basic funtion test as well but thought for roughly $5 maybe I should replace it anyways.thanks in advance.

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Jimfern
April 16, 2013, 03:48 PM
I have a G35 I put better sights (LPAs) and a G26 I put Tru-Glos on + a Glock extended slide release on (G35 already has this). Other than that, I'm really happy with their performance.

W.E.G.
April 16, 2013, 04:13 PM
Replace the magazine when empty.

If yours doesn't already have glow-in-the-dark sights, or the factory sights have gone dim, and you think such things are useful, you might get a set.
That's about it when it comes to Glocks.

I don't think the Glock is perfect by any means.
But, I haven't found anything to hang on it, or to replace, which would make it any more useful to me.

When you buy a good quality hand drill at the hardware store, do you modify it, or "upgrade" it?
No. You don't.
You just use it.

Lord Palmerston
April 16, 2013, 04:38 PM
If it ain't broken, don't fix it. That's the idea. I agree about the sights though. May be they're worth replacing.

Bovice
April 16, 2013, 04:44 PM
Guns are tools but certain upgrades can make them more effective. They have a market for accessories, whereas drills don't.

Girodin
April 16, 2013, 05:18 PM
Im looking for any suggestions from those that own older glocks if there is anything else I should replace as its an early gen 3 made in 1999.

If it has the plastic factory sights I would replace those. I would have spares for things like the recoil spring on hand and replace as needed.

miles1
April 16, 2013, 05:33 PM
Thanks for the suggestions so far.I went ahead and ordered thru amazon a $5 spring rod.It does have the standard plastic sights but I think im gonna leave it that way.The 2 new 15 round mags work great.

marb4
April 16, 2013, 05:38 PM
Anytime I buy a used semi-auto, especially if I don't know its history, I'll replace the recoil spring. Did this when I got my used Gen3 19. Usually inexpensive and good insurance to keep your "new" firearm running well.

Bobson
April 16, 2013, 05:40 PM
Where did you find the G19 mags?

Sapper771
April 16, 2013, 05:51 PM
I would do a complete spring change, cheap insurance. I recommend Wolff Gun springs. Also get a Ghost 3.5 connector.

TAKtical
April 16, 2013, 05:55 PM
I run stainless steel guide rods on all my glocks as well as glockworx race connectors and adjustable fulcrum triggers. What works for me might not work for you but my Glock 17 is on par with my 1911's at 25-50 yards.

miles1
April 16, 2013, 09:19 PM
Where did you find the G19 mags?
At one of my local gun shops.I can PM you the adress and phone number if you want?There going for $28 around here(15 rounders).

miles1
April 16, 2013, 09:20 PM
I would do a complete spring change, cheap insurance. I recommend Wolff Gun springs. Also get a Ghost 3.5 connector.
I have No idea how to do that.I guess I could ask a glock armorer but not sure if its worth the cost.

miles1
April 16, 2013, 09:21 PM
Anytime I buy a used semi-auto, especially if I don't know its history, I'll replace the recoil spring. Did this when I got my used Gen3 19. Usually inexpensive and good insurance to keep your "new" firearm running well.
Was thinking the same thing marb.thx

mo_dingo
April 16, 2013, 11:47 PM
If it's your EDC, then do as suggested, get night sights and a new recoil spring.

If it's just a range toy, then shoot it until it breaks, which, being a Glock, may take a while!

It may have not seen many rounds, and even if it has, no worries! Have fun!

iblong
April 17, 2013, 09:03 AM
I just check the springs,add 3.5 connectors with over travel stops,polish the innerds,and change out the sights on all glocks and shoot the heck out of them.I do not lighten any of the springs.

Sapper771
April 17, 2013, 09:48 AM
I have No idea how to do that.I guess I could ask a glock armorer but not sure if its worth the cost.

There are plenty of online resources that can assist you. If you plan on having a long , fruitful life with your Glock, you will need to learn anyway. This is one of the positives of the Glock, ease of maintenance.

miles1
April 17, 2013, 10:39 AM
There are plenty of online resources that can assist you. If you plan on having a long , fruitful life with your Glock, you will need to learn anyway. This is one of the positives of the Glock, ease of maintenance.
Funny, after your first post I ended up looking on you tube and found multiple posts on exchanging springs that didnt look too bad.I think Ill give it a try.

KevinB
April 17, 2013, 11:11 AM
I agree on the spring change. Whenever I buy I used autoloader with unknown history it gets this as preventative maintenance. I would go a step further than recoil spring though and say also coiled trigger return spring, firing pin (striker) spring, and extractor spring. Give it a good detail cleaning while you're in there especially in the striker and extractor channel. You want it clean, but DRY. Don't get a bunch of oil or solvent in there, and if you do while cleaning, dry thoroughly. Who knows what the guy before you did, it may be full of crud.

Other things I would take into consideration would be a new slide lock spring and slide stop spring. Check your mags too, give them a cleaning and possibly a spring swap. I'm sure some would find all this excessive, but the parts are so cheap and easy to change it's hard to think of a reason not to do it for a firearm that may be used to defend your life or the life of your family. If I pick up a newer Glock that still has anti-seize compound in it and looks like it's barely been shot I'm a bit more lenient, but they still get the basic spring change. Keep in mind also, some of this is not just to replace worn parts, but to fix any "upgrades" Bubba may have added to the gun. I've seen some interesting modifications in used guns.

Hold off on the aftermarket parts, reduced weight connectors, etc, until you've left a pile of brass at your feet through the gun. Gain some experience with the weapon until you don't need to ask others what to change. You may find that you like it just the way it is. Glocks are great platforms, very durable, and very low-maintenance, but not maintenance free.

newglockguy
April 17, 2013, 02:23 PM
Buy some night sights or fiber optic sights and magazines and you're good to go

lamazza
April 17, 2013, 05:31 PM
Extended mag release and extended slide release. Cheap to do and very functional.

stonecutter2
April 17, 2013, 05:44 PM
Funny, after your first post I ended up looking on you tube and found multiple posts on exchanging springs that didnt look too bad.I think Ill give it a try.
Glocks are awesome for detail stripping. Very easy. I was terrified the first time. And it was so easy - when done, I knew all about my firearm and that it was good to go. I used YouTube videos as a guide, as well as some online step by step guides with good pictures.

I would keep some spares handy of the following:

Take down lever spring
Slide stop spring
trigger spring

Shoot it until it seems to have an issue though :)

miles1
April 17, 2013, 08:35 PM
I see glock sells a basic spring kit for about $20 but its on backorder.I"ll see if anyone else sells these kits if possible.

WinThePennant
April 17, 2013, 10:28 PM
I've done as much puttering around with Glocks as anybody.

I can tell you this. On Gen 4 Glocks, CHANGE NOTHING... But the stock sights. Go with some Meprolights. They are as good as they come for the money. Maybe go to a 3.5 connector, but that's about it.

Your Gen 3... Do the following.

Sights - Meprolights.
Extended mag release button.
Maybe an extended slide lock - Makes takedown easier.
Maybe an extended slide stop lever - Allows your thumb to let the slide move forward after a mag change.
Maybe a 3.5 connector.

Desert Duck
April 18, 2013, 01:53 AM
http://m.youtube.com/watch?v=DZf4mUM10Vc

Here you go... Basics on cleaning. and... I dig Ballistol. Great product and works on wood, plastic and coats metals like Hickok says...

Desert Duck
April 18, 2013, 01:55 AM
http://m.youtube.com/watch?feature=related&v=7VTIqAMPOco

This shows cleaning the slide! Great stuff!

Girodin
April 19, 2013, 03:01 AM
Here is a video of with three very knowledgeable shooters talking about how they like to set up their glocks and why.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=f7ViI2UWFKg

SlimeDog
April 19, 2013, 03:00 PM
Here's what I do:

(1) Detail strip, inspect, clean
(2) Replace anything broken
(3) Replace recoil and trigger springs (I stick to Glock OEM for springs)
(4) Replace plastic sights (I like Meprolights)
(5) Install an extended magazine release
(6) Install an extended slide stop release
(7) Install some kind of grip plug

I also use the Grip Force Adapter Beavertail - makes it point better for me. I don't mess with the trigger. Finally, I recommend the "Complete Glock Reference Guide" from Ptoma:

http://www.ptooma.com/products.asp?Prod=Book

Best,

-SlimeDog

PS: I second the video in the previous post. Good stuff.

GlackAttack
April 19, 2013, 04:39 PM
http://m.youtube.com/watch?v=DZf4mUM10Vc

Here you go... Basics on cleaning. and... I dig Ballistol. Great product and works on wood, plastic and coats metals like Hickok says...
I watched this and most of hickocks videos after getting my glock 34! Love his videos. And now I love ballistol too. Just be sure to open a window..

And to the OP, I say definitely change the recoil spring assembly, its so cheap for OEM.

bds
April 21, 2013, 02:12 AM
Another Glock cleaning video - some of you might like this one more than others ;) :D - https://www.youtube.com/v/E1m6Qct68wo%26rel=0%26hl=en_US%26feature=player_embedded

TreeDoc
April 21, 2013, 02:24 AM
Clean it good, run it like you stole it. Shoot it, would'nt replace a thing, unless you have some $ to burn and nothing to do.

miles1
April 21, 2013, 05:08 PM
Another Glock cleaning video - some of you might like this one more than others ;) :D - https://www.youtube.com/v/E1m6Qct68wo%26rel=0%26hl=en_US%26feature=player_embedded
God Bless Glock...and this Video!...lol

miles1
May 2, 2013, 01:19 AM
Just an update:

I took my glock 19 gen3 (made in 1999)to a glock armorer this past week to see exacrlt what I needed.Other than a new glock stock recoil spring(Which I already bought) he didnt see a need to replace any other springs at this time.He couldv'e told me otherwise and I would have have ended up spending some cash but he was pretty honest with me and said it was fine as is.Thought I would share this with any potential buyers looking at older glocks and wondering how they hold up,thx.

zignal_zero
May 2, 2013, 04:05 AM
YES, there was a part that was upgraded half way through the GenIII.

When I went through the Glock Armorer Course, (for some reason) they didn't have me registered for the course. So, they didn't have enough guns, they were one shy. Luckily, I brought one with me - my personally owned duty weapon, GenIII model 23. Well.... upon detail stripping my gun, we discovered I had what the instructors referred to as the "older style" spring holding up my take down lever. The "newer" one (which was still during GenIII, just later) was noticeably beefier. The instructor gave me one to replace mine with.

The plastic sights are garbage. I realize Glock was trying to get under a certain weight (back in '81), but they are just a horrible thing to put on an otherwise decent pistol. It would be like having a decent AR15 and putting a BSA red dot on it :( a coworker and I BOTH had issues (failure) with the plastic sights.

As far as real mods, eh, be careful. I ended up doing a lot to mine and by the time I sold it I found myself wishing I had left it alone (except for the sights and springs) :(

hentown
May 2, 2013, 09:46 AM
Guns are tools but certain upgrades can make them more effective. They have a market for accessories, whereas drills don't.

What??!!! A cogent thought being posted in this thread?? Zounds! :evil:

I hate bad analogies, and the "drill bit" analogy is pretty poor. I hate the feel of Glock factory triggers, so I ALWAYS install an aftermarket connector in my Glocks. I also hate the feel of nekked plastic in my hands, so I ALWAYS install some kind of grip (Agrip is excellent) on my Glocks.

Glocks certainly aren't perfect; neither are humans, but some of us are blessed with the ability to think, whereas inanimate objects have no such ability. ;)

Sebastian the Ibis
May 2, 2013, 09:59 AM
Get some glock 17 mags. They hang out an inch and won't pinch your hand when doing a speed reload. This is all you will need.

miles1
May 2, 2013, 05:40 PM
YES, there was a part that was upgraded half way through the GenIII.

When I went through the Glock Armorer Course, (for some reason) they didn't have me registered for the course. So, they didn't have enough guns, they were one shy. Luckily, I brought one with me - my personally owned duty weapon, GenIII model 23. Well.... upon detail stripping my gun, we discovered I had what the instructors referred to as the "older style" spring holding up my take down lever. The "newer" one (which was still during GenIII, just later) was noticeably beefier. The instructor gave me one to replace mine with.

The plastic sights are garbage. I realize Glock was trying to get under a certain weight (back in '81), but they are just a horrible thing to put on an otherwise decent pistol. It would be like having a decent AR15 and putting a BSA red dot on it :( a coworker and I BOTH had issues (failure) with the plastic sights.

As far as real mods, eh, be careful. I ended up doing a lot to mine and by the time I sold it I found myself wishing I had left it alone (except for the sights and springs) :(
Ill ask about the takedown lever spring.I know he detailed stripped the glock right in front of me and looked at the springs but I will ask.Glockmeister is selling for roughly $20 all the springs,might just get it anyways.

Bill4282
May 2, 2013, 06:46 PM
As a lefty, extended slide release (use my trigger finger to activate this plus the mag release) and meprolight sights. Only changes ever made.

Soldiernurse
May 4, 2013, 05:20 PM
Another Glock cleaning video - some of you might like this one more than others ;) :D - https://www.youtube.com/v/E1m6Qct68wo%26rel=0%26hl=en_US%26feature=player_embedded
I approve this video...
http://imageshack.us/a/img68/8989/thumbsup123mp2.gif

Infidel4life11
May 5, 2013, 02:23 AM
If it's working and all the controls fit you fine, leave it be. I only fix the things that make it better for me. IE extended controls, sights, and 3.5lbs trigger. When/if you have extraction issues then replace springs. I'd say reload and shoot some more.

Bobson
May 5, 2013, 02:35 AM
a coworker and I BOTH had issues (failure) with the plastic sights.
I'm having a hard time imagining how much abuse a Glock must be subjected to for the sights to break under normal use. I'm not saying it can't happen, just that it must be pretty rare.

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