In 2006 I got rid of a handgun that I hated and bought a Glock 17. The salesman told me that Glocks were "harder to shoot well" than other brands, had a mushy trigger but were incredibly reliable. Over the years this Glock has become by go-to pistol. I've been posting about it since I bought it (check my history) and today at a buddy's ranch I put my 15,000th round through it. This gun has NEVER malfunctioned, not once. The closest thing to a stoppage was a round with a dead primer which was easily overcome by racking of the slide. This round failed to fire in two other 9mm's so I don't hold that against the gun. Other than that, this gun has fed, fired, and ejected everything I've thrown at it. All types of ammo (the vast majority of it brass cased - I hate steel cased ammo) have functioned perfectly in this gun. Also, the gun is bone-stock. I have never done anything to it besides normal field stripping and cleaning. It is still on its original recoil spring, and I'm thinking of replacing that soon. This is that last gun that I'd sell and the one I'd grab in case of an emergency. Anyhow, just wanted to post a picture and brag on my baby. Carry on.
At the current rate, it will pass 60,000 rounds sometime around December. On average, it gets around 300 rounds a week through it. Other than some ammo/reload related failures, its been pretty much problem free.
I replace the RSA once or twice a year. I also replaced one extractor a couple of years in. I was starting to get some erratic ejection, which continued sporadically after the change. Changed it out again last year, as it started to increase again.
Ive come to the conclusion that its not the extractors, but more likely worn out brass, specifically chewed up case rims from constant extractor wear, from the shooting/reloading cycle.
When I shoot new factory or a new lot of brass with my reloads the problem goes away. I retired a couple of lots of brass I was having the issue with, replaced the second extractor with the one it replaced, and havent had any troubles since.
Im courious to see how far this one gets. As it is now, its showing some use, the "smileys" on the barrel are pretty pronounced, and the edges on the rail tabs have become pretty "sharp". Other than that, looks like new. :D
September 22, 2013, 11:32 PM
Great report. That's a heckuva run!
September 23, 2013, 01:11 AM
AK, yours might be younger than mine, but it has a helluva lot more miles on it!
The tenifer finish on these just doesn't show wear. It's amazing.
Keep on truckin!
September 23, 2013, 10:26 PM
I was afraid to buy a Glock at first because of the lack of an external safety. I fired my friends G17 back in the early 90's. I really liked it. I waited and now all my children are older I bought my first a half dozen years ago. That one has about 5k out of it. Very reliable pistols.
September 24, 2013, 01:12 AM
At this point you should just keep going til you do have a non ammo related malfunction... You know, for science and what not!!!
September 24, 2013, 03:22 AM
I put my 15,000th round through it.
... and it still looks brand new. Glocks rock!
September 24, 2013, 08:06 AM
I'm sure I have over 50,000 rounds through a couple of my Glocks. I don't like the factory Glock connectors and do change the connectors before I fire the first round through a Glock. Also don't like the feel of nekked plastic in my hands, so I apply Agrip or some other grip cover. Also polish all the mating surfaces of the firing mechanisms.
September 25, 2013, 09:43 PM
Thanks for all the kind words! Looking forward to the next 15,000!
Somebody at the range told me that I need to buy a new recoil spring, but the thing just keeps running and running. I've NEVER got that "case in the face" business, so why should I replace the recoil spring?
September 25, 2013, 10:30 PM
I believe the recommended interval for RSA change is 5000 rounds.
The factory unit is cheap, like $9, so if your shooting the gun a lot, its cheap insurance.
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