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Anyone have a Glock spring go bad?

Discussion in 'Handguns: Autoloaders' started by General Lee, Nov 4, 2011.

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  1. General Lee

    General Lee Member

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    The other day I was cleaning my glock and when I reassembled it and cocked it back half of the plastic circle at the end of the spring broke off. I called Glock and they seem to only have a call back system. Any ideas if this is covered by Glock and if so how do I get ahold of them? If not where would I pick one of these up?
     
  2. jmorris

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    If you don't put the guide rod in the "slot" correctly you will break it upon racking the slide as you did. The springs are more robust, I had over 100,000 rounds on one before it broke.
     
  3. Stacer

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    I had a trigger spring break on me in the middle of a match. I called glock and they were going to send me a replacement. Since it was my daily carry piece I elected to pay the $3 to get it fixed at a shop the next day.
     
  4. General Lee

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    Is that supposed to answer my question or be a smart ass? Thanks!
     
  5. DPris

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    Lee,
    You broke the plastic guide rod assembly, the spring didn't "go bad".
    Your post asked a broad question, you were answered correctly regarding the part you described as broken by JM.
    He wasn't giving you a smartass answer, I've seen it happen right in front of me.

    That part may or may not be "covered" by Glock, unless they're having a friendly day, it's the result of operator error, not their problem.

    To add to the replies, the trigger springs do break on occasion.
    Denis
     
  6. Dan Bear

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    If it is a Gen 4, it is a recalled item. That is actually the exact reason they are being recalled. I bought a Gen 4 about a month ago and they gave me the recall paper with my purchase. They said Glock would replace the spring no questions asked. I started to google the recall and found that in some cases the plastic circle would break, in other cases, the spring would shoot right out the end of the gun. Most reported cases of this happening were after the 4000 round count; others have gone far past 4000 without issue. Hope this helps.
     
  7. Drail

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    Plastic perfection. I just can't buy into this insanity. So we could have made the part from metal but we decided to use plastic instead - what was the reason we did that again? Plastic will never be a suitable material for anything as critical as a firearm. And springs should be replaced regularly not used until they break. Don't believe anyone who tells you that springs never wear out. I have filled trashcans with springs that wore out. Not one ever "broke" though.
     
  8. Dogguy

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    So, Drail, if plastic is not suitable for firearms why has it been such a successful material in firearms manufacturing for decades now?

    And just to be clear, it wasn't the spring that broke on OP's Glock, it was a piece of the guide rod assembly. Glock springs are metal, not plastic.

    Personally, I don't like Glock's guide rod assemblies and I've replaced them on all my Glock's with Wolff rods and springs. But to make the blanket statement that "plastic will never be a suitable material for anything as critical as a firearm" is denial of fact.
     
  9. JohnBiltz

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    I had to replace an extractor spring. It did not break into two pieces but it was not working correctly.
     
  10. ku4hx

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    Yep, been there; done that and got a replacement RSA at Glock's expense. When I call Glock I always say I wish to talk to an armorer about a problem I'm having. I've never failed to get a human to talk to in a reasonable period of time.

    But then, I live in Georgia just 125 miles East of them on I20 so we all sleep and play pretty much on the same schedule.

    How to get hold of them? I suffer from old age induced selective amnesia (I'm just too old too try and remember what I can look up), so I just go to http://www.glock.com/english/index_contact.htm and call the appropriate telephone number they have listed there. For me that would be the Smyrna, GA telephone number.

    As to buying one I like Lone Wolf and Glockmeister, but there are many, many Glock part vendors all over the web. Google is your friend.
     
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    I own a beat-up first-gen Glock 17. I think it dates to 1986..so it was one of the first in the states.

    The pistol originaly had a two piece recoil spring/guide rod..and the rod was broken..and the spring packed-up and weak..didn't pass the spring check. Put a new one piece assembly in it.
     
  12. piece of meat

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    i did the same thing when reassembling my 26 for the first time...i didnt seat down far enough and when i cocked it back the assembly came apart.

    called glock and they sent a new one out immediately for free.

    imo this is the ONE part glock needs to address..the recoil assembly is held together in what seems like a cheap and fragile manner
     
  13. 480 Alaskan

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    yep...G29
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    and notice the slide stop
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  14. Mikhail Weiss

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    Broke two trigger springs. Replaced one overly squishy recoil spring.
     
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    Dogguy, Post #3 + #5 specified broken springs. If you want to buy a cheap injection molded top heavy unbalanced handgun, it's fine with me. I just can't see the appeal or any advantage (unless you're the manufacturer). It may be that plastic guns have been around for "decades" now but high grade steel ones have been around quite a bit longer and are still being used. I'm sure that you could build a 1/2" breaker bar or a ball peen hammer out of plastic but I wouldn't buy one of those either. It may be lighter but it certainly isn't going to be "better". I just can't wrap my brain around the idea that a tool is somehow "better" because it's made from lightweight plastic. Would you? I'll shut up and go away now. I didn't mean to hurt anyone's feelings.
     
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    Call Glock during the week when they're open & tell them that the recoil assembly broke. They'll send you a free new one.
     
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    Ignorance is bliss.
     
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    Call Glock. Explain what happened. IMO they should send you the replacement for free. If not just buy the replacement and have it shipped. This is coming from me a GLOCKAHOLIC. I currently own 10 and can replace any small part if I have to without calling Glock.
     
  19. General Lee

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    I called them back and got a person instead of the recording. I did call during business hours the first time but maybe everybody was busy. They sent me a spring for free within a week.
     
  20. Zerodefect

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    I just use a Lone Wolf SS guide rod. Problem solved.

    Trigger springs, take down lever (comes with spring), and slide release levers (comes with spring), are regular maintenanace items on Glocks.

    After market extra strength trigger springs are very nice, but fail twice as often as factory Glock trigger springs. That's why the sell them in ten packs.
     
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