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Glock disassembled itself at the range

Discussion in 'Handguns: Autoloaders' started by Paddy, Aug 13, 2019.

  1. Paddy

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    never had this happen, was shooting and made a mistake on my run, so went to clear the gun. I dropped the mag, racked the slide to eject the live one and dry fired it at the ground. When the hammer fell the entire slide flew off the end of the frame! Plop, complete on the ground. I picked it up, didn’t seem broke, solid back together and kept shooting. Whatnthenheck? This is a Glock 19 gen 3
     
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  2. Cokeman

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    Stuck slide lock or broken slide lock spring?
     
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  3. RON in PA

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    Interesting Glock you have! A Glock with a hammer.

    Possibly something wrong with the slide takedown dingus.
     
  4. RETG

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    I'm confused too...."when the hammer fell."
     
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  5. Buzznrose

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    Replace it.

    That happened to me once. Slide takedown thing spring broke on my G23 gen 4 at roughly 6K round mark. Happened towards the end of the day at a Gunsite class. Finished the class that day with my G26.

    The Gunsite Smithy didn’t have the part and told me he’d never seen that spring break, so I went to a LGS for help. They called some guy they knew who was in transit moving between CA and AZ and in the area. Met the young dude in a fast food parking lot 30 minutes later, his young wife and toddler were in the truck with him. It was around 7:00 PM. He pulled out a parts kit (tackle box), slapped the part into my gun, and performed a function check. Good as new in 2 minutes. Still in my gun today, at around 20K rounds.

    I asked him what I owed him, and he said “$1.50”. I handed him $40 and told him to enjoy his evening. He said it was too much, and I told him he just saved a $3K gun vacation. I handed him another $20 and told him to grab a bite with his family and enjoy his night. I truly hope he is doing well today. Good guy!

    Long story, but thought I’d share it. Never had it happen since on any other gun, but I ordered a couple more when I got home for my “Glock kit”. About 6 years and they are still in that parts box...

    Best thing is the pieces cost next to nothing, like most Glock OEM parts...and last pretty much forever.
     
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  6. milemaker13

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    Its always hard to ask for a proper amount when the repair took all of 5 min.. good on you for tossing cash his way. Glad your gun is working again!
     
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  7. Buzznrose

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    So maybe you guys asking about the “hammer” and just playing...and maybe you are trying to make a point...and maybe you are just wiseguys who correct every person and loves to embarrass folks who say “hammer” instead of “striker” or “clip” instead of “magazine”, even though EVERYONE knows what they mean.

    But in case you aren’t one of those guys, at every IDPA and Steel Shoot, when you finish a run, the Safety Officer will tell you, and they all pretty much say the same sequence of steps..”if finished, show me clear” (slide locked back, mag out, empty chamber. Then they tell you...”slide forward....hammer down...holster”.

    It’s what the squad safety officer says...I guess y’all never shoot matches. You should try them...they are lots of fun.

    And if I seem like a jerk, maybe I’ve seen too many older guys, many who were vets, get verbally corrected in a condescending manner, in front of other people for calling a magazine a clip by some young know-it-all clown at a range or during a match.
     
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  8. Kevin Keith

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    lol

    lol, again :)
     
  9. Buzznrose

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    Saved my trip...I really didn’t want to use my G26 for parts.
     
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  10. Paddy

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    Lol okay okay I said hammer because I think striker sounds silly and yes, in match terminology everything is a hammer. In fact, in my LIFE everything is a hammer, except for a chisel, which is a screwdriver.

    Okay I grabbed it and checked the spring, it’s intact and looks to be working fine, but guess what, in prepping to take it down it happened AGAIN?! WHAT THE HECK?

    Again this is a totally bone stock gun except sights and mags.
     
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  11. Paddy

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    Also this gun has a few thousand through it and it’s not carried much, it has a pretty easy life. Kept clean and dry, lives in the safe unless taken to the range mostly.
     
  12. Paddy

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    Could the plastic recoil spring post (correct term?) be somehow pushing the slide lock down?
    The end looks fine, doesn’t show any damage or wear
     
  13. ArchAngelCD

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    Call Glock, they will know what's up I'm sure.
     
  14. Paddy

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    Well I hadn’t thought if that, so I tried it. They were easy to get ahold of, and tried to help, but ultimately were no help. Said they had heard of it before but didn’t offer any info on what solved it.
    Since the mating metal parts seem to be in good shape, I’m guessing it has to do with the plastic spring rod. Kinda the only thing it could be?
     
  15. Rule3

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    See slide lock spring in this article.

    https://www.activeresponsetraining.net/are-glocks-truly-perfection

    No matter which Glock you carry, you can cause wear to the slide lock spring by improperly installing your recoil spring assembly. When you are setting the recoil spring down into the grooves in the barrel, make sure you place it in the DEEPEST GROOVE. Not the one closer to the surface. If you place it in the top groove, the edge of the recoil spring assembly will rub on the slide lock spring every time the slide reciprocates. That will eventually cause it to break.
     
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  16. Paddy

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    Thanks for that, good reference. I wonder if I have the new or old design take down spring?
     
  17. 460Shooter

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    Glock perfection automatic disassembly for cleaning.

    Your gun was talking to you man. “Clean me.”
     
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  18. Paddy

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    Lol, my gun is clean man. Clean enough at least!
     
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    Just looked at your avatar pic. If that’s you I apologize for the “man” assumption.

    Your gun was talking to you seniorita.
     
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  20. shoobe01

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    Your IDPA SOs are out of date. For a good while now, that command is "pull the trigger." On purpose. Because semantics matter. E.g. people argued they could use the decocker to "drop the hammer."
     
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  21. Buzznrose

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    Interesting. Guess some of our guys are out of date. What you say does make sense, and

    But semantics really only matter when the matter, and I stand by my point...no need to belittle anyone for a meaningless terminology faux pas
     
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  22. Kevin Rohrer

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    Maybe you forgot to burp the slide before it went back on the frame. Tupperware suggest you always do it to get a proper seal. :rofl:
     
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  23. ATLDave

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    USPSA is “hammer down.” People can argue whatever they want. They cannot leave the line until they have dry fired the gun.
     
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  24. herrwalther

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    Sounds like you slid down the take down catch, or its broken. Glock will not be much help to you. I had a brand new G22 where the magazine catch sheared off and threw a magazine at my target during a competition match. That phone call with Glock CS was far from stellar.
     
  25. fastbolt

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    The usual causes for the slide & barrel to "fall off" an empty Glock when it's in the muzzle down/trigger pulled condition is either a broken slide lock spring or the slide lock has been installed in reversed orientation.

    Check the slide lock spring to see if it's present in its whole, undamaged condition. If it's broken off (above the frame slot) it needs to be replaced before you continue to use the Glock. If it's broken off to where the bottom of the spring can't be removed from the frame, arrange to have it sent to Glock. However, sometimes a frame may have to be replaced if the broken bottom of the spring can't be removed from the slot in the frame (even by Glock techs).

    Have you removed and replaced the slide lock recently? If so, did you reinstall it with the top/hooked edge facing to the rear of the gun? That's the correct orientation. The hooked edge has to engage with the front of the barrel's bottom forward lug. This is what keeps the barrel and slide on the frame when the trigger bar's cruciform isn't holding the firing pin's foot.

    If you have a local Glock armorer, he/she can easily check this for you. if it's a broken slide lock spring that can be completely removed from the frame, a replacement spring can get you back in action. If the slide lock itself has been unintentionally reversed, it's just a matter of turning it around and making sure the hooked edge is in normal good condition and will perform its function.
     
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