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Discussion in 'Handguns: Autoloaders' started by miles1, Apr 16, 2013.

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  1. miles1

    miles1 Member

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    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.
     
  2. Jimfern

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    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.
     
  3. W.E.G.

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    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.
     
  4. Lord Palmerston

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    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.
     
  5. Bovice

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    Guns are tools but certain upgrades can make them more effective. They have a market for accessories, whereas drills don't.
     
  6. Girodin

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    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.
     
  7. miles1

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    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.
     
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    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.
     
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    Where did you find the G19 mags?
     
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    I would do a complete spring change, cheap insurance. I recommend Wolff Gun springs. Also get a Ghost 3.5 connector.
     
  11. TAKtical

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    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.
     
  12. miles1

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    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).
     
  13. miles1

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    I have No idea how to do that.I guess I could ask a glock armorer but not sure if its worth the cost.
     
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    Was thinking the same thing marb.thx
     
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    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!
     
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    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.
     
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    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.
     
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    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.
     
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    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.
     
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    Buy some night sights or fiber optic sights and magazines and you're good to go
     
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    Extended mag release and extended slide release. Cheap to do and very functional.
     
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    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 :)
     
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    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.
     
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    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.
     
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