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Stupid question of the week: can I remove the striker from a Glock and reassemble?

Discussion in 'Handguns: Autoloaders' started by 1KPerDay, Sep 21, 2019.

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  1. 1KPerDay

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    Does the striker have some retention feature or keep the slide from falling off or something? Or can I remove the striker assembly and put the slide back on the pistol?
     
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  2. JohnKSa

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    Yes, you can do it.

    You'll have to take a little careful on reassembly of the slide to insure that all the other slide parts stay in place, but they tend to hold their positions pretty well, and once you get the slide cover plate back on, it should all be fairly secure.

    Keep in mind that without the striker assembly installed, the slide cover plate will be retained ONLY by friction whereas normally it would be sort of locked in place by the striker assembly. There's a pretty decent amount of friction from the spring-loaded plunger, so it won't just fall out, or anything. Also, with the slide in the forward position, the slide cover can't be removed so it's only a concern when the slide is back. If the slide cover plate comes off, other parts will start coming off as well.

    The trigger will be dead without the striker installed. It will stay in the fully rearward position all the time.

    Disassembly (to reinstall the striker assembly) will not require pulling the trigger. Just pulling back on the slide slightly and then down on the disassembly tabs will be sufficient to release the slide. Or you can just lock the slide back, slide the cover plate down (taking care to retain the spring-loaded plunger), put the striker assembly back in and then slide the cover plate back on.

    I'm curious about why you would want to do this. I have been trying to figure out what use it might be to have the gun configured in this way and I confess that I can't. Maybe if you wanted the gun to look normal from the outside but be completely benign?
     
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    My SIL is moving and can't find the cable lock for her pistol and is paranoid that kids will find it. She has no ammo for it anyway but I want to help her put her mind at ease and am just considering options. Thanks for the replies.
     
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    Out of curiosity i just tried this, could not get the slide all the way on to the grip frame, it would hang up about 5mm from its normal resting position and not far enough to engage the take down tabs. Fiddled with the trigger and inner bits some but to no avail. Tried then to remove the barrel and recoil spring and reassemble which was possible but had to remove the back plate and striker to get it apart again. Hmmmm, i dont know . It doesnt seem straight forward if it is possible to reassemble without the striker.
     
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    I tried it before I posted my response. I have not tried it on one of the guns with the newer style (oval) firing pin safety.

    Assuming everything is done properly, there's no reason for it to hang up. The only difference without the striker is that there's no "tab" from the striker hanging down from the slide. If anything, it should make the slide go on slightly easier since the striker is not interacting with the trigger bar during the process.

    Some possibilities:
    If the slide cover is not fully into position, that would cause it to catch on the frame and would prevent the slide from going onto the frame all the way.

    The only other possibility I can think of is that the firing pin safety is hanging up on the trigger bar. Normally it sort of rides on the striker shaft, maybe in some guns, without the striker installed the firing pin safety hangs down into the slide channel a little too far and is catching on the trigger bar during assembly.
    I don't understand why you would have to remove the striker to get the gun apart since the striker should not have been installed when you assembled the gun.

    For the OP's purpose, I think that disassembling the gun and storing the barrel elsewhere is a better idea. This is easier to reverse than removing the striker, and just as effective at rendering the gun unfireable.

    Another quick solution would be to run the shackle of a standard padlock through the triggerguard BEHIND the trigger of the UNLOADED gun. Then do a quick test to confirm that the trigger can't move back far enough to fire the gun.
     
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    Why doesn't she just buy another lock?
     
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    It is the plunger hanging up i think. I put the rear end back together to see if a front of the gun parts removal would work (forgot to mention that) tried on g20 gen4
     
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    Or just field strip the Glock.
     
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  9. LiveLife

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    Yes, you can remove the striker assembly and put the slide back on the pistol.

    It's the slide lock lever that keeps the slide from moving forward and off the rails.
     
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    That would involve effort
     
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    I have over 12 gun locks that I can PIF to you.

    She can even choose her choice of color. PM me if interested.
     
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    Thanks, but I have a bunch also. I just can't find them. I usually just throw the stupid things over my shoulder when I get a new gun
     
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    Big mistake. The old style 'insert into trigger locks' should go into the toe of an old pair of pantyhose or even just a sock. The newer cable style are great as is. Superb personal defense choices either way. The Jets and the Sharks would have known how to use them.
     
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    I was gonna say, how do you not have a whole pile of spare locks?

    I leave them in the box they came in and have a whole stack in the basement.
     
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    Yeah, less than a dollar's worth of zip tie through mag well then out through ejection port. Slide won't close, mag can't be loaded--pretty sure and certain.

    But, I also have several bundles of 18" zip ties, in several colors, and can be bothered to spend 30 seconds on a task, if needs must. I am aware that others differ in this.
     
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    One downside I can see with that idea is, the sister is going to lose that barrel. Well, same is going to happen to the striker, even sooner. I think the best is to keep it in brother's custody until the dust settles and a lock is found.

    BTW, how old are kids? At 9 years old they can watch Lockpicking Lawyer on Youtube and open any common gun lock with paperclips.
     
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    I might be missing something here. But just curious, don't you clean your striker's or ever replace them? Removing the back plate on any striker gun is about the same. Some easier than others. One feature I like about the New Mossberg is the easy removal of the striker and back plate. I understand they make a similar after market backplate for the Glock.
     
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    I once decorated a Charlie Brown Christmas tree with them. My wife wasn’t thrilled. My kids laughed.
     
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    Sure, but I don't try to reassemble the guns without them, which is what this thread is about.
     
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    Got it, thanks
     
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    Or use a long cable tie in place of the lock.
     
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    She's moved now we can call off the dogs. Mods you can lock this
     
  23. LiveLife

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    In before the lock. :D

    So what am I supposed to do with all these cable locks? :eek:
     
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    Done.
     
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