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Old 04-21-2013, 09:01 PM   #1
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Problem with my Glock 19

Guys, went to the shooting range today and had an unexplained malfunction pop up with my Gen3 G19. The slide locks back mid-magazine. As if the mag were empty, but you tilt the gun upwards and you clearly still see a live round ready to be fed. Now before you tell me I am hitting the slide release with my thumb....

1. I am lefty. My index/shooting finger sits far below.
2. The slide lock is the stock unit that the gun comes with
3. All three shooters with me experienced the same thing - they are all right handed.
4. I shot one handed, limp wristed, overgripped the pistol in order to duplicate the malfunction, and it didn't matter what I tried, it did it almost every time. 10 rds loaded, the slide lock happened about 7/10 rounds.


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Old 04-21-2013, 09:33 PM   #2
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Try different mag?

Mag spring or slide lock spring?

Inspect the lock to make sure its seating well.
Might need to have Glock file it down some.

New gun? Just start happening? How many rounds through it?
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Try different mag?

Mag spring or slide lock spring?
I'm thinking the latter. I brought 5 different mags (3 of which are new). Didn't make a difference which one I loaded up.
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Old 04-21-2013, 09:40 PM   #4
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Yea, the mag follower is what should be pressing on it and causing lockup when the mag is empty. Gotta be the lock spring
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Old 04-22-2013, 02:27 AM   #5
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Supposing that you have eliminated shooter error with physically pushing the stop up manually on accident, the next step would be to inspect

Field strip your gun. Insert loaded mags and see if any of them manipulate the slide stop lever. If not that, then unload and lift up on the slide stop lever, then release it. It should snap downward quickly and hard. If you remove the slide and the lever lifts up on its own, the gun was assembled incorrectly and the spring for the lever likely got caught behind the locking block pin. If it drops down slowly or without a lot of force, you have a bad lever/spring and it needs to be replaced.

Mechanically, this issue is most commonly caused by improper assembly of the frame and catching the spring behind the locking block pin, instead of under it. Secondary to this is a bad lever.
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Old 04-22-2013, 08:59 AM   #6
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Old 04-22-2013, 05:19 PM   #7
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Thanks guys. 10k rounds and this is my first parts breakage. I grabbed the pistol to detail strip, dropped the mag, emptied the gun but hadn't pulled the trigger yet. I noticed it was rattling on the inside. Stripped the gun down, and just like you said Reedo - the slide stop is definitely broken. Doesn't work at all.

Is the slide stop lever the only thing I need to swap, or anything else needed?
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No, just that. Quick easy fix. You could get Glock to replace it for free, but it might be faster to spend $10 and buy a new one on your own. Any Glock stocking dealer that has certified armorer service may be able to replace it under warranty as well.
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No, just that. Quick easy fix. You could get Glock to replace it for free, but it might be faster to spend $10 and buy a new one on your own. Any Glock stocking dealer that has certified armorer service may be able to replace it under warranty as well.
I'll just fix it. I've detail stripped a glock plenty, fairly easy. The fact that I can break down a glock with my 8 fingers on my three hands is a testament to my handiness.
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A glock broke?!?!?!?!

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Thanks guys. 10k rounds and this is my first parts breakage. I grabbed the pistol to detail strip, dropped the mag, emptied the gun but hadn't pulled the trigger yet. I noticed it was rattling on the inside. Stripped the gun down, and just like you said Reedo - the slide stop is definitely broken. Doesn't work at all.

Is the slide stop lever the only thing I need to swap, or anything else needed?
Awesome. You have my respect, I have about 4500-5000 through one of my 19's. 10k+ is really a testament to how sturdy a Glock is. A guy on my local forum had a spring fly out of his Taurus with only 300 rounds through it.
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Awesome. You have my respect, I have about 4500-5000 through one of my 19's. 10k+ is really a testament to how sturdy a Glock is. A guy on my local forum had a spring fly out of his Taurus with only 300 rounds through it.
I still have my first Glock 19 (second gen) that is over 15 years old and probably has atleast 25k rounds through it. Not a single issue.
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I still have my first Glock 19 (second gen) that is over 15 years old and probably has atleast 25k rounds through it. Not a single issue.
Thats awesome, post pics of the internals when you get a chance.
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I still have my first Glock 19 (second gen) that is over 15 years old and probably has atleast 25k rounds through it. Not a single issue.
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I am dead serious when I tell you it looks like a new one (third generation) with 1000 rounds threw it.
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WOW 1 in a million. never had any of my 3 glocks malfunction on me yet...besides a bad .357 sig mag (weak spring) in my g27.
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I did annual inspections on the department Glocks back in February and found a broken locking block. 1 out of 40 isn't bad. I replace probably 12 mag springs a year, along with a half dozen recoil springs, and a couple locking block pins and slide stop levers. Not bad though, when you consider that I am primarily doing preventative proactive maintenance. Any hint of a problem and I just replace the part. Before I took it over, there were a lot more problems, though primarily from the guys running weaponlights.
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