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Glock 19 Slide Comes Forward By Itself When Magazine Is Slammed Into The Magazine Well

This happened to me once before, but I thought it was just a fluke. I was shooting zombies at the range and the slide of my Glock 19 released by itself when I inserted the magazine.

  
  

Slamming The Magazine In Caused Slide
To Come Forward all By Itself

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Glock 19 Slide Released By Itself

I was performing a "training drill" at the range, where the zombie target runs at you from 50 to 30 feet. With no magazine, an empty chamber and the slide locked back of your Glock 19, you are suppose to insert the magazine and shoot the zombie once before it stops. That mean inserting the magazine and releasing the slide quickly and under pressure.

When it was my turn, and the zombie was coming toward me, I picked up the magazine and slammed it into the magazine well to make sure it was securely locked in place (I've have had it drop out on me before).

This time when I did it, the slide came forward by itself. I did not release the slide with the slide stop lever or by yanking the slide back.

I stopped immediately, put my gun down and called my friend over to show him what happened. I tried to duplicate the results by slamming the magazine into the gun again to show him what happened and sure enough it did it again. (This time I used a 9 mm snap cap as the uppermost round in the magazine, just to be on the safe side.)

My friend tried it and the same "failure" happened to him (after a few attemps). The slide came forward all by itself. Something wasn't right and this shouldn't be happening (so we thought).

 

In an effort to discover why this was occurring we did some additional tests.

  1. We tried slamming a different magazine in my Glock 19 Gen 3.

  2. We tried slamming my magazine into my friends Glock 19 Gen 4.

  3. We tried slamming his magazine into my friends Glock 19 Gen 4.

 

IN ALL CASES WITH DIFFERENT GLOCKS, THE SLIDE CAME FORWARD BY ITSELF.

It didn't happen all the time (say 1 out of 4 slams). I guess you have to use just the right amount of force.

What I thought was initially a failure of my Glock 19 may just be a characteristic of all Glocks or all Glock 19s.

 

Has This Glock Slide Failure Happened To Anyone Else?

 

 

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR

MIKE COVIELLO is a former aerospace engineer, now Web Designer/SEO Consultant. Hobbies include shooting zombies & reloading ammunition.