I cleaned the oil from
the rails and inspected them with a jewelers
loupe. I saw that the both of the forward
rails had angled marks or scratches on them.
The rear rails looked fine and had no marks
When I ran my finger and
fingernail over them I could not feel the
scratches so I decided to shoot two
magazines worth of ammo through it then
re-inspect to see if the scratches increased
or maybe even smoothed out a little from the
action of the slide.
Forward rails on Glock 26
have marks on them.
Later that evening I
again field stripped and cleaned the gun. I
saw no visible difference in the marks and
no evidence of additional wear and tear. I
took some photographs and emailed them to a
friend who also has a similar gun.
Here are the emails.
Carl, These are the scratches I was
talking about on the Glock. They are only on
the forward rails and not on the back. I
canâ€™t really feel them with my finger and I
inspected the slide for damage and found
none. I think I will hold off on the
polishing idea for now.
Tanner, Mine has similar marks. I
believe they were always there and were made
during manufacturing the frame. Since there
is no motion during slide operation, they
could not be caused during use. The normal
wear goes over the
marks which are below the wear surface. I do
not think they are a problem.
Carl, Thanks. I was trying to think
back and I looked at old pictures of my
pistol thinking that they might always have
been there too, but I couldnâ€™t find any
confirming pictures. I agree with your
assessment. I am glad your Glock has the
same markings. That takes the guess work out
Receiver showing forward and rear slide
Forward slide rails
Click on the pictures to see a close-up
view of the scratches
Why Glock 26 Slide Rails Have Marks On Them
Scratched rails were not really scratched
caused by a defect but rather just
manufacturing marks produced by the factory.
They are nothing to be concerned with.