Glock Field Inspections (While Field Stripped)
Step by step instructions for field inspecting your
stripped Glock pistol. These inspections should be performed any time the
pistol has been disassembled and reassembled to ensure proper operation.
Other appropriate times would be whenever a pistol is returned to
service, bought, sold or traded.
Prior to performing any of these inspections unload the pistol
and do a safety check per procedure to ensure the firearm is unloaded
and safe to handle.
Inspecting The Slide
With the slide off of the receiver, use your finger to pull back on
the firing pin lug. Ease the lug forward again and it will rest
against the firing pin safety. The safety should block any forward
movement of the firing pin. Press forward on the back of the firing
pin lug and attempt to force the firing pin forward. This should be
no forward movement of the firing pin unless the safety is
depressed. If there was no forward movement with the safety engaged,
then press in on the firing pin safety and the firing pin should now
move freely forward. This inspection verifies that the firing pin
safety does block the firing pin and prevents any forward movement
unless the safety is depressed.
Firing Pin Free Movement (No obstructions)
With the firing pin safety depressed, shake the slide forwards and
backwards. You should be able to hear the firing pin move freely.
This check verifies that the firing pin channel is unobstructed and
the firing pin may move forwards freely when the safety is
Slide Stop Lever Tension
When properly assembled, the slide step lever should be under spring
tension and slight backwards and forwards movements should be
possible. The slide stop lever should be held down until the
follower forces it up. With your fingers, pull the rear of the slide
stop lever up and release. It should snap down with force. If the
slide stop lever does not have sufficient downward force, it may
engage the slide notch prematurely and lock the slide back even if
ammunition remains in the magazine. This check ensures that the
slide stop lever has sufficient downward spring pressure and should
not lock the slide back prematurely.
Using your fingers, pull the trigger forward (or push forward on the
vertical extension of the trigger bar). On the top of the back of
the tartar bar, you will find the cruciform. The arms of the
cruciform rests on the drop safety ledge when the trigger is in the
forward position. The drop safety ensures the back of the trigger
bar does not move downwards and release the trigger bar unless the
trigger is pulled fully to the rear. With your pin punch centered on
top of the cruciform, press down firmly and see if the back of the
trigger bar will move downwards. It should not move down unless the
trigger is pulled. After seeing that the drop safety is operational,
press forward on the vertical extension of the trigger bar and pull
the trigger. The back of the trigger bar should move backwards and
then downwards. This shows that the drops safety would prevent any
premature separation of the trigger bar and firing pin.
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