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Glock Field Inspection - Field Stripped Pistol

  
  
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Glock Field Inspections (While Field Stripped)

Step by step instructions for field inspecting your field 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.

Caution
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

  1. Firing Pin/Safety Engagement
    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.

  2. 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 depressed.

Receiver

  1. 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.

  2. Drop Safety
    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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ABOUT THE AUTHOR

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