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Glock Field Inspection - Fully Assembled Pistol

Step by step instructions for field inspecting your Glock fully assembled pistol.

  
  

Glock 17

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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.

  1. Slide Lock (3 steps to this inspection)

    A. With thumb and forefinger, try to pull down on both sides of the slide lock lever. It should not move downwards if the slide is forward and locked in battery. This will let you know the slide lock is present in "locked" properly.

    B. Using the disassembly grip, move the slide to the rear approximately 1/8 inch and pull down on both sides of the slight lock and release. This verifies the slide lock will "unlock" and the spring is operational.

    C. With the slide lock lever fully engaged, point the pistol in a safe direction and pull the trigger while pushing the slide forward. The slide should remain "locked" and not move forward off the receiver.

  2. Trigger Safety(2 steps to this inspection)

    A. With the slide forward, action set and the trigger forward (ready to shoot), press on both sides of the trigger and try to move the trigger backwards. The trigger should only move slightly rearward, not releasing the firing pin. Be careful not to press on the center portion, trigger lever safety, of the trigger pad. This verifies the trigger lever safety is present, operational and would prevent any unwanted rearward movement of the trigger bar.

    B. After making sure the pistol is unloaded, point it in a safe correction and pull the trigger. When the finger depresses the trigger lever safety, it should allow the trigger lever safety and trigger to move rearwards and release the firing pin.

  3. Recoil Spring/ Guide Rod Assembly

    The recoil spring should be strong enough to move the slide forward reliably to chamber cartridges even if the pistol is somewhat dirty, dry or the ammunition is not perfect. With an unloaded pistol, point it 45° upward and pull the trigger. While holding the trigger back, pull the slide to the rear and release it very slowly. The recoil spring should be able to push the slide completely forward and fully into battery. This test verifies that the recoil spring is strong enough to chamber ammunition despite less than ideal circumstances.

  4. Magazine Spring

    The magazine spring must be strong enough to feed all ammunition reliably and be able to push the magazine follower up with sufficient strength to move the slide stop lever up to lock the slide to the rear when no ammunition remains. Insert and empty magazine and pull the slide completely to the rear forcefully. The slide should lock back every time without any assistance. This test ensures that the magazine spring is strong enough to lock the slide back when no ammunition remains in the magazine. It also checks for proper operation of the follower and slide stop lever.

  5. Firing Pin Safety Release (Free Movement)

    When the trigger is pulled, the firing pin safety moves upwards and clears the firing pin channel to allow the firing pin to move freely to strike the primer with sufficient force. With an unloaded pistol, point it in a safe direction and pull the trigger. Hold the trigger rearward and shake the entire pistol. You should hear the firing pin moving forwards and backwards. This ensures the firing pin channel is unobstructed and the firing pin safety has been moved enough to allow the firing pin to move freely.

 

 

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