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Glock Slide Won't Come Off

After you field strip and clean your Glock pistol, once in a while, you may forget to reinstall the recoil spring when you put it back together. When you do that you quickly find that something is wrong and now you can't get it apart again. You try field stripping it again but the slide won't go forward. Now you're stuck with an inoperative gun that you can't disassemble. What do you do?

  
  


Forgot To Install The Recoil Spring?
NOW THE SLIDE IS STUCK!

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The fix is relatively easy. All you have to do is remove rear slide cover plate and firing pin. (ref Glock 19 Slide Disassembly & Cleaning)  The slide will be freed and now if you depress the slide lock lever (like you do during a normal field stripping) you will be able to move it forward and off of the receiver. This would be a good time to clean the all of the components. Then, all you have to do is put it back together.

I purposely removed the recoil spring from my Glock 26 and reinstalled the barrel and slide to duplicate this problem just to make sure this "fix" works. It did. It's easy and only takes a few minutes. Here are the steps to follow. They should work for all Glock pistols.

How To Remove A Stuck Glock Slide

 

This is the situation you get into when you forget to install the Glock recoil spring. The slide catches on something and won't come off.

The first thing to do is get a small, thin bladed screw driver and pry open the cover plate. Be careful not do damage it. Pry it out enough to make room for a larger screw driver.

Then use a screw driver with a larger blade to pry of the cover plate. Be careful, as the firing pin is under spring tension and may spring out at you.

Use your thumb or finger to push the firing pin back and out.

The firing pin is now removed. The extractor depressor plunger may also come out at this time.

The slide should now be able to be removed. Depress the slide lock lever as you would do when field stripping and carefully move the slide forward and off the receiver. note - The extractor may wiggle out during this process.

The only thing left to do is to clean all the parts and reassemble.

 

Feedback & Comments

December 11, 2012
My kid was reassembling his Glock 32 (with 40 S&W barrel) after cleaning, and put the slide (with barrel) back on without the recoil spring assembly in place. Now we can't get the slide off. Your advice and assistance would be most appreciated! Thanks.

Henry,
That's happened to me before. Frustrating, isn’t it? Remove the rear cover plate and firing pin.
You should then be able to take it off.
Best regards,
Tanner

 

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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.