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?
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
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
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
The firing pin is now removed. The extractor
depressor plunger may also come out at this
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
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.
That's happened to me before. Frustrating, isnâ€™t it? Remove the rear cover
plate and firing pin.
You should then be able to take it off.
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