Glock 19 Slide Released By Itself
I was performing a "training drill" at the range, where the zombie target
runs at you from 50 to 30 feet. With no magazine, an empty chamber and the
slide locked back of your Glock 19, you are suppose to insert the magazine
and shoot the zombie once before it stops. That mean inserting the magazine
and releasing the slide quickly and under pressure.
When it was my turn, and the zombie was coming toward me, I picked up the
magazine and slammed it into the magazine well to make sure it was securely
locked in place (I've have had it drop out on me before).
This time when I did it, the slide came forward by itself. I did not
release the slide with the slide stop lever or by yanking the slide back.
I stopped immediately, put my gun down and called my friend over to show
him what happened. I tried to duplicate the results by slamming the magazine
into the gun again to show him what happened and sure enough it did it
again. (This time I used a 9 mm snap cap as the uppermost round in the
magazine, just to be on the safe side.)
My friend tried it and the same "failure" happened to him (after a few
attemps). The slide came forward all by itself. Something wasn't right and
this shouldn't be happening (so we thought).
In an effort to discover why this was occurring we
did some additional tests.
We tried slamming a different magazine in my
Glock 19 Gen 3.
We tried slamming my magazine into my friends
Glock 19 Gen 4.
We tried slamming his magazine into my friends
Glock 19 Gen 4.
IN ALL CASES WITH DIFFERENT GLOCKS, THE SLIDE CAME
FORWARD BY ITSELF.
It didn't happen all the time (say 1 out of 4 slams). I guess you have to
use just the right amount of force.
What I thought was initially a failure of my Glock 19 may just be a
characteristic of all Glocks or all Glock 19s.
Has This Glock Slide Failure Happened To Anyone