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Glock Extended Slide Lock Lever Review
Lone Wolf GESL01C Chrome Extended Slide Lock Lever

Is The Glock Extended Slide Lock Lever Worth Getting? The short answer is YES. If you field strip and clean your Glock frequently you should get one of these. They only cost ten dollars, are easy to install and make field stripping your Glock a snap. They are especially helpful if you have arthritis or have weak fingers. Glock extended slide lock lever ESSL Black from Amazon.com.

  
  

Extended Side Lock Lever
Extended Side Lock Lever (Front)

Extended Side Lock Lever (Back)

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Glock Slide Lock Levers Pictures And Comparisons

Lone Wolf GESL01C Chrome Extended Slide Lock Lever
Front of Package
Back of Package


Extended (back), Stock (front)
Length Comparison. The Glock extended slide lock lever is 3mm longer.
Extended (back), Stock (front)
Length Comparison. The extended lever is 3mm longer.

Bottom View Of Glock
Shows how much the stock slide lock lever sticks out from the sides of the receiver. You can't even see them from the bottom.
Bottom View Of Glock
Shows how much the extended slide lock lever sticks out from the sides of the receiver.

Glock 19 with stock slide lock lever. Glock 19 with chrome extended slide lock lever.

Do Glock Extended Slide Lock Levers Really Make A Difference?

Yes. I did a little experiment to see how effective the Glock extended slide lock lever would be. Using my Glock 19 and Glock 26, I tried to pull down the Glock factory slide lock lever with dry fingers, then with oily fingers. I then installed the Lone Wolf extended slide lock lever and repeated the test. Results are as follows.

 

GLOCK 26 Condition Level
Factory Glock Slide Stop Lever Dry Hands Difficult
Factory Glock Slide Stop Lever Oily Hands Difficult
Lone Wolf Extended Glock Slide Stop Lever Dry Hands Easy
Lone Wolf Extended Glock Slide Stop Lever Oily Hands Easy
GLOCK 19
Factory Glock Slide Stop Lever Dry Hands Easy
Factory Glock Slide Stop Lever Oily Hands Difficult
Lone Wolf Extended Glock Slide Stop Lever Dry Hands Easy
Lone Wolf Extended Glock Slide Stop Lever Oily Hands Easy

How Much Longer Is It?

The extended slide stop lever is rumored to be 3 mm longer than the factory Glock slide stop lever. I measured it for myself and found it to be about 1 1/2 mm longer.

Factory Glock slide lock lever length = 1.1185" = 28.4099 mm.
Extended Glock slide lock lever (Lone Wolf) length = 1.1830" = 30.0482 mm.
Difference = .0645" = 1.6383 mm.

Installing The Glock Extended Slide Lock Lever

  1. Step By Step Pictorial Instructions for installing a Glock extended slide lock lever.
    glock-slide-lock-spring-replacement-instructions

  2. Reference Video; 4 Piece Chrome Kit for 3 Pin Glocks
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fgM4d5cHPFU

Glock Extended Slide Lock Reviews

5 Star Rating - Here are some partial reviews from purchasers of the Lone Wolf Glock Extended Slide Lock from the Glock Store (glockstore.com).

  1. Outstanding upgrade product for the money! One of the best addition you can buy. Simple and cheap.

  2. BEST 10 BUCKS I EVER SPENT

  3. What a world of difference this after market component makes. The extra 3mm gives you a fine hold to remove the slide with ease. Best upgrade yet.

  4. This is probably the best thing I have ever bought for my glock. I had a lot of trouble trying to release the slide with the factory part. Once this is installed you will never slip off the grips. Very easy to install and very easy to use.

  5. GOTTA HAVE! This is definitely one of those simple, easy to install, and relatively inexpensive upgrades that you just can't pass up on. Even though the 3MM extension of this slide lock doesn't sound like a lot, it does make a HUGE difference in gripping and releasing the slide (versus the factory slide lock). It's long enough to get the job done right, yet it doesn't stick out in the way. After you feel the difference in this extended slide lock, you will wonder why Glock doesn't make this extended slide lock as standard equipment. After installing this upgrade, you will appreciate it every time you need to remove the slide assembly.

  6. AWESOME. This is the best ten bucks I ever spent. My G30 was extremely hard to break down before, but now it's a snap. Just wide enough for the extra grip you need, but still doesn't snag on anything. buy it! buy it! buy it! Petition Glock to make these standard.

  7. Just installed the extended locking slide in my Glock 26 and it much easier to disassemble now. The additional 3mm makes it much easier to remove the slide for cleaning and does not interfere with the holster. Make sure the groove of the locking slide faces to the rear of the gun.

  8. Buy it. It is worth every penny. The added width is just enough to make takedown easy, but not enough to snag on things (holsters, etc.)

  9. With the factory slide release it can be difficult to release the slide when your hands are wet or if you have oil on the gun from cleaning it. This piece makes it easy to grip even when it's wet.

  10. Another small inexpensive part that makes shooting and cleaning Glocks a little better. Taking down the Glock used to make my fingers hurt, not any more! This makes it a breeze by adding just a little more surface area to grab onto when releasing the slide. Easily installed. If you're a Glockhead, you need this!

  11. THESE ARE GREAT!! They should be a standard item on Glocks!! Every Glock owner needs one for each pistol!

 

 

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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.