The GLOCK SLIDE COVER PLATE is that small black plate on the back of your Glock slide. It holds the firing pin and the extractor plunger assembly in place and must be removed from time to time for maintenance purposes. It’s easy to remove the plate. You basically just pry it off with a screwdriver (see the following steps), but you have to be careful because the parts beneath it are under spring pressure and may come flying out.
Fancy and custom Glock slide cover plates are available for enhancing your Glock. They come in a variety of colors and styles. Option: Orange Slide Cover Plate.
How Do You Remove The Cover Plate From The Back Of A Glock Slide?
Here’s how to to it after you field strip your Glock pistol.
The cover plate is on
the back of the slide.
|The G19 Slide Cover Plate is on the back of the slide. The slide cover plate must be removed to access the slide internal components.|
This is the little cup that you
have to push down to relieve
the spring pressure.
|The cover plate fits into the grooves on the back of the Glock slide. It is held in place by spring tension from the underside.|
Push down on the cup and
pry off plate.
|Using a Glock Tool or a small screwdriver or punch, take the pressure off of the cover plate from the striker by pushing down on the “little cup” on the striker. The little cup is spring loaded. While holding the little cup down, take a small screwdriver and carefully start to pry open the back plate. Don’t damage the cover plate. After it starts to move use a larger screwdriver to complete the removal of the cover plate. A larger bladed screw driver gives you more “prying ability”.|
Slide off/remove the cover plate.
|Remove it slowly as springs are under pressure beneath it and may pop out if you are not careful.|
Slide cover plate removed.
|Slide cover plate removed|