The other day I was cleaning my Glock 26 pistol before going to the range and I noticed some scratches on the forward rails. Earlier when I field stripped it, the slide seemed to get a little “stuck” when I slide if forward and off the barrel. That wasn’t normal but it came off without too much difficulty. Then I saw the scratches. I was afraid that the rails got jammed up against the slide and caused a little marring or damage.
I cleaned the oil from the rails and inspected them with a jewelers loupe. I saw that the both of the forward rails had angled marks or scratches on them. The rear rails looked fine and had no marks on them.
When I ran my finger and fingernail over them I could not feel the scratches so I decided to shoot two magazines worth of ammo through it then re-inspect to see if the scratches increased or maybe even smoothed out a little from the action of the slide.
Later that evening I again field stripped and cleaned the gun. I saw no visible difference in the marks and no evidence of additional wear and tear. I took some photographs and emailed them to a friend who also has a similar gun.
Here are the emails.
Carl, These are the scratches I was talking about on the Glock. They are only on the forward rails and not on the back. I canâ€™t really feel them with my finger and I inspected the slide for damage and found none. I think I will hold off on the polishing idea for now.
Tanner, Mine has similar marks. I believe they were always there and were made during manufacturing the frame. Since there is no motion during slide operation, they could not be caused during use. The normal wear goes over the
marks which are below the wear surface. I do not think they are a problem.
Carl, Thanks. I was trying to think back and I looked at old pictures of my pistol thinking that they might always have been there too, but I couldnâ€™t find any confirming pictures. I agree with your assessment. I am glad your Glock has the same markings. That takes the guess work out of it.
WHY GLOCK 26 SLIDE RAILS HAVE MARKS ON THEM
Scratched rails were not really scratched caused by a defect but rather just manufacturing marks produced by the factory. They are nothing to be concerned with.