Glock Slide Release Question

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    Glock Slide Release Question

    I recently got a G36. Need some advise from you glock owners on a remidy. The slide release on my glock is rediculously hard to push down. I can do it, but it takes way too much force. Suggestions?
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    Don't use the slide release. Using the slide release is a fine motor skill, the kind of thing that goes out the window when the adrenaline starts pumping. Releasing the slide by pulling back on it is a gross motor movement, and will be much more reliable in a stressful situation.

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    understood, but I'd still like it to work better.
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    buy the extended slide release. Mine was great.
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    Quote Originally Posted by FknRa View Post
    buy the extended slide release. Mine was great.
    All the ones I can find say "fits every glock model except the 36" so, what now? Do they make one for this model?
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    Glock's slide release tend to be hard to push down & it's probably due to the design (There's not much to push down on).

    As mentioned, an aftermarket extended one will work better. It'll also get better over time, too.

    I know you want to be able to use it, but I know I've always been told Glocks load better when you pull back on the slide. In fact, the only gun I know where you SHOULD use the slide release, are the Kahrs.
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    ouch... nevermind. If you are comfortable with metalwork, some deburring/polishing of the face of the slide release lever might be in order.

    If you aren't comfortable with it, take it to a gunsmith you trust to do some filing on it.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Blackeagle View Post
    Don't use the slide release. Using the slide release is a fine motor skill, the kind of thing that goes out the window when the adrenaline starts pumping. Releasing the slide by pulling back on it is a gross motor movement, and will be much more reliable in a stressful situation.
    So how are you going to work the mag release and drop the mag in the first place?

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    Sarcasm On.
    Quote Originally Posted by Whyveear View Post
    So how are you going to work the mag release and drop the mag in the first place?
    Sarcasm Off.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Whyveear View Post
    So how are you going to work the mag release and drop the mag in the first place?
    For magazine releases, there is no more gross motor equivalent available, so I use the mag release. For slide releases there is, so I release by pulling back on the slide.

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    Quote Originally Posted by FknRa View Post
    ouch... nevermind. If you are comfortable with metalwork, some deburring/polishing of the face of the slide release lever might be in order.

    If you aren't comfortable with it, take it to a gunsmith you trust to do some filing on it.
    I know...Ouch. Don't know why they don't make one. I guess I'll just deal with it. I don't really see the need for the release, but wanted the option. Thanks guys. PA
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    Aro-Tek Makes one



    They are the only folks that make one for the Glock 36.
    They have Chrome & Blue/Black
    It's a quality part.

    You cannot use any other slide stop/release intended for any other model # of Glock handgun.

    You'll find it here.
    http://www.arotek.com/default.aspx

    Warning their web site sucks and the last time I checked they did not have secure ordering so phone your order in with a credit card.

    The big problem with them was that originally you had to install the Glock original spring into it and that could have caused problems (with unbending and then rebending the tab) but, that has been solved because they now come w/ the spring pre-installed.
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    SCHWEEEEET!!!! Purchased... FYI- they do have a secure checkout now.
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    It Is Not A Slide Release!

    Quote Originally Posted by PAExplorer View Post
    I recently got a G36. Need some advice from you glock owners on a remidy. The slide release on my glock is rediculously hard to push down. I can do it, but it takes way too much force. Suggestions?
    Per the firearms instructors at my Illinois State Mandated Law Enforcement Firearms Training.....on the Glocks it is a slide lock, not a slide lock. It should be hard to push down; it is not designed to release the slide. It is designed to lock the slide in place.

    As someone else said, using the slide lock to release the slide is a fine muscle not a gross muscle skill. Trust me....you will lose those skills under stress. I am an EMT and I lose my fine motor skills under extreme stress. I can only imagine trying to use them when you are trying to reload and someone is shooting back. The best way to release the slide is to drop the empty mag, reload a fresh magazine, put your hand over the top of the slide between the ejection port / covering the rear sight, rip and I mean rip the slide to the rear. DO NOT sling-shot slide and DO NOT ride the slide forward. The first is not safe and uses the fine motor skills I mentioned earlier, and the second could cause malfunctions.

    Oh yeah, and the slide lock on Glocks are made of stamped steel.
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    Quote Originally Posted by PAExplorer View Post
    Sarcasm On.

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    I wasn't being sarcastic at all. I just don't understand why some are so concerned with using the slide release under stress. If this is true you don't even have to worry about it since you won't be able to drop the mag in the first place, since it requires the same thumb action.

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