Almost broke my Glock!

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    Almost broke my Glock!

    Had a "d'oh" moment last Sunday while cleaning my Glock 26 after a perfect session at the range.

    My G26 has the OD frame, so soot is more noticeable than on my black G19. I saw some soot under the slide release lever, and lifted it up to try and clean under it.

    I heard a "tick" and realized the end of the spring had come out from under the cross-pin it sits under...because I had pulled the slide lock lever too far up. Darn! Now the slide lock was in the "up" position...meaning if I couldn't fix it, I now had a one-shot pistol.

    I took my G19 apart to see how the spring fit, and was able to get it back into place in my G26 with a small tool.

    All the times I've taken my G19 apart for cleaning, I've never had this happen. I can only assume that the soot is more noticeable against the OD frame on my G26, causing me to be too aggressive with the cleaning.

    Lesson learned!

    On a more positive note...after carrying my G26 for weeks without a cleaning (it does not tend to get too dirty in my Smartcarry) and without any lube prior to the range session, my G26 was boringly reliable. As it should be. Really like that pistol!
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    I pulled up on one of the tines on a plastic fork and it broke too.......

    LOL, sorry...I did this more to eerk retsupt than anything.....sorry, you know I don't mean it.
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    That spring is easy to get wrong. Luckily, it is also easy to fix if you do.
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    I hope that you did not damage the spring on the slide stop. If you did, it is an easy fix. You'll need to get a new slide stop and have a Glock Armorer put it in. It is a 2-3 minute job.

    I would shoot another box through it before carrying it again.
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    I hear what you are saying. My M&P is dark earth tan and shows a lot of stuff my black guns don't.

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    Quote Originally Posted by NY27 View Post
    I hope that you did not damage the spring on the slide stop. If you did, it is an easy fix. You'll need to get a new slide stop and have a Glock Armorer put it in. It is a 2-3 minute job.

    I would shoot another box through it before carrying it again.
    I will bring it back to the range as soon as I can - but that may not be for a while.

    I did lift the slide lock lever up after I fixed it, and it snapped back down with the same authority as my G19's lever. Comparing the two, I'm fairly confident that I'm good to go.

    But, I hear what you're saying.

    I just got so angry at myself...trying to keep my pistol clean and functional, I almost busted the darn thing!

    Has this happened to anyone else? Or am I just a bonehead?
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    Bonehead.


    Nahhh, just kidding! I noticed the soot in the same area of my OD g19. I had just read the manual, so I knew not to pull up too hard on the lever. It's one of the periodic "tests", to check this lever for free movement.
    I ended up pulling it up a little and spraying some CLP under there, and cleaned it as best I could.

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    First off.. Common issue, simple fix. Have you ever detail stripped a Glock? Ridiculously simple as they have such few parts. Your simple fix would have consisted of removing the 2 pins from the frame (left to right) remove the slide lock, replace top pin, replace slide lock, replace bottom pin.


    But I understand some would rather not delve into the inner workings of their firearms, that I can understand, but I have an unfortunate affliction where I cannot pay others to do what I can do myself..LOL
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    For a simple reinstall of the slide stop lever spring all that's needed is to pull the larger trigger pin then reinstall the spring together (as a unit) with the slide stop lever. Just guide the pin through the spring & lever. No need to pull the locking block pin... A minute or so should get it done.
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    Quote Originally Posted by TH48 View Post
    For a simple reinstall of the slide stop lever spring all that's needed is to pull the larger trigger pin then reinstall the spring together (as a unit) with the slide stop lever. Just guide the pin through the spring & lever. No need to pull the locking block pin... A minute or so should get it done.
    Understood, I was making the assumption that the spring was behind the top pin, but now that you mention it, the trigger pin removal would have sufficed.
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    Yea, I thought about removing the pin, but I was able to get the tail end of the spring back under the pin without doing that.

    I've never actually gone beyond field stripping any of my Glocks - never saw a need to. From working on my cars, I've come to believe that you shouldn't mess with something unless you really need to...once you start taking things apart, they don't always go back together like they do at the factory. Of course, guns aren't cars, but you get the idea...parts get lost or damaged, things get scratched, etc.

    I did have an armorer yank my G19 out of my hand at a GSSF match - he had the whole thing apart in what seemed like 15 seconds. Inspected, cleaned it up, put it back together - no charge. Very nice customer support from Glock!
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    you have to love the modularity and ease of take down and reassembly the glock has. I love it. Especially when you take it down at the range and people thing your a gun pro when really it takes but a few seconds. +1 on the G26 great gun!
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    Wait, you're supposed to clean a Glock 26??
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