Today at lunch I decide to get some practice in with my Glock 27. It is a Gen2 Glock that I have had for about 10 years. My father in law gave it to me. No telling how long he had it prior to me. I have put about 2300 rounds through it (give or take 100). I have no idea what my father in laws round count with it was. I haven't used it much in the last year and a half as I have been carrying my XD-s up until the recall. The recall had me dusting off the LCP and Glock 27. I went with the Glock because it's just easier to control.
Anyway, so I go today and start plinking. Doing some quick target acquisition and so on. All in all I was having a bad day. Groups are larger than normal. I write it off to being a different sight system than the XD-s (It has a big dot). I keep going and am 118 rounds into my session I get a jam. In the heat of the moment I figure now is a great time to practice "Real time" of clearing a jam so I decide to do a quick pull on the slide to eject the rounds and bring a new one to battery. However when I pull the slide it doesn't really move. Okay so I pause and look closer. The recoil spring assembly is extended past the barrel. Oh crap.
I try to do field strip but can't get it stripped. I go out front and speak to the guys at the counter. After a couple of "Its the first time I have ever seen this" we finally get it broken down and sure enough -- broken spring. SIGH. They have new one and through the process of swapping it out they take several pictures of my problem because again, they haven't ever seen this happen -- Cool I am an original.
I go back to my lane and do some real slow single shots. Just letting everything settle in. Nothing quick. Everything very slow and deliberate. On one shot I notice the front sight move. What? So I clear the gun and look at it. The sight is moving. It's loose. Awesome. I go back up front and ask if they have a sight tool. They do so I borrow it and I tighten it back up. It took 3 full turns before it snugs up. I get another "never seen that before." At this point I am just laughing because I am thinking "I want my XD-s back"
After tightening it back up my groups shrunk considerably. So I have no idea how long the sight was loose but it certainly had a big impact on my shooting. I ended up at 250 rounds because I have to get back to the office. Things went much better the last 100 rounds. But as I was leaving I asked how long springs normally lasted on guns. I was told around 5000 rounds. During the ride back to the office it got me to thinking -- how often we take for granted the mechanical aspects of these guns.
I don't know if I was past the 5000 round count or not but I know that I will be keeping a close eye from now on to things like round count, screw tightness etc. I don't even want to think what would if that spring would have failed in a SD situation. Its not that I don't trust the Glock now. I still do but with anything, I certainly have a new perspective on maintenance.