If any of these links changes, please PM me and I'll update them.
The topic of Detail Stripping the Glock comes up all the time on GlockTalk. This means completely disassembling the pistol. Anyone who has read the manual knows Glock advises you not to disassemble the pistol beyond a routine fieldstrip - removing the slide, barrel and recoil assembly. Of course many Glockers buy parts and want to install them. If you want to do that, or if you want to learn how to take you Glock apart, please take the time to learn to do it correctly.
If you are new to Glocks, don't feel you need to detail strip your pistol immediately. Take your time, read you Glock's manual, learn the parts, learn to maintain your Glock and of course how to shoot it safely. Detail stripping is not hard, but it's not necessary to enjoy your new Glock.
Here are some decent references for Detail Stripping:
(link updated Jan 20, 2011 - still here in 2013)
See GlockMeister's separate links for disassembly of Receiver and Slide.
(link updated Jan 29, 2013)
Dead links removed - I think this one is toast. Someone please PM me if you find it.
[Note: TopGlock uses pics of an older 2-pin model 17, so you will not see the locking block pin]
(Link updated Jan 29, 2013)
Ghost Triggers (They sell Connectors):
(Still a good link as of Jan 29, 2013. I like pages that stay put!)
Ghost Connector Instructions - good pics - could be used for any connector change
While the sites above have good disassembly instructions, when it comes to reassembly, they just say "reverse directions" or something like that. They should post complete reassembly instructions.
The 25 cent Trigger Job:
(At some point this link was removed when the 25 center got its own thread. However, it is still a great reference for Detail Stripping, even if you have no intention of polishing anything. BF )
(Another winner, still here Jan 2013
If you want a book, consider the Ptooma Complete Glock Reference Guide:
If you want a DVD, Lenny McGill has a couple of decent ones:
Complete Glock Disassembly/Reassembly
Mastering the Mini Glock
* includes about 40 minutes of disassembly/reassembly, in addition to shooting
You can buy the DVDs from McGill's companty, GunVideo.com, or from many other retailers like LoneWolf, Midway or Amazon.
A decent "free" video
(read my caveats)
This is a video on YouTube that is much better than any other free internet movie that has ever been posted. I've decided to add it to this list. He does make some errors, but if you absolutely must see a free video, this is the bests one I've found.
(Added in 2008, still a good link January 2013)
He makes a couple of parts nomenclature errors. He uses a knife to remove the connector, which is unnecessary and dangerous. He points the pistol in an unsafe direction when he closes the slide. He does not show you how to remove the slide lock or the magazine catch. He misses some great opportunities like showing you the orientation of the trigger spring. If you view this video you should still view the still photos and directions at some of the websites listed at the top.
But overall, this is the "best free" online video on this topic, so I included it. The positives outweigh the negatives, and I think if I don't post a video, others will post the horrible ones.
I did not post links to any other YouTube videos. There have been many hundreds of threads in General Glocking about other videos. The ones in question demonstrate the wrong tools, bad techniques and incorrect part names. The wrong techniques and tools can damage your Glock. This is not just my opinion, but the consensus of the most experienced and respected Glockers and armorers on this forum.
January 29, 2013
I updated all of the links today. Thanks to those of you who send me the PMs letting me know when a link is dead or moved. I know there are more good references out there. If you find something you believe to be a good reference, free or not, please PM me or post in this thread.