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Old 05-04-2013, 16:49   #1
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Gen 3 Glock 9mms that work fine?

Who here has bought a gen 3 Glock 9mm WITHIN THE LAST COUPLE YEARS that works like it is supposed to?

I know recent production 9mm Glocks, particularly in Gen 3, are infamous for BTF and other issues, but I'm wondering if the problem isn't blown way out of proportion. So lets hear about your recent production Gen 3 Glocks in 9mm that are problem free.





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Old 05-04-2013, 17:21   #2
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Old 05-04-2013, 17:24   #3
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I have one that is less than 5 years old. I have had only one major problem,the little nub at the end of the striker broke clean off. I was at the range loaded at the firing line. Pulled the trigger and nothing. Did all the proper malfunction drills,still nothing. Removed the magazine and checked the primer and it was not even touched by the striker. I then removed the slide and inspected the striker and breech area. Thats when I found that the striker nub had broken off. Other than that the gun runs good to date. Those dam strikers are not cheap!


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Old 05-04-2013, 17:40   #4
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I have to guess that there are far more recent third generation 9mm Glocks that are fine than there are examples that have issues.

I would have guessed that Glock would have replaced the striker without cost.
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Old 05-04-2013, 17:52   #5
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My 34 runs great gen 3
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Old 05-04-2013, 17:55   #6
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My 34 runs great gen 3
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Old 05-04-2013, 17:57   #7
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I'm still leery about buying a new 9mm Glock.

My 2006 G19 runs great.
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Old 05-04-2013, 18:06   #8
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Just passed 600 rounds with my Glock 19 Gen3. I bought it brand new about 2 months ago and not one malfunction or issue what so ever. Best pistol iv'e ever owned. Test fire date: 8-14-12
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Old 05-04-2013, 18:09   #9
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My recently purchased G26 works just like the rest of my Glocks....No issues.
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Old 05-04-2013, 18:11   #10
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I have owned more than a dozen Glocks in Gen 3 and gen 4 and they all worked fine.
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Old 05-04-2013, 18:20   #11
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I purchased a 17 last fall and a 19 in December or January. Both Gen3, both work perfectly.
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Old 05-04-2013, 18:20   #12
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2012 and my gen3 Glock 19 works great. No issues
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Old 05-04-2013, 18:37   #13
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4x Gen 3 G19's
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Old 05-04-2013, 18:48   #14
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I have a Gen 3 G26 and G19 purchased new within the last 15 months. I have 1, 100 rounds through the 26 without any type of failure. G19 has 600 rounds without any issues.
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Old 05-04-2013, 18:52   #15
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I'm still leery about buying a new 9mm Glock.

My 2006 G19 runs great.
I kinda am too. The dealer I usually buy from says he's never had a Glock come back with issues save for a few very early Gen 4s that only required a recoil spring change. He has been selling he crap out of gen 3 17s and 19s lately too.


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Old 05-04-2013, 19:20   #16
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I have a Blue Label G17 Gen3 that is a couple months old. I've only run 100 rnds thru it, but it ran perfectly.
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Old 05-04-2013, 19:27   #17
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I have a Gen3 G17 W/gills that has 15,000 flawless rounds through it. A little over a
year old.
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Old 05-04-2013, 20:57   #18
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Glad to hear Glock is still producing properly functioning gen 3 9mms.


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Old 05-04-2013, 21:37   #19
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Purchased a G17 6 weeks ago and and now have 500 rounds through it without any issue. No BTF or any other. I have actually added 3 Glocks in the past 8 weeks, 2 in 40 and the 1 in 9mm, and have had no problems with any of them. The G23 and G27 and now my primary carry weapons. Personally wouldn't carry a 9mm but for the range it has been flawless.
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Old 05-04-2013, 23:00   #20
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I have a late Gen 3 G19 test fire date 11-18-11. No BTF, FTF,FTE. Runs like a Glock should.
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Old 05-04-2013, 23:47   #21
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The test fire date on my Gen 3 G26 was on March 14, 2013 -- over 1,000 rounds through it today and not one malfunction.
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Old 05-05-2013, 00:11   #22
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I know you said Gen 3. But I bought a Gen 4 19 that had a test fire date of 3/26/13.
I had to send it back to Glock because it would not properly chamber a round consistently.
They switched out the extractor and ran 4 mags through it they said. They also installed night sights for me with no charge. No I didn't even ask for them.
I'm taking it to the range Monday to test it out. Then again Thursday to another range where I can rent another gun I want to shoot. Hoping after the gun going back to Glock for less than 2 weeks fixed if all up.
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Old 05-05-2013, 00:16   #23
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My 26 was made in late 95 and after thousands of rounds has yet to have one single issue, it has fired every single time!

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Old 05-05-2013, 06:43   #24
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I thought the GEN4 Glocks were giving all the trouble. Ive got a 26 Ive run about 700 rounds through. Its jammed once I attribute it to **** ammo and the operator
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Old 05-05-2013, 08:06   #25
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Who here has bought a gen 3 Glock 9mm WITHIN THE LAST COUPLE YEARS that works like it is supposed to?

I know recent production 9mm Glocks, particularly in Gen 3, are infamous for BTF and other issues, but I'm wondering if the problem isn't blown way out of proportion. So lets hear about your recent production Gen 3 Glocks in 9mm that are problem free.
What do you mean, 'particularly in Gen 3'? Glock's recent BTF problems are, by no means, limited to third generation pistols and were, in fact, first reported on this site as happening with Gen4, and not Gen3 pistols. Subsequently, the third generation pistols were added to the list.

The trouble-free G-19's seem to be those pistols produced before early Summer of 2010 and are no higher in their serial number prefixes than, 'L'. There ARE trouble-free G-19's with higher than, 'L' prefixes; but it's, pretty much, hit or miss and depends on what extractor the factory used.

I purchased my own G-19(RTF2) in November of 2010. The, 'witness case' envelope was marked for April of that year. It had a #2 stamped MIM extractor in it that I very quickly realized was too tight to operate smoothly in the existing slide cutout. I polished it to fit and flex smoothly; and, voila, it was, 'good-to-go' for the first 3,200 + fired rounds.

It was after this that my own BTF problems began to show up. I've been screwing around with this problem for just over a year now; and, happily, I think I've finally got things straightened out. While I'm not exactly happy with the short 3 to 5 foot arced ejection pattern the pistol is giving me, (My other older 3rd gen. Glocks are able to do much better.) all of my brass is, presently, ejecting off to the right and just past my right shoulder. THIS it is, presently, doing very consistently!

So far I've been through 4 or 5 different extractors; (including Apex Tactical's older first model) and I've had to give up the original (formerly perfect) #336 ejector. Now I have the new #30274 ejector in the pistol; AND I fully understand, 'Why' Glock has had to resort to using this new, 'drop nosed' ejector in order to make their new 9mm pistols with MIM extractors in them to work properly.

The ejecting cartridge heads are not being held tightly in place, and are slipping downward on the breechface as the slide moves to the rear. Something that does not happen with the older precision-machined extractors.

As I said, it looks like my G-19(RTF2) has returned to being both safe and reliable to shoot. (Maybe one of these days I might even try a few shots with my safety glasses off!) It's been a, 'long haul' though. I'm presently running a factory-supplied, non-LCI, 'Zero Degree' extractor in this gun. It doesn't work anywhere near as well as one of the old steel extractors; BUT, at least, it does work - Sort of!

I'm responding to this question, in part, because of what I did yesterday afternoon: I sat down at the end of a busy public firing line, and watched all the people with semiautomatic pistols while they were firing. Know what? I could, pretty well, tell who had purchased their semi-auto pistol within the past two years - I really could!

So, what did I discover? I discovered that the brass ejection patterns on newer Glocks and Rugers SUCK! Walther semi-autos are OK; and anybody's 1911 continues to remain beyond fault. 'Why'? Your guess is as good as mine; but, I think this trend for gun manufacturers to use MIM parts has, now, gone too far. MIM parts with their imprecise tolerances might be alright to use for some parts on a gun; but, as we're starting to find out, NOT for all parts, and especially not for critical operating parts like extractors.

If someone doesn't want to agree with me, ...... fine! I'm just an old gunman sitting behind the firing line, watching, wondering, and scratching his increasingly graying head. (I can still outshoot (and outthink) a lot of the kiddies, though)



NOTE: There's another aspect of Glock's, 'BTF problem' which is not addressed above that I think should be mentioned:

Irregular wear on the top and bottom, 'flats' on these new MIM extractors.

I strongly suspect that the damned things either, 'wobble' or, 'chatter' whenever a problem pistol is fired. Some Glock extractors wobble or chatter more, and some Glock extractors wobble or chatter less; AND this is really screwing up BOTH how the extractor works as well as how the brass finally ejects. It produces what I'm going to call, 'erratic flyers'. Have you ever seen, 'left flying brass', been bopped right between the eyes, or noticed an EDP rod with scuff marks on its head? MIM extractor, 'wobble' and, 'chatter' (or, broadly speaking, 'uneven wear') is, I believe, the reason, 'Why' so many of these bad things are happening.

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