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Old 11-28-2012, 12:31   #1
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Recoil springs

Would lower lb recoil springs make the slide easier to rack?
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Old 11-28-2012, 12:49   #2
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They can, but they can also increase wear and tear on the gun during firing. There are other things you can do to make a slide easier to rack, such as hand strength exercises. You can also use a push/pull technique to make it easier. Push forward on the grip/frame with your strong hand while you pull back on the slide with your weak hand. It lets you get a lot more strength fighting against that spring. Many semi-autos will also allow you to rack the slide against a solid object, or even the belt in your pants.
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Would lower lb recoil springs make the slide easier to rack?
Yes, but at the cost of reliability function and accelerated wear.
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Old 11-28-2012, 14:19   #4
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My arthritis is getting bad. It hurt so rack the slide with my left hands. The grip is almost gone.
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Old 11-28-2012, 14:33   #5
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My arthritis is getting bad. It hurt so rack the slide with my left hands. The grip is almost gone.
Common with us less youthful! Lighter springs, will certainly lessen the strength needed to rack the slide. As has been mentioned, may lead to cycling issues. If you test the lighter springs for proper functioning with your preferred load, and have 100% confidence there is no reason not too. Would also recommend, for long range sessions, switching back to the heavier spring to prevent excessive wear.
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Old 11-28-2012, 14:41   #6
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Where can i buy a lighter slide? What size is acceptable? thanks
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Old 11-28-2012, 15:11   #7
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Where can i buy a lighter slide? What size is acceptable? thanks
Lighter slide? Can't help you with that. If it's lighter springs, go here!

http://www.gunsprings.com/index.cfm?...ms&cID=1&mID=5
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Old 11-28-2012, 15:19   #8
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no the slide..lol they do not carry glock 19 gen 4 lighter springs.
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Old 11-28-2012, 15:26   #9
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no the slide..lol they do not carry glock 19 gen 4 lighter springs.
Great, now that you let us know what firearm you need it for, the answer is no. They don't make a reduced spring kit for the 4th Gen 19. They will though!
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Old 11-28-2012, 15:36   #10
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They recommended http://www.glockworx.com/ Glockworx has lighter recoil spring parts that will fix the gen 4. They will put all the stuff together and send with the gen 3 adapter for the slide. I have not shot the pistol yet because the slide is so hard. The salesman said they have never had any issues with wear using the new spring set.

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Old 11-28-2012, 15:41   #11
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It will lightened the spring to 13 lbs. Not sure if that is good or bad.
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Old 11-28-2012, 15:45   #12
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My arthritis is getting bad. It hurt so rack the slide with my left hands. The grip is almost gone.
That sucks. I have read other posts by people mentioning how arthritis makes shooting painful. I hope you can find a solution.
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It will lightened the spring to 13 lbs. Not sure if that is good or bad.
Give it a try! If it gives you the relief you need, what the heck?
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Old 11-28-2012, 15:48   #14
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I hope it works...He said to call if any problems and they would fix it. What is the lb spring on a gen 4 19?
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Old 11-28-2012, 15:50   #15
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I hope it works...He said to call if any problems and they would fix it. What is the lb spring on a gen 4 19?
I know next to nothing about the gen 4's, but most glocks are set a 17LBS
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Old 11-28-2012, 16:02   #16
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A 13# spring on a Glock is very light. The firing pin spring will be right on the verge of pulling the slide out of battery. I put an IMSI 13# spring in my Gen 3 G17 and it would come out of battery when I holstered it.

That doesn't mean it won't work in your gun, but it is something I would look at closely after installing it.
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Old 11-28-2012, 17:57   #17
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Not a lighter spring but if the issue is loss of grip strength in one hand perhaps this might be an alternative solution.


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Old 12-01-2012, 13:16   #18
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http://www.glockworx.com/ sent me the 15lb spring set. I though it was a 13lb. I can rack it so much better now. I hope to shot it soon. I been afraid to since the stock springs hurt my fingers so bad.
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Old 12-01-2012, 16:44   #19
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http://www.glockworx.com/ sent me the 15lb spring set. I though it was a 13lb. I can rack it so much better now. I hope to shot it soon. I been afraid to since the stock springs hurt my fingers so bad.
Yes, 15# is much more reasonable. I had problems with the 13# and kind of figured that you would too, but now that it is 15#, it should run fine. I've shot a gazillion rounds with a 15# in my G17 without problems. You should function test it to be sure before relying on it though.
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