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Brass To Face! Gen 4 G17 Ejection Examined (Video)

Discussion in 'General Glocking' started by Raleigh Glocker, Oct 7, 2012.

  1. MAP


    Feb 24, 2000
    I was at a Glock Armorers class last week. Glock's response to the erratic ejection issue is:

    (pick one or more)
    It's not a wide spread problem that is hyped by the internet;
    Check the ejector and RSA for the correct part;
    If you have the correct ejector and RSA, send the pistol in for repair;
    It could be caused by weak ammo;
    It could be cause by limp wristing.

    The instructor said it was not an extractor issue!

    With all of these possibilities Glock has yet to explain why older Gen3 9mm Glocks run perfectly while newer Gen3 and Gen4 9mms are having issues.

    I love my Gen4 9mms and hope the Apex extractor solves the erratic ejection issues.

  2. dhgeyer


    Jul 15, 2011
    My eyesight isn't all that great. I've just been taking my slide apart and putting it back together again so much lately (trying out homemade and aftermarket extractor parts) that it jumped out at me.

    RG has stated that the gun was never fired in that condition, so it's really a moot point.

    The rub marks on the EDP has been noticed and discussed in other threads. I don't know if there is a consensus on this (what causes it and what it does), but I have my opinion. It happened to mine also. I noticed it after JBS pointed it out in another thread. My gun had about 500 rounds on it at that point. I can't say when it would have become visible had I been watching for it. I attribute this wear to a sharp edge on the front of the extractor assembly channel in the slide and the hardness of the slide. In my gun the original EDP is a loose enough fit in the channel that I would rule out binding.

    JBS said that he has seen guns in his shop that had wear in this location that would almost surely impede steady tension on the extractor. I think that might be one small piece of the puzzle of why extraction/ejection can go bad on these guns after X number of rounds.
    Last edited: Oct 8, 2012

  3. Arc Angel

    Arc Angel Deus Vult!

    Sep 20, 2003
    Penn's Woods
    :) Well, thank you!

    As you can, probably, tell my personal experience with Glock, Smyrna hasn't been good; in fact, I've been flat-out lied to and on more than one occasion. To my mind it makes no sense to spend between $40 and $60 dollars to send a pistol to Glock, Smyrna only to get, 'the bum's rush' and some lame-ass excuse as to why your Glock isn't working.

    Most of my life I carried very expensive 1911 pattern pistols. Then I decided it didn't make a whole lot of sense to carry Austin Behlert, 'heirloom quality' 1911's (and Browning P-35's) around with me all day long. So, I took the, 'cheap plastic pistol plunge'. :supergrin:

    Absolutely trouble-free and 100% reliable my Glocks have not been. The first two I bought were actually erratic life-threatening performers and had serious OOB problems. The factory did nothing but repeatedly lie to me about, 'Why' these pistols didn't work.

    My eyesight remained in jeopardy the entire time I used them; AND, if the Portland Police Bureau and the Georgia State Patrol hadn't owned similar pistols and filed a joint lawsuit against Glock, GmbH/Inc. I would, in all probability, still be having problems with these pistols today.

    (While I was using these defective Glocks a U.S. Secret Service Agent in NYC lost his eyesight when his G-21 exploded in his face! I consider myself very lucky to have been able to avoid the same unfortunate mishap and become another one of Glock, 'GmbH/Inc.'s hush-hush out of court settlements.)

    Personally, I don't need to spend good money, lose a pistol for up to 3 months, and then get it back with some new parts (That I could have easily changed, myself, at my workbench) and a terse note that says something inane like, 'Pistol is within specification'.

    More than once I've, also, had Smyrna tell me, 'Are you sure you're not limpwristing?' (This from people who weren't even born, yet, when I began pistol shooting!) I try to be philosophical about Glock pistols. They're cheap; they often work; and when they do work, they work well; BUT, Glock pistols don't always work; and they don't always work well.

    To my mind the outstanding virtue of a Glock pistol is that with a few spare parts you can keep one up and running, 'forever'; and, with only a little technical knowledge and some other mechanical know-how, you can keep your Glock in good repair by working at home on your kitchen table.

    Glocks are one of the cheapest pistols ever manufactured; that's a fact! They are NOT, however, trouble-free. Over the past two years, or so, Glock, GmbH has been on a severe cost-cutting spree. I've got two old Glocks from 2003 that I finally got to work right; and they are now 100% dependable, too.

    Compared to what I see in dealers' showcases, today, the slide finish is better; the internal steel parts and plating are better; and even the frames appear to be better made than a lot of what I look at. (The springs you can forget about! First thing I do with any Glock is throw all the factory, 'contract springs' away and replace them with superior Wolff Gunsprings.)

    Here's exactly, 'How' I've come to see things: If I had to depend on Glock, Smyrna to keep my pistols up and running, ALL of my EDC's would be either SIG, Kimber, or CZ. I don't want anybody telling me, 'It's the ammunition;' or, 'You're probably limp-wristing the pistol.'

    I teach other people how to shoot; I'm way way past having anyone teach me; I've known and sat for hours on end at the workbenches of some of the most talented gunsmiths in America, too. I naturally resent it when some smug factory con artist tries to, 'pull the wool over my eyes' by offering lame excuses about why I can't get his cheap - and getting ever cheaper - plastic pistol to work properly. :freak:

    Before this most recent Glock problem is all said and done, I'll get my BTF problem solved too. So far I've lost (or, depending upon your viewpoint, wasted) a couple of hundred dollars; it looks like I'm going to have to spend some more money, too; but, in the end, I'll have another cheap plastic Glock pistol for an EDC that doesn't endanger my eyesight every time I pull the trigger.

    Is Glock, Smyrna going to have anything to do with a final solution to my BTF problems? Probably not, and certainly not anytime soon either. Historically, it would take direct involvement from the New York City Police Department, or The Portland Police Bureau in order to accomplish that! ;)
    Last edited: Oct 8, 2012
  4. Arc Angel

    Arc Angel Deus Vult!

    Sep 20, 2003
    Penn's Woods
    :upeyes: Well, there IS an alternative explanation!

    I am positive that the EDP rod is NOT striking (or, 'nesting') up against the exact same place on the back of the extractor every time. I think, but I cannot prove, that the extractor's, 'pivot pin' and the hole in the slide it rides in are also involved. Furthermore I believe the excessive vertical, 'slop' between the slide cutout, and the extractor's top and bottom, 'flats' has something to do with all of this.
  5. jamaicanj


    Nov 25, 2007
    Thanks for sharing
  6. dhgeyer


    Jul 15, 2011
    Good points AA. Quite possibly all of the above and more - lots of explanations out there and most of them plausible. Your experiences with Glock and your perspective is enlightening to say the least.

    I have the G19 and a S&W M&P Full Size 9mm. Both guns same price range, both had "issues" as purchased. The Glock has the erratic ejection, the M&P had less than stellar accuracy out of the box. It's also a bit bulky for EDC. I have been able to absolutely cure the M&P by installing a KKM match barrel. Now it groups better than the Glock. I had to make a shorter front sight to get to shoot where it looks, but that effort is behind me.

    I waffle every day which gun to take with me. The M&P is absolutely reliable (1100 rounds now), has consistent ejection, and is accurate and dead on with "bizzness" ammo. The Glock has never out and out jammed (700 rounds now), is certainly accurate enough, and is easier to conceal. The Glock also has a better trigger for fast shooting. The M&P trigger can be made wonderful by the throwing of more wampum at Apex. I have not done that.

    I can't say that I'm really happy with either company. They both put out product that has issues in X number of cases and don't seem to be in any hurry to find a fix. The problems with the Smith are pretty well sorted out by Internet savvy users, and the cures are known, albeit a bit pricey. The Glock issues are not settled, and there's no known way to be sure of solving them.

    But the G19 is such a sweet all around gun.

  7. This is why I zoomed in on it for the photos on Facebook.

    My Gen 4 G23 with 2k trouble-free rounds through it has no visible wear whatsoever on the bearing. Is this significant? I don't know...
  8. Arc Angel

    Arc Angel Deus Vult!

    Sep 20, 2003
    Penn's Woods
    I cannot help, but, to agree with everything you've stated. :thumbsup:

    (And, as unsatisfied with - and actually a little afraid of - my G-19(RTF2) as I'd be a fool NOT to be, I also like my compact Glock better than any other EDC, 'cheap plastic pistol'. What a truly damned shame that we, all, have to go through this!) :freak:



    As you can see, 'Old habits die hard!' I am, presently, heavily invested in this, 'cheap plastic pistol'. If I'm ultimately unable to get this problem solved, ...... I'm going to take a, 'real financial bath'! :supergrin:
  9. dhgeyer


    Jul 15, 2011
    That's a sweet lookin' piece there AA!
  10. FrankZ


    Sep 4, 2012
    I have been following this thread in a somewhat distracted way, but I have a question.

    Is it conceivable that there is a bit of play that is introduced in the ejector because of heat? It would seem to me that if heat, either over time or during a range session, were to allow the ejector to move it may end up making contact incorrectly and thus, well, ejecting incorrectly.
  11. M&P15T

    M&P15T Beard One

    Apr 7, 2011
    Arlington, VA.

    Oh fer chrissakes!!!

    Just because you don't understand something, doesn't make it're just out of touch with modern shooting techniques. Gloves are fine, butt-out is fine.

    The OP is shooting just fine, something Fuds that probably don't own GEN4s can't figure out.

    "Stand up straight gum it!!"
  12. dhgeyer


    Jul 15, 2011
    I suppose that's possible, but I wouldn't put it very high on my list of "suspects". I don't shoot my gun fast enough to get it more than warm. I had severe problems with my first Gen 4 G19 - bad enough that I finally traded it in where I bought it for an M&P. I did tell the buyer that it was a problem gun. My second Gen 4 G19 is much better, but still not perfect. Neither gun ever got very hot.

    I bet that if you did a poll, you would find that those who shoot mag dumps don't have any higher percentage of problems than those who don't, if you normalize for factors like total rounds through the gun, cleaning schedule, type of ammo, and etc.
  13. I really want to see how good you are. I would love to see a video of you shooting your gen4. I know you have one!
  14. 9mmdude


    Sep 8, 2001
  15. di11igaf

    di11igaf ibew

    Jun 25, 2012
    f@#$ing please, are you two really glock employees or are you just super fanboys?
    ive asked you guys before, can you MAKE a glock eject to the left or foward? my gen 3 was a consistent 6:00 ejecting glock with the occasional left/foward left ejection. it was completely random with dozens of ammo types, cheap and quality. if it was ejecting erratically, it would usually stovepipe that day.
    Again, how would you explain this gen 3 ejecting at 6:00 in a vice?
    this is how it normally ejected-
    [ame=""]glock 19 124gr NATO - YouTube[/ame]
    I can say i know you both are 100% wrong cause ive owned a complete POS 03/12 gen 3 19 and 08/12 gen 4 that so far has functioned flawless with much better ejection(as seen here)-
    same shooter, same ammo, different gun. please tell me its my grip- if i need to do more than this, i dont want a glock.(how would you explain a video i have of me literally barely holding the gun, letting it recoil to the point it goes almost vertical, but ejection doesnt change- stays to the right)
    BTW- please lets see a vid of either of you shooting. show us the proper way please. Also, show me a video of either of you getting a glock to eject at 6:00 or left on command. Any ammo, any grip. ill be waiting.
    [ame=""]Gen 4 glock 19 - YouTube[/ame]
    Raleigh Glocker- excellent video that illustrates this problem. I was in the same boat at one point where i may not have believed it myself since my glock track record up until my late gen 3 was perfect.
    Last edited: Oct 8, 2012
  16. Tiro Fijo

    Tiro Fijo

    May 31, 2011

    I currently own THREE. Never had BTF. Not once. I shoot Weaver style.

    Why would I post a video? I have no need for attention and everyone would claim photoshop as there would be no BTF coupled with my dashing looks. :supergrin:
  17. bunk22


    May 25, 2009
    So you're not going to show us your skill in anything other than being an internet mall ninja? Roger, well done :supergrin:
  18. Why not post a video!? Posting a video has nothing to do with looking for attention. We are just sharing our hobby and experience in form of a video. Maybe I can learn something watching you shoot weaver style. Come on, post one! Don't be a chicken Tiro!
  19. Slackinoff


    Sep 20, 2011
    found him shooting a M&P 9c.....seems like there is a BTC "brass to camera" problem.
    Last edited: Oct 8, 2012

  20. Mamma mia, that gun ejects terrible, even worse than some Glock's do.