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Glock 17 question

Discussion in 'General Glocking' started by Allvideo, Jul 7, 2014.

  1. Allvideo


    Jul 6, 2014
    As embarrased as I am, I have to ask. I bought a G17 a couple of years ago and "stored" it until yesterday. Then I try to work the slide and it is stuck. Long story short, I finally got it to work, but, a piece fell out. Not sure whether is is a shipping plug or what. So, i have this silver piece about the size of a 9Mil casing, with an orange "pad" at the primer end. Is is a shipping plug or is is something important? Thanks[​IMG]
  2. Hodag


    Jul 6, 2014
    Sounds like a snap cap.... gotta picture?

  3. Allvideo


    Jul 6, 2014
    Would like to but cant figure out how. What is the function of a snap cap?
    Last edited: Jul 8, 2014
  4. Allvideo


    Jul 6, 2014
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  5. A snap cap would look like and be the same dimensions as regular ammo but either silver case with plastic "Primer" and "bullet", or be one solid piece of metal.
  6. Armiger


    Jan 17, 2013
    Nothing like you describe is shipped in the case by Glock. Since you referenced "stored" for a few years, did you buy it used from an individual seller in a case and then stick it away? If so, it likely from your description it is a snap cap and was chambered.
  7. A snap cap is a dummy/fake bullet/round. 9mm snap caps are usually sold in packages of 5 for between $15 and $20 and are used for practice firing the pistol to improve trigger control, etc. Using snap caps is called dry firing.

    Also when at the range you can put snap caps randomly mixed in with the live rounds in the pistol magazine. When you fire the live rounds then a snap cap randomly is placed into the chamber and you press the trigger and there is no bang you can easily see if the front sight moves, etc. because you may be anticipating the recoil, etc.
  8. mtstream


    Aug 14, 2014
    Dallas, TX
    Armiger is right, no matter what it is, it didn't come from Glock. The fact you had difficulty working the slide is also disconcerting, a Glock should be able to sit for many years and function flawlessly.

    If you're not comfortable doing a detailed inspection yourself, take it to someone. It's not a big deal to inspect.

    BTW - Outside of the frame, slide and barrel you can replace almost everything else in a G17 for about $60 so if any repairs are needed, I would expect them to be very reasonable.
  9. With all the respect, but I feel a bit sorry for your GLOCK, why did you buy it just to put it away imediately after.