Glock 29 kaboom

Discussion in 'The 10 Ring' started by deadandgone, Feb 2, 2013.

  1. Spring specs seem to vary, but in general the rated weight in Glock springs is the spring force at full compression, not the installed length.

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  2. Then it is far less than 17lbs or 23lbs at full battery. And it would be a bit more involved to understand the actual force at full battery on a stock spring vs. a replacement spring (perhaps even a variable or torsional spring). Such data never got quoted to compare and we replace them at will.

  3. so answer me this... I don't understand all the timing stuff of unlocking the slide etc.. but is it better to have a heavier spring with hotter loads or a stock spring okay? I have some 165 underwood ammo... should I get a heavier spring in my G29 before i shoot them?
  4. _The_Shadow

    _The_Shadow Ret. Fireman

    cablecutter, I changed to the Wolff Gun Springs, non-captive two piece recoil rod with 21 lb dual spring set, this has worked very well for all the loads I've run thru mine to date. Many loads matching Underwod's line up. also switching to a 40S&W, 357Sig or 9x25Dillon conversion barrels no problem cycling the any of them using this RSA.

    Do you need the heavier springs maybe not, but if you see the slide over running the ammo during feeding you may want to consider the extra power springs.
  5. Thanks for the reply shadow! You are always good at answering my questions!

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  6. The extra power spring will reduce the time available for ammo to feed, as it increases slide speed on the return. The stock spring comes back fast, and goes forward slowly, allowing the ammo to rise in the mag. If you are 'overrunning' the ammo in the mag, it is because the extra power recoil spring. You can see the difference in slow mo quite easily.
  7. Taterhead

    Taterhead Counting Beans

    That is exactly the problem I've had with heavier spring weights and hot ammo. Nose-up FTFs. No such problems with the factory spring.
  8. TDC20

    Yes, you are correct, it's called Hooke's law. I ignored it for this calculation due to the small amount of distance the slide has to travel, so the spring force remains relatively unchanged.

    This would seem to be true, especially if the slide were to travel full length in recoil (which I believe it has to for reliable cycling). Upon slide return to battery, beginning at the physical slide stop, the heavier weight spring is going to accelerate the slide faster than a lighter weight spring, so the final velocity of the slide when it reaches full battery will be higher. I'm not sure how important this is, but it would seem that if there were any friction/dirt/ammo tolerance issues impeding full lock up, that a heavier spring would certainly help overcome that.

    The other benefit to the heavier spring, and the one that applies most to those of us who shoot hot ammo, is that the slide velocity will be lower when the slide reaches the physical stop at the end of recoil. This means less battering of your frame.

    I admit, I used to believe that the heavier spring helped maintain lock up, but I no longer believe that. I'm more inclined to believe the numbers.

    I checked my G29 with the stock spring, and this is true. It only takes about 5.5lbs of force to start the slide moving from full battery, but about 19lbs of force just before the slide hits the slide stop limits. I also checked my G20 with a Wolff 22lb spring, and it too starts to move from full battery around 5.5lbs, with right at 22lbs near the stop limit. I don't have a very good way to measure this, I used a baby scale that measures to the nearest 0.1 ounce. But it was repeatable.

    So, my initial assumption was incorrect that the slide and barrel were working against a 17-22lb opposing force. It's more like 5-7lbs of force. Fortunately, it makes so little difference since it's working against an accelerating force of 2320 lbs, that for practical purposes, it can be ignored. So it doesn't affect the original numbers. But for the non-believers, this also disproves any possible benefit that an extra weight spring might have on lock up timing. There just isn't that much difference in spring force between a 17 and 22 lb spring in that first .210" of travel.
  9. TDC20

    RMM, I can't give any explanation as to why this is true. The bullet should be out of the barrel before any significant difference in spring weight plays into it. In any case, the mass of the slide and barrel should create almost 400 times more resisting force due to acceleration from the initial recoil force than the spring does.

    I have done most of my load work with a G20 and 22lb spring, so maybe next time I'm at the range with my chrono, I'll try the stock 17 lb spring and see how the data compares. Was the data all taken on the same day with the same ammo, with every powder charge hand weighed, consistent reloading technique with attention to details, and measured over the same chrono?

    The other thing I can't explain is that some people have insisted that they get glock smiles with lighter springs and not with heavier springs, using the same ammo. If that's true then there is something definitely wrong with my basic assumptions. We probably need some time to see whether all of this holds water or not. I'm pretty sure it will.
  10. TDC20

    AnyCal, if you have a link to a slow mo video of this phenomenon, please send it to me or post it. I'm very interested in seeing this.

    Also, has anyone ever tried to keep the action closed on a Glock during firing by applying pressure to the back of the slide? I seem to remember someone mentioning this on GT, that you could keep the slide locked simply by pressing your thumb against the back of the slide. I'm calling BS on this, unless someone can say that they actually did it. I think your thumb would be broken or very sore if you tried it.
  11. RMM


    I appreciate all of the great comments and thoughts in this thread.

    TDC20, I hope that you didn't misunderstand my intentions. I am not trying to be argumentative, I was simply offering an alternative theory/explanation. Thank you for putting in so much work into this. Being from a scientific background, I am also inclined to "believe the numbers". However, experience has taught me that sometimes there are things that just don't work quite the way we think they do. This may be one of those cases. If the results we're seeing don't match up with the numbers, then we're missing something. The problem is, I'm not sure that we have established yet whether or not changing recoil springs really affects velocity spreads, or increases brass smileys. Unfortunately I am relying heavily on others' anecdotal experiences, not on concrete, reproducible data.

    In order to make a valid comparison, we need to do some experiments with the same gun, same shooter, same ammo, on the same day. We need to limit our changes to the recoil spring only and eliminate all of the other variables.

    Unfortunately at the moment I am locked away in a law school library and don't have access to a chronograph so I won't be of much help.
  12. Wow...a lot of thought has gone into this discussion....very deep and intelligent thinking...

    Now for levity....I swear, on my hand where the injury is, my right hand which rested on the frame right where the mag release blew out....there is a reverse imprint in purple...dried blood under the skin(which will disappear as the healing progresses) of Made in Austria....blasted/burned into my skin!!!!

    No need for a picture....I can barely make it out in bright light...but it is there!!!! Somehow the blast used the letters as a focal point....

    Now, let the physics slide rule folks figure this one out!!!

    Nah....nevermind. Just happy to be able to have some fun with this!!!!!

  13. nickE10mm

    nickE10mm F.S.F.O.S.

    HAHAHA!!! Wow... i mean, that is funny. HA! :cool:

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  15. _The_Shadow

    _The_Shadow Ret. Fireman

    Big difference between 1911 and Glocks! Although both are blow back designs, drag from hammer and hammer spring to lock up with swing link as compared to surfaces and angles to bring the barrel an slides in to lockup...inother words slighly different setups!
  16. There is very little difference between 1911s and Glocks in their operation. Neither are blow back designs, they are both a short recoil operated design. The locking block on the Glock works exactly like the barrel link in the 1911,(disengages the barrel from slide), and the barrel hood on the Glock works exactly like the barrel lugs on the 1911,(locks slide to barrel).

    The Glock doesn't have a hammer, but it doesn't have much to do with the lockup anyway. The hammer spring does provide additional resistance to the movement of the slide, but once again, this is more relevant to slide movement than lockup.
  17. I watched the slo mo. I agree that the low force spring gives more time, and the high force spring gives less time in the slide action.

    But I disagree with the notion that the high force spring DOES NOT give ENOUGH time for the slide to load the next round. The slo mo does not give us evidence to say that the high force spring does not give ADEQUATE time. Less time ? Yes. But perhaps it was adequate to load the next round.

    We need different evidence to conclude a high force spring gives inadequate time to load the next round.

    EDIT: the high force spring being the 18lbs on the video for this 1911. Of course, a 50lbs spring would not load a round, but that is not what the spring mfgr is selling. Translate to G29, the max spring is 23lbs. In other words, I trust that Wolf spring knows the 23lbs for G29 would still adequately load the next 10mm round. It's been in the market for years. (but stranger things have happened).

    Regarding pressure to keep slide close, I remember a redneck Gentlemen in my CCW class came to class with a nearly healed wounded hand. When asked how it happened, he told the class that he didn't know enough to wrap his hand below the slide. I never forget how humbled and honest he was and how sorry I felt for him.
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  18. In doing my spring measurements, I found that in the G20/21 pistols, when the slide is all the way to the rear, the recoil spring is very close to full compression. Not all the way, but enough to make the approximation that full compression force is pretty much equal to the force when the slide contacts the spring.

    Here's an image of my spring testing. Hopefully some of you will be as disturbed about this as I was. Note the chart of the ISMI 17# spring (slightly heavier than a new Glock stock spring), and then notice how the 20# and 24# springs are only marginally heavier than the 17#? (Again, the high load numbers are at almost full compression; the only way those 24# springs would yield 24# is if they were compressed all the way, and pushed some more.)

    I have not tested any Wolff springs; I've heard they are closer to the rated weight but they don't work in a long slide.


    Edit: the "dual spring" that gave the 28.5# result is one of those Sprinco-type "recoil reducing" guide rods, with a small inner spring supplementing the main recoil spring.
    #98 Yondering, Feb 12, 2013
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  19. Yes. Not with my thumb, but with the heel of my left hand. It's not difficult, and isn't likely to hurt you. It doesn't take much to keep it from cycling. You can do the same by wrapping your hand around the front half of the slide and frame (like in a self defense situation).

    Any Cal is correct that these are recoil operated locked breech actions, not blow back, but you can do the same with a blow back action as well. (I've tried it in a 45 blowback, but not a 10mm.)

    With my suppressed .22 pistol also, I sometimes hold the slide closed with my left thumb to make the shot quieter.
  20. _The_Shadow

    _The_Shadow Ret. Fireman

    Different wording for basicly the same operation...some use either to describe the action of the forces acting on the slide's breech face to drive the slide and barrel back from the locked condition. SORRY! Not trying to be argumentive.

    Here is where I do see a difference in my setup with a Glock-29...
    I use the Wolff Gun Springs non-captive two piece recoil rod and matching 21 lbs springs. I would venture to say that the non-captive spring generates slightly more spring pressure than a captive stock unit in the locked position...Why do I say this? Because I have to compress the recoil springs to get them inside the notched pearch on the barrel lug.

    Now the question for those who rattle off numbers and stuff...Does this increase the dwell time holding the barrel and slide locked? Keep in mind this does increase the amount of force needed to rack the slide, therefore it is more force than the stock captive system. No I haven't measured the differences but someday I just might.

    If it takes more energy for me to pull the slide rearward, then it must be working to hold it closed a little tighter than the stock arrangement. Does this hold the slide and barrel in lock for more time? I say yes! Why? Every action has and equal and opposite reaction!

    I agree that the maximium spring poundage is seen at the full compression. These dual springs tend to stack their poundage faster being shorter than that of the longer G-20 units. I think the newer Gen 4 G-20's are now using a dual spring arrangement. :dunno:

    BTW, the S&W1006 uses a non-captive spring system and it takes quite a bit of compression to get that spring inside the notch on the barrel lug. This is a great deal of pressure being applied to hold it into battery, and it too needs to be over come to break the locking arangement of the slide and barrels as it is cammed downward out of lock. (If you loose control of the recoil rod and spring during instalation, it will fly for quite some distance or force.):wow:

    I not a 1911 guy, but it is my understanding that the the recocking of the hammer against its mainspring, works to add drag to the slide to help control the slide velocity more so than the recoil spring in its action, with the recoil spring providing the slide return. ???

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