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Not OD Green with envy anymore!

Discussion in 'General Glocking' started by LibertyPatriot, Jun 28, 2011.

  1. LibertyPatriot


    Mar 11, 2011
    I actually wanted to get a 1911 for the 100th anniversary. But, ran across an ad for a G21 OD with 4 mags. This is now my 3rd Glock in 8 months. Started with G23gen4 for Christmas, then last month traded a Kahr PM9 for a new G26gen4 for my wife.

    This one is a GSLxxx. Been shot, but not "shot". Cleaned up pretty good. Detail stripped the slide and cleaned it out with alcohol, qtips and pipe cleaners. The extractor was filthy and had to use Hoppes solvent on it and really had to scrub it clean. Rinsed with alcohol again and dried.

    I bought from a Glock Armoror who had installed a 3.5# trigger and extended slide release.

    Man, I can't wait to head to the range this weekend!

  2. voyager4520

    voyager4520 -----

    Apr 25, 2009
    SE Colorado
    Wow congrats! Not only is it OD, but it's a G serial number prefix. :supergrin:

    I have a GEA prefix OD G23 and it's very nice. The slide is the shiny black finish, the frame rails are machined steel instead of nickel-plated so the slide-to-frame fit is tighter, and the extractor is machined steel as well.

  3. Beanie-Bean


    Apr 23, 2011
    Central Texas
    Congrats on the new G21. I see that you've loaded up the mags w/pumpkins already. I did the same when I got mine--detailed strip to clean everything out. Put a new slide cover plate and a new recoil spring assembly, and it's shooting as good as ever.

    That color looks almost brown to me, but I know it's OD green...

    I picked up mine (it was an LE trade-in) while on the hunt for a G30 or G36, and it cleaned up nicely, too. Some new night sights (the old Trijicons had since burned out) and it's now my favorite bedside Glock.
  4. HotRoderX

    HotRoderX Gen4 BETATester

    Jan 15, 2011
    Grats wish I gotten a OD when I had the chance
  5. 9mm +p+

    9mm +p+

    Mar 1, 2005
    Old Dominion
    Nice, i've got one just like it!
  6. Bruce M

    Bruce M

    Jan 3, 2010
    S FL
    Hoping you enjoy it. Remember sunscreen for it if you take it outside.
  7. hddave

    hddave i want more!

    Jun 18, 2011
    Southern Ohio
    Congrats! now I'm jealous!
  8. Congrats.

    Mine with tack freshly conditioned by my daughter and her boyfriend. Ready for work.

  9. LibertyPatriot


    Mar 11, 2011
    Beanie-Bean, I guess I can call this the Green Goblin throwin' pumpkin bombs then!
    Although since the serial number list puts this at May 2005 it is the more brownish shade, which I like anyway.

    I took the mags apart and cleaned them up too. The followers have some pretty pronounced grooves in them from use. Is this anything to worry about? I figured I'd get a new mag for carry anyway so these are pretty much range mags.

    I followed Hickok45's detail slide cleaning video but I haven't found what I consider a good video for a more comprehensive frame cleaning. Since you can see more residue on the OD frame I really want to get it cleaned up good. I don't have a Glock tool yet or any other small punches to pull the guts out. Can I use a spray solvent to blast out the frame and then dry out with compressed air? Please point me to a good frame cleaning video that you trust.

    Oh yeah, how many Glocks does it take to become an official G-Man?

    BTW, this was my anniversary gift from my wife for 19 years. My 3rd year gift was a S&W 686. She asked why I needed such a bug gun as I'd probably never carry it. I said this one is for fun, like the .357 is. So she says she gets it, anniversary guns are for fun the rest are for defense.

    These are my friends I like to have around me.
    The G21
    And the little guy is a Diamondback DB380.

  10. voyager4520

    voyager4520 -----

    Apr 25, 2009
    SE Colorado
    That's normal.
    You'll need a 3/32 inch punch to disassemble the frame. Until then just wipe around with a cloth. Put a drop of oil into the interface between the connector and trigger bar, like what is shown at 3:25 into this video:

    When you get the punch, here are some detail strip videos. Pay close attention to the position of the slide stop spring in the Slide Stop Installation video, the locking block pin must be in the frame before you install the slide stop because the slide stop spring must push against the bottom of the locking block pin.

    Here are some videos showing detail strip:
    Detail strip 1:
    Detail strip 2:
    Reassembly 1:
    Reassembly 2:
    HD Detail Strip:
    (the firing pin spring may have two different ends, one end with a couple of coils bunched up together and another end with evenly spaced coils. the end with the bunched up coils seats against the firing pin spring cups. supposedly the newer firing pin springs are the same on both ends in which case it wouldn't matter which direction the spring goes)

    Slide Stop change/install:
    (^^^DO NOT use a mallet to force the pins, wiggle the slide stop until the trigger pin slides relatively freely through)

    Correct slide stop spring position:

    Magazine disassembly:
    NOTE: Older followers attach to the spring by putting the end of the magazine spring coil through a plastic loop on the bottom of the follower. The newest followers don't have that loop, they simply have two plastic ledges to hold the spring in place, so push the spring into the bottom of the follower until the spring "pops" into place in the bottom of the follower.

    Here's a video showing how to change the mag catch:
    I'd wrap the screwdriver lightly in electrical tape so it doesn't scratch any plastic. If you need to change the mag catch spring, you can use a pair of needlenose pliers to pull the spring out and push the new one in, I'd wrap the pliers lightly in electrical tape as well.

    There isn't a very good video for removing the slide lock and slide lock spring. You can use the Glock tool(3/32 inch punch) to depress the spring while you remove the slide lock, but removing the spring ideally you need something thinner like a 1/16 inch punch or even thinner. To remove the slide lock you push the spring down closest to the slide lock, while holding the spring down you tilt the frame to the side and wiggle the slide lock around until it falls out. Then you put the thin punch under the slide lock spring from the rear of the frame, move the tip of the punch up to where the spring goes into the frame, and gently incrementally work the spring upward. Take note of which way the spring goes back in. When putting the slide lock back in, it should be positioned like this:

    If you have to remove the firing pin channel liner for some reason, you have to get a certain size male threaded bolt(I don't remember what size) and thread it into the channel liner like a corkscrew into a cork. Then pull the old liner out. When you insert the new one, the end with the bevelled lip goes toward the muzzle. Brownells sells a tool that has one end to remove the old channel liner, the other end to help push the new one in. It's very rare to have to replace a channel liner, it's only necessary if the old one cracked or is severely gouged/embedded with bits of brass.
    Last edited: Jun 28, 2011
  11. banjobob


    Nov 3, 2008
    You sir, are a lucky man.
  12. ruger rcm

    ruger rcm

    May 27, 2010
    Wahoo. NE.

    i want your job!
  13. Thanks.

    I'm a little surprised Glock, or the market, hasn't seen fit to produce a number of different colors.

    Maybe I'll get to introduce my OD to a wolf later this year. Will spend some time trying, for sure.
  14. Beanie-Bean


    Apr 23, 2011
    Central Texas
    I wouldn't worry too much about the follower if these will just be range/practice mags. New one for carry would not be a bad thing. One thing I read here about getting the magazine to load up fully, and still sit properly in the grip is to load up the mag all the way and let it sit for about a week. I did that for my G30SF mags, and they are much easier to load.

    Regarding the receiver cleaning, I'd recommend some alcohol if you want to get in there. It'll clean just about anything you've got in there.

    Here is a link to the book I used to learn how to properly disassemble/assemble the Glocks:

    Oh yeah, congratulations on 19 years!
  15. craig19


    Aug 13, 2010
    NE Ohio
    Love the OD, congrats!
  16. Nicko


    Apr 13, 2007
    Virginia Beach, VA
  17. LibertyPatriot


    Mar 11, 2011
    Already picked up a new mag today, snap caps and a bore snake. I wanted to use the snap caps to work the extractor a little. Of course it's not the same as a spent case wedged in the chamber but it will throw the dummy rounds out and to the right.

    Thanks all, we've known each other since kindergarten. Ups and downs like everyone else. We waited 15 years to have kids so now we have a 4 year old boy. We're tired to say the least...
  18. ronin.45


    Apr 24, 2008
    I recently sold my OD 21. I just didn't shoot it. I like the idea of a "beater" 45, but I never beat on it. I always grab a revolver if I want to shoot ACP.