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Glock 21 problem!

Discussion in 'General Glocking' started by Joshua2004, Mar 11, 2004.

  1. Joshua2004

    Joshua2004

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    I purchased this gun back in June of 2003. Everythings been going great up until this last weekend. I have 400 rounds through the gun to date and this weekend I decided to try out fiocchi ammunition. Two separate rounds at separate times failed to fire. The firing pin just went click. I pulled out the round, strike was in the center but very light. I just reinserted it and fired it but I just need to know if this is a very common problem??? Probably just a hard primer. It happened to me back in 1992 on an ancient glock 21 also so I was just wondering if it's happened to anyone else. Need input!!!!!!!!!! I already stripped the slide and checked everything so I know it's still going strong.
     
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    Clean the striker channel & associated parts, don't just check it. Make sure it is dry when you put it back together, too.

    Steve
     

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    I forgot to mention that, I did clean it. Any other info...
     
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    Had that problem shooting reloads made with Winchester primers, but not with any factory ammo, as I recall.

    Might put in a new striker spring, see if that helps. Or stay away from that brand of ammo ;f

    Steve
     
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    Brief description of your striker channel cleaning methodology?
     
  6. Joshua2004

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    you want it brief, eh? Sprayed full of brake cleaner, swabbed it out with q-tips, wiped off all of the parts with a cloth. Made sure it was dry before everything went back in. Besides the fact there was poisonous carbon cleaner on it, you could eat off of it.
     
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    Could very well be improper primer seating(not seated deep enough).I've been useing winchester gold primers (that some have complained about)for about 4-5years now in glock 9's & 45's with no problems,and i've shot fiocchi in both also problem free.The light hits you discribe sound like possible light seated primers.
     
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    Best thing to do is shoot some different ammo and see if the problem goes away before you get too involved. I personally wouldn't even consider the striker spring or the striker itself (other than a visual inspection) until the ammo situation is verified.--JJ
     
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    That's about the same as my routine! Works for me. I stopped using Q-tips, as it seemed to me that pushing crud to the back of the striker channel would be likely. Don't know how you'd retract the crud with a Q-tip.

    I'm betting it's the ammo!
     
  10. tomc5179

    tomc5179 Big Dawg #1361

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    Hey! I resemble that remark!

    I would bet it is a stray (bad) primer or otherwise ammo. Just make sure that the channel is dry (or LIGHTLY lubed) and that your firing pin appears in decent shape. I bought a first generation 21 brand spanking new and it has failed to fire three times, I think. I don't know how many thousands of rounds have been through it. The rounds that it failed on were oddball ammo.
     
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    The striker channel should be clean and dry....PERIOD!!!
     
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    I had the same problem with Winchester and S&B primers.
    Only a stroner spring (the red one) could fix it
     
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    my former g21 did this has well on winchester win cleans but only once. its probably the ammunition would be my guess. have you had a glock armeror check it out yet?
     
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    Anything the average Glock armorer could do, a novice could learn to do in 20 minutes, assuming an I.Q. greater than that of an unborn rhinoceros. ;)
     
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    Factory ammo primers are seated with automated machinery which i have had the priviledge of observing more than once,these machines have to be constantly monitered for ajustment,which means there may be a persentage of primers that don't get the seating care that a reloader can do by feel by hand.
    My 21 functions 100% with ammo i reload with winchester primers.