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Hello all, I bought my first glock yesterday, a glock 48 to be exact. I took it out of the box, oiled it, and went to the range today. On nearly every round the slide was sluggish to go into battery,and I had two light primer strikes on federal hydrashok ammo. Has anyone else had problems with the 48? And since I cant return it what can I do to make it function properly? It's supposed to be my carry gun but my first impressions say dont trust it.
 

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There is nothing inherently wrong with the Glock 48 and you haven't provided enough information for anybody to help you with yours.

How much training and shooting experience do you have?
 

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Maybe it's the ammo. Why not try running some FMJ through it. See how it runs.

How's your grip? Gotta good grip?

How's it rack empty and magless? Maybe massage the slide, get the spring moving.

My 48 has been a pleasure. Its a good gun. Goldilocks size, not too big, not too small.
 

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Maybe it's the ammo. Why not try running some FMJ through it. See how it runs.

How's your grip? Gotta good grip?

How's it rack empty and magless? Maybe massage the slide, get the spring moving.

My 48 has been a pleasure. Its a good gun. Goldilocks size, not too big, not too small.
It cant be my grip! It's never the shooters fault! Really though I'll be deep cleaning it, and massaging the slide per your advice, I think my problem is I was impatient and shot it practically straight out of the box before cleaning the factory gunk out of it
 

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It cant be my grip! It's never the shooters fault! Really though I'll be deep cleaning it, and massaging the slide per your advice, I think my problem is I was impatient and shot it practically straight out of the box before cleaning the factory gunk out of it
Yeah, my 48 worked straight out of the box, but my 19 tripped up out of the box. I was bummed out but went home, cleaned and oiled, worked the slide, went back the next day, and haven't had a hiccup since and I've probably put at least 1k rounds through it in the past 6-7 weeks. Clean, dirty, it just runs now.

I know you should clean and oil it first, but my FFL is also my range where I have a membership, so it's hard to pick up and walk away without shooting it while I'm there.

Got a Ruger Mk4 22/45 Lite same day and it ran like a champ out of the box and ever since. And that's the one I'd have expected to hiccup between the two. Probably put close to 1k through the Ruger too.
 

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I have 2 G48’s, both with silver slides. One was flawless (taken out of the box, lubed, & then fired 900 rounds before first cleaning). The second one had intermittent failures to go fully into battery. After 500 rounds it went back to Glock. They lubed it, test fired it, and sent it back. I continued to have intermittent failures to go into battery. I bought a couple of factory RSA’s from Glock and changed the one in the problem G48. No problems since.


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It cant be my grip! It's never the shooters fault! Really though I'll be deep cleaning it, and massaging the slide per your advice, I think my problem is I was impatient and shot it practically straight out of the box before cleaning the factory gunk out of it
It should run right out of the box. You may have mentioned but just asking. Was it new or used? If it was used possibly lint some where making the slide return sluggish. How is the slide return when you release the slide either by hand or slide release? Is it sluggish? Also the reason I ask about new or used is because you mention $400 bucks as your cost. Just my thoughts.
 

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While Glock's are normally pretty good, anyone who expects all Glock's to be 100% out of the box hasn't been paying attention to all those who have had some early hiccups.

It obviously could be shooter related. But (as others have noted) putting some warm, NATO ball ammo through it may be all it needs to wear in a bit. It could be something seriously wrong needing a trip back to Glock, but it may just be a few random snags as the surfaces mate and smooth, springs settle in, and you get used to the gun (not have a thumb dragging on the slide a bit to slow it, etc.).

Let us know how it goes. I am with you about not trusting it for carry now. But I am very skeptical that it will be reduced to a paper weight. Whether the path towards resolution is a few rounds, or a trip to Glock, one or the other will fix it!
 

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OP - were your light primer strikes, centered or off center?

According to my Glock Armorer's Manual:

probable causes for light centered strike - hard primer (since you mentioned Federal Hydrashok Ammo - I would rule this out), or obstructed firing pin channel.

probable causes for light off-centered strike - tight extractor, dirty gun, slide lock reversed or not beveled, weak recoil spring.

Since you mentioned that it is very sluggish to go into battery and if you are shooting with a locked wrist, I would look at the RSA.

I read the posts and I know that a dirty firing pin channel and RSA problem were already mentioned as possible causes. Also boilergonzo"s post about running some "hot" ammo has merit.

Trying to help with your trouble shooting...…….. This should be solvable. If not - back to Glock. Good luck
 

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Hey everybody, thanks so much for the help, I took it back to the range today, i found my "sluggish" return to battery is the gun has trouble going into battery with the trigger in the fire position. After the trigger was released, it would limp forward. I read on another post some glock 48s trigger bar was cut too sharp and needed rounded out. Does anyone know about this? I'm new to glocks and not 100% sure how to look for this problem.
 
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