Slide not fully going into battery?

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  1. Aceman

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    So I'm working on my Glock, and I notice that When I released the slide it did not go fully into battery.

    I tried it a few times in assorted ways. Fast release, slow release, with and without mag, etc.

    Fast snaps put it closed just fine, or using the slide release. But on a slightly "soft" release, it would slide forward but leave about 1/4" left to fully close.

    I googled a bit, and it seems that this is no big deal, that the Glock is meant for a "hard" release" and no riding the slide! But I also read that there could be spring issues, or the gun was just dry. I lubed it. Still happens.

    Also tried the Hold vertical test. Didn't work. Thoughts? Comments? Opinions? I don't shoot this gun often...so I'm not super Glock familiar.
     
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    Replace recoil spring assembly
     

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    sciolist On the Border

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    If the gun is 1/4" out of battery with an empty chamber, there's something going on beyond spring wear.
     
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    +1 on replacing the RSA (recoil spring assembly). Depending on the generation of pistol, they are designed to be replaced around 3-5 thousand rounds. Details on the model and generation would help. Also a round count wouldn’t hurt.
     
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    quantico 1911 lover Millennium Member

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    Are you putting the recoil assrmbly in place on the little circular ledge ??
     
  6. Aceman

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    This is a Gen3 23, with a 9mm conversion barrel (Double Diamond)
     
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    I too would be looking at the RSA
    My Gen 4 G26 had a worn recoil spring assembly & the slide wouldn't close fully on it's own.. See Picture..
    Replaced the RSA & all is good..

    P3050062.JPG
     
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    What happens with the OEM barrel?
     
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    I was thinking the same thing.

    If the gun cycles properly with the factory barrel in the gun, the aftermarket barrel may need some minor fitting. Might be as simple as shooting a couple of hundred rounds through it.
     
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    My first thought was what the heck is with all metal shavings?
     
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    Those aren't metal shavings, Those are light refracting off the polymer.. Could be the Frying Pan Finish on the slide..
    Anyhow RSAs do go bad & need replacement & cost very little.
     
  12. BamaTrooper

    BamaTrooper New job, same me.

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    I think he meant the pattern on your camo.
     
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    Put the oem barrel back in, if it does the same thing it’s the RSA
     
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    I did. It was early.
     
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    Well, I'm not the original owner, so maybe time to do that. Probably less than 1k rounds through on my side though. Never encountered this. Oh well, all part of my "Glock Project"

    Wanted to get a heavy guide rod, so we'll see. I'll try the original barrel. Just never noticed this until recently.

    I will admit a couple of "put the slide back on" errors on my part that jammed it up pretty good...
     
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    Put the original barrel back in and try the same test, to see if the barrel is causing it.
     
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    I did wet the gun up pretty well. I did a ton of fast snap racks. worked just fine. Riding the slide still caused the issue. Maybe a little less so with the original barrel...

    I will say this - I'm having a lot of trouble pushing the guide rod in to re-install the slide. Sometimes it just seems too not want to move.
     
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    my question is … why are you "soft releasing the slide??? " I always let the slide go hard on release making sure it goes in to battery. I never replaced recoil springs before. nor my G19 2nd gen with God only knows how many rounds on it. nor my G21 that has been with me for over 15 years. or any other hand gun that I have. I learn early on that the slide was meant to be released hard for that same purpose.
     
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    are you installing the spring assembly the correct way?
     
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    Had same problem with my G23. New recoil spring fixed it right.