Glock 17 Why is my G17 brass hitting me in the face?

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    I've had this 17 since new in 1992 and noticed the last few times at the range that brass is bouncing off of my shooting glasses, face and forehead. No malfunctions, but its annoying and slows follow-ups. Everyone Ive let shoot it has the same thing happen...all experienced shooters.

    My 19 spits 'em out to the side like clockwork...

    Any ideas??

    PS - The 17 is pretty much stock and in good condition.

    Thanks
     
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    1. worn recoil spring

    2. damaged ejector
     

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    Ejector looks fine...but I replaced the recoil assbly with a steel rod and ...cant remember what weight spring.

    So, a weak or under powered recoil spring would do it?

    Thanks Danny...Ill order a few in diff weights. I tend to like the lighter springs...doesnt feel light though, goes into battery fine.
     
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    Roger that...

    ...Odd thing is, Im using a 15# spring minus about 4 coils in my 19C which has bleed-off from the ports and it does fine...go figure.
     
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    I am a bit confused. It is sounding like you changed the recoil rod and spring, and this issue with brass face showed up?

    If so, switch back to stock and see if it goes away.
     
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    Good idea...

    And Flexmoney, sorry I wasnt clear on that. But I changed the recoil rod and spring several years ago and it was fine until lately.

    Thanks for the help...Ill just order all spring replacements and go from there...Ill bet that will fix it.

    thanks guys
     
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    I'd look it over really close for cracks in the metal.
     
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    will do
     
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    Are you limp wristing?
     
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    Nah...been shootin/carrying this gun for years. Checked myself with other experienced shooters...same brass pattern.

    Thought of that though...
     
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    Was just checking ya never know...:)
     
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    Q-01,

    If your useing a 15# ISMI minus 4 coils,try a 15# ISMI without cutting any coils off,once the 15#'er takes a set it's great for just about any load,and light enough to minimize muzzle jump useing even a low PF like 125-130.
     
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    ordering some more...will start with stock and back down from there and take notes..
     
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    Not as likely as a fresh over-powered recoil spring would do it. The brass hitting you in the head is often a limp-wristing problem and can be corrected with grip or a reduced power recoil spring, but grip would be the best way. As I was just posting on another thread, my wife had similar problems with a 19, but was fine with a 17. I had been shooting that 19 for years with never the slightest misfeed or malfunction, but after every shot the brass hit her in the forehead and she got an occasional failure to extract/eject/feed. My boss shot the gun and couldn't get it to operate for 2 shots in a row.
     
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    I had a 19 and a 17 do the same thing. Tried everything, got brass in the face. The 17 was by far the worst, finally sold it. I think it's something to do with the Glock design. Every other 9mm I've shot with the same ammo ejected the brass to the side, like it should.
     
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    So does the Glock, if you have the right grip and recoil control, but it's a light weight gun that doesn't tolerate as much limp wristing as others. I'd bet money those same Glocks would have functioned perfectly in somebody else's hands.
     
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    I would take that bet. I've shot other Glock 9mm's with no issues, it's not me, it was the gun. Others shot those two lemons and got the same results.