Is the Glock 23 supposed to only slide shut using the slide release?

Discussion in 'General Handgun Discussion' started by deadeyenight, Sep 17, 2011.

  1. deadeyenight

    deadeyenight New Member

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    I was at a gun show today and looking at a Glock 23, and when I pulled the slide back to get it to release it wouldn't slide closed, it would only release after pulling the slide release. Is this normal/ok?

    I have rented Glocks at the range and they always instructed me to pull the slide to release it rather than use the slide release to release (to keep it from wearing), so does that only work if the magazine is loaded? The Glock 23 I was looking at did have a bigger magazine and slide release installed so that could be why also.
     
  2. Firearms4ever

    Firearms4ever New Member

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    What you're reffering to only happens when there is ammunition in the magazine.
     

  3. Glasshartt

    Glasshartt New Member

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    It wasn't loaded. The changed parts would not have had anythong to do with it.
     
  4. deadeyenight

    deadeyenight New Member

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    Thanks, seems like nothing's wrong with it then.
     
  5. Marthor

    Marthor New Member

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    Try it with a some snap caps if you want to verify it cycles correctly.
     
  6. BigByrd47119

    BigByrd47119 New Member

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    If the magazine was inserted, but unloaded, this could have been your problem. With an empty mag, your slide-stop would still be engaged, even if you pulled the slide to the rear.

    Hope this helps.
     
  7. Lindenwood

    Lindenwood New Member

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    Has anyone ever actually worn out a slide release?

    The manual on both my Taurus handguns says to use the slide release rather than slingshotting.
     
  8. MrWray

    MrWray New Member

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    I have also been trained to re-engage the slide manually after changing mags so i do it without thinking about it,BUT no i have never heard of a slide release wearing out.. I dont think either decisions r bad ones..
     
  9. BigByrd47119

    BigByrd47119 New Member

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    This is an odd topic actually seeing as I just recently saw a video (well two to be precise) in which Bersa Thunder model firearms were having slide stop wear issues. One of these videos is from a warranty repair shop where the individual in the video explains the abnormally high number of guns returned with worn out slide stops.

    Bersa actually refers to it as a "slide catch" which preludes to its intended purpose and suggests that it not be used as a "slide release."
     
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  10. MrWray

    MrWray New Member

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    Tht makes sense, i remember all my insructors saying tht the reason tht we train to re-engage with the slide is because it isnt good for the slide release but it also ensures tht the slide goes into battery properly
     
  11. danf_fl

    danf_fl Retired Supporter

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    In my 1911 language, we call that doohickey a "slide stop", not "slide release".
     
  12. MrWray

    MrWray New Member

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    Thts wat i said....slide stop....lol, sorry its a habit
     
  13. JonM

    JonM Moderator

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    You will find that a lot from european gun makers. In europe the tendency is to charge the weapon by pulling the slide to the rear to release the catch. In america we use the slide stop to release because its faster than waiting that fraction to reposition your mag loading hand to pull the slide back.

    Gunmakers tend to use soft metals in the stop so the slide notch wont wear out before the stop does.

    I think its a non issue. If you wear one out just replace it. If the weapon wont go into battery using the stop and its a duty or sd weapon you need to pick a new gun brand that will.