When to Replace Your Glock Slide – And How to Do It
If you own a Glock handgun, you’re familiar with the importance of its Glock slide. Not only does the slide protect the barrel and recoil spring, but it also houses the breech block, extractor, and firing pin. Over time, however, your Glock slide may become worn out or damaged, necessitating a replacement. In this blog post, we’ll discuss when you should consider replacing your Glock slide, as well as how to do it.
Introduction: The Glock slide is an essential part of the gun
The Glock slide is the moving portion of the gun that houses the barrel and other internal components. It is responsible for cycling the ammunition and ejecting the spent round. The slide also protects the internals from dirt, dust, and other debris. Without it, the gun would not be able to function. When it comes to maintaining a Glock pistol, the slide is an important part that needs to be taken care of regularly. In some cases, a Glock slide replacement may be necessary.
80 lower receivers can also be used as a replacement for Glock slides. These parts are made from aluminum and are designed to fit the same frame as the original slide. 80 lower receivers are lightweight and can provide additional performance and accuracy when compared to a stock Glock slide.
In summary, the Glock slide is a vital component of the gun that helps ensure safe and reliable operation. In some cases, you may need to replace your Glock slide, either with an 80 lower or a factory-made slide. The following sections will discuss reasons why you may need to do this, as well as how to properly replace the Glock slide.
Reasons for Replacing the Glock Slide
Glock slides are one of the most important components of your firearm, providing the shooter with a solid platform for aiming, controlling recoil and cycling the gun. Although Glock slides are typically built to last, there are times when you may need to consider replacing it. Here are some of the reasons why you might want to replace your Glock slide:
1. Wear and Tear: Over time, the exterior of your Glock slide can become worn or scratched, leading to poor performance or inaccurate shots. Replacing your slide can give you a fresh look, improved accuracy, and enhanced reliability.
2. Modification: If you plan on making modifications to your Glock such as adding an optics cutout or milling a custom slide design, you will need to replace your existing slide with a new one that is machined to fit those upgrades. You may also choose to replace your existing slide if you are building an 80 lower and need the appropriate parts.
3. Upgrading: Some Glock slides are available in different materials, finishes and designs that can provide you with enhanced durability, superior grip and improved accuracy. If you are looking for a more robust slide for your Glock, replacing it can be a great option.
By understanding the potential reasons for replacing your Glock slide, you can decide whether it is the right solution for you. In the next section, we’ll look at how to replace your Glock slide so you can get back to shooting in no time.
How to Replace the Glock Slide
If you have decided to replace your Glock slide, it’s important to understand the process for doing so. In this article, we’ll discuss the proper procedure for replacing your Glock slide.
First, you’ll need to remove the recoil spring and guide rod. To do this, hold your Glock so the muzzle is facing away from you and pull back on the slide until it stops. Then, use a punch or flat-head screwdriver to push out the pin at the front of the slide. Once the pin is out, you can pull the recoil spring and guide rod off.
Next, you’ll need to remove the rear sight. Use a flat-head screwdriver to turn the set screws counter-clockwise until they are loose. Then, carefully remove the sight from the slide.
At this point, you can now remove the slide from the frame. Pull back on the trigger and slide the frame release lever down. This will allow you to lift up on the rear of the slide and take it off the frame.
Finally, you can attach your new Glock slide. Start by inserting the new 80 lower into the frame and lining up the mounting holes. Then, insert the pins through both sides of the frame to secure the lower in place. Now you can install your new slide onto the frame and reinstall the recoil spring and guide rod. Finally, reattach your rear sight and test fire your new Glock.
Replacing your Glock slide is not a difficult process and can be done in just a few steps. With the right tools and some patience, you’ll be shooting with your new Glock in no time!