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Old 06-26-2011, 07:40 PM   #1
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Cannot get my slide off

I took my slide off yesterday to clean the barrel. I was in a hurry and put the slide back on, but left out the recoil spring. I tried removing the slide again, but I cannot get it off. I worked with it for twenty minutes, but no luck. Can someone explain to me how to get it apart, and what is causing this problem. It is a model 22 40 cal. Thanks
 
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Old 06-27-2011, 04:32 AM   #2
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Tried this with my 17 which is practically identical. Differs little from regular field stripping.

With mag out and chamber empty, get the slide and barrel lined up properly on frame to put the gun in battery as if the recoil spring were still in it. Holding the gun upside down makes this easier.

Pull the slide back to reset the trigger.

Grip the gun almost as if you were going to fire it, except push forward against the slide with your thumb to simulate the missing spring.

Decock as normal otherwise. Don't let the slide come back at all.

With your other hand, start to pull down the slide latch.

With your "firng" hand, grip the slide with fingers and frame w/thumb under tang.

Pull the slide back just far enough for the slide latch to disengage: about 1/8" to 1/4".

Push off the slide and barrel.

If you didn't get the latch down enough and/or pulled the slide back enough to reset the trigger, just start over. It may take a few tries.
 
Old 06-27-2011, 05:08 AM   #3
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The standard "stub" guide rod has canted...probably up... and has everything in a bind. Look through the end of the tunnel and use a screwdriver to center the rod and pull the slide off.
 
 
Old 06-27-2011, 06:54 AM   #4
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Tried mine with just my guide rod before I posted. Guess it didn't cant. But I'll remember this. Thanks JohnnyT.

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Old 06-27-2011, 08:43 AM   #5
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Thanks retDAC. It took about 3 tries, but your method worked. Thank you to everyone else who replied. volinTN
 
Old 06-27-2011, 11:25 PM   #6
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You're welcome vol. Took a few tries for me too.
 
Old 07-01-2011, 06:42 AM   #7
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Remove a slide from a glock? When did this start?

Next thing you know "experts" who write gun mag articles will be telling us that you have to clean glocks.
 
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Every HAND that owns one claims They are DISHWASHER safe

Wild Bill
 
Old 07-01-2011, 10:59 AM   #9
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Remove a slide from a glock? When did this start?

Next thing you know "experts" who write gun mag articles will be telling us that you have to clean glocks.
Wait, you mean I'm supposed to clean my Glocks I bought 15 years ago?
 
Old 07-02-2011, 06:55 AM   #10
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Every HAND that owns one claims They are DISHWASHER safe

Wild Bill
There are a few precautions to observe. Use "WARM" water.

The whole cycle on HOT turned my Glock 17 into a .25 caliber Glock 26.

The folks at the local gun and feed store get confused when I ask for .25 cal ammo for my "Maytag custom" glock.
 
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