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So, I just got back from a short trip the family and I decided to take. Had a good time but I'm not ready to go back to work tomorrow. :cool:

I was sitting about 5 hours away from my house, in a hotel room when I decided to do some dry fire practice. I cleared the firearm, checked it a second time, and then one more time for good luck. Pointed the firearm in a safe direction and pulled the trigger.

The slide nearly came off the gun. :eek:

I immediately stopped and started looking at the pistol. I noticed that the slide lock was missing. I went ahead and slid the slide off, and out came part of the slide lock spring. The spring was hosed and the slide lock piece was missing entirely. :confused:

I last shot the gun at the GSSF match in Conyers. I had came home from the match and stuck the firearm in the safe. (Yeah Yeah, I know I should have cleaned it but I've been very busy with stuff). The gun had not be broken down, or even touched since I last fired it as the GSSF match yet here I was, many hours from home with no functioning firearm. I have no idea where the piece went or how/why the spring broke but I will be function checking my firearm anytime I go somewhere from now on.
 

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You should have seen my face when I read his text message right after it happened. I thought he was telling me he had a ND. YIKES!!!

I didn't bother texting back ... that was worthy of a return call. I was glad to hear it was a small parts failure but am curious what really caused it. I suspect from the description and pic of the spring that the spring somehow got bent or compressed to the point there was no tension on the slide lock. The slide lock then fell out releaseing the slide to fly off the frame. When this happened it jacked the spring up to the point it looked like that. I still have no idea how that would happen though ... the spring losing tension on the slide lock.

Call GLOCK today and tell them what happened. I suspect they will mail you 2 replacement parts ($4 worth of parts, I looked them up). If they don't want to send them for free let me know and I'll get them for you. I am ordering a few other things today for myself.
 

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I'm waiting for a call back now. I talked to Fred and he said he wanted to find out if they wanted the firearm sent back, or if they could just send me parts. I asked for parts. :)

As to a ND, I would probably never tell anyone about that. More importantly, I always do everything I can to ensure I do not have a ND. I always separate my ammo and mag from the firearm by at least a few feet when cleaning or practicing dry fire, and I always check, re-check and then check again to make sure there isn't any ammo in the gun. Visually inspecting the magwell is empty, and that there is not a round in the chamber or barrel. This practice of ALWAYS doing this has served me well for 32 years of shooting firearms. I think I will stick with it. :)
 

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ND = Negligent Discharge

I had to really hunt to figure out that one...
 

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Yep. I call it a ND because I don't believe there are any accidents when it comes to this type of stuff. A gun going off when it wasn't supposed to is caused by something, generally operator error.
 

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I think I am lost here. The slide lock is the level that locks the slide back, correct and that is what broken off?
On my 19/3, it is connected to something inside the body, so how can it come off, or did it break a part? or do I have the wrong part?

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I think I am lost here. The slide lock is the level that locks the slide back, correct and that is what broken off?
On my 19/3, it is connected to something inside the body, so how can it come off, or did it break a part? or do I have the wrong part?

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No. That is the slide stop lever.

The slide lock is the little plastic part you hold down on both sides when you field strip the pistol, removing the slide from the frame. Take the slide off your pistol. If you look underneath the slide lock you will see the metal spring.
 

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No. That is the slide stop lever.

The slide lock is the little plastic part you hold down on both sides when you field strip the pistol, removing the slide from the frame. Take the slide off your pistol. If you look underneath the slide lock you will see the metal spring.
OK, I can see just what your talking about.
It's hard to believe that the part fell out, I would think there would be enough pressure to hold it in place
 

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OK, I can see just what your talking about.
It's hard to believe that the part fell out, I would think there would be enough pressure to hold it in place
The issue apparently was caused by the spring breaking. Once the spring broke, the pressure was gone. At that point, the slide lock fell out. :(
 

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So After calling GLOCK, I was asked to send the pistol in. I'm about an hour and a half away from GLOCK and had a light work day today so I thought I might swing over there and let them look at the pistol.

Now first, I really just wanted them to send me the parts. I'm a pretty smart guy and I think I could figure out how they go in, but if I couldn't I know several armorers. They basically insisted that I take it in and I have heard of many other people that have ended up with some free swag when going over there. Mags, sights, shirts, etc.. So with that in mind, I decided to make the trip today.

After checking in with the Security Guard, I went into the building and filled out my repair form. A guy met me before I had even completed the short form. I discussed with him the issue and he said no problem, he'd be right back. 10 minutes later, he was back with my gun. (but no swag :( )

So great customer experience overall, but I was a little disappointed with a 3 + hour round trip for something they could have sent me in the mail.
 

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Did they give you any idea of what happened?

What caused it to break?
He said it was originally installed incorrectly. Not sure how as there can't be that many ways it could have been installed.
 
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