(Editor’s note: The video above contains language that may be NSFW)
Reliability is the cornerstone upon which the Glock name was built and I don’t dispute that for a second. But the mythos surrounding Glock’s near indestructibility is overblown. Yes, I said it.
The truth is that anything mechanical will wear out. I don’t care if it is a Toyota pickup truck made with Kalashnikov parts. It will eventually breakdown.
Recognizing this is important because, as we say in military circles, a good way to get yourself killed is to start believing your own bullshit. Your Glock is not invincible. It is not made of unobtanium. Like you, it is fallible.
Now, I am not doubting that the Glock is the toughest handgun ever built. Those who’ve read my previous work know that I’m #TeamGlock — all the way. But what I am telling you is that it is a good idea to replace some internal parts after sustained usage. You know, you need to give your polymer prince some TLC.
In the video above, you’ll see a maintenance regimen I developed and followed on my way to a 250,000-round Glock 34. Today’s instruction is what I found is needed between 20,000 and 30,000 rounds. The awesome part of this rebuild is that it’ll only cost you 35 bucks (I know I said $10 in the video. But when I actually priced them out on Brownells they cost a bit more when purchased individually. I tend to buy in bulk.)
- Trigger Pin: $3.49
- Locking Block Pin: $3.49
- Extended Slide Stop Levers: $9.99
- Extractor w/Loaded Chamber: $17.99
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About the author: Clay Martin served in two branches of service, the USMC and the Army. In Mother Corps, he was in the infantry, a Scout/ Sniper, and a Recon Marine. In the Army, he was a Green Beret with the 3rd Special Forces Group. He retired in 2013.