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    Slide "Locked" on Glock 43

    Not sure how I got to this point but, the slide is locked and will only move about 1/4" forward or backward on my G43. The trigger is to the rear. And the extractor fell out. I removed the slide cover plate, and the firing pin and extractor assembly. And that did not help. The barrel and recoil spring are installed. It just seems like an impossible situation to be in and I hope not to damage any parts. At 84 I'm finding I'm just not as adapt at the disassembly, reassembly, and modification of my pistols.

    I have looked for possible solutions on the internet, including YouTube, and have not found any. Any help would be greatly appreciated!!

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    So even with the firing pin removed and the slide lock lever pulled down the slide won’t come off?

    Is the recoil spring extended out the front by any chance?

    I see you’re in Texas, anywhere around Dallas?


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    Thanks for your reply! I am located in Stephenville, TX. I had a reply on another site that helped me release the slide.

    The firing pin safety and spring had worked loose and remained inside the pistol. The person who replied said that apparently these parts were loose and were interfering with some of the frame parts which locked the slide. He said to turn the pistol upside down and using a feeler gauge try to work the firing pin safety and spring back into position.

    That sounded almost impossible at first but there is about 1/16" clearance between the frame and the slide. So by turning the pistol upside down and using a feeler gauge and a small screw driver I was able to work the parts back into position and fully seat them. Then by holding the firing pin safety, spring, and extractor in position, the slide came right off. You feel like you need 3 hands to do this operation but I was very surprised that within 15 minutes I had the slide off.

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    Nice! Glad you were able to get it off cause that would be a tricky move with only two hands!


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    So what do we attribute this condition to ?

    Being a 43, it is not a old "beater" weapon, how do these part become too loose to stay in place and what is the remedy ?







    I have to ask as I am a believer, have you seen "the lights" in your town ?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Otintx View Post
    So what do we attribute this condition to ?

    Being a 43, it is not a old "beater" weapon, how do these part become too loose to stay in place and what is the remedy ?







    I have to ask as I am a believer, have you seen "the lights" in your town ?
    Just an educated guess. Most likely the spring was incorrectly installed. They don't just "come loose."

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    I have to ask as I am a believer, have you seen "the lights" in your town ?[/QUOTE]

    No, I have not seen "the lights". However, I have a friend who says he saw "the lights"!

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    This is an interesting issue. Please follow up when able. If the trigger is pulled aft, that means that the trigger bar and cruciform are disengaged from and below the firing pin lug. At that point, if the slide only moves a quarter inch, that means there is a lot of friction and seizing somewhere which is definitely not normal. In my mind, at that point, it can only be an issue with the slide and/or frame rails. Again, please follow up with what you observe after separating the frame and slide assembly.
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    Still not sure how I created the problem. Following is the solution I received on another forum.

    The firing pin safety and spring had worked loose and remained inside the pistol. The person who replied said that apparently these parts were loose and were interfering with some of the frame parts which locked the slide. He said "to turn the pistol upside down and using a thin feeler gauge try to work the firing pin safety and spring back into position".

    That sounded almost impossible at first but there is about 1/16" clearance between the frame and the slide. So by turning the pistol upside down and using a thin feeler gauge and a small screw driver I was able to work the parts back into position and fully seat them. Then by holding the firing pin safety, spring, and extractor in position, the slide came right off. You feel like you need 3 hands to do this operation but I was very surprised that within 15 minutes I had the slide off.

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