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    Cannot eject live round G23 Gen4

    I have never had an issue with this handgun but today I released the mag and attempted to eject the live round in the chamber. I could not slide the slide back to remove the live round in the chamber. It will actually go back about 1/4" then no more movement.

    I am not sure what the cause of the problem is nor how to correct it. Can any of you more knowledgeable please help?

    Thank You in advance.
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    Well, first of all be very careful and obey the four rules while handling it.

    Second, make sure it's a live round so you can work with certainty. Take a pencil/pen, and gently slide it down the barrel, note how far in it goes, and then compare that to the barrel length externally (to see if the brass is empty or is indeed a live round). Don't look down the barrel.

    To clear it: A number of methods exist, but sometimes simplest is best. Make sure you've got the gun pointed in a safe direction, grasp the slide firmly with one hand, and then slam the palm of your other hand into a firing grip (finger off trigger) and continue forward. Visualize this as putting your firing grip right through the handle. Typically blunt force like that will overcome any small defects in the brass that may have caused a jam. Don't hit it so hard as to overcome the strength of the hand holding the slide. Sending loaded guns twirling through the air toward the ground is typically frowned upon.
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    If that doesn't work, next I would put the edge of the slide barrel down on a butcher block and try shoving it down from the grip while depressing the removal tabs...

    kind of like doing the one handed table charging.
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    Thank You immensely! I will try as you suggest.
    I do know without a doubt that it is a live round as I just placed it there yesterday after some dry practice. It has not been fired since. It is my everyday carry.

    I'll proceed and let you know how I progress.

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    Just did preformed your first method with success!

    Thanks again!

    Question now is 'What was the cause?'

    The removed live round showed some deformation indicating to me possible damage caused while chambering the round but not familiar enough to really access it.

    Any advice as to what to look for?

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    Quote Originally Posted by wmodavis View Post
    Just did preformed your first method with success!

    Thanks again!

    Question now is 'What was the cause?'

    The removed live round showed some deformation indicating to me possible damage caused while chambering the round but not familiar enough to really access it.

    Any advice as to what to look for?
    Good outcome! EdF702 strikes again!

    Check ammo for deformations in the crimp, sometimes in manufacturing there's a fold there that will prevent the round from chambering. To be really sure, use a Chamber Checker on all of your ammo:Chamber Checkers: Evolution Gun Works Inc..

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    Maybe the chamber checkers would be a good QA step! Thanks for that idea.

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    Quote Originally Posted by wmodavis View Post
    Just did preformed your first method with success!

    Thanks again!

    Question now is 'What was the cause?'

    The removed live round showed some deformation indicating to me possible damage caused while chambering the round but not familiar enough to really access it.

    Any advice as to what to look for?
    Good deal! Glad it worked out for you... As for "why", like Chris says, probably bad ammo....

    But, another possible cause is being "too gentle"...Since your gun is new, it will need some use to "loosen up and smooth out"... Often I have feed issues when I "baby" my pistols. The slide moves very "energetically" when in normal "shooting use", but often we lightly cycle the slide when dry running. That can, and often does cause hang ups.

    The good news is that the fix is easy and enjoyable... Shoot the heck out of it and it's always fun to shoot. So, do your gun a favor and go shoot it like you stole it!
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    Quote Originally Posted by EdF702 View Post
    Well, first of all be very careful and obey the four rules while handling it.

    Second, make sure it's a live round so you can work with certainty. Take a pencil/pen, and gently slide it down the barrel, note how far in it goes, and then compare that to the barrel length externally (to see if the brass is empty or is indeed a live round). Don't look down the barrel.

    To clear it: A number of methods exist, but sometimes simplest is best. Make sure you've got the gun pointed in a safe direction, grasp the slide firmly with one hand, and then slam the palm of your other hand into a firing grip (finger off trigger) and continue forward. Visualize this as putting your firing grip right through the handle. Typically blunt force like that will overcome any small defects in the brass that may have caused a jam. Don't hit it so hard as to overcome the strength of the hand holding the slide. Sending loaded guns twirling through the air toward the ground is typically frowned upon.
    Great advice once again, Ed!

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