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Old 08-09-2012, 19:30   #1
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Do G36 Mags Drop Free?

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Picked up my new G36 last night. Used my GSSF discount. I ran a box of Federal FMJ and WWB JHP's through it at the range while I was there. I noticed the mags don't drop free, I have to pull them out. Is this normal? There was also polymer "burrs" on the upper front edge by the front edge of the follower.

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Old 08-10-2012, 03:16   #2
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The G36 I sold to a friend about 5 years ago and the one I bought 2 months ago both drop mags free with no problems.
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Old 08-10-2012, 12:41   #3
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I've had my 36 for 6 years and used numerous mags in it. No matter which one I was using (all were Glock factory mags for that gun) it dropped every time I pushed the mag release button.
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Old 08-10-2012, 18:19   #4
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Thanks. I'll have to look into it more closely to see where it's hanging up at. I disassembled and cleaned it last night and they both still drop about 1/4" and then stop.

I've got a barrel, sights and more mags on the way.
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Old 08-10-2012, 18:20   #5
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Mine drop free sometimes.
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Old 08-11-2012, 21:15   #6
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I have put 350+ rds through mine so far with 5 mags, and they all drop free...maybe I'm just lucky.
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Old 08-12-2012, 05:55   #7
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Where to start troubleshooting? I smoothed the burrs down. It looks like the polymer peeled a bit from the front edge of the mag. I'll see if I can get a pic.
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Old 08-25-2012, 19:35   #8
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Back in the day, as a LEO I carried a G17 with non-drop free mags. I was taught to pull the mag from the floor plate or (strip out the mag). No matter now, even with drop free mags. I still strip out the mag anyway. Just food for thought.
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Old 08-26-2012, 14:20   #9
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Old 09-01-2012, 11:52   #10
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Some fine sandpaper (400 grit) will help clean up the inside of the frame and the outside of the mags.
After that a quick wipe with Armor-all works great.
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Old 01-05-2013, 13:08   #11
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My G-36 is old but when I used to shot it on a regular basis it always dropped free. But after five years of living in a holster and rarely fired just discovered that my mags no long drop free. After reading these posts cleaned the mags and used Armor-aal and now they are back to free falling. Thanks for the tip.
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Old 02-16-2013, 09:21   #12
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I have 5 mags... Most drop free. I will have to work on the ones that don't.

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