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Old 11-13-2012, 19:24   #1
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How long will a Glock last?

In years, not rounds. In other words, is there anything about the polymer parts that will make them break down, oxidize, or otherwise die?

I know one can take an all-metal firearm, dip it in Cosmoline, and store it virtually forever, provided moisture is controlled. Are Glocks and other plastic guns capable of this sort of long-term storage? Museums house collections of functional 16th century guns; will a museum 500 years from now have a functional G19, or will they become brittle or in some other way non-functional?
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Old 11-13-2012, 19:25   #2
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Keep it out of the sun.
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Old 11-13-2012, 19:28   #3
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Keep it out of the sun.
Makes sense. Any data (even anecdotal) about sun damage?
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Old 11-13-2012, 19:36   #4
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And long, long time.
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Old 11-13-2012, 19:40   #5
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I would venture to say that, with bare minimum maintenance, it'll outlast you.
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Old 11-13-2012, 20:01   #6
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Interesting question, just a guess, but I think the weak point would be in the recoil spring assmbly as it is such a thin metal.
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Old 11-13-2012, 20:05   #7
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I hear plastic bags last 500 years in a landfill so I'd guess if you store it underground you should be good to go for a while.

I have a Gen 1 G19 I've had since 1991 and it shows no sign of deterioration.

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Old 11-13-2012, 20:10   #8
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Its an interesting question. I really wish I knew. Its a tough plastic, no doubt. But, I've seen tough plastics left in the sun that got white and brittle in a few years. The longest any Glock could have been exposed to the natural enviroment is what? About thirty years now?

I really don't think of a Glock as an heirloom gun. Its just a good tool, and, somewhat expendable. If the plastic breaks down in 40 years, I have gotten my monies worth.

Wanna check this thread every 20 years or so and see whats happening?
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Old 11-13-2012, 20:30   #9
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In the end times there will only be roaches and Glocks left on earth.
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Old 11-13-2012, 20:32   #10
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Interesting. I've always wondered how long the polymer would hold up.
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Old 11-13-2012, 20:48   #11
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Until I traded it off for something I actually liked
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Old 11-13-2012, 20:54   #12
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The polymer part will likely outlast the steel.

Take care of it and it will last forever.
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Old 11-13-2012, 21:29   #13
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My guess is it will outlast the USA.


There's some interesting plastics now days. Some will fall apart quickly and some seems to last forever.
A few years ago I replaced the steel half inch axles and plastic bushings on my 6 foot mower.
A couple steel axles were worn in half but I could have reused the plastic bushings again.
The darn plastic wore through the steel.
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Old 11-13-2012, 21:51   #14
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My guess is it will outlast the USA.
Crap, what are we talking about here, a year or two?

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Old 11-13-2012, 22:18   #15
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The thing to do would be to find out the exact material it is being built out of and then go from there. There should be test data on it.
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UV light is the enemy of polymers.

1. It kills the colorants that make the polymer a nice pretty color.
2. It does seem to kill most plastics in short order.

I agree with the post above concluding that with the bare minimum of maintenance a Glock will outlast any of us.
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Same here buddy. Traded my only one for a Sig and never went back.
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Same here buddy. Traded my only one for a Sig and never went back.
I've shot many, some quite a lot, but I've never liked 'em well enough to own one.
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Old 11-14-2012, 02:24   #20
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How long will a Glock last?
How long will my ex-wife last?
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I ask the same question about my mother-in-law...
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Old 11-14-2012, 03:01   #22
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Old 11-14-2012, 22:58   #23
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Mine lasted right up until P229. Then i sold it but that's just a personal preference!
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Old 11-15-2012, 00:35   #24
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Makes sense. Any data (even anecdotal) about sun damage?
Data? There are books written on the sensitivity of polymeric materials to ultraviolet rays.
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Old 11-15-2012, 10:29   #25
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Darn near forever if you keep them out of the sun.
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