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Old 11-16-2014, 12:25   #1
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Dropping slide on empty chamber question

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If this has been asked before please forgive me. I am using my phone which won't let me search the forums for some reason so please bear with me. (can't get to a PC for a while)

I showed my Glock to a mate the other day (mag out) and he released my slide onto an empty chamber. This has probably only been done to my Glock 2 or 3 times. How many times would one need to do this for it to cause damage to your gun? Would a few repititions have no affect at all? I'm really OCD with my guns and treat them really well so this kind of thing stresses me out silly I know but that's just me)

I'd really appreciate input.
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Old 11-16-2014, 12:54   #2
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Don't worry about it. The Glock doesn't have a hammer/sear engagement like a 1911. It won't hurt a thing!
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Old 11-16-2014, 12:56   #3
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I cringe at the thought of dropping the slide on an empty chamber, Glock or otherwise.

Yea, I'm OCD / picky about my pistols.
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Old 11-16-2014, 13:23   #4
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I cringe at the thought of dropping the slide on an empty chamber, Glock or otherwise.

Yea, I'm OCD / picky about my pistols.
It just ain't Right...






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Old 11-16-2014, 13:29   #5
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Although there's a few things I don't like, dry firing and this subject, doing either, in moderation, is not going to hurt your gun.
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Old 11-16-2014, 13:38   #6
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Although there's a few things I don't like, dry firing and this subject, doing either, in moderation, is not going to hurt your gun.
Now, dry-firing...?

I dry-fire the crap out of my GLOCKs.

20-30 minutes a day sitting at the desk in my office.

Helps w/ the Trigger, both me and the GLOCKs.

(Hand-chamber the same rounds every time as well... over and over again. )




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Old 11-16-2014, 13:56   #7
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Now, dry-firing...?
I never dry fire anything for practice.

It just gets on my nerves "banging" metal against metal.
Yeah, yeah, I know, it doesn't "hurt" anything.
It just gets on my nerves.

Also, dry firing has all the interest for me as watching paint dry.
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Old 11-16-2014, 15:40   #8
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Banging metal on metal hard enough for long enough will work harden it and then crack it but Glocks are very tough and will take an awful lot of such treatment. Plenty of people dry fire their Glocks for 30 minutes a day for 5 days a week for years on end without breaking them and I doubt that dropping the slide will do any more damage. The strong belief that this should not be done arose from experience with more fragile pistols, such as 1911s, and is still being thought by many to be necessary for Glocks.

One of the risks is chipping the extractor but this probably only happens if the extractor does not fit within the extractor cutout in the barrel. Since such usage will inevitably happen, no good modern pistol should be damaged by this.

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PS Dry firing is much more exciting than watching paint dry.

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Old 11-16-2014, 15:45   #9
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...released my slide onto an empty chamber. This has probably only been done to my Glock 2 or 3 times. How many times would one need to do this for it to cause damage to your gun? Would a few repititions have no affect at all? I'm really OCD with my guns and treat them really well so this kind of thing stresses me out silly I know but that's just me)...
I'm with you, I don't like it either, but others do it regularly. To me it looks and sounds like a pile driver and the first question that comes to my mind is "why would you do that to your pistol?" The answer to that might surprise you. I watched a top-level trainer demonstrate his own dry-fire routine; he is competitive at the national level in IDPA. He practices with both hands, saying that he doesn't have a strong hand and a weak hand, instead saying "I have two hands." During this ~45m demonstration he must have dropped his G17's slide on an empty chamber about a hundred times. He does this about five days a week. I specifically asked about that; he said he has had no issues.
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Hi all

If this has been asked before please forgive me. I am using my phone which won't let me search the forums for some reason so please bear with me. (can't get to a PC for a while)

I showed my Glock to a mate the other day (mag out) and he released my slide onto an empty chamber. This has probably only been done to my Glock 2 or 3 times. How many times would one need to do this for it to cause damage to your gun? Would a few repititions have no affect at all? I'm really OCD with my guns and treat them really well so this kind of thing stresses me out silly I know but that's just me)

I'd really appreciate input.
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Old 11-16-2014, 16:29   #11
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At the end of an IDPA string: "Open and show clear; fine; drop the slide and pull trigger; CLICK; go ahead and holster; fine; lets score."
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Old 11-16-2014, 22:43   #12
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Thanks for responses guys. So basically dropping slide on empty chamber is only ever an issue if done over and over again?
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Old 11-16-2014, 22:47   #13
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Thanks for responses guys. So basically dropping slide on empty chamber is only ever an issue if done over and over again?
you got it. It's kind of like Twinkies. A few are fine...if you eat 200 at one sitting then you've got a problem.
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Old 11-16-2014, 22:50   #14
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Thanks for responses guys. So basically dropping slide on empty chamber is only ever an issue if done over and over again?
You have absolutely nothing to worry about.

If it were done every day for a few years, then "maybe" you'd have a reason to worry just a little.
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Old 11-17-2014, 03:22   #15
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I've done it literally thousands of times when I worked at a police training range. So did the students. (The same 12 range guns used every day.)

The guns were inspected regularly and we never had a problem.



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Old 11-17-2014, 05:53   #16
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Just for clarity in case there was any confusion my slide was locked back and he pressed the slide release. He didn't just rack (sling shot) the slide.

Thanks for all the responses. I'm very OCD with my guns and temd to baby them, although I know they are tools and need to work.
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Old 11-17-2014, 07:37   #17
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I've done it literally thousands of times when I worked at a police training range. So did the students. (The same 12 range guns used every day.)

The guns were inspected regularly and we never had a problem.



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I did it on my 23 for 5 years and THEN read that you should NOT do it...I immediately replaced the extractor.

I never noticed any problems before that and the gun extracted flawlessly BUT I had never known enough to inspect the brass when I slammed the slide forward on an already chambered round.

Live and learn.
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Old 11-17-2014, 11:35   #18
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When someone either:
A. Drops the slide on an empty chamber
or
B. Refers to Glock as "The dark side"

It causes the following:
A Glock ejects an empty case straight back at the shooter
Someone calls a magazine a "clip"
Supplies of ammo drop
Gun hater thinks of the x,xxx B.S. reason to ban high cap mags, ect...
A friend lets a friend buy a Taurus
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Old 11-17-2014, 14:14   #19
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Dropping the slide on an empty chamber is over-rated on any gun. I've only heard that it is bad on 1911s with ultralight competition triggers, but even then I think it's bunk. A gun takes more abuse during its firing cycle yielding a higher inertial force than mearly just dropping the slide by hand.
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Old 11-17-2014, 19:34   #20
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I would never drop the slide on any semi auto pistol. The cartridge helps cushion the impact, IMO, and should not be done on an unloaded pistol.
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