How to field strip a Glock 17

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The Glock 17 is one of the most popular pistols in the world, and is widely carried by many law enforcement officers and civilians. In this tutorial, I will show you how to properly field strip a Glock 17 for cleaning. The disassembly takes only a few moments with a practiced hand, and is fairly simple compared to other handguns.

Things You'll Need

  • Glock 17 pistol, unloaded.
  • Firstly, remove the magazine and make sure the firearm is not loaded. Point the gun in a safe direction and do a visual inspection of the chamber. Also, do a physical inspection with your finger to make sure there is no round. Remember, safety first.

  • With the firearm pointed in a safe direction, pull the trigger and pull the slide back a quarter inch.

  • With your right hand holding the slide a quarter inch back, use your left hand to pull down the slide release lock on both sides. The slide should be unlocked after this.

  • Gently release the slide with the right hand, and remove the slide from the receiver. Depress the recoil spring and remove it from the barrel.

  • Remove the barrel.

Tips & Warnings

  • Practice makes perfect, and field stripping a Glock should be take less than 10 seconds with a practiced hand.
  • ALWAYS make sure the firearm is unloaded, which includes a physical inspection of the chamber.
  • ALWAYS point the weapon in a safe direction.
  • Photo Credit TOP GLOCK forums
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