By June 4, 2012

How to Disassemble a Glock 19 Magazine

If you have to exert any force when dealing with anything firearms related, you’re doing it wrong. This holds true for just about everything, except for disassembling a Glock magazine. I clean my magazines about twice a year. I hate doing it every time. The Glock pistol is easy to take down and clean, but for some reason the magazine gives me fits every time. There are a few reasons for this, none of which are really a big deal but may freak you out the first time (or several times) you take down a Glock mag.

  1. Pushing the interior floor plate down while squeezing the sides of the magazine and while applying forward pressure to the exterior floor plate is a biomechanically awkward. There’s a lot of different directions and degrees of force during this process, and you are using both hands in different ways. Awkward.
  2. The interior floor plate is a thin piece of plastic, and will often slip off of the magazine spring. You might think your mag is broken. Don’t worry, it’s fine. It’s just harder to take your magazine apart.
  3. I’ve read it takes an estimated 20 pounds of force to pry the exterior base plate off of a Glock magazine. I don’t know if that’s true, as I don’t have a gauge implanted into my hand, but it sure feels like I need to use a lot more pressure than I’d expect.

I put together a how-to tutorial video if you’ve never disassembled a Glock magazine, or if you haven’t done one in a while.

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