how to remove a stuck glock slide

Removing a stuck Glock slide can be challenging, but it’s important to exercise caution and follow proper safety procedures. Here’s a step-by-step guide to help you safely remove a stuck Glock slide:

Safety Precautions:

  1. Ensure the Glock pistol is unloaded. Remove the magazine and visually inspect the chamber to verify it’s empty.
  2. Keep the pistol pointed in a safe direction at all times.
  3. Keep your finger off the trigger.

Tools you will need:

  1. Glock armorer’s tool (recommended, but not necessary)
  2. Rubber mallet or non-marring hammer
  3. Flathead screwdriver (optional)
  4. Lubricating oil (e.g., CLP – Cleaner, Lubricant, and Protectant)


  1. Ensure Safety: Always prioritize firearm safety. Verify that the Glock is unloaded and follow proper safety procedures.
  2. Check for Obstructions: Inspect the ejection port and the area around the slide for any debris, obstructions, or spent casings that may be causing the slide to be stuck. Remove any foreign objects if present.
  3. Grip the Pistol Firmly: Hold the Glock pistol firmly in your dominant hand. Ensure that your grip is secure and that your fingers are clear of the ejection port.
  4. Attempt to Rack the Slide: Try to rack the slide by grasping it firmly with your non-dominant hand and pulling it rearward. Use a strong, controlled motion, and ensure that your hand is clear of the ejection port. If the slide is stuck due to fouling or a weak grip, this may help free it.
  5. Tap and Wiggle Method: If the slide remains stuck, try the “tap and wiggle” method. While maintaining a safe muzzle direction, tap the rear of the slide lightly with a rubber mallet or non-marring hammer. At the same time, gently wiggle the slide while applying rearward pressure. This may help dislodge a stuck slide.
  6. Lubrication: Apply a small amount of lubricating oil to the slide rails, barrel, and other contact points. This can help reduce friction and make it easier to remove the slide.
  7. Slide Lock Lever: Check the position of the slide lock lever on the left side of the Glock frame, near the trigger guard. Ensure it’s in the down position (disengaged). If it’s in the up position, it can prevent the slide from moving.
  8. Use a Screwdriver (if necessary): As a last resort, you can use a flathead screwdriver as a lever. Insert the screwdriver blade between the slide and the frame at the rear of the Glock. Apply gentle upward pressure while attempting to rack the slide with your other hand.
  9. Seek Professional Help: If you’re unable to remove the slide using these methods, or if you have any concerns about the condition of your Glock, it’s best to seek the assistance of a qualified Glock armorer or a professional gunsmith. Attempting to force a stuck slide can result in damage to the firearm or personal injury.

Remember to always treat firearms with the utmost respect for safety, and never point a firearm at anything you don’t intend to shoot. When in doubt, seek professional assistance.

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