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So, I get up early on this glorious Mother's Day just chillin in my in my chair watching TV and the thought hit me that I haven't clean my gun since shooting it yesterday. My wife is still asleep and my boys are playing video games, so its a prime time to do so. So, I'm cleaning it, like I have several times before. I sprayed the barrel down with cleaner, set it to the side to soak, then started cleaning the frame gently with some cleaner a nylon brush. Well apparently, while I was wiping off the excess cleaner with a cloth, it got snagged on the slide lock lever and it wouldn't stay down. I then replaced the slide back on the frame and it LOCKED UP!!! I had an "Oh, S***" moment! The slide wouldn't slide! I was able to remove it, then popped the pins from the frame and sure enough, the spring on the the slide lock lever was sprung! I gently pushed the spring back into place and reassembled everything and it seems to be working fine now. Talk about sweatin' bullets! No pun intented! Lol!
Note to self.... Just let the cleaner on the frame dry on its own!
 

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So, I get up early on this glorious Mother's Day just chillin in my in my chair watching TV and the thought hit me that I haven't clean my gun since shooting it yesterday. My wife is still asleep and my boys are playing video games, so its a prime time to do so. So, I'm cleaning it, like I have several times before. I sprayed the barrel down with cleaner, set it to the side to soak, then started cleaning the frame gently with some cleaner a nylon brush. Well apparently, while I was wiping off the excess cleaner with a cloth, it got snagged on the slide stop lever and it wouldn't stay down. I then replaced the slide back on the frame and it LOCKED UP!!! I had an "Oh, S***" moment! The slide wouldn't slide! I was able to remove it, then popped the pins from the frame and sure enough, the spring on the the slide stop lever was sprung! I gently pushed the spring back into place and reassembled everything and it seems to be working fine now. Talk about sweatin' bullets! No pun intented! Lol!
Note to self.... Just let the cleaner on the frame dry on its own!
I bet you and I would be surprized at how often that happens but we don't hear about it.

To be sure you're on the safe side I would just replace the Slide Stop Lever. Bending sprung springs just gets you out of the woods for a temporary time. A sprung spring is sprung! Bending it back into shape actually weakens the spring.

Corrected some terms.
 

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The first ti me I took my glock down, I got the spring in the wrong side of the upper pin, I was freaking out at the range. Slide would lock open after every shot. Took it apart, when I found what I did, all I could think of was, that was stupid of me.:D
 

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The first ti me I took my glock down, I got the spring in the wrong side of the upper pin, I was freaking out at the range. Slide would lock open after every shot. Took it apart, when I found what I did, all I could think of was, that was stupid of me.:D
I thought the slide lock only went in one way. What do u mean the "wrong side of the upper pin"? Just curious, cause I also did a breakdown of my frame a few days ago to install a trigger connector and I did notice at the range yesterday the slide did lock back a couple times with me and even more with my 12 yr old son. I figured we were just limp wristing. Can you give more info on this? I want to make sure my gun is gonna work properly! Thanks!
 

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The spring on the slide stop must be below the upper pin. If not, it will lock open after each round is fired.
 

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I thought the slide lock only went in one way. What do u mean the "wrong side of the upper pin"? Just curious, cause I also did a breakdown of my frame a few days ago to install a trigger connector and I did notice at the range yesterday the slide did lock back a couple times with me and even more with my 12 yr old son. I figured we were just limp wristing. Can you give more info on this? I want to make sure my gun is gonna work properly! Thanks!
Just always install the parts in this order:
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Locking Block
Locking Block Pin
Slide Stop
Trigger Pin
 

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Just always install the parts in this order:
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Locking Block
Locking Block Pin
Slide Stop
Trigger Pin
Thanks for the tip! I stripped it down again and I now see why the pins have to go back in that way! Thanks again!
 

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I thought the slide lock only went in one way. What do u mean the "wrong side of the upper pin"? Just curious, cause I also did a breakdown of my frame a few days ago to install a trigger connector and I did notice at the range yesterday the slide did lock back a couple times with me and even more with my 12 yr old son. I figured we were just limp wristing. Can you give more info on this? I want to make sure my gun is gonna work properly! Thanks!
You know, you are correct!
The Slide Lock will only fit correctly when placed in, oneway.

But from the OP's discription of his problem, I ascertained that he was talking about the Slide STOP Lever. In my quote I changed the words to correctly reflect the correct part name as well.

These two part names get used interchanged in conversation often by folks unfamilar with the terminology.
 

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What G23 said...plus make sure the slide stop spring sits under the locking block pin and check the spring periodically. I've broken 2 in the past and there doesn't seem to be anyone who makes just a replacement spring...you have to buy a new slide stop. Some guys online claim to have made replacements with piano wire..I suggest not to do this.

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You know, you are correct!
The Slide Lock will only fit correctly when placed in, oneway.

But from the OP's discription of his problem, I ascertained that he was talking about the Slide STOP Lever. In my quote I changed the words to correctly reflect the correct part name as well.

These two part names get used interchanged in conversation often by folks unfamilar with the terminology.
Yeah, I mix those up all the time! What you and Glock call the "slide lock", I've always called the "takedown lever"! Lol! When I had my Ruger SR9, they called theirs a "takedown pin", so that's where I got that from I guess! I've heard people call the "slide stop lever" a "slide release lever". I know you can release the slide forward after it locks back, but myself and most people I've seen just pull back on the slide and let's it go to send a round in the chamber.
 
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