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I am a new Glock owner and this is the second time I have cleaned my Glock 19. I noticed that when I took the slide off, the recoil spring appeared to be just barely in its position and I could easily remove it. I put it back (all the way in the little half moon by the barrel) and made sure it was secured, and put the slide back on, racked it a few times and removed it again and it appeared the same way: barely holding on, with the slide on the last little circle on the barrel.

Any idea what is going on here? Is this normal and I just don't know it or is there an issue?

I've put about 250 rounds through it since purchase in July (factory new at time of purchasE).
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My G23 is the same way. This was my first semi auto pistol so I was lost. My Leo buddy said they are all like that. Hope it helps. I think the slide prevents it from breaking loose.
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Is it a gen 4? If so there is a spring recall, contact Glock. I have a gen 3 model 19, and the spring assembly goes in, and comes out easily.
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Mine is a gen 3
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I'm a Glock Armorer. What you are describing is normal. Because the recoil spring assembly is "captive" (already compressed part way), you have to compress very little of the spring to slip it into position and back out.
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Thanks for the information. I'm going to try and get a picture of it and post it to be sure. It worried me quite a bit.

It's a gen 3.
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Can't recall proper part names, but... When the slide is on the frame, the recoil spring is not touching the barrel. It is butted up against the slide lock. It just needs to be in the "half moon" for clearance for reassembly
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I put it in the half moon spot, but when I put the slide back on, rack the slide several times and remove it the recoil spring moves to the very last little notch on the barrel where it can be held. Without a photo its sort of hard to explain.
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That is what it is supposed to do.
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This is a picture of it slipped out of the half moon entirely.



Slipped out also.



This is when i physically move it back into the position before reassembly.
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Normal

Taking it down bumps it down a little as you remove the slide.

It will not go back together that way, you have to re-seat it.
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That is normal. My Glocks are like that and I have never had any problems with them.
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Can't recall proper part names, but... When the slide is on the frame, the recoil spring is not touching the barrel. It is butted up against the slide lock. It just needs to be in the "half moon" for clearance for reassembly
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The half-moon is just to give it a place to sit to make it easier to assemble/disassemble.

When the firearm is functioning the guide rod is sitting against a piece inside the frame, not on the barrel.
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That is normal. My Glocks are like that and I have never had any problems with them.
Got to love quality. My favorite weapons dummy proof cleaning. Its a tool first and foremost. Take care of it!
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I know this is a really old thread but I'm hoping someone will be able to help. Just recently my Gen 2 G23 (which has been on the shelf for a few months and has not seen much use in rhe last 2 years) started to be hard to take down, and I can't tell if the recoil spring slipping down more than it should off the half-moon is the problem, or something else. I read above thst some slip off is normal and expected. Behaves the same with original plastic and aftermarket metal recoil assembly. What else should I try to check? I really have to force it, and that seems like bad Glock-Fu.
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Holy necro thread.

Now with that out of the way.

Can you give more details of the problem? Give us a step by step of what you are doing when you have the issue.
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Hi, Zuriss. Long story short--after I walked around not thinking about it I figured out what I should have tried much earlier on. I was using a stainless steel "match" barrel and an Alpha Wolf 9mm conversion barrel I've just bought. Gee, they both can't not work, right? Derp.

Swapped back to the bog-standard stock barrel instead of one(s) that "should be fine"/"didn't seem to misbehave before I ran them at the range".

Problem disappeared AFAICT, I'm twelve for twelve on takedowns exactly the way my reflexes say they should go, with only an occasional extra tiny bit of resistance.

Sucks that I can't use cheaper/easier-shooting 9mm for now but it was an experiment and ignoring negative results is dumb.

Thanks for responding.
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