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Plastic Not-So-Fantastic?

Yesterday’s post was about the FBI adopting the Glock 17M.

This showed up in my email today from TFB (The Firearm Blog) in part…

BREAKING: Glock 17M Recalled By Police Department

glock 17m slide

It looks like the new Glock 17M pistols are already experiencing some teething problems with the design changes. There are reports that Indianapolis Metro Police Department has halted issuing the new duty pistol due to problems during dry fire training. The recall comes after the pistols were supposed to be issued on July 31st, but delayed till August 15th due to unknown problems.

The Firearm Blog’s source within the department declined to be named and only spoke on the condition of anonymity about the problems. Our source stated that the slides were falling off during dry fire training due to a potential issue with the recoil spring assembly and/or the slide lock. IMPD has recalled all issued Glock 17Ms to include the one that TFB was leaked photos of due to the problem.

The Firearm Blog’s source within the department declined to be named and only spoke on the condition of anonymity about the problems. Our source stated that the slides were falling off during dry fire training due to a potential issue with the recoil spring assembly and/or the slide lock. IMPD has recalled all issued Glock 17Ms to include the one that TFB was leaked photos of due to the problem.

We have not received any more information about the flawed recoil spring assemblies at this time. TFB called Glock to ask for comment on the recall of the pistols and response at the time of publication. We also called IMPD’s media relations team, they have not returned our request for comment about the recall either.

My initial impression is there is a flaw with the slide lock springs, and the issue should be easily correctable. We shall see what happens in the coming weeks. I hope they identify the issue quickly so that these officers can get their new sidearms.

Phil Note: I recall many years ago our just issued Glock 17’s were recalled. It took about six weeks to get them back in service.

Every new model has bugs, or so we are told.  It’ll be interesting to see how (or if) the federal law enforcement bureaucracy deals with this.

I still want one.  Of course, I still want a few hundred other firearms, too.  😦

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About guffaw1952

I'm a child of the 50's. libertarian, now medically-retired. I've been a certified firearms trainer, a private investigator, and worked for a major credit card company for almost 22 years. I am a proud NRA Life Member. I am a limited-government, free-market capitalist, who believes in the U.S. Constitution and the Rule of Law.

Discussion

7 thoughts on “Plastic Not-So-Fantastic?

  1. Say Uncle mentioned this a couple of days ago. Turns out it’s only a few of the firearms, rather than a wide-spread affliction. But how many in “a few”? The update doesn’t say.

    Posted by Rev. Paul | August 23, 2016, 8:27 am
    • Yeah, I don’t want to play percentages in this game. Let’s see, does MY particular defensive pistol function correctly?

      Posted by guffaw1952 | August 23, 2016, 8:35 am
      • Agreed. Fix ’em all.

        Posted by Rev. Paul | August 23, 2016, 8:46 am
      • The way I understand it, it appears to be something minor and quickly correctable, like a slide lock spring being installed backwards. It doesn’t seem to be a systemic defect. It looks to me like if you don’t take your gun apart beyond normal field stripping, you’re okay.
        But then, I don’t carry one of those pistols.

        Posted by Old 1811 | August 23, 2016, 9:09 am
      • Good to hear! I wouldn’t want to incur more tax burden from a contractor’s mistake.
        🙂

        Posted by guffaw1952 | August 23, 2016, 9:15 am
  2. Sigh… Here we go again!

    Posted by Old NFO | August 23, 2016, 2:45 pm

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