What Happens When You Peel Open a GLOCK Magazine?

A lot of folks are under the impression that GLOCK magazines are plastic. And even those who know there’s a stainless steel body hiding inside the plastic overmold haven’t actually seen what it looks like. So…wonder no more.

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  1. avatar GlocksRock says:

    Love that Boker Knome. (knife)

    1. avatar Jeremy S. says:

      Me too! I have a handful of “fifth pocket knives” (knives that fit in a jeans 5th pocket) and the Gnome is one of my go-tos. The specific one I have sells on Amazon for $30 and change shipped Prime: http://amzn.to/2wLcMdd

      1. avatar Snatchums says:

        Damn, that’s a really good price for a decent fixed blade. Just ordered one for myself.

  2. avatar Pete says:

    I still prefer the early, non fully lined versions.
    With ~10 rounds or more the mag would drop slightly but remain in the gun, with less than 10 rounds they would drop completely out.

    1. avatar Tom in Oregon says:

      IIRC, that was an Austrian military contract requirement.

  3. avatar Green Mtn. Boy says:

    Peeling the banana known as Glock.

    1. avatar BLoving says:

      I… I feel a little dirty now…

  4. avatar lew says:

    hmmmm all these years I thought that the lips were just painted silver.

    next thing your going to tell me is they wont pass through a metal detector undetected.

    1. avatar OODAloop says:

      Nope, only a Glock 7 will make it through a metal detector without a hiccup.
      source: NY Police Officer

  5. avatar M2AP says:

    The original ones were meant to be polymer with steel lined feed lips. They wouldn’t drop free, so they made them full metal lined. Unfortunately, that means that Glock is stuck with a fat mag while all other handguns have thinner mags. Modern aftermarket mags have full polymer bodies and can still drop free.

    1. avatar Jeremy S. says:

      “Unfortunately, that means that Glock is stuck with a fat mag while all other handguns have thinner mags.”

      I concur. I don’t see the benefit to it. It makes them thicker and stickier in the frame. I’ve seen a ton of comments on here and elsewhere about other guns, like the CZ P-10 C for instance, saying something like, “it would be better if it used GLOCK mags.” Well, sure, GLOCK mags are reliable but a reliable, non-plastic-wrapped mag that’s thinner, lighter, and inserts and drops more easily is even better!

      1. avatar M2AP says:

        While I don’t like how fat Glock mags are and how difficult it is to get the floor plate out, it’s hard to deny its market share. I wouldn’t buy a 5.56 semi auto that didn’t take AR mags, so all of my 9mm pistols only take Glock mags. That means they’re only Glocks. There are numerous aftermarket mags that are good, and OEM mags are cheap and plentiful. I only wish the market standardized on Beretta 92, CZ-75, or Hi Power mags.

      2. avatar Badwolf says:

        This.

        Glock mags aren’t the best, but because of popularity it has become the de facto standard. And so everyone is demanding new guns be compatible with glock mags.

        Maybe the trend would change if the runners up would agree on another standard, like all non iPhones agreed on micro usb.

        I’m thinking a good candidate would be sig p320 mags since they were recently adopted by the army.

      3. avatar tmm says:

        I’d rather have CZ P-10 C type, or for that matter, most other types of mags. The base plate work on a GLOCK mag is not amusing.

      4. avatar J says:

        Strange since glock is and has been the thinnest doublestack pistol on the market.

        1. avatar M2AP says:

          It may be thin, but the grip is still quite angular compared to the other polymer options that use a steel mag.

  6. avatar Tom in Oregon says:

    Now I have a tear falling down my cheek as a perfectly good G20 mag is headed for the land fill…

    1. avatar Jeremy S. says:

      Actually, it was not perfectly good! http://www.thetruthaboutguns.com/2017/01/jeremy-s/rip-glock-20-kaboom/ <<< it's the mag from that incident.

  7. avatar Mark N. says:

    Why did Glock feel it necessary to cover a perfectly functional steel mag with plastic?

    1. avatar M2AP says:

      Nah, they saw the need to fully steel line a polymer mag that flexed enough when fully loaded that it wouldn’t drop free.

      1. avatar DaveR says:

        Yup. Basically early Glock’s were not actually “perfect” but instead of refining the magazine design to accommodate the thinner metal one , Glock decided to jury rig the existing design

  8. avatar Klaus Von Schmitto says:

    The bullets fall out?

  9. avatar David says:

    Jeremy, are you going to get a 9×25 Dillon barrel for that G20 and run some Underwood ammo through it and a ballistic vest or two? 😉 Alternatively, Uwood just came out with a 100 grain xtreme defender load for 10mm at 1800 fps!

    1. avatar Jeremy S. says:

      Actually, I did that two weeks ago. Gotta edit up all the video but I shot a bunch of rounds at a IIIA vest, a IIIA Kevlar plate thing, and a III+ steel body armor plate. 9×25 Dillon included!

      1. avatar David says:

        Sweet!!! Thanks!

  10. avatar PK says:

    I always thought I’d take one apart once it broke/wore out. I’m still waiting for that to happen.

  11. avatar Dan L. says:

    I love glock mags- no rust on the mag bodies from IWB carry. Same reason I love the plastic mag release. Had both of these items rust on M&P Shield.

  12. avatar Hank says:

    But how many licks does it take to get to the center?

      1. avatar RMS1911 says:

        Ah 1
        Ah 2
        Ah 3
        Crunch

  13. avatar little horn says:

    what happens when you open up a glock mag?

    nothing special. the exact same feeling i get when i handle one.

  14. avatar Mikial says:

    I love Glock mags. For one thing, they always work. I have some old 10 round G21 mags from the Clinton era that have been used for USPSA matches, loaded and emptied hundreds of times, dropped in the dirt, and never fail. And unlike XD mags with the sharp feed lips, they don’t hurt your fingers to load six or eight times each at the range, and they don’t chew up the elastic retainers in my soft pistol cases.

    In short, they work every time with no drama, just like Glock pistols.

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