After spending some more trigger time with my new GLOCK 43, I noticed that one of the magazines was catching when I tried to insert it. Giving the magazine a nice hard tap was to no avail – I had to take it out and re-insert. I also noticed that the plastic at the front of the magazine was starting to mushroom a little bit around the edge. Shortly thereafter, the other magazine started hanging, too. A little investigation with a flashlight revealed . . .
that if the magazines weren’t inserted dead center, they would sometimes get caught up on the magazine catch. If the magazine was pressed a little bit to the left side on insertion, it would stop faster than a freight train full of logic hitting Shannon Watts’ Twitter account.
Yeah, that’s clearly not optimal, since under pressure of time and stress, insertion of the magazine isn’t always going to be textbook perfect.
I took out my trusty Dremel and lightly smoothed out the lip of both magazines where the plastic was starting to mushroom and…in what might be a first for the unskilled application of a Dremel to a GLOCK, it actually made things better.
For a few days, anyway. I noticed one of the mags hanging again this morning. A little bit of wiggling and it went in, although I noticed that I could get it to hang a little bit if I pushed it too much to the left. (The other magazine works A-OK.)
Fully aware that misapplication of Dremels has ruined more otherwise good guns than alcohol, gambling, and bad relationships have ruined otherwise good men, I dispatched an e-mail and a telephone message to GLOCK customer support and am eagerly awaiting their response.
There have been a few posts by GLOCKers experiencing similar issues on various internet fora, as well as on the blog SNAFU. One poster at The High Road indicated that a visit to GLOCK at Smyrna resulted in a fix and a free magazine to boot.
The early adopters always get to be the last line of beta-testing, but it isn’t clear if this is truly a widespread problem. Yet. Have you had any problems with your GLOCK 43?