Tips & Techniques: Sticking Glock Mags

posted on July 26, 2019

Everyone who has shot a Glock has experienced it: You’re shooting a string of fire, the slide locks open and you go to perform an emergency reload only to find the magazine stuck in place—it can be quite frustrating. How can you fix it? Clean your gun differently. 

Many Glock magazines stick due to solvent or lubricant in the magazine well. To avoid this, clean the polymer frame with a baby bottle brush, dry scrubbing the dirt and debris out. These brushes have a wide but soft bristle that is designed to work well on plastic. You will see the crud come out quickly and easily compared to trying to get a cleaning patch into the nooks and crannies.

Once the frame is clean, apply a coat of car wax to both the inside of the magazine well and the exterior of the polymer magazine body. Just like on the body of your car, the wax will dry and become pasty. When it does, take a clean rag and buff both the magazine well and the magazine body. Make sure you get all of the dried wax away from the inside of the magazine release button. Your magazines should now jettison cleanly away on a reload.

Additional Reading:
Tips & Techniques: Rotate-To-Fire In Close Encounters

Tips & Techniques: Stay in the Scope
Tips & Techniques: "Take Out The Slack" To Keep Accessories In Place
Tips & Techniques: Stock Drag
Tips & Techniques: When Adjusting Sights, Remember "FORS"
Tips & Techniques: Cast Bullet Fit in Revolvers


Chip Mccormick Obituary F
Chip Mccormick Obituary F

Legendary Gunsmith Chip McCormick Passes Away

Chip McCormick, one of the firearm industry's leading innovators and a top competitor, passed away in early June 2021.

Taking The Long Shot: Bergara and CVA New Products 2021

Bergara and CVA, both owned by BPI Outdoors, hosted several "Long Shot Tour" events to show off new bolt-action and muzzleloading rifles for 2021. 

Best Seller: Ruger Precision Rimfire

The Ruger Precision Rimfire, chambered in .22 LR, .22 WMR and .17 HMR, was the fourth most purchased bolt-action rifle of 2020.

The Armed Citizen® June 11, 2021

Read today's "The Armed Citizen" entry for real stories of law-abiding citizens, past and present, who used their firearms to save lives.

NRA Gun of the Week: Ruger MAX-9

On this week’s “Gun of the Week” video preview, American Rifleman editors take to the range Ruger’s new pocketable 9 mm that is built for optics and increased capacity.

McMillan Stocks Founder Kelly McMillan Passes Away

Kelly McMillan, founder of McMillan Stocks and a giant in the shooting-sports industry, passed away on June 1, 2021.


Subscribe to the NRA American Rifleman newsletter