The ins and outs of Glock Magazines

Since Gaston Glock came down from his Austrian hilltop and gave forth to the world his polymer framed joy in the 1980s, shooters have been looking for extra magazines for them. There are a few basic tips and tricks to these things so sit back and let us talk for a bit.

Always remember that caliber, not model number, drives Glock mag interchangeability. For instance, a 17-round magazine for a
G17 will also fit the smaller framed G19 and G26 as well as the tactical/practical G34. The only caveat to this rule is that mags made for short guns will not fit into full sized ones (i.e. a G26 mag won’t work in a G17) since they are too short to reach the chamber.

Then there is the generational divide. Many people think that older Gen 2 and 3 mags will not work in a Gen 4 gun of the same caliber. This is a mistake. A Gen 4 gun will take all older mags unless that gun was swapped over for a left-handed magazine release.

Glock mags are hard to wear out. I have had several 2nd Gen mags that are pushing 20 years old that haven’t suffered from worn out springs yet. However, I have had some go south in as little as five years of hard ware. The beauty is that this is usually fixed by replacing the spring. Factory OE springs run about 80-cents each while nicer Wolfe type run just a few cents more.

If you have mags, buy a pack of springs for later down the road. Better to have them and not need them than need them and
not have them….

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