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Six Drops

When I was at the Glock Shooting Sports Foundation match, Chris from Glock offered to inspect my Glock 30. He completely disassembled it and then told me that it looked fine but that I put too much oil in it. On a Glock, there are basically four places I would oil. The four rails on the frame where the slide connects to the frame. And the rails on the slide. I would always run a bead down all six rails. That’s apparently too much. One drop on each rail. And on the slide, place a drop at the top then set the slide upright and let gravity drip the oil down the length of the slide.

17 Responses to “Six Drops”

  1. tam Says:

    You’re a lot more likely to malf a Glock with too much erl than you are with too little.

  2. Sebastian-PGP Says:

    Considering that you can run them for thousands upon thousands of rounds bone stinkin dry…yup.

    Try that with a Sig (ducks and runs for cover with asbestos underwear on :)).

  3. SayUncle Says:

    ‘ducks and runs for cover with asbestos underwear on’

    Ya know, four years ago when I was exclusively a Sig man, that may have worked. Now, you could say 1911 and watch the expletives fly from others 😉

  4. countertop Says:

    re 1911’s – I ran my Colt 1991A1 for some 500 rounds once over the course of a week (100 rounds a day for 5 days) without oiling it up. Worked like a charm with no problems.

    If I could find 500 rounds of .45 ACP, I’d offer to do it again on film this summer.

  5. Robb Allen Says:

    I use high-temp wheel grease on my rails. Stinks, but runs forever. And I use it very, VERY sparingly. The $2 tub I bought would quite literally last me 2 or 3 lifetimes.

  6. Mikee Says:

    Sounds oddly like the info on lubrication from the Glock instructions. Maybe I should go read them to make sure I am remembering correctly from the one glance I gave them several years ago when I bought my Glock.

    You did read the instructions, didn’t you? Well????

    Nevermind, its a Glock and will run correctly without operator expertise to about 6-Sigma levels all on its own.

  7. mariner Says:

    I don’t use that much oil on the inside of the slide. I put a drop of oil on a patch and wipe the patch on the slide (taking care not to get any oil on the breech face).

    Don’t forget the itty-bitty drop on the connector.

  8. guy Says:

    “I use high-temp wheel grease on my rails”

    I’ve started using Tetra grease on mine after did a quick, informal cold weather check. I put my pistols out on the porch for an hour this past winter. You’d be surprised how solid some greases can get when it’s way below zero.

  9. Jeremy Says:

    6 drops seems weird. there was more grease than that on my glock when I got it brand new. Can over lubing a glock hurt it? If sand and mud can’t hurt a glock then making things more slippery should be no problem.

  10. mike w. Says:

    “Try that with a Sig (ducks and runs for cover with asbestos underwear on :)).”

    Yeah no kidding. I run my Sigs really nice & wet.

  11. alan Says:

    I use grease on my carry gun (XD .40) and I carry IWB so I don’t worry about it getting too cold. (plus I’m usually in Texas.)

    I prefer grease to oil for carry because it DOES get warm, a constant almost 100 degrees and a little humid.

  12. Steve Says:

    When I got my Glock in 2007, I found the Glock Cleaning FAQ. It suggests 5 drops of oil. One on the two left slide rails on the frame, one on the right two, one on the connector, one on the rear of the barrel lug, and one on the barrel near the muzzle, with the excess going where the barrel hood meets the slide.

  13. ATL Says:

    After I clean my Glock, I usually take a Q-tip and spray Rem-Oil on it. I then take the Q-tip and run it up and down the edges of the slide. I then take the dry end of the Q-tip and wipe off any excess and then I lightly rub more back on the edges of the slide. I then take another oiled Q-tip and rub some oil on the metal connector sections of the bottom receiver. This is just enough oil to make it run without any problems whatsoever.

  14. johnnyreb™ Says:

    I generally use Militec1 grease at home, and keep a tube of Tetra Gun grease in the range bag for matches requiring an overnight stay. A little dab o’ grease on the 4 metal rails and some oil on the disconnector and at the points where the barrel wears. The oil is a concoction of Militec1 oil,synthetic transmission fluid and STP that was recommended by Ernie Langdon. It’s a good thing i made about a quart since the recipe has long since been forgotten. It is awesome stuff … thick enough to stay where you put without running all over the place, but still retaining it’s super-slick slippery qualities!

  15. larry weeks Says:

    I oil my STI like Uncle did with our Friction Defense and it runs great. Put 750 rounds through it in 1-1/2 hours with a bunch of gunsmithing students. Each would load their own mag (9mm, 20 rounds), come to the line and empty it, next would step up. I did put a couple of drops on each side, at the back of the slide at one point. Fiber optic sight lost it’s grip, you could smell the plastic frame but it kept running.

  16. Matt Says:

    I oil my using the 3-2-1 idea….

  17. MrSatyre Says:

    Wow. Looks like there are way more cleaning and maintenance techniques than I would have imagined! Thanks for all the insights, people! I’m (still) waiting for my very first Glock to arrive. Stupid back-orders…*mutter-grumble*

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