Tuesday, April 21, 2009

Glock Magazines

Milwaukee Police Department Finds Problems With Guns: Top News Stories at Officer.com

I was forwarded an article today from a couple folks about a manufacturers defect in .40 caliber Glock handgun magazines. It seems that Milwaukee, Wisconsin Police discovered a defect in their .40 caliber Glock magazines that could cause a casing to stovepipe and jam the weapon.

The department has know about the problem since January 2008 and has been gradually replacing their magazines, having replaced about a third since that time. A few days ago they had an officer involved shooting with the Officers Model 22, .40 caliber Glock jamming, perhaps due to the magazine malfunction. Since that incident they have been operating their range on a 24 hour basis to get all of the Glock magazines switched over right away.

They said that the problem had only happened at the range so they did not see much urgency to get the problem fixed right away. I would think that if it is a problem that involves officer safety at the latest they should have swapped out the magazines at the next range qualification. I would hope that their officers qualify at the range at least quarterly and so within three to six months every officer should have had their magazines replaced if they believe there was a defect. I cannot imagine why it has taken sixteen months and only one third of the magazines had been replaced. In fact a problem of this magnitude should have been handled within a few weeks of the arrival of the new magazines; that's what the SGT Says.


Nuno M. Cabe├žadas said...

I don't know the percentage in the US, but here more than 90% of the rounds are fired in the range, so the fact that "only happen in the range" is due to sheer numbers and cannot be used as argument. Regardless of that, its stupid not to test/replace all magazines. Its also important to remeber that the .40 magazines are shared with other Glock models, as my 23, and all may behave similarly if these are faulty.

Protect_and_Serve said...

The Officers should not wait for their Department to fix the problem. I carry a Glock 22. I numbered all my mags, the three issued ones and the other six I carry in the car (two in each door and two in the trunk). Each range visit involves shooting and rotating all the mags. If I have the slightest problem with one it it taken out of the rotation until I'm sure it's performing at 100%.

Kimber said...

Things like this make me wonder if officer safety is taken very seriously by the people signing the paychecks. Maybe they should go on a few more ridealongs knowing that officers are working with faulty magazines... I bet they would fix those in a hurry!

Bunkermeister said...

Good comments all. Yes, most of the rounds are fired on the range so no suprise they find the problem on the range.

Your safety is your problem, if the agency does not do something it is not the agency that gets killed.