IV8888 Melts Down Another Gun – This Time a Gen 3 Glock

The first video (which started off with a bang on the AR) and the second (which was a whimper on the AK) has inspired Eric at IV8888 to continue pushing guns well past any norm of usage and see where they will finally melt down. Up to bat for the third stretch is a Gen 3 Glock with an aftermarket full-auto sear.

Complete with brass ammo, steel-cased ammunition, and tracer rounds, Eric puts on his welding mask and pulls the trigger until the handgun decides to go.

Also includes thermal footage! Gun gets so hot it is able to cause a cook-off.

Nathan S

One of TFB’s resident Jarheads, Nathan now works within the firearms industry. A consecutive Marine rifle and pistol expert, he enjoys local 3-gun, NFA, gunsmithing, MSR’s, & high-speed gear. Nathan has traveled to over 30 countries working with US DoD & foreign MoDs.

The above post is my opinion and does not reflect the views of any company or organization.


  • Vitor Roma

    Oh my, that was very, very impressive! Glock couldn ask for a better promo than that.

    • Muchas Mujeres

      Im convinced Glock is from the few-cha. Searching for Sara Conor. Really though very impressing. My gen 2 -17 purchased in 93 has +/- 35k down the pipe with the cheapest Russian practice ammo. Runs like a top, Still my primary go to life safety gun.

  • Dan

    “It’s only been 1 minute since we had that last failure” is that counting the minutes you are taking to explain to us what you did to remedy the situation? Shut up and shoot!!!!. Science doesn’t wait around for guide rod replacement.

  • Tassiebush

    This new fangled polymer fad will never catch on… I mean compare this to a fine wood and metal example like the Reising… 😉

    • Even I would take a Glock over a Reising. **shudders**

      • Tassiebush

        Haha yeah the Reising seems to be a total shocker! It just looks like it should be so much better than it was/is!

      • Tassiebush

        I just re watched the Reising video you made. It was even more diabolical than I remembered!

    • Nicks87

      What are you talking about? My 1911 does full auto just fine…
      (joking, I DO NOT have a full auto 1911)

      • FourString

        o lawrd that would be a handful lol

    • floppyscience

      This new plastic junk won’t last, even if it works now it’ll degrade and fall apart in 10 years!

      • Tassiebush

        That’s a really interesting point! How would they look in 50 years time?

  • iksnilol

    They could have used a hair dryer on it and saved themselves all that ammo… that is if they wanted to simply melt a Glock.

    • guest

      Does a hairdrier reach near as high temperature and heat the gun up from inside and out?

      • tts

        A regular one probably wouldn’t. One of the ones used for heating up formica to go around bends would probably do it though.

      • iksnilol

        It’s a Glock, it is plastic, I was trying to make a joke. I’ve had a rough patch so please cut me some slack. Being a comedian is hard.

        • guest

          I am too serious some times, don’t take jokes at face value. Still, best way of analysis that video was, does put to rest a lot of “what-if”s in a realistic way, rather than (yes!) using hairdriers or heat guns.

      • Tom

        I believe the melting point of the polymer used in a Glock is around 200 degrees Celsius so no a hairdryer would not do it.

    • M.M.D.C.

      Or an oven:

      • iksnilol

        That works too

      • USMC03Vet

        omg that poor Sig Pro!

  • GunKnowItAll

    Pretty surprised how long this actually lasted.

  • Will

    I would have preferred to see it done with a Glock 18.
    The pistol used was a modified Glock 17 which is not built for full auto fire. The 18 is intended to be fired full auto.
    Either way, it’s impressive for a polymer pistol.

    • ostiariusalpha

      This was not an endurance test meant for the most suitable full-auto Glock, it was exactly designed to see how much punishment the most common Glock pistol could take. What would be the point in showing how well a handgun holds up when most civilian Glock owners won’t ever shoot, much less own, one?

    • nadnerbus

      Is there anything materially different between the G18 and the G17 besides the auto sear?

      • DonDrapersAcidTrip

        Doesn’t matter even if you could make one gun exactly like a different model. Has to come from the factory that way otherwise you’ve violated the sacred divine blueprints of Gaston Glock, and created some abomination of unreliability. At least, the way people carry on about firearm mods, I think that’s how it works?

      • ostiariusalpha

        The frame rails are different, as is the section of the slide where they’re seated. Just one of the significant differences that makes it impossible to interchange the frames & slides of the two guns.

  • Joe

    I’m impressed with the non-OEM mags. They ran full auto without a hiccup.

    • SpazC

      Don’t see their stick mags anywhere online. Have they hit retail yet?

      • Kevin

        yes, try aimsurplus or centerfiresystems. just started shipping

  • me ohmy

    bad ergonomics.. but a tough gun.. in 9mm and 10 and 45acp.. but they flat out suck in 40S&W. and 357SIG.

    • I’ve been using a Glock 22 for 15 years strong now. Never had an issue that wasn’t shooter-induced. In all that time I haven’t need to change so much as a spring, though the night sights need replacement after 8-10 years . Original barrel, still shoots straight and reliable. The .40 S&W is more snappy than a 9mm, but if you get a solid shooting platform, and master trigger reset, making accurate follow-up shots is more than doable.

      • me ohmy

        for case head support was my intent..the GLOCK and 40S&W case head failure rate is unacceptable
        glad you’re getting good service out of them.

  • Rich Guy

    Wonder how a factory CZ 75 or 92FS machine pistol would do?

    • kipy

      I would like to see that, no plastic to melt, so it would just come down to how well the firearm was engineered. Has there ever been any kind of auto CZ75?

      • iksnilol

        Oh yes, FA CZ75 has been around for a while.

        + it is heavier with a lower bore axis. Should be easier to control.

      • Rich Guy

        Yes. You can find videos of them too.

  • TheNotoriousIUD

    Sweet FLIR video. My brother uses one of those cameras for commercial stuff like this.

    And I want a full auto Glock. Bad.

    • iksnilol

      I’d recommend a CZ, lower bore axis + it is heavier. Should be easier to control.

      Though you could probably use a Glock FA sear in all of the different Glocks. Full auto pocket size 10mm auto anyone?

      • TheNotoriousIUD

        Sounds delightful.
        Unfortunately I dont have 10 K to blow right now.

        • iksnilol

          I know, but… I know a guy who knows a guy. Not saying it will be illegal but it surely won’t be legal.

          • TheNotoriousIUD

            Ill pass.
            Going to prison at my age would be really embarrassing.
            I think I can be happy with the guns I have.

          • Andrew Hobby

            Don’t worry, its from the back pages of shotgun news! Its totally legit.

          • iksnilol

            Shotgun News has always been legit.

            -said no one ever.

  • This should only bolster Glock’s claims of endurance and reliability. Even though it was a standard Glock 17, the addition of the full-auto sear means that this particular handgun fired much faster and harder than the original Glock could. To be able to sustain this amount of abuse only means that the standard Glock 17 can last even longer.

  • kipy

    Barry would have loved this :'(

    • smartacus


  • USMC03Vet

    This video was fun.

  • Aaron

    Im surprised how much that seemed to stay on target

  • smartacus

    His shoulder is gonna be hurtin for a week. over 1200 rounds of anything is a lot

  • scaatylobo

    Thank you,explains the reasons I carry a Glock.

    Not for looks and not for the name,was a HUGE fan of the 1911 = ‘was’.

    I carry what I believe will get me home —– and pray I dont ever need to prove that.

  • Paul J

    More than impressive, it just seems unreal. 1 cook off, rifling in good shape, pistol still running after 1272rds fired in less than 10min.
    Ladies and gentlemen, this video is EPIC.

  • jerry loomer

    Want to id a 25 rd rifle a ww2

  • floppyscience

    Can’t wait for Royal Nonesuch to do this exact same thing so you can grill him for being unsafe and an idiot.