Wondering How A Glock Works? Lone Wolf Has You Covered

Prior to taking the Glock Armorers course, I didn’t pay much attention to how a Glock functioned. I knew it worked and that was enough for me, but to understand how to diagnose the rare issues that might pop up with Glocks you need to understand how they work. During the class my instructor did a wonderful job of explaining how things work, but what took him close to a half an hour, Lone Wolf has done in about 7 minutes with their latest video.

While the dialogue in the video is a bit mechanical, the voice does do a wonderful job of describing the firing process in great detail. After looking at other firearms in detail, the Glock’s operation is painfully simple.

Click HERE to go look at the Lone Wolf product lineup, after all, they did spend the money to produce the video.

Cover photo blatantly stolen from my friend Jeremy S. over at TTAG

Patrick R

Patrick is a Senior Writer for The Firearm Blog and TFBTV Host. He likes guns and has liked shooting guns for as long as he can remember. You can follow Patrick on Instagram @tfbpatrick, Facebook, or contact him by email at TFBpatrick@gmail.com.

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  • PK

    Oh, so that’s how it works, thanks so much Lone Wolf! Now I can get my Glock builds up and running!

    If you ever get parts back in stock.

    • BattleshipGrey

      What size frame and slide and caliber are you going with?

      • PK

        I’ve got a few different builds going, mainly I’m waiting for the
        slide production to resume/catch up with demand. Anything longslide is
        hard to find these days!

        • BattleshipGrey

          Are you going with a basic serated slide or one of their far-out killed designs?

          • PK

            Little bit of everything, if I can get my hands on a 17L blank slide I’d love to do my own machining to it.

  • BattleshipGrey

    Pretty well made video. Even though the stupid robotic voice is annoying, it’s not difficult to understand and follow.

  • Ben Loong

    Another useful resource for stuff like this is “World of Guns: Gun Disassembly” which is this game/multimedia application that allows you to assemble/disassemble 3D models of various firearms. The ‘operation’ feature even allows you to select varying levels of x-ray and cutaway views to look at the internals of them while they operate.

    I’ve found it to be a really helpful learning resource and a good way of doing consumer research.

    • iksnilol

      ooooh, that one, that one helped me understand how a break action shotgun worked, and a bolt action.

      Weirdly enough had no problems from before understanding how an AK or AR worked.

      • Dougscamo

        Been wondering where you were today….back in action I see….

        • iksnilol

          Well, yeah, I got responsibilies sadly.

          Otherwise I’d get messed up and type all day.

          • Dougscamo

            Well after tomorrow afternoon, you’ll have to soldier on without me…..muzzleloading season…. beer, steaks, and bourbon and no internet….but I know you will hold your own….whatever you hold….

          • iksnilol

            I will be doing boring university stuff and laboratory work. But at least I’ll be in the 21st century without beer 😀 .. tho do kinda want that bourbon tho.

          • Dougscamo

            What’s so f#%king great about the 21st century for gawsh sakes?……Bourbon wasn’t invented in the 21st century…..

          • iksnilol

            I dunno, the internet and brass cases are pretty decent.

  • M-Dasher

    I mean…..glock has videos on their website explaining exactly how their gun works……literally all of 30 seconds is all you need to find the videos….and maybe another minute to figure out exactly how they work…….not a nationals secret…

  • SirOliverHumperdink

    Still amazing that just a guy who designed curtain rods came up with this. I remember the first one I shot. Thought it was dangerous, as it didn’t have a safety, or so I thought. Thought it was a fad, as at that time no PD’s used it and Beretta won the Army test.

    • M&M’s

      Probably because Beretta won the Army contract was before Glock released the gun.

      • Dougscamo

        The Austrians adopted the Glock in 1982….the M9 was adopted in 1985…as I recall

        • M&M’s

          Glocks didn’t come across the pond intil 1986. Was never submitted for the Army either.

          • Dougscamo

            Not that time…..true….and I looked at it askance when they became more common….but it was released before the M9 was adopted…

          • ozzallos .

            Parent topic successfully derailed!

          • Dougscamo

            Isn’t it always?……

          • john huscio

            Glock was asked to submit a weapon for testing, but couldn’t meet the deadline.

      • SirOliverHumperdink

        What I meant was after the M92 won in ’85, pd’s followed.

    • Bill

      It’s probably because he designed curtain rods, and wasn’t hamstrung by firearms design conventions. He was able to literally think outside the box.

  • DIR911911 .

    I know the gun in the picture is probably good and filled with some custom goodies , but between that beavertail out the back and the over hang of the slide in the front the only word that comes to mind is derp. the front of the slide reminds me of the sloth in Ice Age

    • Edeco

      I don’t like slides that taper in front like that. Unfortunate trend, new Kahrs seem to have it as well. I wish G34’s had a special, longer spring/guide in there.

      The tail I don’t mind.

      • iksnilol

        How would it be harder? I mean, the taper should make it easier.

        • Edeco

          Well, without the guide rod sheath, the leading face is basically a square, with two lower corners to deflect it out of the gun-hole of the holster. Or pull clothing in. Whereas with the full length guide rod cover, it’s a rounded shape on the bottom.

          I just carry on person for transportation, I’m no authority on martial use, but, yeah.

  • Black Dots

    That Glawk is a nice Glock.

  • Dougscamo

    Patrick…Smyrna, Georgia for the Armorer’s school? Spent a day there when my agency transitioned to Glocks from Berettas….just wondering how long it has become now…the Beretta Armorer course was 5 days….

  • Hoplopfheil

    Once you know how a Hi-Power works, you can extrapolate all modern pistol designs from there.

    Aside from weird one-offs for the hipster crowd (Walther CCP or Beretta Storm), that’s all they (still) are.

    • BoKnows

      I didn’t know my PX4 Storm made me a hipster. I suppose my wife’s Subaru Outback makes me a lesbian as well.

      • Hoplopfheil

        My Subaru Forester would make me a lesbian, except I’m from Oregon and everybody has them here.

        Your wife’s Outback definitely makes HER a lesbian, but think about it: your wife is a lesbian, and that’s HOT.

        • JoshCalle

          Hate to break it to you, but everyone from Oregon is a lesbian.

          • Hoplopfheil

            Ye… yeah. You’re right.

    • noob

      one interesting thing about the glock design is how many functions each part does – for instance only one spring actuates the trigger bar and the connector.

      Also the pivot for the ejector is also the firing pin block.

      A glock is to a hi-power what an injection molded monobloc plastic lawn chair is to a hand made Lyman Mower Windsor side chair.

      I guess that makes the AR-15 the aeron chair of the firearms world.

      • Hoplopfheil

        But you can sit on a stump if you need to. 🙂

  • Treyh007


  • Avid Fan

    Holy f-ing sh*t that thing is ugly.

  • That is one of the ugliest monkeytruckin’ pistols I have ever seen. Wow.

    • Ron

      But it is an awesome shooter. LW incorporate almost all the “improvements” people do to OEM Glock frames into a one stop shop frame and a pretty good price.

  • YS

    So, how does Glock 18 (and other FA mods) work?

    Here’s my confusion, I’ve heard multiple times that “Safe Action” is safer, because the striker is not fully cocked until the trigger is pulled, and that there’s not sufficient spring force in the half cocked striker.

    If that’s the case, how do FA Glocks work? If there’s not sufficient force in the half cocked striker, then Glocks shouldn’t be able to fire FA.

    Is “not fully cocked, so it’s safer” just an urban myth?