Field stripping Glock pistols is a toolless procedure as simplified as it can possibly be. However, further disassembly does require use of tools. Particularly, in case of disassembling the slide, you’ll need some tool (a pin punch, a small screwdriver or something like that) to relieve the striker assembly tension from the slide cover plate and unlock it from the spacer sleeve to be able to slide the backplate down and access the guts of the slide. If you think you may be in a situation where you’ll need to disassemble the slide and you may not have a tool at hand for that task or if you just want to simplify the process a little bit, then you’ll probably want to take a look at the new Strike Industries Polyflex Slide Backplate which allows toolless disassembly of the Glock pistol slides.
Here is what Strike Industries says when describing the Polyflex Slide Backplate:
The Strike Industries Polyflex Slide Plate for Glock™ is an affordable, convenient slide plate option for people that like to keep things simple. The Polyflex Slide Plate removes the need for any type of tool to remove it, making it a convenient option when cleaning/maintaining your Glock. Compatible across all generations of the listed platforms, the Strike Industries Polyflex Slide Plate is a no brainer for the minimalist shooter.
The SI Polyflex Slide Plate is made of polymer. It allows you to disassemble the slide without a use of tools thanks to the built-in button by pressing and holding which you’ll be able to slide the backplate down. Just like this:
The installation of Polyflex backplate is no different than the installation of the standard slide cover plate. Here is a video showing how to install it.
The Strike Industries Polyflex backplate is listed on the company’s website at an MSRP of $7.95. It is compatible with Gen3 Gen4 and Gen5 iterations of the following Glock pistol models: G17/17L/19/22/23/24/26/27/31/32/33/34/35.
Images from www.strikeindustries.com