5 Most Common Glock 36 Problems And How To Fix Them

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I’ve had my fair share of field experience with various pieces of equipment. The Glock 36, a fine selection of machinery, has been my recent focus. I’ve spent countless hours testing, observing, and evaluating its performance, leading me to uncover a handful of issues that could use attention.

My hands-on experience led to a few findings that many Glock 36 users might be all too familiar with. I am talking about failures to eject or extract, complications with going to the battery, feed issues, and even some slide lock glitches. 

I am here to provide an insightful, helpful guide to tackle the most common Glock 36 Problems. 

Top 5 Glock 36 Problems & Solutions

1. Failure To Eject (FTE)

On my testing ground, I encountered the stubbornly persistent issue of failure to eject. It typically struck around the second or third trigger pull, hitting me with extraction jams. 

The experience was frustrating, a hiccup in my expected smooth functioning. Various factors contributed – accumulated dirt, moderately powerful ammo, and sometimes poor recoil spring assemblies.


To alleviate this, I opted for a thorough cleaning session. I disassembled the frame, carefully cleaned every component, and reapplied lubricant. 

Using hotter ammunition and adding a touch of red gun grease in the barrel made a noticeable difference. 

2. Not Going to Battery

I’ve come across an unexpected roadblock while assembling the Glock 36. Instead of resting at its designated position, the slide was advancing too far, leading to a predicament in operation. 

This misalignment, I figured, might stem from the plastic recoil assembly not being perfectly straight, which could induce an interference during the reassembly process. 

Also, another contributing factor to this problem could be a broken slide lock spring or a faulty guide rod, further complicating the reassembly.


Upon encountering this issue, my go-to solution was introducing a new steel guide rod, which seemed to rectify the problem remarkably. But my examination didn’t stop there. An investigation into the front sight screw unveiled another potential culprit. If I found the issue resolved upon removing the front sight, it gave me a hint that I were possibly dealing with an inappropriate sight.

3. Failure To Feed

The Glock 36 presented a recurring obstacle: the failure to feed ammunition consistently. This issue surfaced around every third to fifth magazine and was particularly noticeable during the loading of the second round. 

I noticed this malfunction was independent of my grip on the firearm. Dirty, weak, or inadequately lubricated springs in the gun and magazine seemed to be the primary contributors to this issue.


my Solution for this persistent feeding issue was simple – thorough cleaning and ample lubrication. Regular upkeep and maintenance appeared to make a substantial difference. 

Additionally, I noticed that hollow point ammunition from various renowned brands resulted in a much smoother feeding process, significantly improving the firearm’s performance during self-defense scenarios.

4. Issues With The Slide Lock 

A further complication with the Glock 36 manifested as slide lock issues. I noticed the slide would prematurely lock back, even with bullets remaining in the magazine. 

Furthermore, Glock 36 would fail to operate if left with a single round in the magazine. A close examination led me to deduce that my thumbs might inadvertently interact with the slide lock, causing these issues.


A closer look at the firearm led me to an effective solution – ensuring the locking block pin is located beneath the slide stop spring. 

This appeared to resolve the issue quite well. Given the Glock 36’s tendency to wear out slide lock springs quicker than other models, frequent replacement of these springs proved to be an effective preventive measure.

5. Failure To Extract

The Glock 36 also put me through intermittent extraction problems. Extractor grooves could vary, causing some of these headaches. 

There were instances where the firearm ran smoothly with most ammunition but stuttered with a specific brand.


My solution involved replacing many parts – factory barrel, recoil spring assembly, extractor depressor plunger, etc.

In particular, I switched the LCI Spring-Loaded Bearing to a non-LCI variant. Additional case pulling and hand cycling checks helped identify and rectify the issues.


My exhaustive field testing and review of the Glock 36 have highlighted a few snags, such as failures to eject or extract, going to battery issues, feeding complications, and slide lock hiccups. 

However, each of these glitches comes with a practical solution, reinforcing my belief that understanding and appropriate maintenance can smooth out the ride considerably. 


What generation is the GLOCK 36?

The Glock 36 was introduced during Glock’s third generation.

How many shots is a GLOCK 36?

The Glock 36 has a capacity of six rounds.

What is the most a GLOCK 36 can hold?

The maximum capacity of the Glock 36 is six rounds.

What is the difference between Glock 30 and GLOCK 36?

The Glock 30 offers increased magazine capacity and interchangeability, while the Glock 36 provides a more compact profile due to its reduced height and width.

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I'm Micheal, an avid shooter and hunting enthusiast from Texas. I'm a recreational shooter who loves to spend time at the range and enjoy learning about new firearms and gears. I love to write about guns and share my passion for shooting with others.

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