Not only are Glocks extremely reliable, but they are also super easy to clean, modify, and work on. Having owned almost every Glock made, I can affirm that the following tools are “must basics” for Glock owners.
Glock basic repair and maintenance tool kit
Here's an example of a minimal tool kit to work on your Glock:
- Glock Disassembly Takedown Pin Punch Tool,
- Front Sight Installation Tool (3/16 nut driver), and
- A towel draped over a roll of Duct Tape.
That's it. That's your Glock armorer kit.
Now, the towel and duck tape roll are used to rest your handgun to remove and reinstall the pins. Of course, the punch tool is used to disassemble and re-assemble the gun with those pins, while the 3/16 nut driver is used to remove and reinstall the front sights.
There's also a better-made combo punch and sight tool from Squirrel Daddy you might want to check out.
Pretty simple right?
By the way, all pins and the rear sight are disassembled from left to right (with the gun pointing away from you, of course…) and all assembly is from right to left on the Glock.
More Refined Tools – the Armorer Approach
You can get a few more tools that will make your job more enjoyable (and easier).
Let's look at some additional tools.
Mat and Armorer's Block
Indeed, you can work on a towel wrapped around a roll of duck tape. Still, it may be easier to work on a padded mat (Glock and others have them available with a schematic of the Glock handgun) or even an Armorer's Block such as the one from Apex Tactical or the smaller one from Real Avid. It just makes things a little easier. Also, if you ever want to remove and reattach your striker pin, the Armorer Block is really helpful as it has a mount for just such work. It's a real challenge to do so without the block.
Disassembly takedown pin punch and Punch sets
There are several options for the disassembly pin punch.
In addition to the Glock factory pin punch, I've used the Grace GP332 Pin Punch since it is easier to grip. It doesn't seem to be available on Amazon, so I've given you another source to purchase (above) should you be interested.
Most of the guns can be disassembled and reassembled with just the pen punch.
Another hammer and punch toolset, which helps in dis- and reassembly, is the Lyman hammer and punch set. There is also a Wheeler set that is somewhat less expensive, but I've not used it, so I can't give you an opinion on it.
This might be a little overkill, but the tools are helpful, and occasionally, you will need to hammer, hopefully without damage, to reassemble or disassemble. The copper and plastic heads, as well as the copper punch, facilitate this.
Grace also has a Gun Care Tool Set, which you may want to consider. Unfortunately, it doesn't include the punch mentioned above, which is the one tool helpful for a Glock.
A new offering that is both inclusive and portable is the Real Avid Accupunch kit. This system is of the highest quality and easy to keep wherever needed. It also includes the Smart Bench Block.
Front sight 3/16 hex nut driver
Want to replace your front sight? You'll need a 3/16 hex nut driver. I'm showing 3 options here. The typical Glock nut driver (above), a more refined driver from Wiha, and finally, a great gripping nut driver with a magnetic tip from Klein.
You show know that the nut attached to the front sight is really thin, and it's easy to strip it. Additionally, I like the magnetic-tipped tool since it's much easier to reinstall. Finally, you should add a drop of Loctite, the blue version, to ensure that the front sight stays on (always an excellent characteristic), and I included that link also in the Amazon list.
There are several tools that you should at least be aware of. You probably won't really need them, but if you do, you'll know where to find them.
Glock Magazine Disassembly Tool
You will only occasionally really need this tool to, for example, add a higher capacity bottom to a Glock 42 or 43 magazine. Although it can be done without the tool, it's a pain getting the bottom off the mag without this tool.
The mobile “All in one Glock Tool”
This is a great tool that may be included in your range bag for emergencies and on-range issues. It's built really well, but I wouldn't recommend it as your primary tool. It's a great range bag and backup tool, though.
You'll need some tools when you have more than one firearm. The Wheeler Digital Trigger Pull Gauge is functional, particularly if you're modifying a trigger – often a standard Glock upgrade. The digital gauge is more accessible and accurate for not that much in cost. Again, only when you need one.
Rear Sight Tool
The front sight is a cinch on the Glock – not so for the rear sight. One less expensive way is to use a brass or Teflon punch pin with a hammer. I don't like doing this, but the alternative, outside of paying some Glock Armorer to take care of this, is to purchase a rear sight tool. In any event, I use the ATG Rear Sight Tool, it's less expensive than many other offerings but just as good.
Pick and Hook Set
Especially with Gen 5 Glocks, where you may need to switch the ambidextrous magazine release button, you'll need a pick and hook toolset to pull the spring bar. With previous generations, using a flat head screwdriver would do the trick – but no more; you'll need this to release and reset the spring bar.
Be sure to check some of the YouTube videos describing this procedure, like Hyve Technologies here.
Commonly available tools
The listing above is some of the specialty tools for Glocks. Of course, you may need to use some commonly available tools which you probably already have. For example, you'll need needle nose pliers and a screwdriver to change the magazine release button in some of the latest iterations. That should, however, be about it.
What you need to clean your Glock
I take a minimalist approach to cleaning Glocks also. There are all kinds of kits with a thousand and one-pieces but, let's get real, you only clean a barrel that's between 3 1/2 and 6 inches long, and disassembly results in dealing with four components. It shouldn't take much.
So, here's what you need:
- Barrel cleaner – just use a snake like the Otis Ripcord Bore Cleaner. They're easy, compact, and inexpensive.
- Cleaning Patches – I'm particular about cleaning patches because I don't want them falling apart or leaving lint all over. I use and recommend Birchwood Casey Patches. They're durable, absorbent, and lint-free.
- Cleaner and lubricant – You really don't need a separate cleaner and lubricant. Especially with Glocks, if anything, you can over-lubricate them. From what I understand, Glock itself recommends CLP BreakFree. I use it and believe it's the best thing out there.
- Brass Gun Cleaning Pick – The last piece I use is a cleaning pick. You want something that's durable but won't scratch your handgun. I use the ProShot Brass Gun Pick and Cleaning Tool. Just add some BreakFree fluid on a patch and use the pick to clean out the slide grooves and other areas that are harder to clean.
Disassembling your Glock is like riding a bike; once you know how to do it, it's easy to repeat. There are probably hundreds of YouTube videos on field stripping, which, by the way, is completed without any tools.
Disassembled, you only have four pieces: the slide, barrel, recoil spring assembly, and receiver (frame). Use a lint-free rag or some patches with BreakFree to wipe everything down. Clean the barrel with the snake after dropping some BreakFree down the barrel. Finally, use the pick with some patches with BreakFree on them to clean the slide grooves and hard-to-reach places on the frame. Wipe down again with a lint-free rag or some patches, and you're pretty well done.
Free Glock downloads?
Hey, if you want Glock's download page, including its free maintenance manual, you can find it here.