The Gen 4 models, and the latest Glock 42 and Glock 43 pistols as well. Typically, this training requires a person to be in law enforcement, military, or an employee of a FFL to receive instruction from a certified Glock representative for Armorer training.
The American Gunsmithing Institute is a well-recognized and highly reputable organization for gunsmithing, armorer, and general firearms maintenance instruction. The BlueSheepdog Crew has examined some of the materials offered by AGI and have found them to be professionally produced, informative, and very detailed. The AGI instruction manuals can be a great resource in maintaining firearms for both professional and personal use.
Concealed Nation is an organization devoted to promoting responsible concealed carry of firearms by both professionals and civilians. The BlueSheepdog Crew are strong supporters of off-duty and civilian concealed carry of firearms. However, we have no affiliation with either AGI or Concealed Nation, and the opinions expressed by either organization are their own and may not reflect the opinions of the BlueSheepdog staff.
Glock Armorer Training
As a Glock certified Armorer for 7 years now, I very much appreciate the simplicity of the Glock pistol design. Having only (34) parts is not only amazing, but very easy for most armorers to master. Since I am a Department Armorer I am required to re-certify my training through Glock Training. However, the certification is only valid for (3) years, and comes with a $250.00 price tag for the 1-day course. In terms of professional training the price is not unreasonable, and the quality of training I’ve received from Glock instructors has been excellent.
However, not everyone is able to attend a Glock Armorer training course. Glock restricts their training to law enforcement, military, approved security services, and FFL gun dealers. There is valid reasoning behind this from a business and legal liability stand point. At the same time, there are many firearm owners who possess considerable skills and knowledge in firearms mechanics. For these persons, the AGI Glock Armorer course is an excellent opportunity to learn the inner workings of Glock pistols, at an incredibly low price.
Since the training is online, a student must be self-motivated and able to discern instruction without the benefit of asking questions to an instructor. Despite this drawback, the AGI courses of instruction have typically been formatted in a very easy-to-understand delivery method.
AGI Glock Pistol Course
Below I’ve listed the topics of instruction from the AGI Glock pistol course that is narrated by Master Gunsmith and AGI Instructor Ken Brooks:
Among the items covered are:
- Ken covers basic safety tips to be aware of before handling or taking apart your Glock pistol.
- See how to properly make sure your pistol is unloaded as well as how to unload the pistol if necessary.
- Ken goes through Glocks impressive history, highlighting the many accomplishments made by Glock.
- We get a look at some of the different Generations of Glock pistols and the various frame sizes as well.
Design and Function
- The various parts of the pistol are shown and discussed utilizing a cutaway Glock pistol.
- In depth explanation of the firing sequence of the Glock pistol.
- Explanation and demonstration of the parts and their operation.
- The Glock “Safe Action” system is discussed, demonstrated and explained.
- Explanation and demonstration of extraction and ejection operations are given.
- The locking and unlocking of the barrel from the slide is demonstrated and explained.
- Trigger safety is shown and explained.
- Firing pin blocking plunger safety and its function is demonstrated and explained.
- The striker and its various parts and function are shown and explained.
- The connector and its disconnecting function is explained and demonstrated.
- The cruciform piece and its functions are explained.
- The trigger spring and its function is explained and demonstrated.
- The slide stop and it interaction with the follower is demonstrated.
- The recoil spring assembly and its function is explained and demonstrated.
- The magazine and the magazine catch and their functions are explained and demonstrated.
- The slide lock and its importance is explained.
Generational Differences in the Various Glock pistols
- We are shown the differences in each Generation of Glock pistol so that you can tell what Generation of pistol you are buying or working on.
- Watch the evolution of the various Glock designs and the changes in the models, or how Perfection gets more perfect.
Field Stripping the Glock Pistol
- Learn how to quickly and easily field strip your Glock pistol, and get it back together just as fast.
- Ken meticulously demonstrates and clearly shows you how to completely disassemble the Glock pistol.
- The correct order in which the parts should come out are demonstrated.
- You will learn which tools will help you easily disassemble your pistol.
- Learn the best and easiest way to take your magazine apart.
Cleaning and Lubrication
- AGI cleaning and lubrication methods shown, along with the reasons for their use.
- Tips are given along the way to make sure the parts are in good working order.
- Learn how to get the springs really clean and lubricated properly.
- The correct order to reassemble the parts is shown, and the reasons why.
- Helpful tips on which common tools to use to most easily get the parts back into working order.
- Tips on how to avoid frustration and easily reassemble the pistol.
- Learn the correct way and direction to install the slide lock back into the frame to avoid damaging your pistol when it is fired!
- Learn the correct way and positioning to put the trigger spring back into the trigger mechanism housing.
- Learn how to do a function test to make sure that your Glock pistol is functioning correctly.
Differences in the Model 42/43 Glock Pistols
- Using a Model 42 pistol, we are shown the differences between the Model 42/43 pistols and the double stack guns.
- We are shown how to disassemble and reassemble the Model 42.
- Ken shows us a multitude of aftermarket accessories for the Glock pistol.
We highly recommend our readers follow their Department guidelines before attempting to perform any type of maintenance on a firearm. Though the Glock pistols are very simplistic, they do require an expertise to ensure proper function. Even though the AGI courses are very well produced, readers should comply with Departmental requirements before attempting any armorer-level maintenance.
The AGI Glock pistol course being offered through Concealed Nation is a very comprehensive and high quality course. As a stand-alone course the AGI materials are very comprehensive and informative. This course can also be a great addition and enhancement to official Glock certified Armorer’s training. Either way, at $7 it’s hard to go wrong with extra training.