Glock 32 Gen 4 Problems With Solutions

A traditional Glock features accuracy, dependability, stopping power, good capacity, felt recoil, and shootability. Trust me when I say, the Glock 32 Gen 4 pistols offer all of that and more!

This doesn’t mean it misses out on some nuances here and there. The most common problems with the Glock 32 Gen 5 are: magazine feeding problems, extractor issue, slide issues and trigger problem.

I will discuss the solutions to all these problems on Glock 36 and also discuss user reviews in this article. So read on till the end!

Features & Specifications of Glock 32 Gen 4:

Barrel Length102 mm
Magazine CapacityStandard: 13 Optional: 14 / 15 / 16
Overall Length 185 mm
Twist Length250 mm
SightsFront and Rear Iron Sights
SafetySafe Action
Dimensions Width (Overall): 32 mm Height Incl. Mag.: 128 mm
WeightWith empty magazine: 690 g
Trigger Pull28 N
Common Glock 32 Gen 4 Problems and Solutions
Glock 32 Gen 4

Common Glock 32 Gen 4 Problems and Solutions

Magazine Feeding ProblemsTry some different followers.
Extractor IssueReplace Extractors.
Slide IssuesReplace slide lock.
Trigger ProblemReplace trigger bar.

1. Magazine Feeding Problems

The second round never feeds out of the magazine because it becomes stuck at the base of the feed ramp.

The second round fails to feed 100% of the time if the slide is locked back and the slide release is not used. It slams directly into the feed ramp.

Possible Reasons

G32 magazines have occasionally had issues.

There are protrusions of plastic at the front of each feed lip that need to be shaved off to get the magazine to feed properly.

Although this is quite rare. The magazine followers have long been known to be problematic.

The Fix

Try some different followers to see if the situation gets better. A change, to the latest -3 followers cures the problem now!

Try to steer clear of improper ammo.

2. Extractor Issue

on the 5th to 6th round, the bullet will seem to jam within the mag.

Additionally, the problems of brass hitting people in the face are a huge issue.

Possible Reasons

You may get an extractor that doesn’t move freely enough causing failures to feed.

The Fix

Replacing the extractor should fix the problem.

3. Slide Issues

Successive attempts to remove the slide are unsuccessful. The slide is extremely hard to rack.

The likelihood that the slide will fall off appears to be random.

Moving the finger notches/bars on each side is challenging. And considerably more challenging to move downward together.

Possible Reasons

The RSA might get misadjusted and the slide lock may need to be installed again.

The Fix

With a Glock slide removal tool, remove the slides. To make sure Gen3 part 2317 or another SLS hasn’t been fitted incorrectly, swap out the slide lock and slide lock spring (Gen4 part 8073).

Ensure that the slide lock’s top groove is towards the back.

4. Trigger Problem

In the case of Glock 32 gen 4, the trigger loses its strong grip. The trigger pull is quite heavy too.

Possible Reasons

To accommodate the various backstrap system in Gen 4, the shape of the trigger bar/connector had to be altered (MBS).

When NY Trigger springs were used, the early Gen4 triggers were ghastly.

As a result of Glock failing to account for the geometry change, the Gen 4 trigger was heavier. The “factory” solution was the “dot” trigger connector.

The Fix

Replace the trigger with a gen 3 or gen 4 trigger with a smooth face and a trigger bar. The finger has it easier with the triggers with a smooth face.

User Feedback on Glock 32 Gen 4

The Glock 32 Gen 4 is an OG favorite! It is of their favorite CCW off-duty weapons of all time. It hits forcefully and with great accuracy.

With light loads, it feels like you are shooting a 9mm. Even though the large loads are almost identical to a 125gr 357 mag load (9mm 124gr in the 357 SIg), they are not at all uncomfortable to shoot.

If you use the hottest ammo available, like Underwood Ammo, this pistol does match 357 Magnum speeds and power. The 125-grain rounds can thus achieve speeds of 1475 FPS and above.

The cost of ammunition is the main drawback I perceive. From a dimensional perspective, it essentially resembles a Glock 19 because of the flush magazine and is comparable in size to a 26 or 27.

In my opinion, users prefer this gun for that little more power!

Top 3 Alternative Guns of Glock 32 Gen 4

Based on comparing the specs, features, practicality, and performance, I have found the 3 best alternatives to Glock 23 Gen 4. 

Smith & Wesson M&P 9

The trigger reset on a Glock is nicer, and the sights are simpler to read. But if you prefer the thought of a rifle made entirely of metal, this one is for you! It also fits bigger hands better!

SIG P226

Sigs are for fun at the range. They are very well-made weapons. This gun is big and hard to carry and conceal for folks used to lighter pistols.

Ruger LCP Max

For the type of rifle, this is, accuracy is simply astounding. Shooting well is very simple.

The rifle does a great job at handling recoil. When using inexpensive practice ammo, recoil is quite minimal and feels comparable to the Ruger MKII, and it only slightly increases when using high-quality SD ammo.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

Can the Glock 32 Gen 4 be converted to .40 with a barrel change??

Yes it can, just drop in a 40 barrel.

What are some .40 barrels for the Glock 32 Gen 4?

SIG, Lone Wolf Conversion Barrel.

Can a Glock 32 shoot a 357 magnum?

Yes. It was designed to replicate the ballistics of the 357 Magnum.

When did the Glock 32 Gen 4 come out?

The early 1980s.

What’s the difference between a Glock 31 and a Glock 32?

The Glock 32 is almost a ½ inches shorter.


If you want a little bit more power, The Glock 32 Gen 4 might be a nice option. But be aware that there will be a little bit more recoil.

The gun is also great for defense in the woods. One thing to be noted is that hot ammo is not always available. If you live in Austria, you know what I mean!

Nevertheless, it is a great choice for a CCW as well as an EDC! I would definitely vote for the Glock 32 Gen 4.

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