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Installing A New Slide Cover Plate On Your Glock

By June 4, 2018May 2nd, 2021Easy Glock Mods

How to Install or Replace A Glock Slide Cover Plate?

  1. Select a safe work area.
  2. Clear the firearm
  3. Remove the slide.
  4. Remove the slide cover plate.
  5. Install the new slide cover plate.
  6. Re-install the slide.
  7. Function check the firearm.
installing a glock slide cover plate


Replacing the slide cover plate on your Glock pistol is a popular entry-level mod for Glock owners. Whether you are looking to install one that has been printed with a logo or a slogan, or installing one with engraved designs or raised grooves – the process is both simple and the same across the board for all models of Glocks. This tutorial will step you through the process.

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7 Steps: Replace Slide Cover Plate On Your Glock

1. Work Area: Glock Slide Cover Plate

I always chose a work area that has a safe direction to function check the weapon, has a solid surface, and a protective surface for the Glock pistol itself.

For tools, all you will need is your Glock Operator’s Tool.

In my situation, I have chosen my kitchen table that faces a full concrete wall. On the outside of this wall is a short gap to a double plank wood fence, and then a small forested area before reaching the neighbor’s house. My table top is solid wood, with a Glock bench mat.

a safe work area beng displayed for glock pistol modifications

2. Clear the Firearm

With your finger off the trigger, point your weapon in a safe direction.

Press the magazine catch (release) and remove the magazine.

While keeping your finger out of the trigger housing, push up on the slide stop lever while pulling the slide to the rear. Lock the slide to the rear.

Visually inspect the chamber and the magazine well, and then follow up by feeling into the areas with your little finger. Verify there is no ammunition.

a person verifying the glock pistol is clear of ammunition inside of the chamber

3. Remove the Slide

After verifying the weapon is clear of ammunition and again pointed in a safe direction, pull back the slide to release the lock, and then allow it to spring forward to close the action.

At this point (while keeping the firearm aimed in a safe direction), pull the trigger. You should hear the click of the firing pin moving forward. This will put the trigger in the rearmost position. The trigger must be in this position for slide removal.

Grasp the rear of the pistol with your hand between your thumb and pointer finger. Reach your four fingers over the top of the slide, and pull back about 1/10 of an inch.

Use your free hand to pull down both sides of the slide lock, and then push the slide forward to release it.

4. Remove the Glock Slide Cover

With the slide now safely removed from the pistol, you can remove the recoil spring and barrel, and then set these aside.

Place the muzzle end of the slide against your firm work surface in an upright position. The inside of the slide should be facing towards you.

You will see a small gap that will provide you access to the spacer sleeve at the end of the firing pin assembly. Use the punch end of your Glock Tool to depress this cup towards the muzzle end of the slide (down). This has removed the tension from the slide plate. Maintain this position.

Using your thumb, slide the plate off. The firing pin and extractor plunger are under pressure behind this plate, so make sure your thumb is covering these items as you slide the plate off. The firing pin and extractor plunger will have their pressure relived under your thumb and should not eject at this point. The slide cover is removed. Set aside.

a person pressing the firing pin cup sleeve on a glock for slide plate removal

*A new Glock may be a bit harder than a broken in one when sliding this plate. Just provide firm pressure and continue to work it off.

5. Install the New Glock Slide Cover

With everything still in the same positions, grab your new (and awesome) slide plate cover.

Begin to slide it back into the slide plate cover grooves.

Using your same thumb that was used to slide the plate off and is now over the firing pin and extractor plunger, push those items down as you wiggle your new slide cover plate into position.

Push fully until seated at the top of its grooves. Now release the tool holding down your spring cup assembly.

The new cover plate is now installed into the slide.

a person pressing the extractor spring in order to slide the new cover plate over it

Alternatively, if the extractor plunger is giving you problems, you can use the punch end of the tool to depress it while sliding the cover into position.

6. Re-Install the Slide

Reinstall the barrel and the recoil spring into the slide.

Align the grooves in your slide to the guides on the frame.

Slide “the slide” rearward until you have pulled it all the way back.

Push up the slide lock tabs and lock the slide back.

Pull back on the slide and allow it to rack forward.

Take a quick glance at your awesome new slide cover.

a person aligning the glock slide over the slots in the lower frame.

7. Function Check the Firearm

Be sure the pistol is unloaded and pointed in a safe direction.

Pull the trigger and hold it to the rear. You should hear the firing pin fall (click).

While still holding the trigger to the rear, pull the slide to the rear and release it (it should snap forward).

Release the trigger. It should now be in its forward position.

Repeat this process a few times.

You are now finished installing a new slide cover plate on your Glock pistol.

a person performing a function check on a glock pistol

Why Replace a Glock Slide Cover Plate?

There is no functional reason to replace the slide cover plate on your Glock. This upgrade is for pure aesthetics. Many Glock owners prefer the look of the plethora of aftermarket slide plate designs available for their firearm.

Nothing will beat the form, fit, and function of the factory slide cover plate. Perform a lot of research when considering this modification, or seek the help of a qualified professional with this particular experience.

This tutorial can also be used in the installation or replacement of the factory slide cover plate with another factory plate.

This is essentially a truly useless mod.

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Join the discussion 3 Comments

  • Bob Newton says:

    It’s cool that you point out that getting a new slide cover plate is an easy way to customize your Glock. I’ve been wanting to personalize my Glock ever since I got it for my birthday last month, so I’m thinking about buying a customized cover plate for it. I’m going to search for a good business that can sell me a customized slide cover plate for my Glock.

  • WW says:

    Is it safe for the user? There are many slide covers on the market made from diffrent materials. Its not gona fail and hurt shooter?

    • Code9 Web Guy says:

      In the case of this particular pistol, it was purchased with an aftermarket slide cover plate already installed – I simply didn’t like it and replaced it with another. I think the biggest issue with aftermarket slide cover plates is actual thickness. There are many reports that thin slide cover plates have contributed to failure to eject scenarios. In the case here, the previous slide cover plate and the new one I installed have not led to this issue for me. It will come down to quality and machining.

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