GTUL & Mag Brush Mega Combo
Glock Magazine Cleaning Tools
After participating in a handgun action shooting event recently I had the opportunity to use one of the GTUL Glock magazine disassembly and cleaning tools when cleaning the magazines for my Glock pistol. I was very interested to use the GTUL equipment as my Glock hi-cap magazines were dirty and had evidence of small rocks and other debris rattling around inside of them as a result of repeatedly being dropped on the range during reloads. As many Glock owners can attest, disassembling OEM Glock magazines to clean them can be a bit of a challenge due to the need to compress the midpoint of the sides of the magazine tube in down at the bottom so that the floor plate can be slid off of the magazine tube’s flanges. Barehanded it is very difficult to squeeze in the magazine body, applying pressure at these specific points, while simultaneously depressing the dimple on the magazine’s floor plate to slide it off. Using a set of metal pliers to more forcefully squeeze in the magazine body is not advisable as it might lead to deformation of the magazine body such that it may not easily insert/eject from the pistol, or it may irreparably damage the magazine tube body.
The GTUL & Mag Brush Mega Combo kit comes with two smartly designed magazine body holders which when the magazine is properly inserted into one of them, based on magazine tube dimensions/caliber, it allows the user to easily compress the sides of the magazine tube using hand pressure. The GTUL magazine tube compression devices have a couple of pads on opposing sides which correspond to, and push in on, the sides of the magazine tube right above the floor plate flange. The other piece of GTUL equipment is a synthetic bristled brush which has a pin protruding out of the handle. Once the user has compressed the sides of the magazine tube in this manner they then use the pin end of the brush to depress the floor plate dimple and, simultaneously, carefully slide the floor plate off of the magazine tube’s flanges, thus allowing removal of the magazine component pieces.
A note of caution here, this step of the disassembly process should be done slowly and with the user wearing safety glasses as the contained magazine spring and floor plate are under pressure. If the magazine is held vertically, pointing toward the user, the floor plate, spring etc… can easily fly out and hit the user in the face. Just go slow when performing this step and keep your hand over the magazine floor plate and spring and gently relieve the pressure. The magazine internals can easily be removed at this point. Please note the orientation of the spring and follower as the magazine is disassembled for cleaning. Reassembly will be in the reverse order.
Once you have the magazine disassembled the bristle brush is just the ticket to run up through the magazine tube to loosen and remove any unburnt powder residue and dirt/debris coating the insides of the magazine. A quick brushing off of the other synthetic magazine body parts and a wipe down of the spring with a rag, and you’re ready to reassemble the magazine parts in the reverse order of disassembly. Again, pay attention to the orientation of the spring. Lastly the bristle brush is also perfect for brushing out the magazine well on your unloaded Glock pistol with the slide locked to the rear.
All in all, the GTUL Glock magazine cleaning tools are the handiest and most foolproof way to properly disassemble Glock hi-cap magazines for periodic cleaning. The ingeniously designed GTUL magazine body holders are just the ticket to apply pressure to the magazine tube, in just the right spot, to allow the floor plate to be slid off of the magazine tube flanges. After working with the GTUL product, I would not hesitate to recommend it to Glock owners as a handy and convenient way to keep their OEM Glock magazines in peak working order.
GTUL products can be ordered directly from the manufacturer via their secure website at: www.mygtul.com, or by phone at (757) 647-0805. GTUL products are made in the U.S.A.
Reviewed By: B.T. Davis