The Glock is one of the most common handguns that are used in airsoft games today. Airsoft glocks are replicas that use 6mm plastic pelletss as ammunition and shoot out of their barrels using compressed gas. The main reasons why so many people own glocks is because they are reliable, easy to maintain, affordable to buy and upgrade, and best of all they are extremely durable. Airsoft glocks do not typically come with a threaded barrel straight out of the box, but replacing your stock plastic nozzle with a new one can allow you to attach a new metal mock suppressor for decoration or attachments.
This Glock replica has been painted using an Undercover Colors Urban digital camouflage pattern and then clear coated. It is a non-firing airsoft replica.
This article covers how to replace the nozzle on an airsoft Glock replica with a metal mock suppressor for decoration or attachments.
Table of Contents
Step 1: Supplies
* Airsoft Glock – better buying online because they are cheaper than in physical stores. However, you can also buy used ones at garage sales or find metal ones in free bins at your local mall.
* Metal Mocking Suppressor – choose the one with a 14mm- thread and paint it using Undercover Colors Urban digital camouflage pattern and then clear coat it.
* Gasket Sealant (Optional) – if your gasket is too small, you will have to replace it with a larger one. To do this, simply buy tubing from the hardware store that fits tightly into the barrel’s hole and then slice open a bicycle inner-tube, remove the rubber from inside and cut it so you have two rings. Wrap each ring around the tube and place it around the barrel to get a better seal. Use gasket sealant to hold it in place while you wait for it to dry. After that, simply use some old-fashioned rubber cement or epoxy on both sides of the rings and let it dry completely before screwing them onto your Glock replica’s barrel.
Step 2: Prepare Barrel
* File off any excess plastic that forms a ring around your barrel. The metal mocking suppressor has its own gasket which you do not want to damage when screwing it on.
Step 3: Prepare Suppressor
* Remove the suppressor’s faux-flash hider using a screwdriver. This metal part can usually be removed by hand after you twist it counter-clockwise first. Some suppressors have an actual threaded on flash hider instead of just a fake one that is glued to the barrel, so check for this before attempting to remove it.
* Remove the wrench-like plastic ring near the suppressor’s base. You can usually twist this part off using your hand or fingers but if not, you can use a pair of pliers to squeeze it until it pops off.
* Once all these parts are removed, you should have what looks like an empty metal cylinder with a little rod sticking out of it.
* Using pliers, remove the metal rod by twisting it counter-clockwise until it is completely loose.
Step 4: Prepare Glock
* As mentioned before, airsoft glocks are reliable, easy to maintain, affordable to buy and upgrade, and best of all they are extremely durable. However, there are a few parts on it that you must be careful with when disassembling one. This includes the ‘Slide Lock’ and the ‘Releasing Lever.’
* The slide lock is responsible for holding your slide in position after you fire out all of its rounds. It will not allow you to move your slide back into battery if you pull the slide back too far, but it will allow you to do this in case your magazine is empty.
* Normally if you push down on the releasing lever before attempting to remove your slide, it will prevent your slide release from moving out of position since one end of it gets pinned down by the body of our Glock replica. If you do not push down on this releasing lever before pulling your slide off, it will move out of position and your slide will come off easily.
* While you cannot damage the slide lock or releasing lever by simply removing them, the opposite is true if you attempt to forcefully remove one of these parts without first pushing down on its proper counterpart as mentioned above. These parts take a lot of stress and if you apply too much pressure on these, they will snap easily.
* Also be careful not to misplace or lose any springs during disassembly especially the ‘Slide Catch Lever’ which is very small and easy to lose. Fortunately all glock replica’s come with extra spares.
* Disassemble your Glock replica fully then remove the slide by pulling it off towards the front of your replica.
Step 5: Prepare Barrel Assembly
* If you have purchased a mock suppressor that is painted using Undercover Colors Urban digital camouflage pattern, make sure to use some oil or lubricant like WD-40 on its surface to remove the paint. If you do not, paint will chipped and flake off during airsoft skirmishes. After removing the paint using WD-40, place your barrel assembly inside a freezer for about an hour then put it in your refrigerator for another hour before taking it back out. This process should give you a better looking barrel assembly.
* Once the paint is removed and your barrel assembly looks better, screw it onto your Glock’s slide using thread locker to ensure that it does not come loose during skirmishes. When attaching the mock suppressor to your replica, make sure that you do not use oil on its surface since this will mess up its locking mechanism by making it harder to screw onto your slide.
* Use thread locker on the mock suppressor’s side so that when you screw it back in, it is forced against this locking mechanism. This will ensure that the mock suppressor stays firmly in place during airsoft skirmishes.
* Once the paint is removed and your barrel assembly looks better, screw the mock suppressor to your Glock’s slide using thread locker to ensure that it does not come loose during skirmishes. When attaching the mock suppressor to your replica, make sure that you do not use oil on its surface since this will mess up its locking mechanism by making it harder to screw onto your slide.
* While thread locker can be used on bare metal or plastic surfaces, do not use it on aluminum surfaces since it may cause some type of permanent damage. Using thread locker on aluminum surfaces is fine but if you do this, make sure to clean it off immediately with a cotton swab or cloth after finishing your assembly.
* If you have purchased other style mock suppressor’s that are painted using Undercover Colors Urban digital camouflage pattern, also remove the paint by putting them inside a freezer for about an hour then put them in your refrigerator for another hour before taking it back out. This process should help you remove the paint.
* If you have a black version of your mock suppressor, leave some paint on it since this will help conceal that the mock suppressor is not an actual firearm.
Step 6: Loctite inner barrel
* Swab down the inside of your replica’s outer barrel with some rubbing alcohol then let it dry fully before continuing.
* Put a small amount of thread locker on the threaded part of your inner barrel then screw it onto your Glock’s outer barrel. Do not use thread locker for this step because you may have to disassemble your replica again in order to remove parts that block the insertion of a magazine.
* If you intend to mount a red dot sight on your replica, use a drill to attach the inner barrel to its outer barrel.
* Allow time for the thread locker’s bonding process before moving onto another step. In most cases, 24 hours is enough time for this process to complete itself. Do not touch the bond until after it has been allowed some time to set or else you might ruin this process.
* To maximize the strength of the bond between two threaded parts, put thread locker on both areas where they will be joined together then tighten them together as you screw them in to one another. This helps ensure that the bond sets correctly and does not fail later on when you attach a mock suppressor etc. during a skirmish or game.
* After your barrel assembly is finished, you can attach it to your replica’s slide by inserting a magazine filled with bb’s into the chamber then pushing on some type of retention device such as a button or switch (works best for version 3 Glock replicas).
* To give your replica a more realistic look, spray paint its outer barrel and other exposed parts such as the recoil spring assembly (slide release) etc. in a color that matches your local terrain or environment.
* Take note that while some types of white paint work just fine, spraying a white primer on an aluminum replica may result in a light blue tint after finishing this process. If you do not want your replica to have a light blue tint, use a gray primer instead which works just fine in camouflaging an aluminum surface.
* Outside of using paint primers and paints, you can also put on camo tape or any other type of masking tape if your mock suppressor has a different color compared with your Glock replica’s frame. Camo tape is a convenient way to quickly paint your replica’s outer barrel and other exposed parts.
* If you do not have any camo tape but have duct tape, use that instead since this type of adhesive tape works just as well in camouflaging an aluminum or plastic surface. It also helps prevent scratching or marring the underlying area while serving as a protective barrier.
* Try experimenting with different colors and patterns to create a unique paint pattern on your Glock replica. The process of creating an original pattern is very fun since it allows you to let out your artistic side via painting and color selection. You can use camouflage tape or masking tape in order to make camo patterns which work well in concealing your replica while still keeping it unique.You can also make different types of Glock-like trademarks by using paint pens or stencils to decorate your Glock replica’s slide, sight etc. with phrases like “GLOCK” or other things you want to write on your airsoft gun.