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Article Glock Safety - Does Glock Need an External Safety?

Safe action refers to the firing pin lock system in which the firearm manufacturer Glock created to be utilized in majority of the pistols. Glock...
By Editor, Jun 29, 2016 | Updated: Jun 29, 2016 | | |
  1. Editor
    Safe action refers to the firing pin lock system in which the firearm manufacturer Glock created to be utilized in majority of the pistols. Glock is a very safe type of gun and it simply cannot fire unless its trigger is fully squeezed, yet there are comments regarding Glock and its lack of safety.

    As you can observe, there are various discussions that you can read right over the internet about Glock safety. If you are very curious, you probably have read different articles. There are also lots of topics most of the gun owners discuss. But there is one thing most gun owners share and that is their belief that Glock is unsafe.

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    Glock Safe Action Pistols

    The Glock pistols are primarily equipped with fully-automatic safety system. This is consists of three different passive levels of independently operating safeties.

    · Internal-only mechanical safeties. This is sequentially disengaged when the trigger is mainly pulled and then automatically reengages when trigger is released. As trigger is then pulled, three different inline safety mechanisms are usually disengaged. The striker is moved backward right within the pistol. This is responsible for increasing the tension on firing pin spring.

    · The second, the striker firing mechanism of the gun is locked in place by the extension bar that is linked to the trigger. Striker could not move unless the trigger is depressed. This drop safety is considered as the last safety to be disengaged if the trigger is pressed and completely automatic. This mainly prevents premature separation of trigger bar and action cycles, trigger bar moves in an upward direction.

    · The third one is the firing pin block, which is actuated by the same extension bar that prevents the pin coming to contact with primer unless the trigger is pressed in order to clear the block. Even though this is generally not considered as the safety feature, its resting state has the striker in ‘half-cooked’ state. Therefore, upon pressing the trigger, it will then fully cook the weapon right before the striker. There would be no concern for decocking because of the fact that the three safeties are engaged when the trigger is in forward position.

    But there are still lots of gun owners who use external safety. This is mainly because of the features and benefits that it has. With external safety, it will help in preventing accidental discharge of a certain weapon. But if you do not have your own muscle memory built up that you release safety when ready to fire, chances are you will forget to disengage safety in heat of the moment if you ever have to utilize a certain pistol for personal defense. If you buy a gun that does not have external safety or even safety of trigger such as Glock, always remember the rule of the thumb: never put your finger on trigger right until you are ready to fire.

    There are lots of discussions as to whether or not Glock is safe and need an external safety. The good thing is that, there is no certain manual mechanical safety the Glock users must remember to utilize, nor complicating features like decockers or double to single action transitions right in the operation. Since Glock has few parts and customizable accessory rails, this is absolutely suited to almost all operators.

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  1. Patrol309
    "Glock Safety"
    I've owned Glocks since the 1990s when they first started coming to the US. IMO, the biggest problem people have is carrying the gun chambered and then not having a quality holster to protect the trigger from AD. Other automatics with grip, decock and other safeties, are not so dependent in having their trigger protected. Glock is a no nonsense point and shoot handgun. For that reason it's more important to well trained in weapon retention.
  2. JohnnyJ
    "Does Glock need a safety"
    Excellent Article. Every person is different. Those that say Glock does not need an external safety, That is what they want. Those that say Glock needs an external safety is what they want. It is all about the person, not the gun. I can go either way.

    I can tell you from experience as a former LEO and Chief. When it comes to a fight for your firearm. You all will wish there was an external safety.
  3. Joco34
    "External need for safeties, again!"
    I have been an Army officer for 22 years, then a Federal LE for 20. I have seen first hand four negligent discharges of weapons, two were Colt Army issued 1911's in the field, one was an Army issued Berretta 92 inside of a mess tent, and one was a Glock 22 in a clearing barrel at a cleaning station. Three had external safeties, one did not. The only reliable safety is the one between your ears.


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  1. kwo
    It has one between our ears.
  2. kwo
    All guns need external safety's ,mostly mounted between our ears !
  3. skyfall
    This has been covered numerous times and I did not even read the posts. If you need a manual safety,do not buy a striker fired firearm.That's all I am going to write.
  4. TRIGGER_1
    Does Glock Need an External Safety............Never...............:deadhorse:
  5. Two Shoes
    I would certainly like the option.
    When CCP's first hit the scene I saw more idiot clerks selling Glocks to women to carry them in their purses NO holster!, and could not believe it.(most of these women were first time gun owners!)
    What a negligent discharge waiting to happen.
  6. Rock Ape
    A safety is a mechanical device that will fail when needed and will activate at the most inopportune time. Any guns safety is the yahoo behind the gun.
  7. JohnnyJ
    If you like an external safety put it on. If you do not then Don't. It is not about right or wrong. It is about what you want. It has nothing to due about time. It is about what you feel comfortable with and what works for you. Anybody saying you do not need one, pay no attention to them.
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  8. B00ger
    When you move your finger to the trigger, how much time will you lose pushing this button?
    1. glockbiker
      And on a revolver?
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  10. UrsaNovis
    Wasn't this news back in the late 80s?