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. user1
    "Does Glock Need an External Safety"
    From the Titled Article:
    1."There are also lots of topics most of the gun owners discuss. 2. But there is *one thing most gun owners share and that is their belief that Glock is unsafe." (*mine)
    The *comment above is blatantly ignorant or intentionally false; a Clue that the Article is biased and tailored for the uninitiated.

    There are long standing practices regarding the handling of a firearm. First and foremost in my book is the Rule: "keep your finger off the trigger" unless you are fully ready to discharge the firearm.
    IF you want to add an aftermarket "safety" to a Glock pistol please do so; it is your right. Always "Keep your finger off the trigger" unless you are fully ready to discharge the firearm.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.


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  1. FLHTK
    All safeties are between your ears. don't pull the trigger it doesn't go bang. Period. If you want an external safety just remember. Repetition, safety off before you can fire. You DON'T want to say " Is the safety on or off " Have fun be safe
  2. Joe Farese
    One of the beauties of the clock is that it's ready to go, why muck it up. There are plenty of firearms with safeties , buy one of those, don't mess with " perfection"!
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  3. AeroEngineer
    Guys I am not being extreme but, Really, learn the weapon and practice, practice and practice.
    The index finger of the right or left hand is the only and best external safety.
  4. joecarp
    In a Police department qualification shoot to prove of ability to carry a gun, After you qualify the range master says over the PA system. Drop you magazines, Rack your slide to the rear and visually and physically ensure there not rounds in your weapon. Release the slide and holster your weapon. All of a sudden after the last command we hear a shot and one of the officers was on the ground. They had an empty gun and still shot themselves in the Butt. The safety on the S & W was not put on the empty weapon, Aurora PD between 1995 and 2000. I does not happen very often but it does happen to a person who carries a loaded weapon on a daily basis and when entering the range the 4 rules of safety with guns, "Treat all weapons as if they are loaded". If you feel safer with a weapon I do not see any reason you buy one that has a safety but for those of us who like and respect a Glock without an external don't force your preference on us who follow the Treat all weapons as if they are loaded rules.
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  5. SteveTree
    The new Sig for the military has a saftey. Civilian model does not. LI believe it is still striker fired. I guess after all these years im surprised Glock does not offer a saftey as an option.
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  6. joecarp
    I often wonder why others feel an external safety is required for Glocks for years I carried a wheel gun and either was not smart enough to find and use the safety on the wheel gun or an external safety was not needed for a double action revolver.
  7. SteveTree
    As i see it, if a gun has no saftey, pull the trigger it goes bang. If you have one in the chamber in any Glock, pull the trigger, it goes bang. If you have a gun, one in the chamber, saftey on, doesnt go bang. Now convince me Glock is safer, please.
    1. Borg Warner
      All guns are dangerous but a Glock is safe if you ONLY pull the trigger when you want to fire the gun.

      The problem is that most people develop a very bad habit from an early age of instinctively holding a gun with their fingers on the trigger. They see this on television and in the movies.

      It requires training to break this habit and to learn to keep the finger OUT of the trigger guard until your sights are on target and you are ready and willing to fire the gun.
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  8. kwo
    It has one between our ears.
  9. kwo
    All guns need external safety's ,mostly mounted between our ears !
  10. 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.