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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. 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.
  2. shawn 666
    "You are what you are used to."
    If you never had an external manual safety you would not know the difference. I believe that if properly trained to respect all aspects of a gun an external safety can only hinder you-"In the heat of the moment" stress can be your worst enemy and forgetting to disengage a manual safety or the added time to do so could be damaging to your defense,and that is what protecting your self with a gun is all about. Shawn.
  3. jp 19
    "people still talking about this??"
    if you want an external safety put one on! there are at least 3 external safeties for Glock that i can think of off hand and they have been around for years. here is one! not being a grammar nazi i could care less how he worded his article. and i need 250 characters to get this to work.


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  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. B00ger
    When you move your finger to the trigger, how much time will you lose pushing this button?
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  6. UrsaNovis
    Wasn't this news back in the late 80s?
  7. SCmasterblaster
    My Otapin is an answer. Once easily inserted, it holds the slide back 6mm. The gun can therefore not fire.
  8. Joseph Senko
    I have firearms with and without safeties. I trained to both under duress. If I go out among the masses, and I have a weapon with a safety, I turn it off. It takes less than a second to switch it off and do so while pulling your weapon. Those are my thoughts. In the military, I carried my 1911A1 hot, quarter cocked and safety on. Train as if one is using a single action revolver. When you draw, take off the safety, cock the hammer and point the weapon. In Nam this is how I did this. I am getting a safety for my G-37 even though I carried it for 10 years. Just need to find a really good gunsmith.
  9. G10
    Only people still discussing this are those who've never owned a revolver.
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  10. thorn137
    This article has been written 1000 times in the past 20 years... so... not bad, but it's saying absolutely nothing notable.