Safety in Question (?)
Submitted by Joe Nizzari
of Fire, LLC
Before you click on the below
link and read the article, please keep this in mind: "guns are bad
and Glocks are more dangerous than most" the sensationalist press
screams... but if you read between the lines and know *something* about
firearms technology, handling firearms safely, AND personal responsibility...
it's essentially a non-issue.
police gun prone to accidental firing Detriot
are probably one of the best combat handguns since John Moses Browning's
1911 Government Model. Glock represents the new generation of combat weaponry,
and by no means will I put down this fine, fine handgun. As a matter of
fact, when I recommend defensive handguns to my students, Glock is alway
in the top three, with Sig-Sauer and Heckler and Koch in that group respectively.
Unfortunately I have known three people who have shot themselves with
Glocks (none fatally) within the past seven years. All of them (including
a police officer) received self-inflicted wounds because of omitting one
very important firearms safety rule: "Always keep your
finger off the trigger until ready to shoot."
A safety is a man made, mechanical device subject to failure, and the
liberal media would lead you to believe that the warm and fuzzy notion
of a mechanical safety will prevent accidents by even the most experienced
gun handlers. The only true safety in the handling and operation of any
type of equipment (especially firearms) is COMMON SENSE
and THE OPERATOR.
A Glock out of the box has a 5.5 lb. trigger pull (about that of any semi-auto
in single action). Any Glock owner can get a "New York Trigger"
spring (approx. 11.5 lbs.) installed very inexpensively. The 11.5 lb.
spring would be equivalent to most double action revolvers (which have
no manual safeties) and most double action semi-autos.
As far as the Glock being converted to full-auto: any person with criminal
intent can convert ANY firearm to operate in full-auto mode no matter
how many steps the factory takes to prevent it. A criminal is a criminal
is a criminal, and they will always find ways to defeat stops put in place
to prevent criminal activity.