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    Glock Safety

    I have a Glock 36. It's a good shooter and compact. But I am not secure with the Glock triggers. I have not incorporated my model 36 into concealed carry because of that.

    However, I just purchased a "Saf-T-Block" trigger block safety that renders the trigger quite safe. I read about it on a forum somewhere, and searched it out. I installed it today, and it gave me confidence in the safety of my Glock for the first time.

    The block just fits in behind the trigger and blocks all movement. When one draws the pistol, one uses the middle finger to push out the blocking device. It pops out instantly and easily. It is one of those little things that makes a big impact for me. I have a S&W M&P 9c and I'm going to order one for it too.

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    When carried in a holster that covers the trigger guard area, by a properly trained and practiced shooter, Glocks are no more likely to be involved with problems than any other weapon. They are unforgiving of errors, as are virtually all handguns, and the addition of "extra" devices to "improve" safety is usually an attempt to solve a software problem (you not being comfortable with the Glock) by adding extra hardware (things that make it harder to fire, both by mistake AND purposefully, when you need it).

    Please consider the amount of manual dexterity it will take, in a somewhat unnatural direction (side-to-side), to eject that tiny trigger block before you can use the weapon to defend your life in a highly stressful situation. Also consider what will happen if any part of your support hand/fingers/thumb is in the way when you try to eject the device.

    If you decide to "go" with this device for serious purposes, I recommend you ALWAYS use it, for every shot fired from a holster or low-ready position, EVERY time you hit the range. No exceptions. If you can't eject it 100% under calm range and/or competition conditions, then you should reconsider its use for serious purposes.

    I tried it, helped others try it, and we ALL found problems with it in actual use. And I can assure you that the uncomfortable feeling about the Glock trigger action goes away once you are trained and practiced in its use.

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    If you're not comfortable carrying a gun as it is designed, then it's time to look at a different gun; in your case one with a manual safety or a DAO. Like DJ said, you could be setting yourself up for some problems if you ever have to use the gun in self-defense with that Safe-T-Block.
    Last edited by Todd; 05-13-2008 at 07:45 AM.

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    Glocks are perfectly safe weapons, so long as the user is safe. Glocks fire when the trigger is pressed, as designed. Otherwise, they are inert bricks of steel and plastic.

    I've carried Glocks for several years (though my current "summer gun" is a KelTec) with zero issues. My early training in the Modern Technique heavily emphasized Rule Three, and so I have had no problems.

    The various widgets that supposedly make the Glock "safer" actually serve only to clutter an excellent, streamlined design that works extremely well for fighting. They can also make the gun more dangerous to the user, should he need it for defense, by making the gun more complex than it needs to be (DJ Niner's excellent post alludes to this).

    I also second Todd's post - if the Glock design makes you uncomfortable, either get more training or get another gun. A DAO gun is safer than a Glock with a gadget.
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    If you're not comfortable carrying a gun as it is designed, then it's time to look at a different gun
    I'd have to agree with that statement.

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    Got to agree with the above posts. Probably time to consider a new gun. In fact, I would be more than happy to pay shipping if you just wanted to send it down here to me (and you can keep the trigger block thingy) Seriously, the G36 should be a great concealed carry gun being just a tad smaller than the G19 with a bigger bullet. But you need to do whatever you are comfortable with. Good luck.

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    glocks are safe as they are, but if YOUR not comfortable with them the way they are, you really should look at a different gun, say one with a manual safety like the sig, hk, or maybe a 1911. they are all great guns, and if you feel safer with them, that is what is important.

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    that being said, I am the opposite, as I feel more safe with a gun that needs no manipulation other than the trigger pull to be used. Not that it can't be done, but in a defensive situation, I feel MUCH better knowing that all I have to do is pull the trigger, rather than click off the safety and pull the trigger. simple, quick.

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    Actually Teuthis, I both agree with you and the posted responses by everyone. I thought the same way about the Glock until someone pointed out to me that safety-wise a Glock is essentially a revolver. And I would not hesitate to carry a revolver from a safety perspective. However, it is a revolver with a trigger job if you will, in that the force required to fire the Glock is less than the typical DA revolver. I don't carry so I've not had to worry about the issue as you have, but I do see your point. However, if you can accept that it is really not much different from carrying a revolver you may be able to overcome your hesitance.

    You could also consider the SA/DA as an alternative in that it is even more like carrying a revolver until it's fired. Once it's fired you have an even more sensitive trigger than the Glock to deal with when re-holstering, taking cover, etc.


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    Thanks for all the helpful responses. They are appreciated.

    I have been practicing with the Glock trigger blok in my Model 36, and I like it. For me its use is no different than flicking the safety on a 1911 or High Power. It is actually easier than the safety on the High Power, which I carried for years. Nor is it more complex and difficult that the de-cocking mechanisms on the older Smith and Wesson semi-auto pistols. I still have one of those. They still make them too.

    If I were to carry the Glock openly in one of the proper holsters I have, I probably would not use the trigger blok. But I am experimenting with carrying it concealed. The Glock trigger is not really like a double-action revolver. It's trigger can be pulled a lot easier. And I am not "comfortable" with it concealed, from the level of safety I wish to attain; without the trigger blok. But I found out that they do not make them for S&W and have no plans to. It is evidently the Glocks that have been givng people problems with discharges. Live and learn.

    I am also not entirely "comfortable" with the 1911 cocked and locked; unless I have a holster with a strap between the hammer and frame. Even then... Thanks again.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Teuthis View Post
    If I were to carry the Glock openly in one of the proper holsters I have, I probably would not use the trigger blok. But I am experimenting with carrying it concealed.
    I'm confused, how do you plan on carrying the Glock when you carry concealed if not in a holster?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Teuthis View Post
    But I found out that they do not make them for S&W and have no plans to. It is evidently the Glocks that have been givng people problems with discharges. Live and learn.
    I suspect that is a reflection of the popularity of Glocks more than anything. The S&W M&P and Sigma function in a manner very similar to the Glock, as does the Springfield XD.

    Anyway, it isn't weapons that "give people problems" with negligent discharges. It's people. Glocks are perfectly safe in mechanical terms, as is every other modern handgun (except maybe the Ruger SR9 ). It's when people inappropriately place their booger hook on the bang switch that problems arise. This is not an issue to be solved with gadgetry, but an issue that should be addressed through proper training, practice, and holster selection.
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    Todd, I somtimes just like to carry in my pocket. The Glock 36 does fit into my back pocket, and some of my front pockets. I bought it so I could have a 45 acp to conceal, but it has not quite worked out for summer. I also have some small inside the pants holsters and pocket holsters. The fact that the Glock trigger is not like a full, double action bothers me. But my favorite guns historically, the 1911 and Browning High Power, also bother me some now.

    In the past I was highly trained in a number of weapons systems. I knew them very well, and had confidence in myself. Now, I am out of it all. I have not been involved high skill levels for many years; and I do not feel that I can any more attain the level of skills that would make me feel as comfortable as I once was. So I am casting about for solutions to being less capable; and also solutions to the inevitable "senior moments" that I know are in the future. As am armed citizen I wish to be safe above all else.

    The trigger blok does make me feel comfortable, and I can learn the drill for ejecting it as part of the draw. I am now using my trigger finger to eject it. That is quite natural as I slide it forward on the frame when I draw. I think it will work out for me. And thanks for your interest!

    Mike I believe you are right. The ubiquity of the Glock, and some of the bad press about AD's makes this little device a realistic profit center; for Glocks. It sure makes me feel better about my model 36. I wish they would make them for S&W's too.

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    I have many times carried a Glock 26 in the pocket. The key is to use a proper pocket holster: http://www.usgalco.com/HolsterPT3.as...&CatalogID=393. Many good holster companies offer pocket holsters.
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    I would think the trigger block thingy might, at times, make it even more dangerous to carry. What if someone inadvertently fumbles their finger around the trigger (under stress) and knocks the block out and pulls the trigger back............also, what if the block is NOT pushed out in time to protect yourself? Just a thought. I've carried Glocks in pockets quite a bit and all I have to remember is not to put my finger on the trigger 'till I'm ready to shoot (applies to all guns I think) and ................ keep in mind, pockets do not have fingers. Just my $.02

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    I think this all boils down to what should be our HGF motto; "Keep your booger hook off the bang switch."

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    Sounds like you should carry a Springfield XD which has a grip safety.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Water-Man View Post
    Sounds like you should carry a Springfield XD which has a grip safety.

    Which still requires a proper holster and proper gunhandling.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Mike Barham View Post
    Which still requires a proper holster and proper gunhandling.
    Wait a minute, you're saying that because my XD's have grip safeties, I still have to observe proper gun handling and have a holster? Get outta here!

    Why am I thinking Deja Vu here? Concealed comparo - springfield arms vs taurus

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    If the triggerblock makes you feel more comfortable, then by all means use it.

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