Become proficient in stance, grip, and trigger control... with a .22...... once you learn to hit the target consistently, THEN worry about caliber. Select the caliber you can control and hit your target with. You have to try different calibers to see which you prefer. Remember there is a trade-off in handguns..... lighter guns, with shorter barrels, carry easier, but will generate more perceived recoil than heavier, longer-barreled guns.
Carrying a .500 S&W wouldn't help you if you couldn't hit your intended target with it.
What is the big deal about pulling a trigger to take it apart. Once you pull the slide back and you check that nothing is chambered in there what is the big deal? What do you do with any pistol that doesn't have a hammer or decocker when you go to unload it. Do you leave it cocked or pull the trigger and decock?
A good holster that covers the trigger will prevent the gun from discharging and there is no reason anyone should be re holstering outside your daily gun handling routine. My pocket gun stays in the holster and my hand; keys, coins etc stay out of the pocket period. Guns go off when you pull the trigger or an object other than your finger comes in contact with the trigger. Stick to a safe routine of handling a loaded and unloaded gun and be consistent.
At the end of the day I carefully remove with gun still in holster from my pocket and place in my night stand gunvault still loaded and pointing toward exterior walls. In the morning I carefully remove gun still in holster from my gunvault and place in my pocket. (The gun never leaves the holster) Accidental discharges occur when you change up your routine or get careless while handing a loaded or unloaded gun. (Treat every gun as if it was loaded) If you can't focus don't handle a gun loaded or unloaded. If you are a multi task personality don't handle a loaded or unloaded gun until you can break yourself of that habit. I chewed my teenage daughters butt off once for bringing her cell phone to the gun range and texting. You can't do a million things and handle a gun.
A search and investigation of Glock ADs (not NDs) will show up many with no finger involved.A collapsed holster,the Serpa with debris in it,etc.,etc.The OP does S&R which could very well pose circumstances that a reholster could do this.It would suck if you,re searching the woods and an animal threat stops,so you reholster and a stick in the thick brush you're in boots one down your leg.
A LEO was exiting his car and smacked the grip of his Glock on the wheel,discharging the gun-I don't recall if he took it or missed his leg.An investigation came to the conclusion that the piece of frame that was breaking off had wedged in the right spot and when the grip hit and twisted the frame it tripped the striker.Don't know,don't care.Many agencies have left the Glock.A year or 2 ago a Canadian (I believe) department had problems and was printed in a mag or paper for that profession.Glock immediately threatened to sue them and it majically disappeared 2 days after I saw it-no trace of it searching everywhere,HMMM.
The design is not great,the safety is in the trigger so why have it at all?There's a FP safety as far as I know so the the trigger safety is unnecessary if dropped,it's marketing hype for the ignorant.For decades Glock was known to have unsupported chambers and many KBs in some 9s and the 40s and it took them quite a while to remedy it because they said it wasn't their fault,it was user error.They would also KB when light connectors were used in some guns because the the slide and trigger bar rubbed the last of the pull and started pulling it out of lockup,unsupporting the case even more.I've been around since before Glock started and have seen documented cases of this and more for decades,sorry.If you think the gun is the greatest thing since sliced bread more power to you,I prefer better designs and quality.
Now,alot of the ADs are really NDs that are trying to pass it off on the design and are proven so.Alot of reholsters are from a finger,the weapon wasn't clear before disassembly,etc.Happens all the time with any gun design.Things happen in situations where your main focus is on something else over reholstering and this is where the Glock fails,there is no possible way for my 1911,HK or Beretta 92 to go off reholstering so it's one less thing for me to worry about.
Ok I will admit I had a complete and total brain and forgot about the 1911 grip safety. So remove all the guns with the grip safeties (still relying on a mechanical piece to insure your safety) any other gun not just Glock can AD.
I was also sitting here thinking. If you are holstering the gun more than likely your hand is going to be on the grip. With your hand on the grip you are pressing the grip safety in and the AD could still happen. I did it with my XD all the time. Of course i know a guy who still has a gen 1 glock he has been carrying for God only knows how long, and several other people who carry a Glock on an everyday basis. No accidental disacharges around here.
Ha Ha on the brain,no worries.When I holster an auto my thumb is on the back of the slide by habit,so I'm off the GS completely because I desensitize mine some.The thumb safety locks the slide closed while on safe but it's just ingrained for me to do it.
You are correct,any 'safe action' type gun can go off and has before,I'm not a fan at all of the design,that's why I like the USP so much.I have and have had and used slide safeties alot but that's a design that just irritates me and once it's holstered the safety comes off most of the time.I always draw as the safety is being taken off and never missed the safety,but if Murphy's Law is going to hit me it will be with that design.
All ADs (not NDs) I've seen were either a colapsed holster or some type of debris was in the way.This showed up as a flaw of the Serpa holster after training on the ground.A few went off but most of the time it locked the gun in once it was seated in.Then there's the draw NDs.
Anyway,all's good man,I just think the design is ill thought out and unnecessarily opens the door to a problem that has happened-not alot,but it has.I feel the design of the 1911 and USP safety is the best going so far,but diversity is what makes the world go round.
Oh ok. I have never seen anyone holster by holding the slide. Usually the full shooting grip with the finger off the trigger. I found a picture the other day of a guy who shot himself in the leg, went through his jeans, grazed his leg, out of his jeans, through the car seat and through the frame. it showed a picture of the holster that had collapsed and pushed the trigger. Of course at that moment i can't blame the gun nor the "safe action". The hoslter was worn out and he said he noticed the crease in the holster. I am satisfied that is he had of replaced the holster then he would not have had any problems. Of course me being parnoid I always check the inside and outside of holsters I have used over long period of time.
I still haven't found a gun that is 100% safe though.
I agree with that to a point,any gun can have an issue and AD or what we were talking about,but the majority of unsafe is the nut holding it.The only way I see a gun as totally safe is if it's broke and sits over the mantle or doubles as a paperweight.
I think I know the collapsed holster deal you're talking about,there's been a few over the years so they all kind of jumble together in the head.
Later man,we should let this rest since we're off topic.
Lumiis, if at all possible, find a gun store with its own range so you can try out a few different firearms. Talk to your co-workers, see what they're carrying. Get advice from your PD. Probably most important, don't lock in on getting a Glock, "just because". The firearm is not gonna do you much good if you flinch every time you pull the trigger, so maybe plan on starting out with a smaller caliber then moving up later when you feel comfortable and confident that you're ready. For the situation you described (in the brush, working) the holster is going to be very important keeping your firearm safe, so take your time and talk with anyone who will talk with you. In any event, once you decide, plan on shooting and shooting and shooting. Then plan on shooting some more.
How about never drawing your gun from the holster?
Bersa Thunder .380
Bersa BP9cc 9mm
Ruger SR9c 9mm
PX4 Storm compact 9mm
Look at all of these
All you're doing is trying to force your own choice onto someone else's needs and requirements.
This has more to do with validating your own choice than with trying to help someone else solve his problem.
If you truly believe that your G26 will solve the problem at hand, please provide explanations and evidence which will help prove your bald assertion, and which will aid in convincing us of that truth.
If you spend the necessary time to practice, and follow the cardinal rules of gun handling, the Glock or any other quality striker fired handgun will not shoot anyone you don't intend to shoot...same as with a revolver. If a person is haphazard enough to accidentally fire a Glock, he would very likely be haphazard enough to screw up with anything else, too.
In your described situation, I would probably choose a Glock 19. A properly loaded and aimed 9mm will accomplish as much as a .45 (my favorite handgun chambering) and will be lighter to carry ammo for. Glocks are utilitarian tools and don't really 'fit' anybody's hand, but they function very well in a dirty environment and hit where they are aimed. I've never seen a decent shooter pick up one and not be able to shoot it well, regardless of how much he professed not to like them (myself included, before I gave in and admitted the truth).