Chris's Firearms Opinions

Glock Pistols  updated 2/16/2002

If you are a police officer who wants to lower the load you must carry all day, and you keep your gun strapped in a genuine holster at all times, a Glockmight be a good idea for you provided you really, really, really have trained to keep your finger off the trigger until you are about to shoot.  The same might apply to someone carrying a concealed gun in a holster all day, and you really are properly trained.   It seemed like so many Cops accidentally shot people when they switched to Glocks that there were law suits filed.  NYC even had Glock make a "NY" version with twice the normal trigger pull to be "safer."

If you are a plain Joe (or Jane) and will keep a pistol on a top shelf, or in a desk drawer, or tucked behind the car seat -- don't get a Glock.  No matter how much hype you might read from Glock and the members of the Glock religious cult, it has nothing like a manual safety.  Reach up on that top shelf, pick it up the wrong way, and off it will go -- Bang!  Get an auto pistol with a true safety system -- a Beretta, a Sig, or an HK.  Leave the potential death-traps to the professionals.

Another option pointed out to me by a reader is get the Glock, but never leave it with a round in the chamber.  If that sounds OK to you, that would be safe.  Just be really sure if you have a round chamber or not, and don't forget to chamber a round if you need to use it!

Now don't get me wrong, especially all you Glock owners out there -- a Glock is a fine, well made, excellently performing pistol.  It just doesn't meet minimum safety standards.

One last point though.  If just read the previous sections and you're saying to yourself, over and over, but it does have a "safety", it does, it does -- I'm sorry, it really doesn't have a manual safety.  I design industrial control systems for industrial machines like presses and machines that use robots.  If there is any other Controls Engineer out there that wouldn't laugh hysterically at the idea of an Arming button sticking straight out of the middle of the Fire button, so both can be pushed with a single finger stroke (or elbow poke), drop me a line.

Update 2/6/2002 from CNN Headline News:  A police officer was visiting her daughter's school today when she dropped her Glock 9mm pistol and it went off wounding a ten year old student.  "This is the same pistol that has been abandoned by many Police Departments due to problems with its safety."  (Other reports indicate she pulled the trigger while re-holstering, much more likely.)

This is a very interesting story.  The Glock fans have already condemned the officer as 100% to blame, "should be an IQ Test", "the dumb broad", etc.  Yes, she must not have been properly trained, because we all know the gun is perfect, therefore any and all accidents are blamed on lack of user training.

But consider this -- this was a trained person.  Not a homeowner who had some 4 hour course and tried the gun at the range twice.  A trained police officer with full supervised training by a police firearms instructor, and an officer of many years who has practiced and requalified many times with her Glock.  Are certain are you that your training with a Glock will be even more extensive?  How much training does one need to be safe?  Can you be certain all you need is "proper" training, that the gun itself is a safe design to start with?  Bet your life?  Your child's?

So to repeat this in a little different way, let's say your pistol tucked away somewhere like this:

You really need it someday, so you reach in and grab it.  No, it's not in a holster on your hip, this isn't written for the police, it's for you, for that gun you keep stashed away somewhere.  Now let's see what could happen with different types of gun safety systems.

I already know the Glock cult reply.  Well, if you're trained properly... blah blah blah... act calmly when that prowler breaks in... blah blah blah blah...  Yes, and a portable circular saw doesn't really need a guard on the blade if you think about it -- just proper training and careful use.  For more along that line, see Good Guns -- Bad Users.

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