Why I Don’t Own a Glock

A small child managed to fire a police officer’s holstered Glock 35 pistol, wounding the policeman in the leg. More info here.

Glock pistols are probably the most common type found in police holsters now days. There are two reasons. One is that Glock is very aggressive with their pricing in a time of tight budgets. The other is that, like double action revolvers, Glocks are easy to shoot. The only external safety is on the trigger, so pulling the trigger disengages the safety, firing the pistol.

My objection to the Glock is that it’s too easy to shoot. The standard trigger requires much less force to pull than a double action revolver’s. I prefer a pistol with at least one external safety (not on the trigger) which must be manipulated in order for the weapon to fire. For example, a Model 1911 pistol requires that the thumb safety be set off and the grip safety be fully depressed before the trigger can cause the pistol to fire. The M9 pistol currently issued by the Armed Forces requires that the thumb safety be set off before it can be fired.

It appears that the cop, who is supposed to be a highly-trained SWAT officer, was openly carrying his Glock in a holster that did not cover the trigger. That looks like gross negligence to me. A small child pulled the trigger in this incident. Brushing up against a stiff branch on a bush could have done the same thing.

But remember, it’s only those highly trained government agents who can be trusted with firearms.

UPDATE—The Model 1911A1 pistol.M1911_C_A_D.001

6 thoughts on “Why I Don’t Own a Glock

  1. I carry a S&W Model 59 Stainless. It’s the best combat 9mm ever made, in my opinion. It has an external safety, but I still carry it in a holster that guards the trigger. Sometimes I wish it was a bit smaller though because in the summer, it “prints” to easy under normal summer wear.

    • I still have a S&W 645, the .45 ACP big brother of the 59, in my pistol locker. I’ve never been a big fan of double-action first shot. I prefer DAO if I’m stuck with double-action. My 9 of choice is still the Browning Hi Power.

  2. “My objection to the Glock is that it’s too easy to shoot. The standard trigger requires much less force to pull than a double action revolver’s.”

    As a person who has used single and double action revolvers since 1970 and never owned a 1911 type pistol, I bought a Glock _because_ like a revolver there was no external safety other than the trigger. I have never learned to use that safety and in a stress situation remembering to do it sounded to me like just another way to get killed.

    That was my reasoning.

    But you have a point about how easy the Glock trigger is to pull. In learning to use the Glock 19 for my concealed carry class I did have an incident at the range where I fired an aimed shot, was coming back own in recoil, and unintentionally fired a second shot that hit about a foot above where I had previously aimed. Since then I have practiced holding the trigger down when I fire and then letting it up to re-activate it only once the target is re-acquired in my sights.

    All the above is leading to this question. I don’t see myself re-learning to use a 1911 type pistol for self-defense. I don’t have any experience with semi-automatic pistols other than Glock. I have heard a lot of good things about SIGs, but have never shot one.

    Is there a good quality make, like SIG, DA-only pistol that more closely emulates the double action revolver pull that you would recommend? I would prefer DA-only with a heavier pull, but a good smooth, long pull that can be mastered with practice?

    Thanks for your post. It was informative and makes a good point.


    • It’s all a matter of practice and becoming comfortable with what you use. Wiping off the safety as the sights are aligned on the target is something I’ve been doing for 50+ years.

      If someone shoots well, I never argue with his choice of firearm. A hit with a .22 is better than a miss with a .44.

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