Bearing Arms reports that Iowa sheriff Mike Johnstone, who opposed allowing “shall issue” gun permits in that state, has shot himself while trying to clean his Glock.
Johnstone removed the magazine from his pistol but failed to do a chamber check before squeezing the trigger as part of the Glock design’s standard takedown process.
While allowing citizens to carry firearms in public has not resulted in “blood in the streets,” carelessness by “highly-trained professionals” … oh, never mind.
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.