The reasoning behind the Glock’s safety is as follows:
1. If you want to fire the weapon, you depress the trigger.
2. If you want to fire the weapon, you must release the safety.
3. One way to be assured that you have depressed the safety when you want to fire the weapon is to put it where it must be depressed when you pull the trigger.
4. The striker in the Glock is about 1/3 cocked before you depress the trigger, not enough to discharge the primer on the round in the chamber. This pre-cock somewhat reduces the trigger pull.
5. The partially cocked striker can not hit the primer unless the internal safety (located in the center of the trigger) is depressed.
The Glock is made to balance reliability, safety, and speed of operation. It is the preferred sidearm of some people, as designed. Because of relatively high rate of inadvertant discharge, some police departments required changes, such as the higher trigger pull variant called the “New York Trigger” required by the PDNY.
Other people disagree with the balance struck by its designers, and so make different choices.
I have a Smith and Wesson double action revolver in .45 ACP. It will also discharge if you pull the trigger, and it has no external safety at all except the operator, and the trigger mechanism. It is not normally carried about while cocked. Not very concealable, but that is my choice. Yours may differ.
Russian approach: “Is gun. Is not supposed to be safe.”
Thank you for the explanation on the Glock trigger safety. And I like the quote!
Russian approach: Is gun. Is not supposed to be safe.
My old man used to say how Skill-saws and guns scared him (he was a builder and a hunter). “But - I also have all my fingers and never shot anything I didn’t want to!” (I’m thinking “scared” wasn’t quite the right word for it - but it worked on me as a kid using both of them. (Although I must admit when it comes to skill-saws, chain saws and other items spinning at high rpms next to my body - scared fits pretty well!)