Do GLOCKs Have Safeties? GLOCK Safeties Explained
The GLOCK series of pistols have been a firearms success story if ever there was one. Originally developed by Gaston Glock in response to specifications for a new Austrian military pistol, the pistol is revolutionary.
The use of polymer, as a material for the frame and certain internal parts, while not new, was certainly never popular prior to GLOCK introducing the Model 17. When police departments began the switch to semiautos in the eighties, many departments wanted a pistol that combined the simplicity of a revolver with the efficiency of the semiautomatic pistol.
The most misunderstood safety on the GLOCK is the trigger safety
Thus, a new breed of pistols, which had internal, but not external, safeties was born. Police administrators could understand internal safeties because the tried and true revolver had one. Safe if dropped, but not if the trigger is pulled. So it is with the GLOCK.
There are three passive, automatic safeties designed into each GLOCK pistol, the trigger safety, the firing pin safety and the drop safety.
The most misunderstood safety on the Glock is the trigger safety. Most "gunwriters" do not truly understand this safety, or if they do, they do not seek to explain it fully.
Everyone knows that inertia can fire a pistol dropped on its muzzle if the firing pin is not secured by a safety be it manual or a firing pin block e.g. Series 80 Colt. What most people haven't thought of, however, is that a striker fired pistol can fire from inertia if dropped on its rear end, unless the trigger is secured in some fashion.
The ingenious solution incorporated by Gaston Glock in his design is the trigger safety, the main purpose of which is to prevent inertial firing if the pistol is dropped or receives a hard blow to its rear.