Originally Posted by BILLYBOB44
From these last 2 post-Glocks are unsafe to carry with a round in the chamber?? A lot of LEO's have carried them HOT for a long time (years) without many mistakes. I don't own a Glock, so tell me. Is a Glock more unsafe than other semi-autos, when carried with a round chambered?
The standard Glock safe-action trigger is a relatively light 5.5 lbs. Because of the lack of manual safety, carrying a Glock pistol chamber loaded without a holster to cover the trigger can result in something capturing the trigger, potentially overcoming the trigger safety and the gun going KaBlooey!
An officer a local department here had a chamber loaded Glock pistol in a back pack a few years ago. I'm not sure how he secured it in the backpack, but it became dislodged and an ink pen slipped into the trigger guard. The right amount of shake, rattle, and roll ended up in an negligent discharge. Thankfully no one was injured.
This is actually something to consider with any firearm, manual safety or not, when transported with a loaded chamber. The backup scenario could have occurred with any piece transported haphazardly.
Reholstering into a concealment rig with clothing bunched up can result in clothing being trapped between the trigger and the holster, inadvertently pressing the trigger. This can occur slightly easier with striker-fired pistols because of the lighter first trigger pull and the lack of a hammer to telegraph the problem (if you rest your thumb on the hammer while reholstering).
My personal opinion is that as long as you understand the workings of the firearm and treat it with respect, the Glock and other striker-fired pistols are not less safe, just different.
I'm writing this before going to be so hopefully its fairly coherent.