Originally Posted by G21.45
The principal reason I decided to carry a Glock for CCW is because, if I ever have to blow some BG out of his shoes, I'm not going to have to cry over surrendering one of my Colt Government Model 1911A-1's to the police, and then have to worry about how it's doing inside a cold damp evidence locker for up to a year or more.
That's a good point that I hadn't thought of, and I totally agree. As a former LEO who took care of the Property Room, I know what you mean. We had all firearms [handguns], which had to be sent to the Crime Lab for testing, stored in the boxes or large evidence envelopes they came back from the Lab in. I couldn't open them (Chain of Evidence, you know) to wipe them down or clean them. The Saturday Night Specials I could have cared less about, but I didn't want a good one (like yours) sitting on the shelf or hanging on a peg hook if I could help it. The Department was too cheap to buy or construct a special area for firearms that could be dehumidified.
In "cut & dried" cases (if such a thing exists!) such as a homeowner defending him/herself against an intruder, I'd lock the door and clean it anyway. Hey, if you catch me Boss, just put my reprimand on top of all the others.
I DID find an inexpensive accessory at the last Gun Show that alleviated all my "uneasiness" about the Glock. After carrying my 1911 on duty (locked & cocked), no external safety on the Glocks worried me a little. This accessory cost me all of about 13 bucks and is a little half-moon piece of polymer that fits behind the Glock trigger. It's adjustable for tension and with practice it pops out while drawing with your trigger finger and causes no delay in engaging a target. This now makes me feel ok about carrying a round chambered. So simple, yet comforting.