OK. *For those of you tuning in late, you might want to bring yourself up to speed by reading over the following thread on the old board: LINK
willi, here's my explanation.
I think Bacchus said it best when he suggested, 'the gun is very safe in competent hands' - and that's really the crux of my position. *You very well may be a person well versed in pistolcraft; I have no clue because I don't know you, but if say you're a serious enthusiast that takes his gun handling and marksmanship seriously, I'll stipulate to that. *Thus, when wielded in your hands or the hands of another competent individual, Glocks can be considered a safe weapon. *But it's all relative.
When Glock was initially designed, it was done so for the Austrian Armed Forces. *Of those personnel deemed appropriate to carry a sidearm in addition to the battle rifle, the Glock was it. However, the pistol was initially designed with the express intent to be carried chamber empty, as the make-ready protocol and training for the Aussies involved a draw, charge, point and fire scenario.
Regardless of what someone might tell you, the Glock line is not, and I repeat NOT
, a DA (double-action) design. *Glock's action is actually proprietary - they call it 'Safe Action' but the weapon system is really an SA (single-action) with unique safety features, i.e., the internal trigger 'safety.'
The Glock, when carried chamber hot, is capable of discharging in a very finite set of circumstances even if you don't pull the trigger. *There have been a small number of LEO training scenarios which have resulted in Glocks actually discharging while in an officer's holster for instance (one such incident on the west coast involved a baton blow to the side of the holstered pistol during a defensive tactics drill). Other discharges have resulted from the weapon being dropped on a hard surface, usually involving a strike to the rearmost portion of the slide.
The comparatively light trigger pull of the Glock line was addressed when the NYPD adopted Glock as the new sidearm for the force of 30,000 some-odd cops. *Accused of being too much of a 'hair trigger,' Glock altered the trigger pull of the weapons ordered and deployed them throughout the ranks of the NYPD. *The 'New York Trigger' was born, one requiring a much harder pull in order to get the gun to go bang.
Anyway, the general point I'm trying to make is... go ahead and love your Glock. *It's a fine weapon and it's quite popular (due in large part to Hollywood). *Yet the statement you made in the thread referenced up above, 'a Glock is the safest pistol made, bar none' isn't really born out in truth, at least not as far as I'm concerned. *But I didn't really take your comment as some fellow getting sanctimonious as much as it sounded like a guy who really loves the 'Fantastic Plastic' sounding off about his favorite pistol. *So no offense.
In summary, I maintain that Glock isn't the safest personal defense weapon for the average end user. *A modern, transfer-bar DA revolver is unquestionably safer as a knock around the nightstand home defense gun and is a bit more idiot proof than just about any automatic, Glock included. *Especially at 0-dark-thirty in the morning when some asshole's coming through your patio door and you're coming out of a deep sleep with all of twenty seconds to react...
YMMV - I just tell you what I tell you based on 15 years of law enforcement experience, most of those spent as an enthusiast handgunner to boot.
Edit: a couple typos, because I'm anal.