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Letter: Glock inadvertent discharge

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Posted: Wednesday, October 2, 2013 12:00 am

Randy Braziel was incorrect in his letter to the editor of Sept. 17 regarding double-action/single-action. The Glock is single-action only. The Glock is the most dangerous pistol I know of on the market. Ironically, it is branded the “Glock Safety Pistol.” That is hilarious, but not funny.

Glock brags about its three internal safeties. The problem is, they don’t do anything for safety except prevent the gun from firing if it is dropped. Otherwise, all it takes to fire the gun is to pull the trigger — which comes with a light trigger pull. There is no external safety, no double-action feature, no external round-in-the-chamber indicator, nor visible cartridge feature (showing part of the brass cartridge chambered into the bore), and no manual disabling feature. As a comparison, the Ruger LC9 has all the above features.

Notwithstanding the dangerous Glock design, many police agencies choose to issue it. The Lodi Chief commented in an interview that he adopted the admittedly dangerous Glock because he didn’t want the officer to have to stop and think for the moment necessary to disengage an external safety, in a stressful situation. It takes about a second and a half to put a bullet in somebody after a trained officer disengages an external safety. Wouldn’t that half-second pause before killing somebody be a good idea?

Police used to carry fiveor six-shot Smith & Wesson .38-caliber revolvers in holsters with flaps over the butt of the gun. In San Francisco the officers discreetly carried the sidearm under their thigh-length uniform jacket. It was not uncommon to hear a career police officer say with pride that he had never drawn his weapon in his years of service. The militarized police today are a far cry from those days.

But what is more dangerous to the officer now than then? If anything, I would venture that more citizens carried weapons back in the day than do today. The police today need to show more courage and steadiness, and not demonstrate a hysterical “officer safety,” trigger happy, fast draw, empty-the-magazine attitude.

Edward G. Brooks


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