Editor, The Armory Life
Ah, Glock has 2 automatic safety’s, they have a striker safety which is automatic and they got the blade trigger safety, just no grip safety, most Sig P320’s don’t have a manual safety either, your finger is the best safety there is, just don’t put it inside the trigger guard and on the trigger until you are ready to shoot, plain and simple. All those ND issues in my opinion are owner inflicted due to poor or lack of training with the weaponYet, even then, folks do end up with a firearm that over time the ownership experience was not what they expected and they sour on their purchase.
With all the riots in 2020, people were buying their first firearm, and what was trendy, a Glock. Saw an interview with several gun shops owners talking about the number of Glocks being resold, the biggest reason the first time owner never realized they did not have a manual safety. So yes what you say is true, many people put as much forethought into their first firearm purchase no more than going to the local gunshop and purchasing what was on the shelf, and Glock is a name they've heard of.....
I still have to admit, the appearance of the firearm plays into the decision for me, but other factors as well. And also avoiding what is trendy, as well as the lack of a manual safety, is why Glocks don't appeal to me.
I like Springfield XD-M's despite no manual safety, but they have two automatic safeties, which was a selling point, no automatic safety, but your finger has to be on the trigger and hand around the grip at the same time? Better than just pressure on the trigger, IMO.
I have bought plenty of guns without actually handling or shooting them first and there hasn’t really been any one gun that I immediately thought I really don’t like this and to be honest, I kind of like the gamble. I don’t care about trendy, but looks matter. And I don’t have an issue with beta testing a new platform - like my Prodigy which has 1300 rds through it and is hypnotic to shoot.
I’ve had a couple that as I’ve worked with them I’ve realized that I’m really not meshing with them and typically I’ve moved them on. And there’s others like my Archon Type B that I bought out of the case without even holding it. If I could only keep one of my guns the Archon would be it. So for me testing and evaluating is overrated. I’m in this thing for the buzz, the experience, and even a bad experience is still a learning moment, which makes it a positive experience.
I agree with you. I understand that we teach certain fundamental disciplines and dynamics to new gun owners to instill good habits, but I do think that there is a point where you decide This is What Works for Me. Honest Outlaw has a video where he talks about exactly this and “proper” technique and how Rob Leatham, Jerry Miculek and other greats have some very unconventional aspects to their style and ultimately, if something works for you stick with it. How different would rock have been if Jimi Hendrix hadn’t turned his guitar upside down?I don't like the part about that the pad of your finger has to be on the trigger.
When I went through the 2 week firearm portion of my academy, that was never even a concner. Where your finger lands on the trigger wasn't even worth discussing, but grip sure was.
I have large hands (long fingers, palm a basketball large), and shooting with the pad of my finger just doesn't work for me. It feels way to awkward as my finer is bent at a weird angle, and I can't do it consistently. But putting the bend of my finger at the first knuckle just works.