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How The Glock Safety Works 

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Glock dominates the handgun market in both the United States and around the globe. The Glock is a semi-automatic pistol that was originally designed by an Austrian manufacturer called Glock Ges.m.b.H in 1982. As a top performer in reliability and safety tests, it quickly entered into the Austrian military and police service. 

This pistol gained huge popularity and is now the standard in police and military all around the world. It’s known for using a unique polymer frame, having a short recoil, and implementing Glock’s trademark safe-action safety system. Unlike most other pistols and handguns, the Glock has no manual safety, an external switch that needs to be disengaged before the gun can fire. How then, is the Glock still considered one of the safest guns on the market? 

In this article, we’re going to explain how exactly a Glock safety works. We’ll also explore the other common types of gun safety and how these compare to the Glock and cover some general gun safety that every firearm owner needs to know. One of the safest ways to store your gun is in one of the best biometric gun safes, a vital component in preventing accidental discharges. Read on to find out everything you need to know about Glock’s unique triple safety system. 

 

A Glock gun.

Glock uses a special Safe Action system to prevent accidental discharge.

 

How does a Glock safety work?

Not all Glock handguns use the same safety system, but the vast majority employ the trademarked safe-action safeties. This includes trigger safety, firing pin safety, and drop safety. Some Glock guns use pistol safety or fingerprint gun lock safety, and we’ll explore these later in the article. 

Glock’s safe action system promises a consistent trigger pull from the first to the last round. Rather than having to disengage and reengage safeties, Glock users can concentrate fully on accurately shooting as many rounds as necessary without distraction. Three independently-operating mechanical safeties promise to prevent accidental discharge when dropped and also help the gun to function at extreme temperatures from -40 to 122 degrees Fahrenheit. 

Because the Glock lacks a manual safety switch, many users call into question whether it is truly safe. The safe action system protects against most negligent discharge scenarios. However, the lack of physical safety means an accidental trigger pull could in theory result in the discharge of a round. That’s why some people call into question whether the Glock really has safety at all and if it’s truly safe to carry. Before we evaluate the safeness of Glock’s system, let’s find out how it works. 

 

Glock safe action system

The Glock Safe Action system is fully automatic, consisting of three independent passive mechanical safety features. All three safeties disengage in sequence as the trigger is pulled, and then re-engage when released. The first is the trigger safety, a system popularized by the Glock but invented by gunsmith Iver Johnson for use in the hammerless revolver. 

 

Glock trigger safety

Designed to prevent the gun from discharging if the trigger is not pulled, the trigger safety is effective at protecting you when the gun is dropped. This safety comes in the form of a lever incorporated into the trigger and is the first to be disengaged in the firing sequence. In order to fire the pistol, the trigger and incorporated safety must be deliberately pulled in unison. The trigger cannot move if the safety is not also pressed, preventing the gun from firing. 

The trigger cannot engage if it is subjected to any pressure other than a direct firing pull. If the trigger protection is not forced back alongside the trigger, the pistol cannot fire. This double trigger safety is what causes so much controversy in the gun community because it does not protect against accidental trigger pulls. Many would argue that an accidental discharge, in this case, is the fault of a negligent gun user and not an unsafe gun, but since most guns carry a safety feature to prevent this, Glock pistols’ safety is called into question. 

 

Firing pin safety

The second safety system in Glock handguns is the firing pin safety. This mechanical system blocks the firing pin of your gun from moving forward into the position where it can engage. When the trigger of a Glock is pulled, the trigger bar pushes the firing pin safety upwards and removes the block from the firing pin channel. This frees the firing pin so it can move. If you release the trigger without firing, the block moves back and reengages the firing pin safety automatically. 

 

Drop safety

The final element of Glock’s safe action system is the drop safety. In the state of California and many others, drop safety is a specific requirement. It prevents or reduces the possibility of accidental discharge if a firearm is roughly handled or dropped on a hard surface. After the trigger safety and firing pin safety have been disengaged, the drop safety is the final obstacle to the firing of the gun. 

Within the mechanical trigger housing, the trigger bar rests on a safety ramp. It engages the rear portion of the firing pin to prevent it from moving forward. When the trigger is pulled, it lowers the safety ramp to allow the release of the firing pin. After firing, the trigger bar moves up and reengages the pin. If you release the trigger completely, all safeties will re-engage. 

 

Glock safe action sequence

One special feature of the Glock Safe Action safeties is that the trigger can reset without being completely released. While the drop safety reengages after every round, the other two safeties will only re-engage with the complete release of the trigger. This allows for partial decompression of the trigger during which you can hear and feel the gun reset. After that, you can fire a subsequent round more quickly than if you had to disengage all the safeties again. 

 

A person shooting a Glock.

No gun is safe in the hands of an untrained user.

 

Is the Glock safe? 

One area in which the Glock undoubtedly excels is in drop safety. All three of the safe action systems make this handgun highly drop-proof, no matter how hard the pistol lands or on what surface. If the trigger isn’t pressed, not a single one of the safety systems can disengage and the firing pin is reliably fixed in place and unable to trigger a round. 

The system uses as few moving parts as possible, aiming for a simple yet effective mechanism. This reliability is what makes Glocks so popular with law enforcement and military use, creating a gun that is always ready to fire, and shouldn’t accidentally discharge in the hands of a trained user. 

Unfortunately, all three of Glock’s safe action systems rely on the trigger. With no manual switch to disengage from firing, an accidental trigger pull can result in a negligent discharge. While accidentally pulling the trigger is unlikely in the hands of a highly-trained individual, there’s always the possibility that someone untrained could get their hands on your gun. There are plenty of instances of negligent discharge of a Glock due to accidental trigger pull. 

 

Glock holster considerations

One of the most vital components of Glock gun safety is choosing the correct holster. Because every Glock safety feature relies on the trigger, it’s vital to protect this trigger with your choice of holster. We’ve established that the Glock is perfectly safe when dropped, or when the trigger is partially pulled, but full accidental engagement of the trigger is still possible. In this case, without an external manual safety feature, an accidental discharge is possible. Your Glock holster must have a trigger guard. 

Should the retention strap on your holster or another article of clothing push firmly enough against your Glock’s trigger, the loaded gun will fire. Only one other negligent discharge situation is more common than this scenario, and that’s during cleaning. It is vital to remove the magazine and clear the chamber of your gun before disassembling it for cleaning, otherwise, an accidental discharge could cause serious harm. To disassemble a Glock, you must first pull the trigger, so clearing the chamber and magazine first is paramount. 

 

Other types of Glock safety 

Instead of keeping your gun in a nightstand gun safe, you could use a fingerprint safety system. The Identilock fits most popular pistols including the Glock 17 and Glock 19 and keeps your handgun readily available to fire yet completely inaccessible by anyone but you. Advanced fingerprint technology will unlock your gun in 300 milliseconds, but covers the trigger when engaged. This is an excellent combination with Glock’s safe action system as it protects against every eventuality of accidental discharge. The biggest issue with Glock safety is your gun in the hands of the wrong person, and using Indentilock fingerprint safety prevents this. Much faster than retrieving your gun from a safe, but just as secure. 

 

Other gun safety systems 

There is a huge range of different gun safety systems employed across the market. Some handguns have no safeties whatsoever, relying on a long and hard trigger press to prevent accidental discharge of the firearm. However, most governmental agencies require at least some safety features for a gun to be sold, and we’re going to compare a few of the most common against Glock’s safe action system. 

 

A Glock with bullets.

The manual safety lever is a popular feature seen on many handguns.

 

Manual safety

The most common form of any external safety system in any handgun is the switch or lever which immobilizes the gun. Many different designs are available, the two most popular being a switch which immobilizes the trigger, and one which disconnects it from the firing mechanism. This thumb switch may need to be pushed up or down depending on the make of the gun in order to engage or disengage the firearm. 

 

Grip safety

A lever located on the back of a firearm is a grip safety. It must be fully pressed by a firm grip of the shooter’s hand in order to engage the gun. As soon as the grip is released, the gun disengages and cannot be fired. This safety feature requires a very firm grip on the firearm in order to discharge, which is a great component of gun safety. The trigger and grip safety must be squeezed simultaneously so that a round can go off. 

External safety systems may not be as reliable as Glock’s safe action system, as they can be accidentally moved by the user. Glock pistols can be considered safe if they are kept in an appropriate holster with a trigger guard, or better, locked away from anyone but a trained user. This can be with a gun safe or a fingerprint lock, just remember that the most dangerous gun is one in the hands of the wrong person. 

 

General gun safety 

Whether you carry or own a gun for the purposes of recreation, hunting, or personal self-defense, firearm safety is paramount. Unfortunately, while Glock’s safe action system is very effective in protecting against drops, situations such as a jacket pull discharge are all too likely. In addition, there are far too many instances of Glock’s firing during cleaning for them to be considered a safe gun. In reality, no firearm is safe. 

To prevent negligent discharges from a Glock pistol, it’s vital to follow all gun safety rules. As well as storing your gun unloaded, with no ammo in the chamber, and keeping it safely locked away, here’s what you need to do to prevent negligent discharge of a Glock handgun:

  • Follow the primary rules of gun handling: These are the same for every firearm no matter the manufacturer. Always treat every gun as if it’s loaded, never point a gun at something you don’t intend to shoot (loaded or otherwise), and never place your finger on the trigger until you’re ready to fire. 

 

  • Use a quality holster: Never carry a Glock in your waistband or pocket. Make sure it’s safely placed in a holster with complete trigger protection until you’re ready to fire.

 

  • Watch out for clothing: When you holster your Glock, pay careful attention to any garments of clothing or other obstacles. Toggles and drawstrings of jackets have caused many accidental discharges; you may want to cut these off. Always carefully and gently holster your Glock checking each time for potential obstacles. 

 

  • Always clear the chamber and magazine before stripping and cleaning your gun. 

 

Human error is always possible, no matter how careful you are or how highly-trained. Unfortunately, everyone makes mistakes, and military and police force individuals have accidentally discharged Glock pistols plenty of times. However, you can limit the chances of error by being as careful as possible and always follow these rules when handling your firearm. Remember, not following gun safety endangers yourself and those around you. 

 

Is a Glock single action or double action only?

There’s controversy about whether Glock handguns are classed as SA or DAO. Single action pistols mean only a short trigger pull is required to fire the weapon, whereas double action only requires a much longer and harder pull, which is considered an additional safety feature. Most Glock models have only internal safeties meaning they function as a SA gun, however, both military and government agencies in the United States require DAO guns.

Glock’s Safe Action System is actually a hybrid, which is how it achieves both safe status as well as a speedy action. The internal slide half cocks the striker, whereas a SA gun would require the striker to be fully cocked. DOA would mean the trigger pulls the cocked striker the whole way before releasing to fire. Because Glocks partially cock the striker, it means a combination of both systems is used. The trigger doesn’t fully cock the striker so safety is improved without removing rapid-fire capabilities. That’s why the Glock is one of the most popular semi-automatic handguns.  

 

Final Verdict: 

The triple safety mechanisms in any given Glock handgun make it one of the most effective firearms for use by trained individuals. With trigger safety, firing pin safety, and drop safety, Glock offers a simple but effective system. However, the lack of a safety lever means that accidental discharge caused by jacket pulls or incorrect holstering is possible. We think the Glock is a safe gun to own if you’re well aware of these eventualities and are properly prepared for them. However, additional safety measures such as a fingerprint gun lock are an excellent idea for peace of mind. 

The Glock remains the most popular handgun in the United States amongst security agencies and civilians alike, and this is unlikely to change. However, accidental discharges happen all the time, so it’s never a bad choice to brush up on your gun safety. Rules like removing ammo from your gun before cleaning may seem simple, but are forgotten shockingly often. Always prioritize gun safety and ensure you keep your firearm out of the wrong hands. 

 

Bonus tip: Check out this video to see Glock’s official recommended cleaning practices! 

 

 

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Best Gun Brands – Top 10 Gun Manufacturers in the World

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January 4, 2021/Riley Draper Table of Contents

Guns are some of the best methods of self-defense in the world. From in the home to the U.S. Military, if you’re looking to protect yourself, you’re going to want to look at more than the most popular guns. You want reliable firearms and sturdy polymer. Maybe you’re just looking to see what you can learn about the firearms industry. This can be a confusing hobby to learn about when you’re brand new. Maybe something the National Rifle Association said got you thinking about picking up a Remington of your own, or maybe you just think machine guns look cool in movies.

We’re going to help walk you through some of the best gun brands out there right now. You’ll learn more about why folks go wild for Austrian guns, you’ll see why American firearms are some of the most reliable tools to bring to the range. You’ll leave knowing your long guns from your grenade launchers, and if you’re not new to this, maybe you’ll leave with some appreciation of Italy and it’s ironworking history or new love for the classic Glock 17.

A gun with bullets.

Hunting and target practice in general is way more fun when you come equipped with the best gear.

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1. Glock Ges.m.b.H.

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Glock is easily the most recognizable gun manufacturer on the planet. They’re the Kleenex of the gun world. The name is thrown around so often that you’d think Glock meant “pistol” if you didn’t know any better.

The pistols that Glock produces are straightforward, sturdy, and dependable. They’re the kind of gun you’d reach for when the chips are down, or if you just don’t like fussing with extra features. That durability and sturdy build quality makes Glock the brand that the militaries and law enforcement all around the world.

They’re known for simplifying their guns. The Glock is the gun stripped down to its most effective parts. They keep their parts interchangeable and sturdy. The steel components are treated with “Tenifer” making them harder and resistant to corrosion and normal wear and tear. If you take care of these guns they’ll last you basically forever. They’re excellent for learning the basics of gunsmithy, and they’re the kind of guns you’ll love learning inside and out.

Though their name is synonymous with firearms, they don’t just crank out firearms. They make field and survival knives as well as entrenchment tools making them a one-stop-shop for armed forces that find themselves out in the wild often.  

PROS

  • Easy to use
  • Great for learning the ins and outs of firearms

CONS

  • If you’re looking for something flashy, this may no be the brand for you

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2. Smith & Wesson

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Smith & Wesson made themselves known right out of the gate with their Smith & Wesson Model 1. The Model 1 was the first revolver to make use of rimfire cartridges instead of loose powder propelling musket balls and percussion caps. It’s no exaggeration to say they changed the world forever. It was one of the firearms of choice during the American Civil War. Soldiers from both sides of the war saw this innovative piece of machinery and purchased them in droves to defend themselves. From there Smith &  Wesson has constantly been growing and changing throughout history.

Today they’re known for producing rifles and pistols along with their famous revolvers. That history and decades upon decades of experience mean that Smith &  Wesson is one of the most reliable and innovative brands manufacturing guns today.

Their reliability is rivaled probably only by Glock’s. In fact, they once exchanged legal blows over the Smith & Wesson Sigma series. This is a line of recoil-operated semi-auto pistols that threatened Glock so much that a lawsuit and undisclosed settlement ensued.

PROS

  • Well known brand means you’ll have a community of similar experiences

CONS

  • Trigger reset can feel too subtle if you’re used to other firearms

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3. Sturm, Ruger & Company, Inc.

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Founded a little while after World War II, Ruger made a name for themselves all around the world. Their .22 pistol is wielded by militaries and security operations. Ruger has been an American company for the entirety of it’s relatively short (in the history of gun manufacturers anyway) lifespan. 

They got their start shortly after Bill Ruger got his hands on the Japanese Nambu pistol from a Marine returning from war. Their first semi-auto handgun combined the looks of the German 9mm Luger and the American Colt Woodsman, and people loved it so much that it gave them the capital to get an entire company rolling. 

That momentum has translated into their well-known high-quality revolvers like the GP100 and the Redhawk line. They also have a vice grip on the world of semi-automatic pistols with their Ruger MKII and Ruger MKIII which both trace their lineage right back to that melting pot of a gun that started it all.

PROS

  • A long history of providing firearms to militaries

CONS

  • Build quality in a few of their models is below par

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4. Sig Sauer

Sig Sauer

 

If you take a trip back to 1853 you’ll find a modest industrial plant hammering together wagons and railcars for trains. In the future, they’ll see a Swiss army in need. They repositioned their manufacturing plant and started producing top of the line rifles to sell to the Swiss army. This move began the life of one of the top gun manufacturers in the world.

Now that they’ve moved away from their humble train car beginnings Sig Sauer has become a worldwide powerhouse in the realm of firearms. They make beautiful reliable handguns like the Sig Sauer P226 Elite Platinum and the Sig Sauer 1911 Super Target. That’s the kind of multifaceted craftsmanship you can expect from the ex wagon builders.

They’ve also expanded beyond just producing some of the best guns on the market. Sig Sauer scopes, ammo, and air guns are also some of the best accessories out there. Their air guns are designed to mimic their pistols as much as possible, from the weight and aesthetics down to the trigger pull. They’re great for training young aspiring gun owners, and adults alike, reducing the differences between air gun and the real deal as much as possible.

PROS

  • Their air powered guns are an excellent purchase for anyone looking to ease their way into gun ownership

CONS

  • Sometimes a little pricey

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5. Beretta

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In the 1980s the United States Army carried what they called the M9 as their primary sidearm. That military issue pistol was developed and manufactured by Beretta. This Italian company is one of the oldest gun manufacturers on the entire planet. Beretta started by working iron, and to this day, you could argue that they kept the spirit of ironwork alive.

Providing the M9 to the military during the 80s isn’t their first foray into the world of war. Beretta is responsible for one of the first submachine guns in the world, they provided pistols to their home military, and for a short time under duress after  they manufactured weapons for Germany during World War II

Beretta is known best for producing a wide array of firearms. Their side-by-side, over-and-under and semi-automatic shotguns, alone would be enough to put them on the map, but they keep pushing. They also manufacture express, assault, and hunting rifles, single and double-action revolvers, and semi-automatic pistols. They’re truly the masters of their industry.

PROS

  • Constantly creating some of the best looking guns 

CONS

  • Beretta 92FS is constantly dinged for having an overly bulky handle

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6. Savage Arms

Savage Arms

This American gun manufacturer is the child of the explorer and inventor, Arthur Savage. He’s most famous for the Savage Model 99 lever-action rifle, and if you’re up on your gun history, then you’re probably not learning anything new with that little tidbit. If you really want to impress your friends at a dinner party, try throwing in the fact that he also patented radial tires.

The history of Savage Arms is extensive. He and his son were experimenting with guns and pushing the technology for years. They moved the magazine in the lever-action rifle from underneath the barrel and into the stock and other tinker attempts. Eventually, the Model 99 came along and wowed big game hunters for years. The hammerless design and rotary magazine were like nothing seen before, and it only grew better with age with little improvements like a removable magazine.

Savage Arms was a subsidiary of Vista Outdoor until it spun off into its own thing in 2019. This manufacturer has a long and proud history of innovation, quality, and backing the British military in World War II.

PROS

  • A long history of innovation
  • Excellent bolt action rifles

CONS

  • Some struggles with quality control spot their record

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7. Mossberg

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Mossberg is an innovative American-made manufacturer operating out of Eagle Pass, Texas. They’re known not just for the Mossberg Plinkster, the Mossberg 500 pump-action shotgun, or the Mossberg 464. They also manufacture incredible scopes and other accessories. This immigrant-founded American brand encompasses the American dream. 

Oscar Frederick Mossberg was born in Sweden, but moved to America and began making his life in Iver Johnson Arms & Cycle Works in Fitchburg, Massachusetts. He spent his time there learning everything he could while supervising the production of revolvers and shotguns. He even contributed his own design patents like the strap latching on the Iver Johnson safety revolver. Suffice it to say that when Oscar Mossberg eventually took to making guns with his sons in a barn behind his house, he knew what he was doing. 

They would move north late in Mossberg’s life and start their own gun manufactury. They would work out of a small loft in New Haven. During that time, they developed the now well-known Brownie. That simple four-shot pocket pistol would save many a hunter from losing out on a good shot, and set the Mossberg family on their way. Without the Brownie, you don’t get the pump-action of the Mossberg we love so much or the thrill of shooting that little Mossberg Plinkster. 

PROS

  • Produces everything from scopes to firearms

CONS

  • Aluminum receivers on some of their models can get a little hot

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8. Springfield Armory, Inc.

Springfield Armory, Inc.

Springfield Amory is a four-time American Rifleman’s Golden Bullseye Award winner. If you want something that’s going to last you a long time, fire straight and true, and is thrilling to use at the range, then you’ll love what Springfield Armory has to offer. 

Bob Reese essentially brought Springfield Armory back from the dead, and we should all be grateful for his efforts. Springfield Armory was originally the name of the center of manufacture in the United States from 1777 to 1968. After being closed for a few years, Elmer C. Ballance his own company, LH Manufacturing, and took on the name of Springfield after becoming the first civilian manufacturer of the M14 rifle. Eventually, the company changed hands to Bob Reese and the craftsmanship and dependability of the founders made their way to the modern-day. 

This manufacturer is the centerpiece of many a defense and movie budget. If you’ve ever seen a gun in a movie that made you think “dang, I’d love to add that to my collection” you were probably looking at a Springfield. The M1911 is a beautiful piece that any gun owner would be proud to hold, and that’s just the kind of work Springfield does year after year. 

PROS

  • Wide range of rifles and handguns
  • Won several awards over the years

CONS

  • Pretty young company

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9. Heckler and Koch

Heckler and Koch

For a short time after World War II, this German company shuffled hands until it settled itself and started making machine tools, parts for bikes and sewing machines along with a miscellany of precision parts. Eventually, the call for a new infantry rifle went out across Germany. Heckler and Koch rose to the occasion by pitching the G3 battle rifle. Through this proposal, they became the standard battle rifle of the German Federal Army. As you can imagine, this meant great things for them. 

Today Heckler and Koch have branched out a little from manufacturing simply military gear. Now they’re making sports and hunting firearms as well. They’ve been handed contract after contract for military firearms, keeping them flush with patents and allowing them the room to diversify and improve for decades. 

Their guns have only gotten better and better as time has gone on. Talking firearms will never be complete if you don’t throw Heckler and Koch in the ring. 

PROS

  • A wide range of focus has brought several manufacturing techniques together into one ultra-reliable brand
  • Interesting for a gun owner looking to expand their horizons

CONS

  • Has a checkered history from legal troubles involving illegal arms dealings

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10. Winchester Repeating Arms Company

Winchester Repeating Arms Company

Operating out of New Haven, Connecticut we have Winchester Repeating Arms Company, better known as Winchester. Winchester is where you go when you want a good solid rifle. It’s no surprise that Winchester comes to mind whenever rifles come up. 

Their rifles and shotguns are some of the best in the game. If you’re ever at a loss for where to grab your next rifle, try getting one from the pros. They share a lot of blood with the excellent Smith and Wesson. In fact, Horace Smith and Daniel Wesson were responsible for obtaining Lewis Jenning’s improved version of the “Volition Repeating Rifle” and it’s wild sounding “Rocket Ball” ammunition.

After Smith and Wesson departed from what would eventually become Winchester Repeating Arms Company, and after a lot of tinkering, we get the more modern and more powerful rimfire .44 Henry round. He kept his nose to the grindstone and showed Smith and Wesson that he too could play this firearms game. 

About fifty years ago they pioneered the popular choke tubes for shotguns, and today they produce some of the best ammo and riles on the market. 

PROS

  • Manufactures some of the best longarms on the market today
  • Produces a wide range of accessories and ammo to fit your firearm of choice

CONS

  • If you’re not looking for a rifle or a shotgun, you may be better off looking elsewhere

Our Winner

No single brand can really cover every single possible base, but Glock comes pretty dang close. For beginners, Glocks are something simple that will get the job done without too much fuss. They’re reliable and simple, allowing room to grow into the hobby and creating pros out of novices. For folks more familiar with a firearm, Glock manufactures guns that are simple to disassemble, reassemble, customize, and clean.

Their parts are generally interchangeable and affordable removing one of the higher hurdles of gun ownership and amateur gunsmithy. For folks that know their way around a gun, Glocks are something for them to appreciate the beauty and simplicity of their firearms. A lot of manufacturers want you to believe you need all of the newest tech and several interlocking moving parts, but Glock sets out to prove that wrong time and again. 

Whatever you’re looking for, you might find a new appreciation for it by coming back to the basics provided by Glock’s handguns. Taking apart something as simple as this will make appreciating your automatic rifles that much more satisfying. 

Bonus tip: While you’re at it, check out this informational video on the 10 reasons why you should be a gun owner!

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Riley Draper is a writer and entrepreneur from Chattanooga, Tennessee. As a world traveler, he has been to more than fifty countries and hiked some of the most elusive trails in the world. He is the co-founder of WeCounsel Solutions and has published work in both national and global outlets, including the Times Free Press, Patch, and Healthcare Global. When he’s not writing, he’s probably on a hiking trip or climbing in the mountains.

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Why Shooting Glasses Are Necessary Safety Gear?

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Safety glasses run the gamut from providing basic impact protection to high-mass and high-velocity impact protection all the way up to ballistic protection. The testing standards for ballistic eyewear are at least four times as rigorous as the standards for basic impact protection maintained by the American National Standards Institute. If you shoot recreationally at the range, go hunting or are a member of the Armed Forces, you need a pair of shooting glasses that are rated for ballistic impact.

Glasses for Shooting Are Ballistic Rated

Standards for ballistic eyewear significantly exceed requirements for high-mass and high-velocity impact. Ballistic testing for U.S. military standards such as MIL-PRF-31013 subjects eyewear to projectiles moving more than four times as fast as those used for basic ANSI testing.

While it is not necessary to limit your choices of ballistic eyewear to the spectacles and goggles on the U.S. Army Authorized Protective Eyewear List if you are not enlisted, eyewear of this caliber is guaranteed to be a reliable choice for hunters and recreational shooters. Make sure that any eyewear you consider for shooting has earned a trustworthy ballistic rating.

Prescription Safety Glasses Can Improve Your Aim

It should go without saying that the ability to see clearly can increase your odds of hitting your target. Even the best sighting systems cannot perform the function of corrective lenses, particularly if you are nearsighted. Wearing ballistic-rated glasses with prescription lenses or goggles with a prescription insert can help you see clearly and protect your eyes.

You can make the most of an investment in protective eyewear for shooting by getting a vision test and providing measurements off of an updated prescription card when you order ballistic-rated prescription safety glasses or goggles. Prescriptions only last one to two years, and the most current prescription is most likely to increase your visual acuity and improve the precision of your aim.

Shooting Glasses Protect Against Fragmentation

Projectile fragmentation is one of the main eye safety risks when shooting. Ballistic glasses provide much less coverage than body armor, and so the primary function of this protective equipment is actually shielding your eyes from frag. Bullet frag is a common cause of preventable eye injuries in the field.

Spectacles can provide a lot of protection from front impact. The width of frames and the extent to which eyewear wraps around your face can increase the shielded portion of your face, as can eyewear with integrated side shields. A pair of goggles or convertible eyewear that comes with a facial cavity seal can provide more protection against a wider range of eye safety hazards. Browse a full selection of ballistic-rated spectacles and goggles at Safety Gear Pro.

A pair of ballistic-rated shooting glasses can protect your eyes from fragmentation and flying projectiles. Testing for ballistic standards is more rigorous than high-mass and high-velocity tests for the ANSI Z87 standard. Goggles can provide more complete eye protection and have more cushioning than spectacles. Compare the comfort and safety features of your favorite ballistic-rated frames to decide on the right shooting eyewear and safety gear.

 

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5 Best Universal Sight Pushers (Tested & Reviewed)

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June 15, 2021/Riley Draper Table of Contents

If you have a handgun you’re going to want to get to know it inside and out. You don’t have to become a professional gunsmith in order to customize some of the parts you use the most. Your sights, for example, can slide right off with the right tools. If you love your gun, but you wish it had some night sights, or something a little flashier, you don’t need to take it in to get that job done. Maybe your Glock sight just isn’t cutting it at the range, 

Customization is one of the most exciting parts of owning a gun. From adding a suppressor to sliding on s set of tritium night sights, making your gun your own is incredibly satisfying!

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W WIREGEAR Sight Tool with Heavy-Duty Construction and Rotatable Sight Prong, Sight Adjustment Tool Sight Removal Tool
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W WIREGEAR Sight Tool with Heavy-Duty Construction and Rotatable Sight Prong, Sight Adjustment Tool Sight Removal Tool
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$109.99
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W WIREGEAR Sight Tool with Heavy-Duty Construction and Rotatable Sight Prong, Sight Adjustment Tool Sight Removal Tool
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W WIREGEAR Sight Tool with Heavy-Duty Construction and Rotatable Sight Prong, Sight Adjustment Tool Sight Removal Tool
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5 Best Universal Sight Pushers – Overview

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W WIREGEAR Sight Tool with Heavy-Duty Construction and Rotatable Sight Prong, Sight Adjustment Tool Sight Removal Tool
NcSTAR VTUFNR Vism Universal Pistol Front and Rear Sight Tool, Blue, One Size
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Patch and Heavy Duty Universal Pistol Dovetailed Rear Sight Pusher Tool (Rear Sight Tool)
Sylvan Universal Sight Push Tool PURSHER for Handguns Pistols Front OR Rear 1911, Glock, ETC. (All Blocks Included)
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W WIREGEAR Sight Pusher Tool
NcSTAR VTUFNR Universal Sight Pusher
Fisher Solutions Sight Pusher Tool
ATG Patch and NcSTAR Heavy Duty Universal Pistol Dovetailed Rear Sight Pusher Tool
Sylvan Universal Sight Push Tool Pusher
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W WIREGEAR Sight Tool with Heavy-Duty Construction and Rotatable Sight Prong, Sight Adjustment Tool Sight Removal Tool
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W WIREGEAR Sight Pusher Tool
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$109.99
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NcSTAR VTUFNR Vism Universal Pistol Front and Rear Sight Tool, Blue, One Size
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NcSTAR VTUFNR Universal Sight Pusher
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Sight Pusher Tool
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Fisher Solutions Sight Pusher Tool
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Patch and Heavy Duty Universal Pistol Dovetailed Rear Sight Pusher Tool (Rear Sight Tool)
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ATG Patch and NcSTAR Heavy Duty Universal Pistol Dovetailed Rear Sight Pusher Tool
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$59.99
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Sylvan Universal Sight Push Tool PURSHER for Handguns Pistols Front OR Rear 1911, Glock, ETC. (All Blocks Included)
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Sylvan Universal Sight Push Tool Pusher
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$59.99
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1. W WIREGEAR Sight Pusher Tool

W WIREGEAR Sight Tool with Heavy-Duty Construction and Rotatable Sight Prong, Sight Adjustment Tool Sight Removal Tool
1,002 Reviews
W WIREGEAR Sight Tool with Heavy-Duty Construction and Rotatable Sight Prong, Sight Adjustment Tool Sight Removal Tool
  • Accuracy: Our removal tool has a detailed scale for making precise adjustments. It can be moved horizontally to ensure accuracy even after a long period of use.

This one is for the guys that want to get serious about their gunsmithing. It’s an amazing little piece of machinery for the price, and the quality of life improvements they managed to pack into this sight pusher put it head and shoulders above its competitors. It’s durable, it’s practical, and it’s beautiful. This is a new iteration of W Wiregear’s previous sight pusher, and every single tweak they made makes for a wonderful brick of practicality and precision.

It’s easy to use, any slide will fit into this sight pusher, and the four knobs along the bottom half will allow you to ensure a tight straight fit all the way down the piece. The plastic pushing the sight off of your slide is incredibly durable without being so rigid you run the risk of damaging your parts. The screws here have also been re-engineered. You’re not going to end up with a glorified paperweight after a handful of customizations. It’s versatile. This sight pusher is made with the breadth of gun models out there.

The crank is easy to use. The long handles give you a great deal of leverage, so you’re not going to have to hit the gym before you can push your old sight off of your gun. The easy-to-follow instructions are great for beginners and experts looking for a refresher. 

There are incredibly detailed markings along the sight prong that allow for extremely precise placements of your sights, which you’re going to need, of course. Guesswork is unacceptable if you’re going through the effort of customizing your sights. If you want to get the job done right the first time and every single time you bust out the sight pusher, then you’re going to want to check out the W Wiregear sight pusher.

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PROS

  • Easy to use cranks
  • Incredibly durable
  • Great form factor
  • Excellent front sight tool 
  • Clear markings make this an installation tool as much as it is a removal tool 

CONS

  • You can’t screw this onto a work station as easily as other models 

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2. NcSTAR VTUFNR Universal Sight Pusher

When trying to change or adjust a sight on a Glock, you need a durable tool to get the job done. After all, guns on their own are heavy-duty, so you’re going to need a tool that shares some of those qualities when making adjustments or customizations. This NcSTAR universal sight pusher is tough, easy to use, and can be used on a wide variety of sights.

To make sight adjustments with this tool, all you need to do is lube it up, set up the pusher, and get to work. It will easily and conveniently push your sight for you, whether you’re doing this to make adjustments, or if you’re doing it to customize your gun.

While it can work on both rear and front sights, using this tool for front sights is pretty tricky, so expect to put in a little more effort for the front sights. Its dimensions are 4.7” x 7” x 2”, which is fairly compact, but large enough to be able to handle hard-to-move sights. On top of that, it weighs around 3.5 lbs, so it isn’t too heavy, but won’t be too light either.

If you’ve been on the hunt for a simple and easy-to-use sight pusher that comes in a unique blue color, this could be just the right pick for you.

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PROS

  • Durable build
  • Unique blue color
  • Relatively easy to use
  • Can be used on both front and rear sights

CONS

  • While possible, adjusting the front sight with this tool can be pretty tough

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3. Fisher Solutions Sight Pusher Tool

 The Fisher Solutions sight pusher tool proves that simple is best. This sight pusher doesn’t really seem like something to write home about. In fact, if you have no idea what a sight pusher is, you might be looking at this thing and wonder if it even has a function at all. It’s basically just a frame with some holes drilled in the side and a bunch of cubes. That simplicity, however, is its greatest strength. You’re not going to be twisting a dozen knobs to find the exact position for your sights down to the millimeter or fiddling with settings and twiddling your thumbs for an hour before getting to work.

This pusher is about knowing your slides, slotting in the shims you need, and getting to work. This sight pusher is their XL variant, so big or small, your slides will fit right in, no sweat. It’s sturdy and there are no frills. You don’t have any extra doodads tacked on for you to ignore or break on accident. The fanciest thing about this sight pusher are the side windows drilled into the frame so you can keep an eye on things. 

The simplicity of this thing also means it’s great for front sights as well. Some sight pushers out there spend so many of their resources on helping you get the rear sights off that they forget that sights need to come off on the front as well. The compact shape and straightforward design make it simple to pop off any sight on any side for any slide.

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PROS

  • Durable steel frame 
  • Made in the United States

CONS

  • A little simplistic, if you run into a rare slide, you’re going to have a bad time

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4. ATG Patch and NcSTAR Heavy Duty Universal Pistol Dovetailed Rear Sight Pusher Tool

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Patch and Heavy Duty Universal Pistol Dovetailed Rear Sight Pusher Tool (Rear Sight Tool)
5,877 Reviews
Patch and Heavy Duty Universal Pistol Dovetailed Rear Sight Pusher Tool (Rear Sight Tool)
  • Rear sight pusher will work with 90 degree and 30 degree rear sight profiles. Sig Sauer, H&K, CZ, Glock, S&W, and more.

This dovetail rear sight pusher is the whole package. It’s designed to fit on any surface you could think to do your gunsmithing on. The bottom of the frame can be drilled onto a table or against a wall, whatever you’d like to attach it to in order to keep your hands open for alignment and cranking the pusher. Maybe you’d prefer to attach it to a clamp or vise instead. This heavy-duty anodized aluminum frame can withstand a great deal of pressure, so clamp away.

It comes with dovetailed slide clamps, but you can slot in a pair of the many aluminum blocks ATG sends along with this sight pusher to create flat clamps, adding to the universality and versatility. The pusher handle is removable if you’re having trouble or you just don’t like it, you can slot in a 15mm wrench or socket tool.

The base of the sight pusher tool is adjustable to accommodate slides of basically any make or model, tall or short, you’ll find that clamping your slides into this pusher will be a breeze. Side windows built into the tool just above the clamps will grant you a view of all of the action. Take your time and take advantage of these windows and you’ll be sliding off even the toughest smallest, most stubborn rear sights on the market.

The brass bushings on the steel screw of the sight pusher are excellent additions to the build quality of this pusher tool. The friction it provides for the surface of the bearings makes use a sturdy yet smooth breeze. The bag they provide is simple and sleek if you’re the meticulous type that needs a home for all of your tools

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PROS

  • Brass bushings
  • Removable slide handle if you prefer cranking with a socket wrench
  • Great for semi-auto pistols

CONS

  • Side windows are a little narrow

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5. Sylvan Universal Sight Push Tool Pusher

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Sylvan Universal Sight Push Tool PURSHER for Handguns Pistols Front OR Rear 1911, Glock, ETC. (All Blocks Included)
1,562 Reviews
Sylvan Universal Sight Push Tool PURSHER for Handguns Pistols Front OR Rear 1911, Glock, ETC. (All Blocks Included)
  • The Sylvan Arms Gen 4 Standard Sight Pusher is now here and it comes with massive upgrades!

The Sylvan Univeral sight pusher kit doesn’t believe that one size fits all, and for that, we’re thankful. One of the pitfalls some universal sight pushers run into is trying too hard to please every single gun with just one set of tools. Sometimes the best solution is the most obvious. If you want your pusher to fit every gun out there on the market, then make it fit every gun on the market. 

This sight pusher comes with a decent handful of different jigs for you to slot into the pusher so you can go into any customization job confident you’ll come out the other side feeling successful. If you’re worried about notched inserts or slides you’ll find on berettas with decocking or slide-mounted safeties, there’s a piece for that.

If you want to accommodate for the angled slides you’ll find on Springfields or the M&P shield there are blocks you can slip in. What if you just purchased a dead eye sight and you need an offset pusher? Don’t worry about hitting up amazon again to find that one little piece, this sight pusher has it.

From block padding to avoid scratching the sides of the slides to disassembly tools for the Glock, this universal sight pusher truly epitomizes the spirit of the word. It comes with a convenient soft body case for carrying all of these treasures, and it’s light enough to fit comfortably in your life, be it in the shop or on the road. This fourth generation of the Sylvan sight pusher bears on its sleeve all of the hard work and dedication they’ve put into perfecting the art of universal gunsmithy tools. 

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PROS

  • Tons of options
  • Capable of handling more sizes and shapes of slides than many other pushers

CONS

  • You may have to rely on awkward jigs to get the right height for your slides

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Our Winner

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W WIREGEAR Sight Tool with Heavy-Duty Construction and Rotatable Sight Prong, Sight Adjustment Tool Sight Removal Tool
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W WIREGEAR Sight Tool with Heavy-Duty Construction and Rotatable Sight Prong, Sight Adjustment Tool Sight Removal Tool
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$109.99
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W WIREGEAR Sight Tool with Heavy-Duty Construction and Rotatable Sight Prong, Sight Adjustment Tool Sight Removal Tool
Title
W WIREGEAR Sight Tool with Heavy-Duty Construction and Rotatable Sight Prong, Sight Adjustment Tool Sight Removal Tool
Price
$109.99
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This is a close one. Competition here is stiff, but we’re going to have to crown the Wiregear sight pusher as the king of this round. The durability combined with flexibility in the right places alone is enough to put it in first place. Sights want to sit firmly on the slide, and you definitely don’t want your slide jostling around after a day out at the range. That, however, means that sights aren’t always the easiest thing in the world to remove from your gun.

You want a sturdy piece of equipment that will allow you to put some real force on things to get the process moving along. At the same time, the Wiregear sight pusher isn’t going to leave you with a scratched up slide, because that power is coupled with gentle clamps designed to keep your slides in place without applying coarse edges to your precious parts. 

This model has been revisited by their designers several times. They’ve compared the Wiregear sight pusher to others on the market and patched up common points of failure. The screws holding everything together as well as the screws responsible for moving the pusher along your slide are thick and durable. You’re not going to be wearing down any threads or snapping them in half.

The handle is also unique enough to put this sight pusher ahead of its peers. This large easy to use crank is going to transfer most of your rotational energy into horizontal energy without requiring too much grip or awkward angling with your hands. You’re not going to find yourself wishing you could tag in a massive socket wrench. The markings they’ve added to the pusher are precise enough to allow for easy sight installation and calibration of your front and rear sights for an accurate shot when it matters

Front adding a red dot sight on the front of your gun to adding high-quality rear sights, this handgun sight tool, and its heavy-duty construction and handle it all. 

Do I Really Need This? 

Guns are the kind of tool you never feel satisfied owning just one of. Over time you’ll start learning about new pistols or your old pistol may start showing you its less flattering side after your thousandth shot. Whatever the reason, when you start leaning further into the vast realm of gun ownership, you’ll find yourself picking at narrow niche aspects of your gun and wishing you could improve them. Grabbing a sight pusher is the most cost-effective way to do this.

At first, it can be intimidating to pull your slide off and jam it into an aluminum block, but after your first attempt, you’ll see that it’s as simple as changing a light blub. You’ll just need to be willing to put some elbow grease on it. 

Using your sight pusher really isn’t that hard. Most of them come with a manual, and if you’re good at following directions and patient enough to line things up right, then more often than not, your slides will come right off. Then you work in reverse to get the new sight on your pistol. All it really takes is finding the pusher that’s right for you.

When it arrives just, arrange your blocks or platform to the right height, this is probably the hardest part of getting your sight pusher going. After that, it’s just a matter of selecting the right pusher. By this point, you should know your gun well enough to understand the shape of your sights and the position they occupy on the slide, so figuring out which pusher you need is as easy as matching shapes or brand names. 

Once you’ve starting sliding things off of your gun, it’s hard to stop. The allure is intoxicating. You’re going to want to start changing slides for your friends and family, maybe even you’ll feel like starting your own business, Who knows?

Bonus tip: Intimidated by using a sight pusher for the first time? Check out this handy video that clears up any apprehension you might have.

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Riley Draper

Riley Draper is a writer and entrepreneur from Chattanooga, Tennessee. As a world traveler, he has been to more than fifty countries and hiked some of the most elusive trails in the world. He is the co-founder of WeCounsel Solutions and has published work in both national and global outlets, including the Times Free Press, Patch, and Healthcare Global. When he’s not writing, he’s probably on a hiking trip or climbing in the mountains.

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