Know the condition of your Glock?

Know the condition of your Glock?

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    Know the condition of your Glock?

    Do you know the condition of your Glock just by looking at it? Without picking it up and handling it? You should be able to tell. If the trigger is forward, consider the chamber loaded! Remove the magazine, and rack the slide, and visually inspect the chamber. Once it's determined to be clear, pull that trigger to the rear (dry fire), just like you would to break it down for cleaning. Leave the trigger back. All of my Glocks are stored with the trigger back and full magazine inserted in the safe, or until deployment for the day when I manually put a round in the chamber for carry. Leaving the trigger in it's rearward position does two things....1. relaxes the trigger spring (even the Glock owner's manual states this should be done for storage), and 2. let's you know visually that the pistol has an empty chamber. There is no way to have a chambered (live) round and the Glock trigger in the rearward position at the same time unless you are shooting it. Now you should be able to tell if your Glock is loaded or not just by looking at it from across the room or the minute you pick it up. Leaving the trigger back on an empty chamber Glock should become a habit...a good habit. It's simple and might very well extend your Glock's trigger spring life.
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    That's how I do mine. Thanks Ram Rod, you probably (yet again) put out info that will help a few newer gun owners (GLOCK owners) out.
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    Just to clarify.

    So if you Glock is you CC weapon, you suggest you carry with one in the chamber (so the trigger would be forward). I agree, and this is how I carry.

    Now, your home. You suggest, even for night time storage, that you store without a round in the chamber, the trigger back, clip in the firearm, ready to be racked.

    Is this correct?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Thanis View Post
    Just to clarify.

    So if you Glock is you CC weapon, you suggest you carry with one in the chamber (so the trigger would be forward). I agree, and this is how I carry.

    Now, your home. You suggest, even for night time storage, that you store without a round in the chamber, the trigger back, clip in the firearm, ready to be racked.

    Is this correct?
    Yes, that's my suggestion. Even that way, removing it from storage won't give you a ND. This is what I do on a daily basis, and possibly more than once per day depending. Clear that Glock unless you are carrying it and dry fire on the empty chamber.


    I just wanted to give the new sub-forum a boost, and also not to hear of any more ND's with Glocks for any reason.

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    I had not considered this option, but I appreciate the advise, and just put Glock in condition you suggested.

    I tend to carry the revolver j-frame around the house (my thought process is it is the firearm I'll use to get to my Glock or shotgun).

    My wife has been uncomfortable storing with one in the barrel (as it does break a firearm safety rule). Storing the ammo with the weapon also breaks a rule, but the weapon is intended for home SD, and needs to be in a secure but ready condition.

    Add the other two points you bring up (valid points).

    Sincere thanks Ram Rod.

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    I also store my glock the same way, great post RamRod,
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    Good info and advise. Thanks.
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    As a new guy to owning a Glock I appreciate your post a great deal
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    If I owned a Glock, I would know it was loaded. All my firearms, and mags are loaded... Thanks though
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    Yet another Great Glocking adventure by RamRod. Great post!!!
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    I have had and carried Glocks since ... I can't really remember !
    Never thought of that, great point. Thanks RR.
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    Thanks RR. Learned something very valuable today.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Ram Rod View Post
    Yes, that's my suggestion. Even that way, removing it from storage won't give you a ND. This is what I do on a daily basis, and possibly more than once per day depending. Clear that Glock unless you are carrying it and dry fire on the empty chamber.




    I just wanted to give the new sub-forum a boost, and also not to hear of any more ND's with Glocks for any reason.

    You may want to learn about bullet setback! This presents a much more real danger then a loaded chamber. IMO you are 'playing' with your pistol too much. Leave it loaded ready to go. Always exercise the 4 rules:

    (1) All guns are always loaded!
    (2) Never let the muzzle cover anything you are not willing to destroy!
    (3) Keep your finger off the trigger until your sights are on the target!
    (4) Always be sure of your target and beyond!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Glock30SF View Post
    You may want to learn about bullet setback! This presents a much more real danger then a loaded chamber. IMO you are 'playing' with your pistol too much. Leave it loaded ready to go.
    You know...I figured this wouldn't be long before it appeared. I figure it warrants another separate thread in the forum instead of dragging one down. How's about posting about that and rotating your carry rounds in the magazine and so forth? And shooting up your carry rounds when it's time? Why not just take a poll of those who do just as I do and unload at some point in the day? Solicit the LEO's who administratively load and unload each day and how much of an issue it is with them?
    Leave it loaded ready to go.
    In and out of the safe....in and out of the holster.....against your body, or on the couch? In my opinion, leaving a loaded chamber Glock induces complacency over time and then we hear about the ND's. I appreciate the challenge, and we appreciate your support.
    BTW...I already know about bullet set back.
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    Shame on me, but I have started to carry a practice round as my in the barrel round (followed by the hollow points). I carry a Glock .357 Sig, so I feel even the practice FMJ round is a capable SD round. I always make sure to use the round I have been chambering next time I hit the range (thus no set back concerns).

    There is a slightly greater concern for set back with a bottle necked round IMO. I just can't afford to keep buying the 125 GR. SXT Winchester Ranger rounds. I have considered purchashing a lower cost hollow point and using that as my one in the barrel round.

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