A disassembled Glock

Can A Glock Fire When Dropped?

There is a lot of confusion and misunderstanding surrounding the Glock and its firing/safety mechanisms. The Glock is a far safer gun than many people realize, however it does have some small concerns. But can a Glock fire when dropped?

So, can a Glock fire when dropped? No. A Glock is not going to fire when dropped. A Glock has a very light trigger pull and limited safety features but it is still not going to fire when dropped. Or, at least it shouldn’t. Because of their limited safety features and light triggers Glocks have got a bad rep in the gun community. It’s a reputation that isn’t completely fair, but is founded on some truth. This article will cover not only why these rumors started, but why they are largely false and where the real problems lie.

Why The Concern?

Guns are dangerous. Even when used by complete professionals accidents can happen. Unless you plan to fire your weapon immediately, the safety should be on. When transporting, reloading, cleaning, or any time you are explicitly not firing your weapon the safety should be on. This is basic gun safety that everyone knows. 

The problem with a Glock is it interestingly doesn’t have an ordinary safety. A Glock has a safety built into the trigger, the very way the gun is fired is completely different than a traditional hammer-fired system.

A Glock is designed to be ready for use at a moment’s notice, all that’s needed is for the user to pull the trigger. These guns are marketed specifically at military and police personnel. Whilst it is fine for use by the general public, this sidearm was originally meant to be used by professionals. 

Professionals who are less likely to accidentally fire the gun because of the missing traditional safety features. Professionals who need a weapon that is ready to go at a moment’s notice. Glocks may be perfect for military and police use, but that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t use one yourself.

They may be designed primarily for those uses but they are great for anyone’s self-defense. A Glock is always ready to go, it is as simple as pointing and shooting. In situations that you are at risk and need to defend yourself every second matter, this is why the Glock is so popular. Time spent disabling all the safety features is time you might not have. That, combined with the Glocks incredible accuracy and lightweight design makes it easy to use by anyone.

Glocks laid down on safety poster

Can A Glock Discharge Without Pulling The Trigger?

Glocks are not going to discharge without you pulling the trigger. Their safety system is built into the trigger so it can’t fire unless the trigger is pulled. The only time a Glock would discharge when dropped is if it had been badly modified or damaged. The chances of a Glock being damaged enough so that it would fire in this way are minuscule. Glocks are very strong, they are frequently put through extreme stress tests. The testing includes being frozen, buried in sand, driven over by a truck, fired 100,000 times without cleaning it, and submerging it in water. It still keeps on firing normally every time. So, the odds of you doing enough damage to cause it to malfunction are very slim unless you are trying to break it.

Glock safety is tied into the pull of a trigger. So it isn’t possible to fire unless the trigger is pulled. Here is a brief breakdown of how the three safety systems of the Glock work:

Trigger Safety:

The Glock has a trigger safety. This is essentially a second trigger in front of the actual firing trigger. When you depress your finger to pull the trigger you will first pull the trigger safety, then the actual firing trigger itself. The firing trigger will not depress until the safety trigger has. Both triggers are light and easy to use. This doesn’t make pulling the trigger twice as hard.

Firing Pin Safety:

The firing pin is mechanically blocked by the second safety feature. The firing pin safety is attached to the trigger safety, when the trigger safety is depressed it raises the firing pin safety simultaneously. The firing pin safety will reengage itself in between trigger presses.

Drop Safety:

Lastly, the reason a Glock won’t fire when dropped is because of the drop safety feature. The drop safety is a mechanical bar that blocks the firing pin from moving forward. This means the bullet cannot be fired. 

The drop safety is also attached to the trigger safety. The trigger safety restricts the firing of the weapon in 3 separate ways. This is why the Glock should never fire when dropped, it simply can’t.

All three safety features reengage automatically after each pull of the trigger. The Glock essentially always has its safety on, the only way to turn it off is by firing your weapon. This is why it is far safer than many people realize, or are willing to admit. That doesn’t mean it is entirely perfect. It does have some genuine problems, for some people at least.

To make the point, here is a video of a Glock dropped out of a helicopter, yet still seems to function perfectly.

If it can do that, it will certainly be safe after a fall tot he ground on a range.

Negligent Discharges

The bad reputation surrounding Glocks largely comes from the cases of negligent discharges. Even the police, who are supposed to be well trained in firearm safety, have had many problems with negligent discharges ending in injury. 

Glock’s lack of traditional safety features has a lot of great benefits, but it has one huge drawback. If the trigger is pulled, the gun will fire. So long as it’s loaded, of course. This means an accidental pull of the trigger will always result in a bullet being fired.

The idea behind the triple trigger safety is that people shouldn’t be pulling the trigger by accident. And they certainly shouldn’t, especially police officers. People using a gun should be well aware that they shouldn’t leave their trigger finger resting on the trigger. 

You cant accidentally fire your weapon if you aren’t touching the trigger. This sounds like it is just people, even police officers, being negligent. Whilst you could argue that is true, there is another side to the coin.

Glocks are designed to be very light and very easy to use. Part of their ease of use and improved accuracy is just how easy it is to pull the trigger. It only takes 6-7 pounds of pressure to pull the trigger of most models of Glocks. 

This can lead to accidental presses of the trigger, resulting in negligent discharges. There is an argument to be made about the problematic nature of such a light trigger, just as much as there is a case to be made about the user of said firearm practicing proper gun safety.

The Glock safety system

What Is The Trigger Pull On A Glock?

As mentioned above, the trigger pull on a Glock is about 6-7 pounds of pressure. This is very light. For comparison, a Berreta M9 is about 13 pounds of pressure. Almost twice that of the Glock. This ease of use makes aiming and hitting your target far easier. 

However, it also makes negligent discharges far more frequent. Some police departments have even had their Glocks triggers altered for their officers. The trade-off between safety and ease of firing is something that has been frequently debated not just in the US police force but globally.


Hopefully, this article has given you a clearer picture of how the safety of Glock works. The Glock is far safer than many people think, that said it still comes with its problems. 

The very light trigger pull is certainly problematic, the reasoning behind it is sound but the actual application of the idea isn’t perfect. Whether the Glock is the right gun for you is up to you to decide. If you use proper gun safety, you should have no trouble at all.  


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