Originally Posted by the perfesser
I have broached this same subject in the Sub Forum while discussing my G26. I own three Glocks: G34, G36, G26. The 4.5 lb. is standard in my G34. I need to improve my accuracy with that pistol, but I like the smoothness of the trigger.
What do folks think about the advisability of this "lighter" connector in the G36, which might occasionally be carried concealed? Any liability or safety concerns?
Wow! I'll bet the answers you get to this one are going to really run the entire gamut of pros and cons. Mas Ayoob will, certainly, give you one reply; and someone like myself will give you another. Here's my own take on this, admittedly important, subject:
For the record, every one of my Glock pistols is fitted with a 4.5# Lone Wolf connector. No question, from the viewpoint of shooter accuracy, a 4.5# connector is definitely the way to go. (I am a strong believer in the importance of accurate gunfire and consider any device that aids and assists accuracy to be an important safety feature.)
From the perspective of gun safety, I'm going to offer that Glock, GmbH's OWN ARGUMENT for the inherent safety of all Glock pistols is the very same rationale that can be used to warrant the equally inherent safety of using a 4.5# connector. Specifically, keep your finger off the trigger; and you haven't got a problem.
What if your finger is, however, on the trigger? In this instance very little changes. The use of a 5.5-6.0# connector is virtually the same as a 4.5# connector. EXCEPT - while the trigger's mechanical, 'let-off' does, indeed, improve - there's actually a lot more, 'front end mush' on the lighter connector for the shooter to initially have to pull through.
Besides, by no stretch of imagination, is a 4.5# connector - which generally yields a cumulative trigger pull of up to 5 + pounds - considered to be a, 'light' trigger. (My own Glocks yield cumulative trigger pulls of 4.9 to 5.2#'s.) I think most experienced pistoleros would agree that until a Glock's cumulative trigger pull drops below 3#'s, you haven't got a, 'light' Glock trigger.
I've read about (probably) hundreds of CQB pistol gunfights on the internet. I'm always struck by the salient fact that many unintentional bullet strikes are made by poorly delivered gunfire. Personally, I consider, 'missed shots' to be of much greater danger than unintentional gunfire. A, 'light trigger' is unquestionably a sensational legal topic; but, how likely, how realistic, is it out in the real world? (In my own opinion, not very!)
If Glock's, 'safe-action' trigger really works, and (literally) all heavily experienced Glock gunmen adhere to the well-known principle of keeping your finger outside the trigger guard and off the trigger until you're ready to actually fire the pistol, then there really is NO SAFETY PROBLEM that can be LEGITIMATELY associated with the use of a 4.5# connector in any Glock.
I would guess the vast majority of this board's members are well aware of Cooper's Third Rule of Gun Safety: 'NEVER PLACE YOUR FINGER INSIDE THE TRIGGER GUARD UNTIL AFTER YOU HAVE MADE A CONSCIOUS DECISION TO FIRE!' If this paramount rule of gun safety is scrupulously followed then there really isn't any valid concern over which Glock connector is used. A, 'righteous shoot' remains a, 'righteous shoot'. Here's all four of Cooper's Gun Safety Rules:
1. THE GUN IS ALWAYS LOADED!
2. NEVER ALLOW THE MUZZLE TO POINT AT ANYTHING YOU ARE UNWILLING TO SEE DESTROYED!
3. NEVER PLACE YOUR FINGER INSIDE THE TRIGGER GUARD UNTIL AFTER YOU HAVE MADE A CONSCIOUS DECISION TO FIRE!
4. CLEARLY IDENTIFY YOUR TARGET, AND WHAT IS BEHIND IT!