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Don’t Glock Yourself: The Striker Control Device


today I want to talk about an accessory
that is available for a Glock pistols called the striker controlled device. Now
it seems like anytime this product comes up online, some people want to get out
their pitchforks and start a virtual riot and I would like to think that’s
the result of a simple misunderstanding. So before we look at the actual products
let’s talk about why it even exists to begin with. Before Glock pistols started
gaining popularity in the 1980s and 90s almost all semi autos were either single
action with a manual safety or double action single action with a safety or a
decocker or both. Now, Glocks don’t have any of those
things they are striker-fired and they just have a trigger and a mag release
and a slide stop. Today, Glocks and other striker-fired pistols are the norm
rather than the exception. Shooters appreciate the simplicity of
operating a pistol with fewer controls they are easier to learn, some would say
easier to master as well. Of course that simplicity has a downside. You’ve got a
relatively light trigger with a short length of travel and no external safety
which means there are fewer fail safes in place to prevent an unintentional
discharge if the shooter has less than perfect gun handling. And let’s face it —
no matter how well-trained we are, we all make mistakes. I don’t know any shooter
who can honestly say they always have perfect muzzle control or that their
finger has never drifted to the trigger when it wasn’t supposed to and that is
why in addition to the big four gun safety rules everyone learns, there are
some additional best practices that are widely taught in the training community.
In particular, there are some procedures that we can use when we are reholstering
which is when a lot of gun handling mistakes often occur. Before the
gun even moves towards the holster, take a brief pause to verify that the the
finger is indexed on the frame or the slide well away from the trigger. Clear
the cover garment if necessary and visually check to make sure the holster
is clear of obstructions. Stand or lean in a way such that the muzzle doesn’t
have to cover the lower body as the gun goes into the holster and then slowly
and deliberately reholster the gun. Those are some great procedures to help reduce
the risk of unintentional discharge but some
people like me are not totally satisfied with that. When you’ve got distractions
going on in front of you, whether that’s at the range or in the real world, people
tend to skip some or even all of those steps when they’re reholstering. There is one more thing you can do depending on what kind of gun you have.
With a hammer fired double-action pistol, you can pin the hammer with your thumb,
that way it is impossible for the gun to fire even if there is a finger on the
trigger or a drawstring or a piece of shirt tail or something like that it
gets hung up in the trigger guard. I really like this practice because after
you’ve been doing it for a little while, it pretty quickly becomes ingrained into
your muscle memory. Eventually it’s just something you do and it would require a
mental effort to actually holster the gun without your thumb on the hammer. So even if something crazy is going on downrange and you end up doing the
stupid no-look speed reholster thing or maybe
it’s dark and you can’t really see inside your holster all that well,
subconsciously thumbing the hammer still helps prevent an unintentional discharge.
Unfortunately you don’t have that option with a striker-fired pistol because it
doesn’t have a hammer and that is why a couple of really smart guys from the Tao
Dev Group developed the striker control device, also known as The Gadget. This is
a little part for a Glock pistols that replaces the slide cover plate on the
back of the slide. When you’re shooting the gun normally, it doesn’t change
anything about the way the Glock functions, it’s just a slide cover that
tilts outward as the trigger is pressed. But if you apply pressure to the back of
the slide it blocks the rearward movement of the striker so in that
respect it acts just like a hammer on a double action gun. If you thumb the back
of the slide when you’re reholstering, it can’t fire. Like I said in the beginning,
for some reason the striker control device seems to elicit a lot of anger
and controversy. I’m not exactly sure why. It’s not a mandatory upgrade, it’s just
an option for people who want to take advantage of an additional layer of
safety. Some people might be concerned that it’s going to affect the feel of the trigger pull or something like that or
maybe it’s going to cause malfunctions. I haven’t had any problems with this one
or any of the others that I’ve put on other Glocks but more importantly, I know
a lot of dedicated Glocks shooters who have been putting tens of thousands of
rounds through Glocks with Striker Control Devices on them. Some of them
were even beta testers who have been using these things for the last five
years or more. I’m not aware of any Glock that’s had a serious problem as a result.
I’m sure it’s possible, but I think a lot of the concerns about reliability are
theoretical. It might help ease some people’s doubts if maybe they had a
better understanding of how this device actually works. It’s a pretty simple
concept. First let’s look at how a standard Glock works with all factory
parts. This is the firing pin assembly. The firing pin or striker is kind of
partially tensioned once it’s in the slide and then as the trigger is pressed,
it continues to move rearward and then when the trigger press is complete, the
spring sends the firing pin forward again. Now I’m gonna pop this back in the slide and put the slide cover back on. The
firing pin moves back and forth in this channel here in the slide and the slide
cover just kind of sits there holding everything in place. Now here is a slide
with a striker control device installed and it’s basically just a slide cover
with a little extra piece that extends into the firing pin channel. So now if
you’re firing the gun normally, the firing pin just pushes that piece out of
the way. There is no spring in the Striker Control Device so it moves
freely and doesn’t add any tension that would affect the trigger pull. But if we
manually apply pressure to the Striker Control Device, it prevents the firing
pin from moving. So there’s really not much to it. I can see how it might make
the trigger press a little gritty if you dunked the whole gun in a mud puddle or
something like that but that’s not much of a real-world concern for most of us. A
lot of you guys who know I am a fan of DA/SA pistols have asked me about
options in the single stack nine-millimeter or pocket pistol
category. Unfortunately there are very few to choose from. I think the next best
thing would be a Glock 42 or 43 or some other subcompact Glock equipped with a
Striker Control Device. Because of the way most other striker fire pistols are
designed, it doesn’t sound like we will be seeing similar devices for the Smith
& Wesson M&P or sig p320 or other striker guns anytime soon but they are
available for pretty much any gen 2 through gen 5 Glock. You can get them
from taudevgroup.com/scd. The normal price is 89 bucks but it looks
like they are on sale right now for 79. I think they are well worth it and I don’t
see any reason why I would carry a Glock without one

100 thoughts on “Don’t Glock Yourself: The Striker Control Device

  1. Great exspose, looks like a very good saftey item which are few, my concern is price for such a tiny item.Thanx P.S.

  2. So you can train yourself to apply your thumb on the back of the slide, but can't train yourself on not keeping your finger on the trigger? I don't get it.

  3. the "thumb over the rear of the slide to prevent the striker from moving" maneuver is one of the reasons I'm such a fan of the Walther PPS.

  4. The Walther PPS has had this from the beginning… I’ve always been surprise nobody else has integrated this into their designs.

  5. Dude. A glock is a tested and proven gun with unlimited after market support. But I don't want to be owned by my gun or it's manufacturer or it's very serious community. I guess you could say I'm glock-blocking myself.

  6. I dont see why this would be a problem, or why someone would be heated about it. It's a completely reasonable device, you either want to had this to your handgun or you dont. I wouldn't give it any thought if someone had one on their handgun at the range.

  7. Love the concept, and I'd want to run several hundred rounds before I carried with it, but man sticker shock! That hurts. Maybe for Christmas…

  8. Yea I see no point for this. Training is still the best safety. If you need a extra device to tell you that your finger is on the trigger (note that this is a serious problem on any gun no matter what kind, also meaning that the mechanics of the gun is irrelevant: striker, single action, double action) then you need more training or you are not competent enough to wield a firearm safely and should put it down.

  9. Looks like a great product and would no doubt stop some mishaps. Now , Worst case scenario I’m walking to my car and someone grabs hold of me and I have to draw my pistol under distress and I try to fire but the gun doesn’t because the pistol is touching my body

  10. This actually addresses one of my biggest complaints about Glock, trigger safety is no safety. Safety is there to stop the gun from firing, regardless if its by trigger or accident.

  11. Here's what the issue with this is. Besides the ensuing debris that can get caught in there – No, I'm not someone that is "tacticool", I'm just someone that actually understands that there is such thing as training involved in being proficient with a firearm where it can actually save your life.- what this is basically saying is that we're promoting a product that puts people at risk. Think about it. You're untrained. You don't go on the road in a car without learning to drive first. Just like you don't keep your finger on the trigger, which is what this is designed for. Also, this now essentially becomes a trigger locking device which means that if this gets caught on ANYTHING, you're trigger is inoperable.

    You have to keep your finger on the trigger on order to stop the striker from being released which, guess what? YOU'RE FINGER IS ON THE TRIGGER. Take it off the trigger. Problem solved

  12. I've been using one in my gen5 since I first got it almost 2 years ago. It is my carry gun and I work at a range and shoot it all the time. Never had any kind of issues with mine. Only gives feedback on what the striker is, or is not doing when reholstering

  13. I love it! I equate holstering a gun with landing an airplane; that's the more dangerous part. Knowing that, I take great care when holstering, but I would feel even better with this device.

    Edit: I just went to the website that sells them. They seem way over-priced to me.

  14. People install aftermarket slides, triggers, barrels, even frames and don't worry about reliability but one safety modification is an issue lol

  15. buy a glock….because I prefer a gun with no manual safeties…..then gets nervous about having a hot trigger, buys and installs an aftermarket manual safety….lolz

  16. Seems like a reasonable answer to a reasonable concern, I don't own a Glock but isn't part of the appeal making it your own? If so haters should keep their opinions to themselves and allow people to build what they want how they want without undue flak.

  17. My problem with this device is that you have to thumb your slide plate when reholstering and be cognizant enough to notice the rearward movement of the striker control device and then have the presence of mind and reflexes to immediately stop holstering your firearm – this is the the same presence of mind for trigger control. If you don’t have the discipline and deliberation to keep your finger off the trigger when reholstering, why would the striker control device change anything? Maybe it adds another way to detect a negligent discharge but a person who is careful and deliberate enough to properly use the striker control device doesn’t need it in my opinion.

  18. Who in their right mind thinks that having their thumb on the back of the slide is EVER a good idea.
    Having a device that trains people to do something like this is MADNESS.

  19. While at the range I got to witness the oddest incident!!!
    A season shooter, exmilitary , …a regular at the range and daily carri !!!
    He accidentally discharged while getting his glock black on his holster!!!
    He shoot himself in the hand 🤒🤪!!!
    We have a no holster shooting rule at the range. He was just putting in back and getting ready to go home!!!

  20. All you American gun freaks are aggressive and angry. Prove me wrong. Maybe you don’t need to carry guns all the time lol.

  21. I like the idea but I can see two possible issues. One, when you move your thumb your loosing a lot of control of the weapon. Two, when moving your thumb your more likely to move your index finger off the slide sub consciously.

  22. So your contention is that we should train ourselves to thumb an aftermarket striker control device, because we cannot train to keep our finger off the trigger except when shooting?

  23. I was taught to always look and place my thumb on the slide when reholstering with striker fired pistols. Thus ensuring that the weapon doesn’t get snagged or malfunction due to a partial out of battery slide.

  24. I always thumb the back of the slide when reholstering. It prevents unintentional movement of the slide and taking the round out of battery on strikers without manual safeties.

  25. > Buys safety for Glock yay this will excuse my poor training
    > Thumb reattached at hospital
    > Foot bandaged too
    > Why didn't I just get training

  26. I am not a “gun expert” BUT I have NEVER had my finger in the trigger guard, when I didn’t want it to. If you can’t control that finger, you shouldn’t have a gun.

  27. WHAT?!?!?? I think that is a brilliant idea! Why the hate? Thanks for the info a product that I think is a great idea

  28. The ball drops and it’s go time..
    Draws weapon and squeezes trigger and doesn’t fire. Oh yeah safety this is…. bang… bad guy kills you.

  29. The striker control device sounds like a great idea but I rather spend my money on other products,especially how a Glock already has a safety tab on the trigger 🤷🏻‍♂️

  30. Any news on whether this will be made for an M&P or other brands? I have a 2.0 with no thumb safety, which I love, but this seems like an excellent tool for re-holstering. Thanks for bringing this to my attention.

  31. Not needed, the Glock's safeties are built into the gun. Most enhancements in most modern striker fired pistols aren't needed with the exception of a quality set of sights.

  32. The only hate that you keep talking about is for a company that charges $80 for a tiny piece of plastic and then adds on $6. for shipping.

  33. I’ve been shooting for decades and the external safety on a 1911 is something I look for and Glock just doesn’t fit the bill so this could make a Glock acceptable. I’m also a budget minded person so the Ruger Security 9 fits my wants and needs. I really don’t understand not having a safety. I guess if you grow up shooting on video games you don’t need or want it?

  34. My double action carry revolver has no external safety. The only safety it has is the one between my ears.

  35. $80 for a little piece of plastic? I don't think so. I'll stick with my Walther P99. The pin protrudes if trigger is being pressed and essentially lets you know if you get used to putting your thumb on the rear of the slide.

  36. $79…what a bargain. If I were a fool, I would soon be parted from my money. Meanwhile, I guess I'll just suffer along with stock Glock.

  37. This is fine until you fire your friends or purchase a new glock. That's wherein the problem lies. You place your thumb on the slide cover your newly purchased glock and sub consciously leave your booger hook on the bang switch and if you're lucky you only rip your thumb off. If you're not lucky you shoot yourself and rip your thumb off. and if you're really unlucky you shoot someone else and rip off your thumb.
    TRAINING>gadgets

  38. This means that if you have to fire your Glock which may be in close confines of a pocket – the device may not be able to pivot back – effectively making your Glock non-functioning.

  39. Hey tattoo/testosterone guy: go get you a “White Claw” and watch “This is Us”. This guys channel is very good , but your statement is pretty irrelevant.

  40. I don't see any reason why I would carry a glock with one of these installed. I have never put my finger on the trigger of a firearm when i did not intend to. I also do not find my self constantly re holstering to the point where this would be a logical concern. This makes more sense as a competition accessory.

  41. If you think your glock needs a safety because you aren't responsible enough to fallow the 4 rules then you should probably not carry.

  42. Just a warning YouTube Dick Police unsubscribed me from your channel and they’ve done that on at least 2 other gun channels. Y’all may want to re- check your channels you’ve subscribed to.

  43. After years of being an I hate glocks guy I actually rented a 19 at the local range and instantly enjoyed it now seeing this device I’m seriously considering retiring my beloved hk p2000sk I’ve gotten so used to thumbing the hammer into the holster this would make that still viable option

  44. Have you seen these dumbos doing drills here the past few years. They think the appendix carry makes them gun toting Ninjas, and they holster up even faster then they draw… Yes there is a very good use for this thing, and probably the Nay sayers are the ones risking their balls upon holstering, and are toooooo cool to use this.. ita cool and I see nothing wrong with it👍👍

  45. So your training and ‘muscle memory’ will not work when holstering but will work holstering with your thumb in a different place? This sounds like a training issue. If you need training wheels fine. When you are a big boy and comfortable take them off.

  46. Not a fan of guns without safeties and before anyone says anything, that's just my preference, if you don't like them, dont buy guns with them.

  47. If you have already placed your finger on the trigger and begun pulling it back part way, the idea that you are being unsafe because you don't have some other sort of safety mechanism for your weapon is nuts. Who the hell wants the trigger being blocked when they are in the process of pulling it back already??? As for holstering the Glock, the need for a striker control device so you can press against the hammer makes about as much sense as installing a hammer spur on a DAO hammerless revolver. If you can't safely reholster either gun without getting the trigger stuck in the process, the fault is all yours, not the gun's. My best friend is a police lieutenant who runs the special ops division of his police department, so they do a lot of practical shooting drills. He has almost twenty-five years experience in law enforcement, always carrying a Glock. I have never once heard him say a thing about there being a significant risk of accidental discharge with this gun. I usually enjoy the videos on this channel, but this is anti-Glock nitpicking. Buy the damn gadget if it makes you feel better, but I won't waste the money for my Glock 22. I prefer to just keep my finger off of the trigger until I'm ready to fire.

  48. When I bought my edc glock I bought this to make sure I didn’t shoot myself reholstering after an encounter, if it ever happens. In normal use I know I would follow best practices, but amped up after an encounter I’m not sure how I would perform. So, just a safeguard to be sure.

  49. Wow. I haven’t heard of this and it seems like a great design that would improve safety. Price is a little high. It’s better than a Punisher back plate that doesn’t help in court if you use your gun in self defense. BTW. I realize this doesn’t help in re-holstering. What ever happened to the plastic pieces that went between the trigger and the front of the trigger guard? Supposedly they could then easily be naturally pushed out by the trigger finger when the gun was drawn and on target. Was it a problem with ND when putting in place? Or did it screw up the trigger handling too much? Maybe they still exist but nobody likes them? I have no idea. I just remember seeing them a lot many years ago and then nothing.

  50. Didn’t know this existed, the only striker fired gun I own is da/sa and the striker is open at the rear so you can see what condition the weapon is in as well as potentially feel it like you talk about while re-holstering.
    I would love to see Chris do a review on this gun as it’s my favorite to carry. Check out the Walther P99AS. It’s about the same size as a glock 26 only in da/sa format. It’s unusual in that it’s striker fired. Has ambi euro paddle mag releases and a loaded chamber indicator as well. Pretty slick for CC imho

  51. I think the resistance comes from :
    the image of super safety concerned people wanting all kinds of safety or
    these new gadgets very often aren't the best idea

  52. People probably don't like the idea of this because it's completely unnecessary. Glocks have three safeties and will not fire unless you pull the trigger. If you need this thing to prevent a negligent discharge then you shouldn't have a gun. This contraption is a solution to a non-existent problem and will only be purchased by idiots.

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