One Glock option that is new to me is the internal safety lock. Listed on the Glock website under the “Safety Pack” menu. When locked, the gun cannot be fired or disassembled.
My initial impressions when I saw this system were:
a) Why would I want a lock in my Glock(s)?
b) What advantage does this have over an external combination lock or the included cable lock?
c) The key looks overly complex
d) How many more parts is this adding to the internals of my gun?
The reality of most locks are, that given enough time or knowledge, they become easily circumvented and therefore rendered useless. The Glock Internal Safety Lock appears to be no exception.
As I mentioned earlier, like most internal handgun locks, when the Glock lock is enabled the gun cannot be fired or disassembled. In this case the safety is achieved through a half circle shaped block that is rotated 180 degrees with the turning of the key which blocks the rearward travel of the trigger bar.
Here are some pictures which illustrate the function of the lock, posted by GlockTalk member lupuss:
Here the gun in the unlocked position. Notice how the trigger bar can freely travel rearward:
Here the gun in the locked position. Notice the reward travel of the trigger bar is blocked:
A visible warning in the grip, letting the user know the gun is locked:
Picture of the dimpled keys:
Those dimpled keys look pretty hi-tech! A simple search on youtube though, yields hundreds of videos where people pick similar looking dimpled locks in a matter of seconds. This goes for pretty much every type of lock though. In fact, in the case of the Glock internal lock, even if someone was unable to pick the lock, it appears that all they would need to do is drill a small hole through the frame at the proper position to destroy the block against the trigger bar. Probably a great option for anyone that loses their keys to this lock, because it would save a lot of embarrassment and money to a locksmith. A hole in your frame would likely hurt resale value though, but it would be a toss up as to whether that would be worth more than your pride 😛
According to GlockTalk user bigred1, the internal lock the option is only $25. He really likes his, but claims that since it was special order he had to wait 6 months. There is no word on whether Glocks can be retrofitted with this option; my guess would be they can’t.
I have very few keys in my life, and I’d like to keep it that way. Adding some Glock keys to my keychain is never going to happen. I am glad this is only an option (and not included) on their guns. Whenever needed, I’m going to keep it oldschool and lock my Glocks up using a 3 number combination lock or the original red cable lock.
As those who read my blog regularly know, I am a huge fan of the Glock pistols. I rarely look at the Glock website because in all my years of going there, I only remember the layout and information changing a hand full of times. I find it odd that a company as successful as Glock, would not pay the small amount of pocket change it would take to have their web guys update the site with mention their RTF models, and their new Gen4 pistols.