07 January 2014

Funniest Thing I've Read Today

"Guns with grip safeties invariably have poor triggers." in reference to the new Remington R-51 using one.


Here I was thinking that the 1911 had a grip safety.  I was also under the impression that one of the things that the plastic fantastic crowd would concede to the "obsolete" Browning design was that it had a pretty good trigger.

My Pocket Hammerless has a good trigger.  So do the Vest Pockets.

How can this be?

Because the grip safety is a block not an engagement.  It interferes with the movement of the trigger or hammer rather than creating a link that allows them to move.

I am really wracking my brain trying to think of other designs that have grip safeties.

Springfield's XD series.
Remington's original model 51 and upcoming R-51.
IMI Uzi?
S&W Lemon Squeezer?  Yeah, I guess a double action revolver would seem to have a crummy trigger compared to a modern Glock, but when was the last one made and how common are they today?

If they're thinking of the H&K P7M13, I don't think they understand how the parabellum staple-gun works.

Or the Ortgies...

Help me out here, Tam; you have a lot more experience with them thar ancient bullet launchers; who else did a grip safety and did the trigger suck?


  1. My dad had an "American Eagle" .30 Luger with a grip safety. I wish I still had it.

  2. Yup. Lugers had grip safeties. Schwarzlose 1908 "blow-forward" pistols had grip safeties on the frontstrap. So does the Smith .35.


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