HGR 068 - Mastering The Glock Trigger with Paul Carlson

HGR 068 - Mastering The Glock Trigger with Paul Carlson Hello and welcome to Handgun Radio! I’m your host Ryan Michad from the wilds of Central Maine, and this is your home for all the news, information and discussion in the handgunning world.


This week, I’m joined by Paul Carlson of Safety Solutions Academy to discuss mastering the Glock trigger and the modifications that are made to Glock Triggers.

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Week in Review:

-Saw a really cool 3D printed gun in 10mm on the Firearm Blog. The gun is a highly stylized 1911 manufactured by Solid Concepts. It’s a pretty cool concept, but the 10mm has a history of battering 1911 frames, as evidenced by the early problems encountered with the Colt Delta Elite in 10mm. I would be interested in not only functional reliability but longevity as well.

-We will do the drawing for the Werkz Holster Giveaway at the end of the show!


Main Topic: Mastering the Glock Trigger with Paul Carlson

The standard Glock trigger can be difficult for some people to get accustomed to. If you are a revolver shooter, you probably will have the smallest learning curve. People accustomed to the straight back sliding trigger type on a 1911 may experience the biggest learning curve. It is all about your technique and your previous experience with similar trigger systems that will most likely determine the ease with which you adjust to the platform.

Glock Trigger Types (Mods):

Stock Trigger:  Typically a 5.5 lb trigger pull weight.

NY-1 Trigger: Gives a firm resistance to the trigger finger from the very beginning of the pull and brings pull weight up to around 8 lbs.

NY-2 Trigger: Same as the NY-1 unit in resistance, but brings trigger pull weight up to 12 lbs.

Competition Trigger: Typically gives a trigger pull of between 3.5 and 4 lbs. NOT FOR DEFENSIVE USE! Glock specifically states this is not to be installed in a defensive gun, it is simply TOO LIGHT. Mas Ayoob notes in his book that some people combine the 3.5 lb trigger connector with the NY-1 trigger module, which gives a revolver like pull of around 5 lbs.

According to Massad Ayoob in his book Greatest Handguns of the World, the NY trigger units give you a crisper, cleaner break than does the factory unit. The NY trigger units are also quite a bit more durable. Thanks to Mas for the above descriptions of the trigger systems.

What characteristics of the Glock trigger make it easy or difficult to train shooters on

How can the instructor structure training around mastering the trigger of the Glock pistol?

Compared to other handgun trigger systems, how do you feel the Glock stacks up? (Compared to Sig P-series, Ruger P-Series, XD’s, etc.)

Obscure Gun of the Week:

Ryan: Recreation of the Remington R53 in .45 ACP



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