The Gadget is, well, a gadget, for Glock handguns that keeps the striker-fire pistols from discharging while holstering.
If you’re on this site, it’s a safe bet you’re aware that Glocks are sans-safety. For many gun enthusiasts, that’s a good thing, but occasionally the lack of a physical safety (aside from your trigger finger of course) can mean that unwanted debris lodged in the trigger guard can cause a disaster when holstering. But the Gadget aims to stop that.
The Gadget attaches to the rear of the slide and acts as a sort of thumb safety. By putting pressure on the Gadget while holstering, the device activates a makeshift safety that prevents the trigger from being depressed.
Depending on where you’re from and how you’ve trained, placing your thumb on the rear of the slide while holstering is the right thing to do as it keeps the weapon from dropping out of battery. That being said, many law enforcement agencies and other gun groups teach that placing your thumb on the rear of the slide while holstering is a “no-no.”
Either way, the potential for a negligent discharge while holstering a Glock is quite real, and the Gadget is a simple way to help prevent that from happening. However, any after market product that tampers with the firing mechanism brings with it the potential for malfunction. So if you’re using your Glock for self-defense, just keep that in mind.
The Gadget, invented by Tom Jones, Todd Green and Craig Douglas, has been heavily tested over the last six years and is now ready to go into production. The company is looking to crowd-fund the Gadget and backers who pledge can get one for $50.
(This article was a submission from freelance writer Brent Rogers)