I agree with ToddG from Pistol Forum that holstering a hammered firearm is indeed safer than holstering a common striker-fired handgun. This is principally because a shooter can “ride the hammer” to ensure it cannot fall during the holstering movement.
Striker-fired guns like Glock, M&P’s, and others on the other hand can easily discharge when they are holstered improperly, either with something catching the trigger or a booger-picker not quite out of the way.
The “Gadget” adds the “hammer-riding” capability to a striker-fired pistol to make it easy for the shooter to holster the weapon and physically tell the striker is being pulled prior to a discharge. (That said, it is much easier to pull a trigger in a downward motion than it is for one to hold the striker in. It may be possible to have the gun go off and a shooter injure their thumb during the discharge).
Color me curious to see how this one will work out.
The Gadget will be available on IndieGoGo for crowdfunding on July 10th, according to ToddG himself. Pricing is expected at $50. GunNuts.net also has an first-peek into the system and how it works on a Glock platform.
Description from Pistol-Forum, where the “Gadget” was announced:
As many of you know, one big advantage of a hammer fired gun is that it allows you to ride the hammer with your thumb as you holster, dramatically reducing the danger of suffering an accidental discharge whether it’s your index finger, some piece of clothing, or part of your kit that gets inside the trigger guard. Downward pressure on the hammer counteracts upward pressure on the trigger, and more importantly any movement of the trigger is immediately felt by your thumb as the hammer starts to move.
Soon, a similar capability will be coming to striker fired (SFA) guns:
(all intellectual property rights reserved to Tom Jones & Todd Louis Green)
The as-yet-unnamed gadget prevents the striker (and therefore the trigger) from moving when adequate force is applied to the hinged slide plate. Even if excessive force is put on the trigger, the operator gets a tactile “warning” through the slide plate when it begins to press into his thumb.
Another major design consideration was dealing with potential wear or even breakage. The “gadget” actually consists of two slide plates, one static and one hinged. The static plate remains in place even if the hinged part breaks or falls off, retaining the striker just like a standard stock Glock slide plate. All you lose is the added safety while holstering… the pistol continues to function 100% reliably.
While the patent process is in full swing and we’ve begun field testing, we cannot answer too many questions about it yet. We also can’t predict when the gadget will be available commercially. But because Tom and I are both shooting guns with this installed and other field testers will be getting theirs before too long, it seemed appropriate to announce its existence now rather than wait until people started asking about the mysterious moving slide cover plate on our Glocks.