Glock Triggers 101

Posted by Tony & Rifle Supply Team on 18th Feb 2022

Glock Triggers 101


Ever since the release of the first Glock pistol, the Glock 17, in the early 80s; Glock has pretty much dominated the handgun market and its easy to see why. Glock has prided itself on having a simple easy to use and extremely reliable handgun and the trigger in a Glock is built to these same standards.

How the Glock Safe Action Trigger Works:

One of the most defining features on a Glock pistol is the Safe Action trigger system they introduced and have continued to perfect over the years. A Glock does not have a conventional manual safety that you might think of, instead it has a trigger safety.

The trigger is divided into multiple pieces, one of those pieces is a second, smaller trigger that lives in-between the two normal halves of the trigger. This smaller safety trigger requires all the triggers to be pulled back for the Glock handgun to fire a bullet.

The smaller trigger has a small plastic tab on the trigger that will block the trigger from being completely pulled back accidentally, causing you to release the tab by actively and intentionally pressing your finger on the trigger.

Glock Trigger Upgrades:

The stock Glock trigger is a perfectly functional pistol trigger that is reliable, sturdy and will provide you a consistent pull and break. It is a suited for most purposes and should serve the general shooter quite well. As for the more serious shooters, the standard Glock trigger lacks a bit of refinement, fit and finish but there are many different aftermarket upgrades that can really improve the performance of your Glock.

Glock Trigger Components:
The Glock trigger is made up of many components some of which can be upgraded to improve trigger feel and performance.

Trigger and Trigger Bar:

If you want to completely change the feel and performance of your trigger, you'll want to buy an aftermarket trigger. These upgrades are typically offered with the trigger bar connected, however some also include the trigger housing and connection for a more straightforward installation process.

When it comes to selecting a new Glock trigger, you'll have options in what trigger face or shoe shape, and color. Aftermarket triggers are now available in a wide range of styles.

The traditional curved triggers are still the most popular among many marksmen, although the flat-faced triggers have grown in popularity in recent years but both designs can work well based on your personal preferences.

Trigger Connector:

Trigger connectors play a significant role and it should not be overlooked. The main function is to manage resistance in the trigger pull. Replacing this part can allow you to raise or lower the weight of the trigger pull changing the amount of force required to discharge the firearm. In general a heavier trigger pull may provide higher level of safety by reducing the likelihood of an accidental trigger pull. Where as a lighter trigger pull can aid in faster and more precise firing.

A high-quality trigger connector can improve the feel and smoothness of the action. OEM Glock connectors are considered to be about middle of the road in this regard.

Trigger Springs:

You can also adjust the feel of your trigger by changing the trigger springs, however alteration of these springs can mess with the dependability of your Glock if not done properly, so we definitely recommend that you have these upgrades installed by a qualified gunsmith.

Most people will begin with changing their trigger spring. For the trigger spring though the, spring weight is actually opposite of the pull weight, meaning that if you need a lighter trigger pull, you'll want to pick a somewhat heavier trigger spring or visa versa.

You can also change the firing pin safety spring and if you select a lighter spring weight, you'll have cut down the resistance of the firing pin safety creating a lighter trigger pull.

Finally a lighted striker spring can be installed for milder trigger force.


One of the best upgrades that you can do to your Glock would be to the trigger. While the OEM configuration can produce satisfactory results upgrading to a aftermarket trigger can not only improve the look of you gun but more importantly improve the performance and siding you to become a better shooter.

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