Crowdfunding the Gadget has announced that The Gadget (or Gadget Striker Control Device as it is now known) will be brought to market via a crowdfunding campaign that will kick off on Friday. July 10. This will make the day of those who know what The Gadget is and understand its use. If you are scratching your head about what The Gadget is, read on.

Early prototype of The Gadget

Early prototype of The Gadget

The Gadget is a “striker control device” made for Glock pistols that is the result of collaboration between instructor Todd Green and a student of his, Tom Jones. It is a back plate for Glocks that is hinged at the top and protrudes in through the striker channel to contact the rear of the striker. Essentially, this creates a physical linkage between the shooter’s thumb and the striker that can help prevent accidental discharges of the firearm caused when a holster obstruction presses the trigger.

Why is this physical linkage important? There are two reasons. First, it allows the shooter to feel the movement of the striker. Second, it allows the shooter to block the movement of the striker. The shooter can place their thumb on the back plate and provide pressure while holstering their Glock in an effort to feel or, better yet, block accidental movement of the striker caused by an obstruction that presses the trigger as a handgun is pushed into the holster.

It works like this. The shooter places their thumb on The Gadget and provides pressure while holstering. If they feel any resistance while holstering or they feel the striker moving via The Gadget, they can withdraw the handgun and check for holster obstructions.

I can already hear people crying about additional safeties and unnecessary widgets. The Gadget is not a safety and this procedure of placing the thumb on the hammer of a handgun has been taught for decades with hammer fired handguns and handguns with protruding strikers. The Gadget simply makes the procedure viable for Glock shooters.

The Gadget is completely passive in how it functions. If you don’t provide thumb pressure, it does nothing to block striker movement. If its only moving part should happen to break off the host handgun, the Glock will continue to function as normal.

Stay tuned for additional details on the Gadget Striker Control Device crowdfunding effort.


4 Responses to Crowdfunding the Gadget

  1. Shep Bax July 7, 2015 at 16:53 #

    EXCELLENT article. Extremely well done. I am impressed with how well you understand this device. I wrote this article which should segue well with yours.

  2. paultmccain July 9, 2015 at 06:58 #

    Looks like a great way to get the handgun hung up on something or to collect debris directly into the internals. No thanks.

    • Matt July 9, 2015 at 07:46 #

      You may be right but I should point out that the internals are fairly well blocked by the protrusion into the striker channel and the gadget is only “open” as shown in the image when the striker is moving rearward (i.e. when the trigger is being pulled).

  3. Al Fike July 11, 2015 at 22:31 #

    I think it’s a wonderful idea. Just another way to exercise caution and safety. Can’t wait for the product to hit the market! Thanks!

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