Grip Safety

[′grip ¦sāf·tē]

  • A device that prevents a handgun from being fired unless it is firmly gripped. Safety mechanism that prevents a gun from being fired unless the stock is firmly grasped while the trigger is pulled; used mainly on automatic pistols.
  • An interlock, often found on semi-automatic handguns, which helps prevent accidental discharge while adding no perceptible inconvenience when firing the arm intentionally. By the mere act of gripping the pistol in the hand, the shooter operates the grip safety, releasing its lock on the firing mechanism.
1911 Grip Safety
1911 Grip Safety