House fires in the United States happen more than 300,000 times a year on average for the past several years. This makes the possibility of a house fire at your residence very real. While the most important thing to get out of the home in the event of a fire is always you and your family, we decided to look at how your Glock can handle the flames if left behind.
While moving around the interwebs we found the following on Glock's Facebook page
"After a house fire a few weeks ago, a G19 was found in the rubble melted shut. After cutting open the box a fully functioning G19 was found unscathed. Thank you Yoki Maurx for sharing this story."
So this got us thinking, while the standard Glock box that the pistol came in seemed to have saved this particular piece according to the post, can a Glock melt in a house fire? So we got to looking.
While there have been cases of Glock-melts myth busted by our faithful legions here at Glock Forum, there seem to have been a few actual melts out there.
Stovetops are made for stuffing, not Glocks. Still, it would be interesting to see if the gun still shot.
No information on this one, but it seems perfectly melted. However, odds are that a steel-framed gun subjected to this same fire would most likely be a loss as well.
How hot does it need to be?
The common house fire can reach up to 1200F at the ceiling and maintain temperatures in the 300-500F range at floor level, all of which is pretty toasty.
While Glock doesn't disclose just exactly, what the melt point is on the polymer frame, there is some speculation out there.
According to a post that has been floating around the net since the Bush era, "The Glock frames are actually a proprietary blend of Nylon 6. Melting point is 420 degrees F. Thermal index rating of 284 degrees F (maintains shape and properties up to that point)."
Which sounds about right to us.
I personally know of several coatings guys who cure Cerekoted Glocks at 180-200 degrees with no ill effects noted.
This being said, the sweet spot of a house fire, at 300-degrees and over, would seem to do the common, unprotected Glock frame in. This means securing your G-ride in a fire retardant safe or box when not in active use. Beware however, of using the small cheap safes sold for documents as they are humidity traps and you could very well lose your gun to rust over the years even without a fire. Steel safes with metal or gypsum walls rather than plastic safes are best.
Of course, the best thing to do is avoid a fire at all, but hey, it's not a perfect world.
Be safe out there, and keep your Glock, as well as yourself, away from flame.