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Safety, Yes or 馃憥 or IDK

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Just curious about what the consensus is with the Addicts.

My first several handguns had no safety. So that being the case it's what I grew used to. I honestly believe that it was good training. I was always very much aware of where my trigger finger was.

Later on I got into 1911s. It was very strange having the thumb safety. I was always tempted to keep it off when I carried. I was always afraid I'd forget to disengage it if I was forced to draw. But in time as I trained myself it wasn't an issue. I even got rid of all my handguns without safeties and bought polymers with them.

Now those pistols are gone and I'm back to buying polymers without safeties again. But honestly I don't care if my handgun has a safety or not. I'm aware of what I'm carrying and I'm comfortable with one or not.

I'm not an advocate for one over the other. They both have their pros and cons. All my handguns could have them or not and I would be fine either way.

My finger only enters the trigger guard when I'm preparing to send lead.
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For me :
Single action -hell yes safety
DA - nope
Polymer - had with and without but now I say no to polymer
My .02
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I like magnum safety鈥檚
( who the hell am I kidding , ttt make鈥檚 Chinese ballon鈥檚 out of them )
@ZoidMeister runs out ok breath blowing them up !
ohhhhhh safety鈥檚 for guns 鈥斺- never mind
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I have one and want one. I think this is an apple and orange situation. We all know the pros and cons as you stated. So it just gets down to preference and the key point we prefer to use in our decision. I was on a sub. We have triple back ups for safety reasons and death. Then I was an electrical field tech, became a supervisor, and a safety guy too. So you can see why I will swap maybe forgetting to flip the safety, for more safety you have to make an effort about.

A key thing here that might change opinions is "are you carrying a round in the chamber?" If so I want a safety. If not, then I Keep the safety off and do not engage it. But because if I have a safety and feel I am walking in to a tight situation; I can choose between those two options, instead of the gun without a safety choosing that option for me.
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If it was designed with a safety, I鈥檓 happy to have it. If it was designed without a safety, I鈥檓 still happy! When I put my hands on my Glock, it doesn鈥檛 feel strange not having one, same with the opposite on my vbob

I do carry with a round chambered in the Glock and it doesn鈥檛 bother me.
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Yes, I want a safety.

I don't believe that a safety is always necessary. For example, a Glock doesn't need a manual safety to be safe to carry, so long as it has a good holster and you haven't messed with any of the built-in safety features. However, I like consistency. I have found myself trying hunting for a non-existent safety on my P7 before because I'm so used to 1911 safeties. And I'm sure the converse is true: if you ordinarily shoot guns without safeties, or turn off the safety the second you get to the firing line and don't touch it again until it's time to go, then you very well may forget the safety is there when you need to use the gun defensively.

For the sake of simplicity and consistency I like all my serious use guns to function the same; therefore I want a thumb safety on anything I'm going to shoot a lot.

With the exception of revolvers, because those are sufficiently different that my brain can keep them separate.
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A key thing here that might change opinions is "are you carrying a round in the chamber?" If so I want a safety. If not, then I Keep the safety off and do not engage it.
I do carry with a round chambered in the Glock and it doesn鈥檛 bother me.
I always keep a round in the chamber if there is a loaded mag inserted. To me a gun is unloaded unless there is one in the pipe.

I like these discussions. They always bring up some good points. 馃憤
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Every weapon I used growing up had one of some type and my father made sure we used it correctly.
I understand and accept newer technology but at my advanced age I am always looking for a safety if I use somebody else's weapon and do not feel comfortable without one.
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I always keep a round in the chamber if there is a loaded mag inserted. To me a gun is unloaded unless there is one in the pipe.

I like these discussions. They always bring up some good points. 馃憤
I like your name, @OldCuz. My nickname on my old job was Cuz, and as I got older, you guessed it, Old Cuz
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I like your name, @OldCuz. My nickname on my old job was Cuz, and as I got older, you guessed it, Old Cuz
馃槅 hahaha, your story is my story!
Cheers 馃嵒 from one old cuz to another 馃憤
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For me :
Single action -hell yes safety
DA - nope
Polymer - had with and without but now I say no to polymer
My .02
Same here, on my 1911s yes. My da/sa I prefer de cocker only and my polymers I prefer no safety.
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Wheel guns (w/transfer bar) = uhhh, no.

1911 condition one = yes, please.
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No safetys on Striker guns or DA guns. Safety on SA guns.
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I bought my first 2011 primarily because I wanted a pistol for AIWB carry with an external safety. Not that I think it is a license to be complacent or careless, but it definitely reduces the fear factor quite a bit for someone like me who is relatively new to concealed carry and firearms in general.
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Don't / won't own plastic. 1911 or High Power, thumb safety engaged. Revolvers SA or DA, no problem.
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For me :
Single action -hell yes safety
DA - nope
Polymer - had with and without but now I say no to polymer
My .02
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I don't mind a safety if the firearm was originally designed that way

Double single, no safety
Striker, no safety
SAO, safety
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I"m so comfortable riding the safety on 1911s & 2011s that I find myself wanting them on other guns, too.


Added this M18 a week ago.
Ran it fast and the thumb rest was welcome.....also helps keep me from thumbing down on the slide release.
I wish it had a wider-longer ledge....eyes peeled on aftermarket solutions.

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I prefer a High Power or Sig P238 pistol for carry because that's what I prefer to shoot and that's what I shoot best. They have a safety. It's part of the platform. I also have suitable CZ and Sig DA/SA pistols with decockers.

My first shot is always my best. I would much rather deal with a safety and a lighter shorter "always the same" trigger pull than a longer stiffer DA trigger on that first shot. I will not be winning a gunfight for my speed, but for my accuracy on that first shot.

It is also likely I will never find myself in a gunfight.


Cheers,

Tim
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