Do you train with a safety?

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    Do you train with a safety?

    Just curious what other people's thoughts are. If you carry a firearm with a safety do you train to disengage it?

    I currently carry a Shield with the safety off. But now I am considering carrying with the safety on and training to disengage it in my drawstroke. This has nothing to do with worrying about carrying a gun without a safety it is more if I have to draw it and the safety some how became engaged I would rather have the muscle memory of having disengaged it 100s of times.

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    ...good plan...millions of 1911 owners do it every day...
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    I do train with a safety on my carry guns. Only one gun does not have the feature, I'm sure I swipe the safety area of the slide out of muscle memory. I understand the Shield safety is small and may be difficult to use. I have seen a few mentions of not using the safety from other owners, however you need to decide what works best for you.
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    I have no problem disengaging the safety and I am sure it will become easier over time.

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    I don't use the safety on the shield, but when I use the gun at the range or practice drawing, I do sweep the safety down in case it accidentally gets set. I also set it when practicing to make sure that my sweep will disengage it. As you know, it's a low profile safety and there's not a lot to grip.
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    No manual thumb safeties on any of my firearms. My safety is my brain, and I try very hard to never disengage it.
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    Do you train with a safety?

    Nope no thumb safety for me. I'm a Glock and DAO revolver guy and that's how I train. And it's one of the reasons (weight being the other) why my Ruger SR1911 remains a safe queen.

    IMO S&W made a big mistake putting that puny unusable safety on the shield. If they wanted a safety there at least make it big enough to manipulate. Like the 1911's or the ones on their full sized pistols (there's an optional thumb safety version)

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    I only carry 1911 style pistols, out of holster,safety off, back to holster,safety on. Repeat, Over and Over and Over, To me it was always a natural thing.

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    Yes, carried Berettas in the military and have a Shield and 1911 now. Muscle memory is an amazing thing. It's never failed me while training in any capacity.
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    I don't have a Nano but I do train with the safety on for carry guns.
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    None of my carries have safeties. That being said, I'm a firm believer that if your gun has a safety, you should use it.
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    Quote Originally Posted by PEF View Post
    ......I do sweep the safety down in case it accidentally gets set.
    Here is why I would never carry a gun with a manual safety. Something that gets accidentally set while I'm trying to save my life isn't for me. You should be your only safety.

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    I train to sweep the safety on my 1911 only. My other carry guns are decocker models. They get 99% of carry time.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Joedub View Post
    Just curious what other people's thoughts are. If you carry a firearm with a safety do you train to disengage it?

    I currently carry a Shield with the safety off. But now I am considering carrying with the safety on and training to disengage it in my drawstroke. This has nothing to do with worrying about carrying a gun without a safety it is more if I have to draw it and the safety some how became engaged I would rather have the muscle memory of having disengaged it 100s of times.

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    The only handguns I engage and disengage the safety are my 1911s. I've a few decades of competition experience with them, so the muscle memory even at my age is working. I do not use the "safety' in my Beretta 92, because it's pretty safe otherwise. I carry Glocks and handguns that do not need any safetylever.

    It is my humble opinion that a gunowner ought to familiarize and become proficient with his/her firearms to a point where everything is in muscle memory. That takes time and practice. No way around it.

    Some safeties are just designed poorly, unfortunately. I would not carry such firearm, because there are plenty excellent and safe guns available.
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