This is a discussion on please.get my mind right about safeties within the Defensive Carry Guns forums, part of the Defensive Carry Discussions category; Originally Posted by RugerMike When the excrement hits the oscillating device, all I want to worry about is putting the front sight on the bad ...
I'm with the majority here. I don't want any manual safety on my defensive firearms. I simply want to point and pull the trigger.
During the last two seasons duck hunting, I've missed several shots simply because I forgot to take the safety off my shotgun. Since I hunt with several other people, safeties are always on until it's time to shoot. The problem is that in the excitement of the moment, it's easy to forget the simplest things. The good thing is that those weren't life and death situations.
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My K-Tec P-11, S&W M&P9c, S&W Sigma 9, DO NOT have safeties, save for the hinged triggers on the M&P and Sigma.
I just Picked up a S&W 6906 and a 6904, both with decockers.
I would carry the decocker pistols with the firearm ready to fire, without having to de-activate the decocker.
I would however, NOT have a pistol for SD that had an actual "safety" which would have to be fumbled with, in order to fire it.
But, like all things of this earth, this is a subjective personal matter with which YOU must come to terms with.
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I took the thumb safety OFF my M&P9C and installed frame plugs. It is much better this way. Another thing I found when carrying with a thumb safety, a lot of times it gets snagged on clothes or whatever and gets putt in the "off" position sometimes. My M&P only goes bang when I deliberately pull the trigger. If you have a holster that is good quality and covers the trigger, that is all you need.
The last thing I need if I am forced to use my carry weapon is to have to think about a safety. DA/SA autos make the question easy, same as revolvers. I only own one handgun with a safety, a PPK/s, and I only use it as a decocker.
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Welcome to the forum.
As to your question, it would depend on the gun. A 1911, or any other semi auto that you plan to carry cocked, then you definitely want a safety on it. If it is a double action you will be carrying with the hammer down, a safety is not something you need on it, but if it is there, no biggie. A striker fired gun, I see no reason for an external safety on it at all.
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My M&P 9 has the external safety, and I like having it. You just need to practice with it, so you won't forget to take it off it under stress.
I own CC guns with external safeties and passive safeties. But, the only "safety" I truly rely on is my "brain".
"Train-the-brain" correctly and you can adapt & overcome almost anything.
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