While reading the "1911 Sucks" thread, the topic has lead to some discussion regarding grip safeties. Some people have even gone so far as to call this feature a "death trap", assuming by failure to grip properly.
The subject was specific about 1911s, but I am an XD fan, and mine have this feature. Spread across 3 pistols, I am sure I have fed close to 40,000rds or more. I have only had an issue with my sub-compact once and I believe it might have been "limp wristing" that caused it. Never once have I not been able to fire because of a poor grip engaging the grip safety. Never a failure because of a malfunctioning grip safety either. I practice aggressive tactical shooting techniques......meaning, I have thrown the gun to the ground, rapid holstering and draw, tap rack bang, diving, rolling, etc....no issues (no I am not a mall ninja )
Now my opinion, is that if someone were to regularly have issues with a grip safety, wouldn't this most likely be an issue of training with their gun? To call the feature a "death trap" and encourage disengagement of the mechanism.......to me, I see it similar to a poorly seated magazine. Train to cope with the situation autonomously, right?
I know some here are anti-safeties on a pistol. That's fine, I specifically would like to hear thoughts about "grip safeties".