It depends on the thumb safety, there are several different variants with some being better than others. All that being said, the trigger still needs to be manipulated to make the gun fire. Just like a Sig 220 SAO or a CZ 75 etc.
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Isnít carrying a BHP the same thing as carrying a 1911 with a pinned grip safety? With only a marginal thumb safety, isnít the BHP a little more prone to accidents?
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The Mark 3 versions have a firing pin safety. Lots of 1911's do not.
Actually, most current production 1911s do have a firing pin safety and the presence of such doesn't have much to do with the grip safety as all it (the grip safety) does is keep the trigger from being pulled without the grip safety pressed in.
I think that the Series 70 type 1911's did not have the firing pin block but the Series 80 does. Stephen Camp ( expert on BHP's) says that the BHP's have the firing pin block, too. When I took some training in Dallas, my instructor pinned my firing pin block on my Colt Commander.
Correction to above. Instructor pinned my grip safety, ala Jeff Cooper. Not the "firing pin block."
glock with no external safety?
hi power with frame mounted safety?
No accidents with Hi POwer. Great gun to carry.
I mexican carried my High Power today.
There's no way I'd ever do that with a Glock and a loaded chamber. As long as I keep the safety engaged and my finger off the trigger until I'm ready for the gun to make noise, I'm comfortable with it.
I in no way consider the High Power to be "less safe" than the 1911, and I prefer the High Power too. It is an improvement on the 1911.
If it makes you uncomfortable you can always send me your High Powers and I will be happy to give them a loving home.
I would never mexican carry any gun...I'm not so much worried about it going off in my pants as the gun sliding out of my pants...and since you are more likely to get into a fist fight than a gun fight, a good holster secure holster should be a top priority...:)
"I mexican carried my High Power today." Yea Biker!
I've carried that way beneath a business suit in perfect comfort. Any 1911, Hi-Power or K-Frame Smith & Wesson can ride if trousers and belt are adjusted.
I will take the thumb safety over the trigger safety of an M&P or Glock any day. For a gun with a thumb safety to acts must happen for the gun to AD. The safety must come off and trigger must be pulled. On a Glock only the trigger must be only, anything likely to catch the trigger is also likely to catch the trigger safety. I would say the Glock design is marginal more safe than the M&P.
Jeep: How do you prefer to carry the BHP?