This is a discussion on Safety for CCW within the Defensive Carry Guns forums, part of the Defensive Carry Discussions category; Originally Posted by tokerblue Isn't that version only for CA and MA? I live in CA and my Kahr PM9 is CA legal without the ...
One problem with different models of guns with external safetys is the way some safetys are disengaged by thumbing down the safety like on 1911 style pistols,and others the safety is disengaged by thumbing it up.If you get in a SD situation and have both types of pistols you do not want to forget which way to thumb the safety off when every micro second counts,most of my guns either have no external safety,or have a safety that thumbs down like my 1911's."KEEP YOUR BOOGER HOOK OFF THE BANG SWITCH AND YOU WILL BE FINE"
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If you have a pistol with a manual safety, you must practice taking it off safe during the draw, period. You don't want to assume the safety is "off" only to find that it got bumped "on" at the worst possible moment and your gun won't fire.
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I have to agree getting a good quality leather holster that covers the trigger is best. When I first started carrying I used to practice (gun unloaded and magazine empty) in and out of my holster. Getting the feel of pulling it from the holster and proper hand, finger placement on the firearm. Like someone else said the best safety in the world is between the ears....
I'm wondering however about *selective* safety usage... say in a low threat situation (inside a safe building) you may carry but keep the safety on. When you leave those safer confines, you might want to *discretely* switch the safety off (say you leave the building and go into the parking lot). Then as you enter the next safe area, you *discretely* switch it back on... would this not be a good practice, switching back and forth? Is it even practical (Do most holsters end up covering any manual safety switch?)? I am referring to carrying a DA/SA or DAO... I think I would keep safety on regardless if I were considering SAO.
BTW, I am new to this forum, and totally new to handguns in general, and am only now considering what kind I might be interested in. I have some experience with a shotgun, and so have become accustomed to the idea of a safety being on most of the time.
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