I'm in the local big-box sporting goods store the other day looking over what they have to offer (you know, to see if there's anything I can't live without), and I ask the salesman if I can take a look at one of their 1911s. I had spoken with this gentleman a few times, and had come to the conclusion that he was a bit of a blowhard know-it-all, but well-intentioned and an overall good guy. This time, he got me a little concerned. The 1911 was the Taurus clone, and while handling it, I noticed that the safety was a little too loose for my liking. If I'm going to have a pistol with a manual safety, I want it to be very similar to a double-action trigger...if it comes off, I want to make sure that I meant for it to come off (especially on a 1911). I explained what I didn't like to the salesman, and he proceeds to tell me that he wouldn't carry it with the safety on because it gives "young guys like me too much of a head start" (I'm 36). I tried explaining to him that the 1911 is a single-action pistol, and that the thumb safety is there for that very reason. He basically blew me off...apparently this "young guy" wasn't going to tell him anything. So, here's my dilemma: I know that I would never carry a 1911 without the safety fully engaged, but what about someone who doesn't know anything about them and assumes this guy knows his stuff? I'm not looking to get the guy fired...like I said, he's basically a good fellow, but I've already tried to explain to him why carrying a 1911 with the safety off is a really bad idea, and he wouldn't hear any of it. Obviously the thing to do is to have a little chat with the store manager to suggest to him that the salesman educate himself on the operation of the pistols he's selling before he gets someone killed...just wondering if anybody has any other recommendations that might work better?