Yep, I keep my thumb on top of the slide while holstering and while drawing as well, as to not engage the grip safety.Biggest plus for me is when I re-holster the gun, I don't push on the grip safety, so if the trigger would catch something going back in the holster, it won't go bang. I have read about cases where the trigger caught a piece of clothing during the holstering process and went off.
I respectfully disagree, but maybe I'm not understanding what you mean by a "less than perfect grip." It doesn't take much to engage the grip safety on an XD. I've had inexperienced shooters try my XD with a grip poor enough so that there would be a stovepipe, FTE, or Failure to Feed, but still grip it well enough to fire.I, personally, distrust grip safeties because a less than perfect grip can prevent the pistol from being fired in an emergency when you really need to put a round downrange.
It is logical to conclude that the grip safety makes a pistol safer. To fire, forces must be exerted from opposite directions. Perhaps Plaxico (sp?) might have not have fired if he had had a grip safety.Quick little poll and please explain your vote.
Do you think the XD Grip safety makes it more safe than a similar pistol w/o like a glock for example. Obviously, we all know to keep our finger off the trigger, so please refrain from stating the obvious.
And these people should not own an XD then. Good closing sentence though.:hand10:Some folks have hands that make it difficult to disengage the safety with a proper grip.
Of course, whichever you use, treat it with the respect that a potentially deadly weapon deserves.