I've had my Rough Rider since 2013. I ignored the safety for several years and didn't even notice it. However, a few years ago, I dropped to gun on a concrete floor and it went off when it landed on the hammer. It went off and I had a minor wound to my stomach. Since that time, I use the safety if there is ammo in the gun because I fear I might do something stupid again. I find myself forgetting about the safety and find myself wondering why it doesn't shoot when I pull the trigger. My other revolvers have a transfer bar so they don't need a safety.