I was just wondering how most carry their guns that have a safety. Safety on or safety off. I do both depending on where I am going.
The very few times I've carried, it has been a TCP .380 which has no safety. However there isn't one in the chamber, so it's pretty safe.I was just wondering how most carry their guns that have a safety. Safety on or safety off. I do both depending on where I am going.
No more than dropping the hammer back down and a revolver. My Beretta has a block. As soon as the hammer moves let go of the trigger. When the trigger reaches reset the hammer can fall as hard as it wants as the trigger block is in play. Block the hammer, let go of the trigger and its safe to decock the hammer the rest of the way.Depends on the gun.
Single action semi autos are carried safety on.
Double actions that I can mechanically decock rather than pulling the trigger and riding the hammer down with a thumb (or, in the case of my little Beretta Tomcat, load the chamber by tipping the barrel up) are carried hammer down, safety off.
Why the mechanical decocker requirement?
Because disabling all the automatic safeties there may be in the gun by pulling the trigger and riding the hammer down with only my thumb gives me the heebee-jeebees and strikes me as a negligent discharge waiting for a place to happen. Demon Murphy seems to keep a close eye on my and there's no sense in giving him an inside track to mischief.
Many moons ago, Smith and Wesson came out with their 3rd Generation bottom feeders and they found a ready market in the law enforcement community. Since the safeties on the 3rd Gen Smiths are a) slide mounted instead of frame mounted and b) flip up for off rather than down, the LEO community used the safeties to decock and carried them hammer down, safety off. A few of my shooting buddies happen to be LEO's at the time, so I picked up their methodology on the 4006 that was my primary carry at the time and it's carried on through the years and has been applied to any DA bottom feeder I carry.
If the DA trigger pull is as heavy as a DA revolver (8 pounds plus), then I see no need for a manual safety. If the gun in question has one of those lowest common denominator actions where there's a single action trigger weight on a double action trigger stroke, then a manual safety is needed. If my Series 70 Combat Commander with the stock 5 1/2 pound trigger pull needs a manual safety, then that so-called 'light double action' with the identical trigger pull weight does, too.
Don't like doing it on a wheel gun either. Matter of fact, that's one of the reasons that I learned how to shoot a DA revolver double action.No more than dropping the hammer back down and a revolver. My Beretta has a block. As soon as the hammer moves let go of the trigger. When the trigger reaches reset the hammer can fall as hard as it wants as the trigger block is in play. Block the hammer, let go of the trigger and its safe to decock the hammer the rest of the way.
know your equipment , know yourself, work within the limits of both.
But when do you need to do that? With a DA/SA semiauto, you have to do it every time you set it up for carry. I guess if you've decided to take a SA shot, and change your mind, but how often does that happen? I agree with Ickthus; pulling a trigger and de-thumbing the hammer is about the sketchiest procedure in all of gun handling. And yes, if you pull the trigger to get past the sear and then release it during the rest of the lowering process, the safeties in many handguns should save you - revolvers included. But that's just adding more complexity and jerky movements to an already touchy process.No more than dropping the hammer back down and a revolver.