My preferred side arms are revolvers. Sorry about that chief!
Well, guns are dangerous. Working heavy equipment , running a chain saw, driving a stick shift in stop and go traffic on a grade.Unless it has a DA trigger, like a DA revolver or my TCP, I insist on a thumb safety. I will not carry a Glock style pistol like the Glocks, the XD family (some have thumb safeties now, don't they?), and the like. I'm not a fan of DA/SA semiautos either. Taking your first shot with a DA revolver and then switching to a 1911 has never seemed like a great idea to me.
Condition one or DA.
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.
One of the best answers I've ever seen to all of these types of questions is this:
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DA when you want it, SA when you want it, and virtually no chance of snagging. Safe and precise when you need it.
IT totally depends on what type weapon it is-- a single action --as in a 1911 that should be carried cocked and locked then yes-- other wise its just cocked.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.
If you have to wonder, then you need more time on the gun.My reason for DA/SA hammer fired pistols. RIC, no safety- just point and pull the trigger. IMHO- if you carry a gun with a safety- either train with it on or of..but not both.. either or.. you don't need to wonder. is the safety on or off.. so ALWAYS train to move the safety to OFF as you draw.
I guess each person has to know their own limitations. I agree with you... I can't imagine forgetting how to operate the gun I'm carrying because I'm confused about which one is in my hand. I can also switch from my stick shift car to my automatic truck to my motorcycle, and have not problems remembering how to get them all in gear. (But I have seen people come to a stop on a motorcycle and forget to put their feet down.) But if someone really does feel he is that absentminded, then he probably should just stick to the one gun he'll remember how to operate if the time ever comes.If you have to wonder, then you need more time on the gun.
I don't buy into the, 'I'll forget the safety', argument. You saw what gun you strapped on and you better already know what it takes to make it work.
I also don't buy the, 'I'll get confused by jumping between guns', argument either. If that happens, then one might need to be handling your guns more often. I can tell my supposedly identical SAA clones apart by how they feel in my hand, so don't tell me going from a double stack 1911 like my Para to a Witness is going to confuse me.
The way things are now, just watch the news, your gun has to be ready to use. I definitely have one in the chamber. I have only had my CHL about two years. When I first got it, I just didn't feel good unless the safely was on. Things have changed now and most of the time the safety is off and one in the chamber. There is a trigger-safety so the gun is not going to go off by itself. There is no use in carrying a gun unless you have one in the chamber. If there is a bad guy around, you are not going to have time to rack your gun.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 above is a good explanation, except I am a Lefty so the Safety is on the wrong side for me. Could some Lefty's go over your method of Draw.I'm old school and schooled well. Years of training, uses and muscle memory.
Safety on always. When gripping the gun, finger on safety, as you clear the holster, Safety is disengaged by the time you clear holster. While bringing the gun up on target you cock the hammer. This is muscle memory as your brain is verifying the need to engage, back stop and clear shooting lane. You have time to do all of this in one fluid motion as you get a sight picture. Anyone thinking different has not trained to use a weapon correctly or has never been hunting or been hunted. it is simple to perfect.
Now i say the same thing about driving a car with a stick shift. Do I need to tell you about walking to school? LOL