Originally Posted by texaswoodworker
Why do you guys not like grip safeties? I don't even notice they're there when I'm shooting.
My main objection to grip safeties is the one stuck on the Government Model. It isn't needed and was put there in an attempt to replace proper training with a gizmo. (Troops were not trusted to know how to handle the firearm.)
Another problem with grip safeties as a breed is they don't always work as needed; sometimes they don't depress when the grip is not exactly correct, and sometimes they jam in place. Like any other mechanical doo-dad.
With all that, I can live with a grip safety. But I do have a question about it: Does it actually block the sear from tripping, bumping, bouncing or otherwise releasing the hammer/striker/firing mechanism, OR does it just block the trigger from being pulled?
Another problem - for the time being - is the caliber choice. I want something bigger than a 9x19. (So I'll wait at least until they're in .40 S&W or .45 ACP.)
Just for the record, the Ortgies pistol from Germany in the 1920s had a grip safety only arrangement. Except it didn't automatically release, one had to push a release button on the pistol (about where a manual safety would be, under the right hand thumb) to reset the safety.