Originally Posted by Gonzilla
Almost every military on the planet has some type of safety on their weapons (Austria -Being an exception) and there is a damn good reason for it. Murphy's Law reigns supreme and no amt of training can revoke this principle. Army's been trying to stop AD/ND since Valley Forge w/o success.
Glock is not the greatest invention in the course of human history. It is a weapon's platform from the 80s that has its strengths & weaknesses. If you want to shoot lead or reloads just factor in another barrel. The 416 steel frame from Wolf does look like a promising upgrade but will not solve the safety issue.
Comedians here on FTF often refer to it as the "Bugger Hook Hypothesis" which while mildly humorous, does nothing to solve the problem. If an active or passive safety could stop just one accident, wouldn't it be worth it ?
US military doctrine for handguns for most but not all troops is chamber empty in a flap holster...
a good holster and you dont need a manual safety. i routinely carry all my guns loaded. my xdm which is my main carry has a grip safety and unless you put your hand on the gun in a fashion that enables you to fire it the gun cant go off. same is true of the 1911.
no safety device will ever stop an "accident" all so called accidental discharges are brought about through either carelessness or negligence. a safety isnt going to save you from not paying attention to what your doing.
people are routinely shot and killed or wounded at an alarming rate by unloaded guns. you can add in all the safety devices you want but if your not familiar with a particular gun or have bypassed the time and effort to get basic firearms safety training no mechanical device will save you. you wouldnt operate a motor vehicle without some driver training and knowing how to properly operate a vehicle. guns are no different just an inanimate object with no will of their own.
now all that being said my opinion is that the springfield XDM and 1911 have the best safety features out there