Originally Posted by armoredman
Either or - it's a matter of training. The decocker is very user friendly, as the safety version makes you lower the hammer manually. No big deal if you've done it for any length of time - I did with an EEA Witness, so doesn't bother me ion the slightest, BUT, I prefer a decocker, personal preference, nothing more.
What he said. Either is perfectly safe with proper training.
But also like armoredman
, I too prefer a decocking lever than a safety on a pistol with a DA first shot. The heavy trigger is all the safety you need. The saftey on my 1911s is important because of the 3.5 pound trigger, by contrast my Beretta has a pull of like 12 pounds or more (its heavier than my wheel gun
). I use my Beretta's safety/decocker lever as a decocker only by engaging the safety (therefore dropping the hammer) then flicking it off before holstering.