Originally Posted by Garadex
This is not meat to be rude or mean. you say you don't need a safety, do your long guns have safeties, if so do you use them? If you do use them why do you have them on your long guns and not your handguns? Again not trying to be disrespectful or jerkish I am genuinely curious.
When you need to use a handgun, you generally need to use it immediately.
How many revolvers have you seen with "safety" levers? Are revolvers "unsafe" because they don't have those "safety" levers on them?
It is an unnecessary impediment to actually using the pistol when you most need to have everything go as smoothly as it can, given that whatever has transpired has caused you to draw and fire your weapon. John Moses Browning, designer of the magical 1911 with the much vaunted "safety" lever, even thought it was a dumb idea. Extra levers and whatnot to depress or not depress are not things you need on a pistol. Irrespective of how reliable something is or should be, it's pretty much a given that anything that complicates how a human interacts with a machine under duress is not going to be helpful, which is the best reason not to have a "safety" lever on your pistol.
You are either capable of carrying a loaded pistol while also preventing unintentional contact with the trigger or you are not. Apart from extremely rare instances of mechanical failure, firearms do not fire on their own. Someone has to cause them to fire. If you don't cause your firearm to fire except when you intend to, then you won't have any problems.
A lot of people violate multiple firearm safety rules, generally lack common sense or don't apply it to things that could potentially kill them, and can't seem to understand that mechanical devices are poor substitutes for thoughtful gun handling. It would be best if those people did not handle firearms, but that's not going to happen. So, for those people, a Glock is "unsafe". In reality, they are imprudent firearms users, but it can never be "their fault" for imprudent gun handling practices, so the weapon must be "unsafe".
Regarding "safety" levers on rifles, have you seen how AK-47's are carried in combat? Generally, the "safety" is off. Firearms aren't firearms until they're ready for use, just poorly designed clubs. It's like that argument about unloaded magazines. What the hell are you going to do with an unloaded magazine?
Don't point firearms at yourself or anyone else unless you intend to.
Don't put your finger on the trigger or allow any other object to contact the trigger unless you intend to.
If you can't do those two things, expect that bad things will happen.