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  • Don't Have A External Safety

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Thread: OC/CC with Safety On, or Off?

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    Question OC/CC with Safety On, or Off?

    Do those of you who open or concealed carry do so with the safety on, or off? Why or why not? Just curious. I carry my Glock 22, which does not have an external safety. It is loaded and ready to fire at all times, though.
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    CCW: H&K USPc .40 SA/DA Condition two SAFETY OFF magazine replenished after chambering a round

    OCW: SA1911A1 Condition one SAFETY ON magazine replenished after chambering a round
    Last edited by Herr Heckler Koch; 02-22-2012 at 06:26 PM.

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    Para-ordnance 14.45 1911 cocked and locked, just as it was designed by JMB.
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    Ruger bearcat .45 Long colt; no safety.

    Hi-point .45ACP; safety off, no round in the chamber.
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    All of my handguns are drop proof and when on my hip are in a secure holster; therefore, any safeties beyond the primary (brain) is redundant.

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    Do not have an external safety. Condition one always.

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    I won't carry gun with an external safety.

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    I am not a fan of any external buttons or levers I have to worry about operating in order to make my gun safe and/or make it ready to fire like right now. The only thing I want to think about is pulling and pulling (pulling the gun from its holster and pulling the trigger). None of my primary carry guns have externally operated safeties, decockers, or anything of the sort. They are all DAO and that works for me. And I absolutely carry them in full battery.... i.e., a round in the chamber.
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    Depends on the gun...

    Got a safety? On.
    Doesn't have a safety? N/A
    DAO? Decocked.
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    What gun?

    And why are traumatizing me by bringing back memories of that tragic boating accident?

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    Neither one (Springfield XDm & Kahr) has an external safety
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    Full mag, one in the chamber, safety off.
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    If it has an external safety, it goes on.
    If it has an internal safety, my finger stays off it.

    I'm figuring the manufacturer put the safety there for a reason.

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    Forgot to add that my CC gun (Taurus 709) is carried with the safety on, one in the chamber. If I'm walking through the rougher parts of town with my Sig, (doesn't have a safety) it's cocked. With the Glock I mentioned, I have a Serpa holster. In my opinion, the locking mechanism on the holster is all the safety I need, and extinguishes my fear that someone can grab the gun while it's holstered before I'll have time to react.
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    Quote Originally Posted by yz9890 View Post
    I won't carry gun with an external safety.
    Why not?
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    Quote Originally Posted by MainelyGlock View Post
    Why not?
    Because for the most part is is pointless. High quality modern guns don't just "go off" without a reason. Most are even "drop safe". A safety is just a crutch, something you shouldn't rely on.
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    Safety, schmafety... the only true safety a gun has is the hand that holds it, and the mind that controls it. The Glock safety system is as good as it needs to be. If your index finger ain't where it shouldn't be, and the gun is either holstered or pointed "in a safe direction", it's safe. Beyond that, everything else is manufacturer's liability protection! If a separate manual mechanical safety is in use, there is a (perhaps critical) fraction of a second lost - for those people who don't practice. (Besides, if one is good, then two or three should be better. How about adding a biometric recognition system, and a secret password?) Pax...
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    My XDm, XD, and TCP don't really have any safeties (the XD and XDm have safeties but simply properly holding the weapon disengages them), but if they did I would carry with the safety off. The only safety I need is my trigger finger so long as the gun can be safely carried without the safety on.

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    My .357M revolver doesn't have any kind of "safety" at all... except the one between my ears. Has never failed me yet.
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    Quote Originally Posted by MainelyGlock View Post
    Why not?
    it adds another step between drawing and firing. and each step introduces potential for either human error or mechanical failure.

    in my opinion, gun makers add safeties to guns to either appease a buyer who is on the fence about gun ownership or to conform to a law enacted by people with no firearm experience.

    it's just an opinion though. I waste no time worrying about how anyone else chooses to carry their firearm.

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    Belied by the safeties in 1911 design of John Browning, before hyper-sensitive political correctness. Or by the 1908 Pistole-08 of Georg Luger. I'm not so familiar with Borchardt, let's see...of 1893 and no parts labelled as "safety."
    Last edited by Herr Heckler Koch; 02-23-2012 at 02:25 PM.

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    +1 on all those answer! I hate the safeties on my Taurus and Walthers. The one on the P22 catches on my cross draw holster a LOT.
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    Quote Originally Posted by JTHunter View Post
    Being in Illinois, you can tell who the single "Don't carry" response was from.

    That being said, my revolvers don't have safties so I just leave an empty chamber under the hammer.
    On my autos, if they can be carried "locked & cocked", they are. If not, the safety is on as I have no desire for an AD/ND.
    You would limit your already limited capacity? What is the point of that? If you are carrying a modern revolver that is in any condition to be carried then you're just leaving a cylinder empty for nothing. Keeping the hammer on a dead cylinder is for cowboys in the old west.
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    My problem is I have SAO, DAO, and a SA/DA, all are different. And them there is my revolver... I carry as per the manufacturer's design...how is that? If it's in the holster with the hammer back, the safety is on. Otherwise...

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    CZ-82, full magazine, round in chamber, safety off, hammer down.
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