There is a small debate in the comments of another post about the manual safety and I thought I would open it up to a broader debate. I believe that a shooters feelings about a manual safety come down to 1 of 2 fears…
#1 – A fear that the gun will go off when I don’t want it to.
These shooters worry more about a negligent discharge during administrative handling or accidentally shooting a threat after they subdued them. They believe that their training will give them the presence of mind to disengage the safety to engage a threat.
#2 – A fear that the gun will NOT go off when I want it to.
These shooters worry that in a time of stress they could forget to disengage the safety under stress. They believe that their training will allow them to handle the firearm safely in non-stressful situations.
As a side note there are some people who are afraid of both #1 and #2… they say “Guns scare me.”
I fall into group #2.
Do you think this sums up the debate? And which side do you fall into? Let me know in the comments.4