Mea culpa. I recently posted an article — since banished to the black hole — recommending that 1911 owners switch off their gun’s external safety every time they withdraw the firearm from their holster. Gun gurus were appalled. And rightly so. As Rob Pincus explained it to me, you’re an idiot.
The only time you should switch off the 1911’s safety is when you’re putting the gun’s sights on target. Same goes for any firearm with an external safety. Anything more is less safe, increasing the dangers of a negligent discharge astronomically.
I apologize for my mistake. I have no excuse, just an explanation.
I was worried that I’d fail to disengage the safety in a defensive gun use if I didn’t create “muscle memory” by switching off the Wilson’s external safety whenever I unholstered.
The 1911, like all personal defense guns, benefits from intelligent use and constant, effective training. To which I have returned. My bad.