My views on frame-mounted safeties have evolved. At first I was all like “it’s just one more thing to go wrong during an adrenalin dump!” And “the only safety you need is between your ears!” And then I started getting into 1911’s, with their dust mite light triggers.
“An extra level of safety isn’t a completely terrible idea,” I’d opine. “It’s all about the training!” I’d insist. And then two things happened . . .
First, I unholstered my 1911 and discovered I’d disengaged the safety before holstering the weapon. Second, I tested the new Smith & Wesson M&P M2.0 — a striker-fired polymer pistol with a frame-mounted safety. The kind of set-up that I used to consider tits on a bull.
My bottom line: you should be able to shoot any handgun quickly, efficiently and accurately. As Huck Finn said, you pays your money you takes your choice. Where’d you spend your money: handgun with or without a frame-mounted safety, or both?