Some people are more comfortable carrying a loaded pistol that has a manual safety. A pistol manual safety has advantages and disadvantages. Your skills are critically important when carrying a gun with a manual safety.
Most modern pistols have multiple safety features that reduce the chances of a negligent discharge. Automatic safeties are very common in striker fired pistols and are disengaged when the trigger is pressed. A manual safety requires the operator to disengage the safety before pressing the trigger.
Pistol Manual Safety during Self Defense
The purpose of concealed carry is being prepared to protect yourself and your family. The decision to carry a pistol for self defense comes with great responsibility. It is important to examine your equipment and techniques used for self defense.
Defending yourself effectively can depend on the speed of your first defensive shot. Any delay in making your first shot can decrease your chances of stopping an attacker. Someone under stress may forget to disengage the pistol manual safety before pressing the trigger.
Defensive Pistol Training is Critical
Defensive pistol training will reveal issues with various shooting techniques and equipment. The disadvantage to having a manual safety is the additional time it takes to fire your first shot. Self defense is one of the most stressful situations you could ever be in.
I’ve seen people in defensive pistol classes forget to disengage the manual safety before pressing the trigger. Having a failure to fire during training is better than having one as you are defending yourself.
Regular training is very important for anyone who carries a gun with a manual safety. You must build the muscle memory of disengaging the pistol manual safety each time you draw your pistol.