Jared Haehnel wrote:The reason I hate safeties is mostly my own fault. It seems as though every time my safety is on... I pull up to shoot get on target an pull the trigger only to find nothing happens...If I ever need a gun I want it on demand.
As D_Hall says, if you treat it as part it of the processes, it's not a problem.
At Army Cadets, the processes they taught me there are still completely automatic, even after I've been away from it now for a year and a half (I'm too old now). I went by the other day to say Hi to some people I know that still go, and they had the DP (Drill Purpose - no firing pin, blocked barrel) rifles out.
Before I went elsewhere I was offered a brief chance to have another go through the firing procedures to demonstrate them to some newer recruits (I had always excelled at Skill-at-arms).
The techniques were still as fresh as ever - normal safety procedure, full load, ready, "3 shot fire" (basically letting the hammer click forward three times), cease, make safe, then an unload and clear, without missing a single step or making a fault, all in well under minute.
For all the steps that a Cadet is required to carry out (that cycle actually requires checking the safety catch is on a full 8 times - and once off, 6 cycles of the manual action, 18
checks that the breech is empty, 2 checks the magazine is properly in place, 2 that it isn't in place, not to mention adjusting the sling and "aiming" three times), that's pretty fast.
If you get the techniques well drilled into your head, the safety will never be a problem to you.
One day, you may well be very thankful that it was there.
And that some times I've seen people rely on their safeties as an excuse to fool around...ever heard the phrase "It's OK the safety is on?"....
Personally, anyone like that should be kicked back into the stone age. Like I said safety has 4 elements. All of them must be used at the same time.
That's total failure of both mindset and prevention. (Wrong attitude - mindset - as well as an unnecessary risk of a loaded gun - prevention.)
Some people are complete tossers around weapons.
I have seen this situation at Cadets a couple of times (fortunately, the idiots were only using dummy inert ammunition), the other common flaw is that some people assume that a firearm becomes safe if the magazine is removed (ok, some do
have magazine lock-outs, but they're not exactly common).
I have also seen a failure of safety procedure, where the safety was taken off earlier than should have happened and then the twit decided to feel for the play in his trigger.