Agree. But safety features can cause problems. People can go to shoot a gun and the safety doesn’t disengage. I’ve seen people go to shoot without disengaging a manual safety all the time - that’s a negative outcome. I hear stories of people going to shoot a Springfield XD and not disengaging the grip safety as well.
Just because there is a safety feature doesn’t necessarily mean it is a net positive. It often is a net positive, but that is not a gurantee.
I do not at this time. I plan to in the future. If I retain the bedside rifle instead of a bedside pistol, either or will have some form of lock on it.
I’m not saying one is wrong. I say both are different and they both have pros and cons. I personally go the striker fire route.
If you’re going to say that hammer safety is objectively better, then I’m going to very much disagree with you on that one, and I’ll explain why.
An external safety doesn’t automatically negate that problem. People who do stuff like that often leave the safety always off, which is worse than having a striker fire safety due to drop safe conditions. If you don’t toggle the external safety on and off on a hammer handgun, you need to not have an external safety and go the striker fire route. An external safety is a net negative if you always leave it off and don’t turn it on.
An external safety is also a net negative IMO if you don’t train properly for it as drawing to use the gun defensively and not turning it on is also a net negative. Introducing a gun defensively that is not in a condition to fire is bad, introducing a gun defensively that you think is ready to fire but isn’t ready to fire is even worse.
If someone can’t keep their finger off the trigger, they need to not use a gun until they stop doing that. An external safety will NOT stop negligent discharges on someone with bad safety habits, it may delay, but won’t stop. I don’t know how many times I’ve heard people say “oh the safety is on” and I don’t know how many incidents I’ve read where the person swore the safety was on. An external safety does not guarantee safety.
tldr: External safeties can be a net negative if they are never used or trained for. They can also be a crutch, enabling or encouraging bad safety habits.
External safeties and trigger dingus drop safeties are different. Each have pros and cons, one isn’t superior or inferior to the other.