Honestly, this is more out of curiosity than anything. I have no real reason for putting this out there other than seeing if there’s a consensus on the matter. I came across something recently that just caused me to pause.
You see, when I was at the NRA’s recent ARC match at the Peacemaker National Training Center, there was a question during the initial safety briefing that caught me off guard. During the briefing, right after we talked all about the 180-degree rule and safe movement around the range, someone asked if we were required to put our safeties on during movement.
Immediately I thought to myself, “Well of course, dummy! Why wouldn’t you!?!”
But then the answer that came back was, “No, you don’t need to do that.”
I was floored, stunned even. You mean we weren’t expected to click our safeties on during position changes while we ran around with loaded weapons?!?
For context, I have always put the safety on when moving from position to position. I never wanted to be in a situation where I could be moving along, trip, and accidentally squeeze the trigger while regaining balance. It takes practically no time to click the safety on and off with the firing hand thumb, especially when using 45-degree selectors.
But it occurred to me that maybe I’m unique in this respect.
Over to You
So here’s the question at hand: how do you manage the safety on your rifle? When do you put it on and off? Do you put it on during reloads (I don’t), during movement? Are you a Delta operator who leaves it off all of the time and says your finger is your safety?
Am I overthinking it? I mean Glocks don’t even have safeties and that seems to work out just fine [sarcasm].
What do you think? If you were running the range, what would your rules be?