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The debate is endless on whether or not the safety should be actuated on reloads, transitions or malfunctions. I use the selector every time I dismount the rifle from my shoulder without any time penalty and here is my take and the methodology behind it.

The selector is a crucial part of the rifle and I object when it is not being activated due to convenience. That said there is a simple method to learn it based on a simple methodology which is:

YOU INITIATE THE LARGEST MOTION OF DISMOUNTING THE RIFLE WITH THE SMALLEST AND MOST CRUCIAL MOTION OF INITIATING MOVEMENT OF THE THUMB TO ACTIVATE THE SELECTOR. (See the two pictures below. You can see my wrist break to operate the safety before the rifle has been dismounted and before the empty brass is still in the air.)

**Once I break my wrist and hook the selector with my thumb, the work is done. I begin the entire sequence by beginning to put the rifle on safe and they happen almost simultaneously and extremely seamlessly.**

I initiate dismounting the rifle by first initiating movement of my thumb toward the selector. By doing this I am certain not to forget to safe the rifle if there is any break in the continuity of the reload like retrieving a magazine from a closed pouch or if something draws my attention like another person talking to me or another minor event seizing my attention even for a moment. I have patterned my weapons manipulation to do this and so when I place the rifle on safe during the dismount I don’t consciously do or feel it. It is the right answer and so it is transparent during the reload. That said I have patterned that so well that if I miss the selector on the dismount it will feel wrong and immediately cue me in that I missed it. Whether or not I decide at that point to activate it is based on the situation but at least I am conscious of the status of my rifle.

The reason most say you shouldn’t is that they either don’t know how to teach it or are unwilling to do the work to truly be proficient. There isn’t anyone who can’t learn to do it the way not only myself but my well regarded friend and former JSOC teammate Pat McNamara does it. You must understand the “why” and “how” and then BE WILLING TO TRAIN ON IT. I can do it, Mac can do it and every shooter I have ever known that has wanted to learn has been able to achieve that skill and thereby enhance their overall safety when conducting any dynamic shooting event that includes reloads without sacrificing speed.

SOURCE: Mike Pannone & SSD
 

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I honestly see his point here. Malfunctions absolutely safe the weapon. Transitions i would due to the moving parts involved, especially in a dynamic environment like he says. Reloading, I could go either way , but considering the fact that you're already doing it for malfs and transitions it makes sense to engage the safety to achieve consistency in training in order to reduce the risk of forgetting to engage the safety during the other two movements.
 

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I'll definitely have to rethink my long gun tactics, but I will still hold to not using my safety on my ECW.
 

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I'll definitely have to rethink my long gun tactics, but I will still hold to not using my safety on my ECW.
Thats what kind of trips me up with his teachings to always engage the safety during reloads.

The M9 has a safety that will decock the hammer when activated. I see it as an unecessary step when reloading to take the pistol from single to double action. But, I guess when you're as good as these guys are it really doesn't matter due to their proficiencies.
 

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I look at it as another step to remember in a tense, confrontational situation....I defiinitely don't need that.

That said, I would like to see, during practice, how it affects my proficiency with my AR and PS90.
 

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Something to think about.
 
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