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    M&P 40 Compact - with or without thumb safety

    I have had an old 9mm Smith 915 for years and am used to it. However the time has come to move up a notch in caliber.

    I have settled upon the Smith M&P 40 C.

    It comes in two variants: One with a thumb safety, one without a thumb safety.

    What are the advantages / dis advantages of each of the two variants in your opinion(s)?

    Thank you.

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    Personally I would get it with the thumb safety. It's all personal preference.
    Then you can carry it with a round in the chamber.
    If you don't want to use the safety, you don't have to, but it'll be there if you do want it.
    If you buy the model without it you can't have it installed later. it's an all or nothing design.
    Also, if you ever decide to sell it, it'll increase the sales audience.

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    I agree with Gregory, I like the thumb safety. One thing I don't like is a magazine disconnect.
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    I will go for without the safety. Glocks have been around for 20 years or so without the thumb safety. The safety is built into the trigger and one more thing to remember "did I put the thing on safe or not?". A lot of will be personal choice. Someone who shoots a 1911 style might prefer it and as noted above you can engage it or not as your choice.
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    as said above it is a personal choice, however i have both and the only difference i notice is with the safety one you can't put the instintive activation crimson trace laser on it if you so desire. also check s&w website for the sku number for the model you decide on. smith makes them with a ten pd trigger for mass and a 6.5 pd trigger for everyone else

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    I have quite a few pistols with safeties or De-cockers.
    I never use the safeties, but they are a good reselling point, if nothing else.
    I do use the de-cockers to get the hammer dropped. But I still keep the chamber loaded on all of my pistols when I'm carrying them.
    I can still shoot them immediately without having to flip the safety off. Just pull that double action trigger and I'm good to go.

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    I just can't carry a concealed pistol, with a round in the chamber, with no safety. LOL!!
    With the thumb safety on, no problem. Just have to practice a LOT to make it a habit,
    or instinctive, to flip it off when drawing.

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    If it is a carry/self defense weapon, my vote is for no safety.
    If I need to defend myself the less I have to think about, or fiddle with, or click on or off the better.
    If I'm in a life or death situation all I want to have to concentrate on... is front sight focus and press.
    Just my $.02

    p.s. I always carry chambered...why turn a $600.00 handgun into a hammer?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Stubborn View Post
    If I'm in a life or death situation all I want to have to concentrate on... is front sight focus and press.
    Especially in a pistol designed around not needing a thumb safety. The Glock and Springfield Armory XD are the same.
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    As previous posters have submited. All in personal preference and training.
    If you have ever been attacked you would unterstand the importance of the amount of time it requires to go from concealed holstered weapon to firing the weapon. If that person already has a drawn knife or gun you are already behind the game. Even they are just begining their draw you are behind the game and must catch up and surpass their speed and skills to come out the winner. Having to take the safety off is one moe thing to remember and takes precious time.
    My personal choice, round in chamber, no safety, Appendix carry at 1:00. My personal preference in close contact is a knife carried tip up at the 11:00 tip up with the handle pointing downward. This can be accessed, drawn, in half the time that it takes to get to my weapon.
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