Can you reword the question? Does Yes mean safety on or safety off?
My gun (XD) has a grip and a trigger safety, but I assume these don't count, so I answered "Mine does not have one".
I think the key is to always carry and handle your gun in the same configuration. Whether the safety is on or off isn't going to make a big difference. But trying to shoot a gun when you think the safety is off can be bad, and shooting a gun when you think the safety is on is even worse.
Thanks for your input. Yes I realized the question and answers didn't match. I put clarification in my origional post. I also need to clarify that the term "safety" does not refer to triger or grip safetys. Thanks again for your imput.
My new M&P only has a trigger safety.
When I carried the micro 1911, I left the safety disengaged & the hammer at half-cocked. It was just as quick for me to finish cocking the hammer as to thumb the safety off.
Since my XD only has a trigger and a grip safety, I am not sure how to respond.
The safeties are ALWAYS engaged. The only way to disengage one safety is the hold the gun in your hand. The second safety is located on the trigger. The grip safety MUST be held down, in order for the trigger safety to disengage.
I voted no on the poll because I keep the safety engaged on my 1911 (of course), and that's the sidearm I carry most.
But I switch off and carry my XD40 a lot too. And as Tapehoser explained, the passive safeties on the XD are deactivated just by gripping the gun and putting a finger on the trigger.
It really depends on what gun I have at the time. The big thing is just carry and practice the same way all the time. It comes down to muscle memory if you ever need to draw and fire your mind is not going to go through the process of a check off list, so how you practice will be how you carry.