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Been carrying sa/da pistols for years. Mostly Berettas. Usually g model with the decocker only. 3 o'clock or appendix just depending on the situation. Switched to a vp9 and it's hard for me to get past having a gun with no safety pointed at my man parts. I know striker fired pistols carried in kydex are safe but not being able to put my finger on that external decocker and flick it is just hard to get used to..
 

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I always
I bet. Any striker fired pistol w/o a manual safety is extremely safe as long as nothing gets to the trigger. Albeit, in a DA/SA you have the extra security of an 8-12 pound longer first pull as opposed to a 4-6 pound somewhat shorter pull.

There is no way in hell I'd carry a striker fired pistol appendix carry. If you must, I'd be sure never to re-holster while in your pants and make sure you have the pistol securely in the holster before you put it in your pants. PX4 G Compact here.
When appendix carrying I always pull the holster out and reholster pointed at the ground. I'm not gonna take a chance and let a bunched up piece of t shirt pull the trigger and castrate me or put a +p HP into my femoral artery. At 3 o'clock I'll reholser sometimes-as long as I can be sure the gun will not point at me at any time until its safely holstered.
 

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Perhaps a P30 might me better suited to you.

I like the LEM function for much the same reason you like the Beretta.

Thumb capping the hammer while holstering.

Mine has a thumb safety as well, but finding LEM guns with the safety is rare.
I acquired a usp9 compact with this vp9 and will probably end up carrying it at some point. After the way this vp9 shot, I had to store my LTT92c. I have never shot so well with so little effort as I did 2 days ago with this vp9. In 2 range sessions this vp9 has changed my opinion on striker fired polymer frame guns. I swore I would never carry one but it's hard to argue with results. You know when a particular gun just works in your hands for some reason? That's me and this vp9. The usp is a FINE shooter too but I dont want to to shoot/carry too many different guns in a short time span. That is a good way to make a muscle memory mistake when it counts.
 

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Yep, another advantage of an exposed hammer DA/SA.
One of the MANY reasons I love my 92s! I'll prob move over to the uspc ar some point for that very reason. These polymer guns are like carrying nothing compared to a 92. Funny I've made such a drastic change. Just a few weeks ago, I was having a little bit of a come apart and venting to my wife about how "I've had enough new in 2020! I dont want any more changes this year! Please God no more new!". And here I am switching to polymer framed guns. Oh well, I guess this is proof I'm open minded for the people who say I'm not. I hope so because there are some things I will never accept being changed the main one starts with "We the people "..
 

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So I'm guessing the barrel isnt shot out?

So if the VP9 is changing your tune but you find you really want a manual safety, the Sig 365XL might just be your ticket.

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I used the new barrel the second trip and had some of my best groups ever. Not sure what the problem was but it works now and I'm not changing back to the old barrel. I will next trip to test it.
The 365 is just too small in my hands. I tried one. My hands are on the long side to begin with and due to years hard work and heavy lifting, I have a hard time gripping tight the smalIer something is. have all the biggest grip panels installed on the vp9.
 

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I always carry safely. I just dont like the idea of any gun pointed at my balls. At least with my Berettas I could actually touch the safety and feel the hammer. It's an irrational fear. I admit that. I also know that the likelihood of being eaten by a shark is astronomically low but that doesn't stop me from thinking about it when I'm in the ocean stopping to have a look around when the thought crosses my mind.
 

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I do not like a lot of thickness that you get in most holsters. I do carry appendix with a small thing firearm with a trigger guard holster. And all my Carry guns are DAO,
I've been meaning to make some of those lanyard trigger guard holsters but haven't got around to it. I got some thick kydex just for that purpose. Maybe I'll do that. I'm having trouble uploading pics to this site for some reason. Anyone else?
 

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I use to feel a safety was important on the Glock, DAO type handguns. Not anymore
The safety can be clicked off inadvertently, now you may be compromised if you're depending on the safety, your mode of carry becomes your safety net.
Pocket carry, loose fitting holster or improper holster may be tempting with a safety that now puts you in a comfort zone.

Plus any gun with a safety,,,now forces you to sweep the safety after drawing, whether you think it's engaged or un engaged.
It would be a move incorporated into your action of a situation. IMO
G conversion on my Berettas allows me to sweep the decocker while holstered just to be sure I'm safe but ready. As far as pocket carry or loose holsters, not me-not ever. Kydex covers the trigger guard at all times. I've seen someone shoot their self in the leg and go into shock. No thanks. Even once your leg heals, your ego is toast. Not to mention the fact that none of the other kids will want to play with me anymore or invite me to their parties if I'm the guy that has a reputation for accidentally almost killing myself or someone else.
 

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How dare you? Carry without a live round chambered in a single action striker fired pistol? Sacrilege!;)
I too have decided to carry with an empty chamber. I will explain why for those who care.
First and foremost I do not want a negligent discharge to ruin my life and/or the life of anyone else.
Second, I always know the state of my pistol and know that I have to rack the slide to change that condition.
Third, I am not in a hurry to shoot my pistol without surveying the situation, assessing the threat, and the chances of a successful retreat. I do not want to rush to judgement on a life altering choice.
Lastly, if I take the time to assess the situation as I rack the slide I won't be so likely to shoot the wrong guy.
As a side bonus, if someone is able to disarm me I may be able to keep him from killing me by preventing him from chambering a round.
YMMV or (your mileage must vary)
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As long as you are comfortable and confident, you rock and roll. None of any of this matters without being able to confidently carry gun in a way that YOU are comfortable with. There are some rules that should never be broken and some rules that are kind of like once you get to the point you are breaking them, you are past the skill and knowledge of those telling you that they are rules. An example being "always carry a round in the chamber".
 
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