I've owned, hoarded and shot guns for 35 years or so, and for the great majority of that time have not favored thumb safeties on firearms. The general consensus among seasoned gun guys is to avoid thumb safeties where possible - unless you were talking about a 1911. The reasoning, of course, is that the last thing you want to think about when someone is trying to kill you is that little thumb safety. I get it. It makes sense. But with the passage of time, my view of the lowly thumb safety has pivoted just a little <pun>. When I input the data into the Powernoodle Food Processor and Statistical Analyzer, it tells me that I am much more likely to shoot myself in the leg on reholstering than I am to die because I forgot the thumb safety during a shootout. I reholster my EDC gun from a few times to several times a day. Lets say 5 times a day. Over the course of the year, that's 1500 reholsterings, and 1500 opportunities to shoot myself in the leg. All it takes is one shirt tail, one thread, one whatever that gets in the trigger guard and grabs the trigger. Heck, I've hit my head getting into the car. Bit my tongue countless times, even though I know full well where my tongue lives. Poked myself in the eye, or tripped over my own shoe. Stuff happens. And despite my extreme paranoia about gun safety, and believe me I am super careful, I have dropped a loaded Glock on 3 occasions in the last 20 years. And I could just as easily make the gun go bang accidentally when I stick it back in the holster. So, I'm sorta migrating toward mechanical devices that can prevent that from happening. The striker indicator on a Walther PPS M2 does that. The Striker Control Device from Tau Development Group does that. Those things are awesome. The grip safety on a Shield 9 EZ does it. There are plenty of ways to make yourself more safe upon reholstering. And sure, a thumb safety gives you a much greater margin of error. A 12 lb revolver trigger does that too. Yes, the best mechanical device is between your ears. But I'm willing to supplement what God gave me. Especially as my brain tube slowly atrophies with the passage of time. I'm not trying to convince anyone. But I am saying that an aging dog (I'm 58) can learn new tricks. And one of those tricks, for me at least, is how not to crank off a Golden Saber into my thigh while I'm home alone with just a Golden Doodle to call 911 for me. Having carried for a long, long time, and reholstered thousands of times while never having shot a bad person, my current risk analysis leans toward mitigating the greatest risk. And the greatest risk is me. And if your response is, "well, just don't carry", this is about balancing risks, and the risk of a dangerous world is still out there irrespective of whether I have a thumb safety. Its a matter of assessing relative risks, and coming to some kind of proper balance. That's going to be different for everyone. Thanks for listening. Thumb safety.