Why would I take S&W's side? Because they've always had mine. I'm a walking jinx. I've had numerous issues with all brands of guns. A number of those S&W (no catastrophic failures though). In all those times not once has S&W asked me to pay a dime. They've handled it all for me in the politest manner possible. I reward that treatment with something called faith. So no I don't think S&W is some "shady car dealer".
Know the status of your weapon
Keep your muzzle oriented so that no one will be hurt if the firearm discharges
Keep your finger off the trigger until you have an adequate sight picture
Maintain situational awareness