And again I'm not saying there is anything wrong with preferring something else. I am not the biggest fan of grip safeties either. But the last two 9mm Glocks I have owned have spit hot brass right into my face. Idk about you but I don't wear safety glasses when conceal carrying, so that's not something that thrills me and in that case I choose the grip safety. M&Ps are good too, I just hate the way the backstraps make a bulge at the back of the grip and the last one I owned would start failing to feed once it got dirty. I don't hate the SR9c, but between manual safety and grip safety I choose grip safety.
Simply put, the XDs and XDms I've owned have been more reliable than any of the Glocks or M&Ps I've owned. I know there are plenty of happy owners of those firearms so I have nothing against those models. But right now I go with what my personal experience has lead me to, that's all.
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