I shoot competitively and I also practice a lot with every gun I have available for HD and CCW. In competition the use of the safety in mandatory. The safety is there for a reason and I use them. Because I practice and I am familiar with all my firearms, I don't actually have to think about disengaging the safety. It is part of my muscle memory and just happens without much thought.
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Founding Charter Member - Middle Tennessee Shooter's Club