Push safety VS Flip safety
Setting up my 2 carbines for the grand kids next summer. I have 2 Winchesters, one with a flip safety, one with a push safety. Thinking that I should change one of them so they both match and the safety on one matches the other for training. Question is, which one would be a better kid setup ?? Both seam to have their advantages. On the push, I could cut a grove in the lathe and paint it red like a Remington 870's safety for a visual off safety indicator. Kids are 11 and
13. Some on here might cringe at this thought, but I more concerned about kid friendly and safety than collector value. This will be a move up for them from 3 years of .22 shooting. What do you think ???
Go with the flip, it is imho a better safety than the push. Reason beign you will not dump a full mag on the ground an ruin a collector mag. Good luck with the training. Mike
F l i p !!! To this day folks still have trouble with push on rifles, shotguns and such.
Flip should be the standard.
If these 2 carbines are the only 2 firearms you own then it wouldn't make any difference which one you choose and I agree it is a good idea to standardize.
On the other hand if you own numerous firearms and they have flip safeties then I'd go with the flip.
Or if you have several firearms with push safeties then I'd go with the push.
If the safety is an original push safety then what ever you do DON'T mess with it just replace it. I will trade you a nice flip safety for the push safety if you like. (lol)
Years ago I switched all my "shooter" carbines to a flip safety. Reason: The Army changed to make the weapon safer, and more useful and I agree with them. It is a real bummer to release the mag at the wrong time, on the range or anywhere else.
As the old style safety can be easily saved, no collector value is changed.
I like the push safety my son has used both he is ten and has been taught to use all types of safeties his paint ball gun has a push airsoft pistols have a lever The main thing is that they learn that you use the safety but you cannot count on it working so you keep firearms safe by handling them properly.
Last edited by Johnny in Texas; 03-08-2012 at 03:45.
I always wondered why they changed from a push safety to a lever safety. Never thought about them pushing the wrong button in combat and dropping the mag. Good reason to change them!!
It's also easier to tell at a touch whether or not its engaged.
Like a shut off lever on a gas valve.
Flip safety is the way to go.