The safest carry pistol for you will probably be different than the safest one for me since the term safest changes from person to person and from situation to situation. The type of gun you carry is a big part of who you are, even making the decision to carry any type of handgun for your personal protection is a major lifestyle choice that isn't for everyone.
The primary key to safely carrying any gun is to make it a lifestyle decision. That is to make this decision so important to you that it becomes part of what defines you as a person. In this manner you are always aware of your firearm. You are aware of where it is at all times, and how carrying that firearm changes the way that you respond in the different situations that you encounter throughout your day.
So what does that mean? Different situations for different people, lifestyle choices, part of who I am? I would like to start from one end of the spectrum and work towards the other.
For instance, lets say you're this guy, and you live on a big Texas ranch:
Well then probably the safest pistol this guy could carry would be the one that would guarantee success every time, he's used to having loaded guns around, it is part of his life. He would probably choose a revolver with no awkward safety devices to get in the way. He's got plenty of room and really isn't concerned about concealing the gun either, so it would likely be a big one with a big easy to grip handle.
So that's one end of the spectrum. Let's go all the way to the other end now. You could be a famous person like this guy:
No, I don't mean James Bond, the character, I mean the actor. Once you reach a certain level of fame I think it is a no brainer that you don't protect yourself, it just doesn't work, you're surrounded by people all of the time; you need to hire people to protect you at this point. I'm not sure there is a handgun around that would make any sense at all for you to have if you're famous. It is more of a liability than anything else at that point.
If you're somewhere in between then you've got to take a good long look inside and consider a lot of variables, these things include:
- Do you have kids around? Do you have your kids' friends around?
- Are there a lot of kids in your neighborhood?
- Where do you work?
- Do you commute long distances? After dark?
- Do you live in an apartment with thin walls?
- Does your house have a lot of windows?
- Do you have a lot of passengers in your car? Like do you take coworkers to lunch?
- Do you frequent the bar after work?
- Are you a small person or a big person?
- Do you live in a hot or cold climate?
All of these things and many more have an effect on what kind of firearm is the safest for you, if any. You may feel more comfortable with your firearm locked in a safe in your car versus sitting in a holster with ready access if you often have kids or coworkers in your car.
If you commute long distances alone, especially after dark, you are safest with a no-safety type revolver, always ready to fire. Why? well you don't have anything to worry about except protecting your life during this commute. No kids will try to grab it, and no coworkers will accidentally even see it.
If you're looking for the safest gun for home protection then you may be safest with a shotgun. That way you don't worry about the bullets going too far and hitting a neighbor for instance, you also don't have to worry too much about aim.
I'm not trying to write a comprehensive view on the safest gun rather I'm just trying to show that it is different for every person and every situation. The safest gun for you to have this morning may be different from tonight due to a change in situation, or surroundings.
The best thing to do is plan your day, think about your situations and be aware of what's going on around you, and know yourself, know and understand the limitations of your chosen lifestyle. Those more than anything else will help you decide for yourself what is the safest carry pistol for you.