When I bought a S&W Shield, I put the aftermarket IWB belt clip on it...but I never would have done that if it didnt have a safety. The safety has NEVER flipped off by itself in my pants and I've had it 4 years. It's a very simp⁸le and discrete thing to gently thumb it and make sure. I can do that through an overhanging shirt with no problem. I like the belt clip, but I end up using a holster at least half the time anyway for both comfort AND safety. The runner up to my Shield when I was shopping was Bersa's BP9cc (photo). I really liked that gun, but no safety and a very light short-travelling trigger were deal breakers. I also dont like the idea of carrying an SA only handgun, one in chamber and cocked and locked. I just won't do it unless I'm hiking or really expecting bad doo-doo (like angry mobs rioting). In that case I'd prefer one, but not for casual every day business or work where I move around or sit down alot and cant be incognito when I do a safety check.