Frankly, I like the S&W M&P pistol because you can have it your way. You can have a thumb safety, or not. You can have a magazine disconnect, or not. I currently own two and both have the magazine disconnect. I honestly don't care whether they do or not. I have used S&W auto pistols for years and never had any problem with any of their safeties. But, like all professionals, you must be familiar with your tools. That, my brothers and sisters, is the bottom line. Whether your sidearm is a point-gun-pull-trigger firearm or has safeties galore, you need to be intimately familiar with how it works. If some feature bothers you by its presence or absence, either learn to love it or move on to a gun that works for you. Your life or the lives of others may well depend on how well you reflexively operate your weapon. There is no substitute for training and there is no substitute for having all of your brain cells front-and-center when danger threatens. When all else fails, your brain is your number one safety. Don't forget to keep your finger off the trigger until you are in the act of intentionally firing your gun. Think safe, act safe, stay safe.