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Re: Ideal Grade - Three Position Safety
John, the three position safety first came about when Trap Shooting (live bird shooting) came about. When on the line and you called for a bird and you forgot to push your safety off, you lost that target. This is how the three position came about, push it to the rear and forget about having a lost bird due to forgetting.
This would apply to shooting today and many that use a gun with a 3 position safety like this feature, but you have to remember that if you hunt, you have to change from the rear position.