I see the subject come up frequently when it comes to the Mossberg 500 Series of Shotguns (save for the 590A1 with the Aluminum safety) of replacing the stock plastic safety with an aftermarket safety made of metal, and it has gotten me kind of worried. Folks seem to be concerned about the durability of the stock safety since it isn't made of metal, but is it really so flimsy that its something that I should prioritize? I mean, I see a lot of folks online who say that they immediately replaced the stock safety, but is it a necessity? In other words, is the stock safety so terribly unreliable and prone to breakage that replacing it ought to be made top priority? I see a lot of folks expressing concern over the durability of the stock safety, but is it really warranted? I find it hard to believe that Mossberg would have continued using a safety which is indeed unreliable/prone to breakage, especially considering that such could easily become a legal liability, but then again, stranger things have happened. So what's the real deal on the Mossberg plastic safety? Are there indeed cases of it being terribly unreliable and if so are they recent or from years past? Is it a matter of immediate concern or is it merely that if one takes a Mossberg 500 out shooting/hunting on a regular basis for 50 years then the safety may break somewhere around that time?