You know what - I don't like the Marlin CB safety, I just don't. Aesthetically it's ugly as snot, I don't really care about "how safe" it makes things, because I am cognizant of what I am hunting with, MY firearm safety is all it can be, to date, zero unexpected explosions. But, as I said, I just don't like the looks of it, and let's face it, you can't put a put button safety anywhere else on a lever action that would be any less conspicuous and ugly. BUT (lots of buts) why do you need to see it? Really? You need to look at it to see that it is engaged or not? Forget "I hunt with thick gloves and can't spare a thin finger cover" excuse, maybe you need some other firearm/tool from your shed if clothing is such a factor. Everyone being different, I never had to wear anything other than buckskin gloves in central PA, but, I also don't hunt in sub 0 F all day - I like to enjoy the experience. Yes, I have had one Marlin with a CB safety - it was a 45/70 - loved the rifle and cartridge, but eventually sold it. Don't miss that safety, but never had an issue with it. Never had to look at it to see if it was engaged or not either.
I don't currently, and have only once owned a Marlin with a CBS. I won't if I can help it. I do have shotguns with button safeties, I have black guns with safeties, I have pistols with and without "other than decock only" safeties. I have no issues with them, where they are necessary, they are used, not disabled - I am not perfect when I say "know your tool inside and out" I am conscious every time I handle a weapon that today could be the day I screw the pooch.
And deleting the safety? Oh, but make sure you put it back if you sell it for legal reasons. I would never dream of telling anyone what to do about modding their rifle, if I don't feel safe around such an item, I would simply remove myself - and I don't consider a CBS removal in favor of a saddle ring to be such a big deal, I wouldn't do it, but I don't like saddle rigs either (I know, I am a whack job). All I want to point out in this particular paragraph is; can you possibly imagine the legal fallout if a rife with the factory safety removed or disabled was one of a few causes of a tragic accident? Because of serial numbers and other things, "I didn't know" will never fly in court.
I am a huge believer and proponent of "a person is allowed to do as they wish with/to what they own as long as it does no purposeful harm to others". Mod tools/weapons/firearms as you like - I do. I am so glad I do not need want or have a post 198X when CBS became the norm.
I certainly hope I never come across a 198X Marlin lever I just need to have - I will have a dilemma! ;-)