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Oaky, here's a question for you shooters out there.
Sinlge Action or Double Action to Single Action or Double Action Only?
What are your opinions?
In 1984 in boot camp I was introduced to the Colt 1911. I've been in love ever since. My first pistol was Colt Goverment Series 70 which I still own. Throughout my career I've had the privilege of owning and shooting many different handguns. I own and carried a Sig P229 in 40 cal. for a number of years befroe I swicthed to the Glock 23 also in 40.
I did get a chance to shoot the Sig P229R DAK, their newly released 229 with the rail and DAO with a consistent 5 1/2 to 6 pound trigger pull. That was also a pleasure.
Now as I do more and more shooting I'm getting away from DA pistols, decocking levers and so forth.
I like the simplicity of a consistent trigger pull each and every time.
All I carry now are my 45's in SAO, or my Glocks.
DAO = prosecutor proof :D
That's funny, I carried a Colt Commander .45, then went to a Sig P229, then to a Glock 23.
I think you can shoot them all as long as you practice with them. I really didn't have as much trouble going from the Colt to the Sig as I thought. I even shot two pistol matches with it wearing my duty belt and an SSIII holster. It was fund raising matches put on by the local 100 Club, and it had everything from cops to IPSC shooters. I finished in the top third out of 120 shooters each time. I actually shoot my Sig better than my Glock. I don't know why.
I was fortunate that my supervisor at the time (Gene Helms) was an adjunct instructor at GunSite (when Cooper still owned it). Plus my first handgun class I ever took was taught by Jack Furr (GunSite and Thunder Ranch fame). Both those guys worked at my department and they both live in Arizona now. They left a lasting legacy here of good shooters and instructors.
It's alot easier to teach newbies with a DAO or Glock type trigger though. It eliminates them thinking about the safety or decocker.
DAO = prosecutor proof :D
You haven't met our prosecutor's. I swear they would prosecute their own mothers sometimes.
You don't call your state The People's Republic of New Jersey for nothing.
For work, Colt 1991 A1 80 series
For match, Springfeild 1911 A1 70 series(Loaded)
.45 ACP for both.
DOA- combat or race gun
SA/DA combat, race gun, or bullseye
SA- bench rest, bullseye, combat***
*** I do not recomended for inexperenced shooters if intended for combat or SD purposes.
My off duty carry weapon is a Glock23.
I also don't recommend SAO for inexperienced shooters.
That was point of my original post. The more I shoot (have been for over 20 years now) the more I lean towards SAO.
Duty: Wilson Combat KZ-45.
Backup: Colt Agent .38 Cal. (the only DAO) I carry)
SWAT: Glock 23 w/ light
Off Duty: Glock 27
I'm in the process of purchasing the Kimber TLE-RL and equip it with the Surefire XD-200.
And I mean process. First I have to get a pistol permit which in this town takes me about 2-3 weeks. (Go figure). Save the money without my wife finding out and then order the gun and light which then requires me to order new leather of course and tactical gear since I'm also going to use it on the team.
Wow, you cops probably are more saavy on this for sure. I've had 1911's for years and have shot some IDPA and pins w/ them most of that time and feel pretty adept at them. My buddy is a tactical officer/K9 cop here in KC. we were shooting and he ran me thru some drills w/ the 1911 and man, if you skip a beat, you got a nice paperweight in a gun fight. Practice Practice Practice i'd say w/ a SA. We got concealed carry here about a year and a half ago. I got a Glock 30 for that. Reason? capacity, ease of use/safety, and per my attorney, If, God willing I never am, I would be involved in a shooting, my weapon would be confiscated and 1911's are expensive. I think 1911's are extremely easy to carry though, sometime do.
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