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S&W Action Clarification

Discussion in 'Handguns: Autoloaders' started by priv8ter, Apr 6, 2003.

  1. priv8ter

    priv8ter Well-Known Member

    I'm looking at the S&W website, and in the gun descriptions, it lists the following types of actions:

    Single(which I understand)
    Double(Which I am assuming means Double Action Only)
    Single, Double(mostly revolvers, understand this one)

    and finally,

    TDA :confused: :confused:

    I THINK this stands for True Double Action, right? Double action first pull, Single after that? What other folks DA/SA?

    Am I correct or does TDA stand for something else?

  2. Blueduck

    Blueduck Well-Known Member

    You got it exactly :)
  3. Jim Watson

    Jim Watson Well-Known Member

    Actually, I think that the magazine writer (whichever one it was) who coined the term "TDA" meant "Traditional Double Action" for double action first shot, single action subsequent shots. As traditional as, say a PPK. It is a fake term anyway, an attempt to handle the proliferation of action types.

    I don't have the S&W catalog handy, but don't take Double Action to mean Double Action ONLY in general. I call my S&W revolvers double action, even though all but two can be thumb cocked.
  4. Mike Irwin

    Mike Irwin Well-Known Member

    I'm pretty certain that S&W uses TDA the way Jim defines it, and DAO (Double Action Only) to signify those guns that don't have the double-action first shot, single action afterwards type action.
  5. priv8ter

    priv8ter Well-Known Member


    Why can't we all just sling the same lingo? Thanks for the help, folks.
  6. Bowlcut

    Bowlcut Well-Known Member

    Cause this wouldnt be the English language if we all said the same thing and ment the same thing ;)

    So my DA/SA sw99 is now going to be called TDA.... what about some TNA :eek:
  7. blades67

    blades67 Well-Known Member

    They can't list "Safe Action" because they had to steal Glock's design to fail to compete.:barf:

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