Discussion in 'Handguns: Autoloaders' started by Scrod314, May 15, 2021.
The original is DA/SA with a safety so you can use it SAO. But if you want the DA first shot, you must manually lower the hammer, it does not have a decocker. This can be scary, but a lot of USPSA Production shooters do it every stage of the match.
I left mine handy at home in a manually decocked state until I went to Sig Sauer with mechanical decocker.
There are SAOs, and there are DAs with decockers, but no manual safety.
The question is, what does "target shooting" mean to you?
and having fun making small groups of holes in paper.
People disliked SA/DA pistols because they claimed they had trouble getting the first shot off accurately. I'll wager a major part of that was due to the fact that few actually practiced with the double action trigger. Load a magazine, rack, or drop, the slide and start shooting, the pistol shoots single action. Most folks that bothered to start in the standard carry configuration (holstered, hammer down, and safety off) still only shot one round out of fifteen in double action.
And, they blamed the pistol.
I like DA/SA pistols, but you have to practice with double action and the single action modes to be proficient.
I'm guilty of that. Then, I decided to sit down and learn the DA trigger and now I've come to like DA/SA for carry/hd purposes.
For a general range gun that might serve as HD a DA/SA is fine. You can use the SA pull primarily for range days and the DA can be a nice safety measure for storing the gun for HD, and chances are if you have any time at all you'll pull that hammer back if needed.
Still I recommend practicing with both, dry fire and/or a laser practice system like iTarget Pro help a lot and can be done in 10 minute blocks all the time.
For the CZ I highly recommend finding a decocker version, the basic 75 requires manually lowering the hammer on a live round if you want to use the DA, a process I greatly dislike myself, decockers are so much safer.
With a DA revolver I almost never manually cock the hammer, I have SAs for that.
With a semi, I just shoot them from that DA start. Unless it's a SA like my 1911s.
When I go back to a 1911 or other SA pistol, it becomes exceptionally easy after my session with the DA revolver.
CZ 75's are not available in 40 S&W. Only the TSO is. And 40 S&W wouldn't be my first choice for bullseye shooting either.
I have a CZ Shadow 2 in DA/SA and another Shadow 2 in SAO. Both have excellent ~ 3lb. triggers with the SAO being the slightly lighter....but they're obviously 9mm.
If you're dead set on a 40, I'd recommend a Glock 35 competition model Gen4 and tune the trigger to your own liking.
Neither does aiming.
Everything you stated is correct. For much of my career in the military, DA pistols (M9) were the standard. As an instructor, a lot of time and ammunition was expended teaching our students to properly use the DA feature at the presentation, followed by the transition in SA after the first shot, through whichever engagement that we were drilling. Also, the matter of decocking at the end of the engagement and re-holstering (also very important). When our pistols were replaced by striker fired pistols (Glocks) the need to drill in these steps and the resources required to do this disappeared, in the same way that the need to know how to speed load a revolver disappeared whenever they became obsolete most places. Besides being able to streamline our training by eliminating the DA pistol, we obtained a more robust, more functionally reliable, and lighter pistol than the one that we replaced, that hasn't seen the numerous issues of the older pistol. In the not too distant past, "big army" (and probably other branches of the US MIL, eventually) adopted a Sig striker fired pistol to address the issues that were common in the M9.
I totally understand the reasoning, but that is not the best way to train, if you are using those handguns for defensive work. Thumbing a hammer means that your pistol is in your hand(s) but you have compromised your grip and wasted valuable time making it ready. At the risk of sounding like a parrot, people generally default to whatever they have trained when under stress.
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