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Which type action do you like?

Discussion in 'Handguns: Autoloaders' started by intercooler, Oct 31, 2011.

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Which do you prefer for home defense?

Poll closed Nov 30, 2011.
  1. SA- Single Action Only

    28 vote(s)
    23.0%
  2. DA- Double Action Only

    3 vote(s)
    2.5%
  3. DA/SA- Double/Single Action

    54 vote(s)
    44.3%
  4. Striker Fire

    33 vote(s)
    27.0%
  5. Other

    4 vote(s)
    3.3%
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  1. intercooler

    intercooler member

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    I have in my mix SAO, DA/SA and Striker. Here is what my thoughts on them:

    SAO- Best for a range gun. Love how it shoots the most of all with easy pull! Don't know about home defense though.
    DA/SA- Good option for carrying or home defense with the DA if you are good with the controls during a panic situation.
    Striker- Probably the better action to have for home defense or carry in a Semi. Pretty much a no-brainer type setup anyone can do without worry of controls. Not as bad as a DA but not as easy as a SA.
     
  2. 2wheels

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    I prefer SAO, followed by either striker fired or DAO. All of my carry guns are SAO 1911 or 1911 style handguns, though I plan on adding a DAO hammerless revolver to the mix soon.

    Not a big fan of DA/SA, I like one consistent trigger pull. Whether that's a short sweet 1911 SAO or a longer but smooth DAO on a revolver, I like every pull of the trigger to be the same as the last.
     
  3. ATLDave

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    I voted SAO. I think it's no problem for home defense especially if, like me, you leave your pistol unloaded with a charged mag nearby, it really adds no complexity or difficulty versus a DA or striker-fired weapon - I'm going to be racking the slide either way.
     
  4. gbelleh

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    Most of my carry guns are DAO or striker. But my HD guns are usually DA/SA.
     
  5. M2 Carbine

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    Although I have a lot of DAO and striker fired guns, I don't like DAO.

    Given the choice I'd rather the gun be DA/SA.

    Even though I can shoot DAO OK (out to 50 yards) I look at using DA for speed and SA for accuracy.

    So, if available, I prefer the gun be DA/SA.
    I may not need SA often, but I want it there if I need it.
     
  6. Lucky Derby

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    For a HD handgun I prefer a revolver over an auto, so I voted DA/SA. My HD gun sometimes sits for long periods untouched and I have more confidence that something unforseen will happen to a wheelgun than an auto.
     
  7. BRE346

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    All my stuff is DA/SA. I'll work it either way. SA if I get a chance.
     
  8. Skribs

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    I voted striker fired, but I like those and DAO the same. What is important to me is consistency between shots and no manual safety.
     
  9. rcmodel

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    SA or DA/SA. Or just about anything but striker fired.

    No preference as long as it has a hammer and firing pin.

    rc
     
  10. USAF_Vet

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    DA/SA then Striker.

    Not a fan of SAO (unless we're talkin' wheel guns and since this is the Autos sub-forum, I assume we aint)

    Not a real big fan of DAO, either.
     
  11. Dogguy

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    I prefer any of the mentioned over SA only.
     
  12. Fishbed77

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    Actually, my favorite action of any of my non-target-shooting pistols is the AS(Anti-Stress) action of my Walther P99 - which happens to be both DA/SA and striker-fired. It's actually the best factory DA/SA trigger I've encountered, period.
     
  13. daytodaze

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    Hard for me to answer. My glock 27 serves most of my self defense needs, but that's because it's also my carry gun. It's loaded up on my hip, or sitting on my desk while I sleep. The role could just as easily be filled by my sig p226 or my USP, but the glock is already ready to shoot. As much as I adore and recommend glocks... I find that I shoot the USP much better :/
     
  14. The Lone Haranguer

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    No strong preference as long as I can shoot it accurately. IME, though, DAO and especially DA/SA are quite dependent on hand fit. If such a gun is too large for my hands my shots are all over the place.
     
  15. allaroundhunter

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    The only one that I am not a huge fan of is DAO (like a Sig DAK variant). My preferences for the others are as follows:
    1) DA/SA
    2) SAO
    3) Striker
     
  16. chhodge69

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    I voted OTHER because of the way your poll is constructed. I prefer anything EXCEPT DA/SA triggers. As long as it's consistent any DA, SA or striker is fine with me, but I don't like a trigger that changes as you shoot.

    My first choice, though is a crisp single action 1911.
     
  17. intercooler

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    Those voting for SA what state do you leave it in for home defense?
     
  18. 2wheels

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    Condition 1, always.
     
  19. ATLDave

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    Empty, adjacent to a a full mag.
     
  20. TexasRifleman

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    Not sure why home defense changes anything, what's your point with that? You sense that it's more dangerous in the home than something with a heavier pull is that it?
     
  21. intercooler

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    Easy for me. I could keep the SA chambered and cocked but on safety. Possibly full magazine seperate but under pressure and justant easy and safe as possible. This means xd striker or da/sa revolver
     
  22. RX-178

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    I did the only thing I could and voted the same style of handgun as I carry (SAO).

    It would make no sense to me whatsoever to choose a style of handgun OTHER than what you're most familiar, comfortable, and accurate with.
     
  23. TexasRifleman

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    I guess I just don't understand why a striker fired gun is somehow safer than a SA in Condition 1. They are pretty much the same thing to me except you can't actually see that scary hammer in the striker models.
     
  24. ATLDave

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    Well, TXRifleman, with the SA in Condition 1, you typically have an external safety... oh, wait, you were asking about the striker being safer than the SA! Nevermind. :evil:
     
  25. JTQ

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    I believe a single action, in Condition 1 is safer than a striker fire pistol that has no manual safety.

    I'm beginning to think the folks that are concerned about the safety of single action autos must think the single action auto's single action trigger is the same pull weight as a single action revolver or double action revolver or DA/SA auto in single action mode.

    Most factory 1911 triggers I've used have had trigger pulls over 5 lbs and most factory Hi-Power's have been a pound or two heavier. That would put those pulls at or above the factory Glock trigger pull and way above the trigger pull weight of a single action revolver, or the pull of a double action revolver or DA/SA auto in single action mode.

    I make no claims about triggers that have been modified by a gunsmith or the gun owner. I also acknowledge 1911's from a custom or semi-custom make will most likely have a trigger pull below 5 lbs., but 4 lbs. seems to be a common lower limit for a self defense 1911.
     
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