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Old 02-09-2015, 07:08 PM   #1
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Im getting my first "serious" handgun soon, and I prefer the striker fired platform (it's what Im familiar with and I like the consistency over DA/SA). However, I'm going military within the next year or so, so presumably I'll spend some time with the DA/SA platform. Does the military offer enough handgun training to sway my comfort level over to the DA/SA side of things? I prefer the DA/SA offerings currently available to the striker fired offerings. The striker guns win out because I'm much more capable with their trigger.

Basically what I'm asking is would it be worth it to go with a less comfortable platform since I'll receive countless hours with it? Does military training make you extremely comfortable with DA/SA pistols? Or would I be better off with what I know?

Sorry if Im not making sense, thanks for any input.
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Old 02-09-2015, 07:24 PM   #2
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Depends heavily of which branch of the military, and what you do there. In most cases, I wound up shooting on my own much more than I shot for Uncle Sam.

And I was an Infantryman. Folks that were not combat arms shot less than I did.
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The Army will be giving you training with the M-9 which is the same as the Beretta Model 92 9mm pistol.
Yes you will learn to be proficient with it! But may not change your preference regarding the striker fired pistols. I carried a 92-F Berretta for years. If was the issued weapon and we shot them very well. However today it is not my choice for myself. I shot expert with the 92-F which is the same as the M-9. But there are some other fine weapons out there but are striker fire weapons. Examples the Glocks, XD series Springfield's and S&W M&Ps. I also like the Sigs very well. But the M-9 and 92-Fs have it's own feel and fit. Good luck and best wishes for joining the greatest military in the World. "The USA Military"!

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unless you end up being MP, you'll probly only recieve a few weeks of handgun training/ shooting a year. and i would not be worried one bit about trying to change your likes right now.
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Dont worry about it. If you get sent to a land of heathen death cults (middle east/europe) and your needing to use a handgun you wont have to worry about the da pull. You will only have ten rounds in a mag pouch with an empty pistol to start with.

If they even give you a pistol much less ammo for it.

If its down to handguns your prolly not coming back anyway. Least of my concerns would be a da/sa transition as military use it never happens
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I would agree, if the bullets are coming your direction you won't notice if the trigger weighs 10 lbs and if its striker or SA/DA reliability would be your main concern.
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I had to periodically carry a m1911. I was required to qualify with it once per year.

My issue weapon was an M-1 carbine.

Unless you're going into military police your issue handgun will be much more a "badge of authority" than an actual weapon, even in the unlikely event you are issued one.
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Im getting my first "serious" handgun soon, and I prefer the striker fired platform (it's what Im familiar with and I like the consistency over DA/SA). However, I'm going military within the next year or so, so presumably I'll spend some time with the DA/SA platform. Does the military offer enough handgun training to sway my comfort level over to the DA/SA side of things? I prefer the DA/SA offerings currently available to the striker fired offerings. The striker guns win out because I'm much more capable with their trigger.
So, what do you have now that is not a "serious" handgun?

Practice can make you proficient with any platform, no matter what you like or dislike.

Open your mind, accept that not all things are the same, and use what is at hand in the best manner possible.

Be it guns, gear, training, and other people.

If a little thing like striker fire vs hammer bugs you, then the military is not for you. Accept, adapt, and carry on.
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The more platforms you are familiar with the better off you will be. I show up with different guns at IDPA not to show of my collection. But to make sure I am proficient across many different platforms.
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Don't worry about what you shoot. To many people get all wadded up over a certain brand or type handgun or trigger group. Give me any brand or type of handgun and let me shoot 6 to 10 rounds or so and I'll be fine with it. Give me 400 rounds thru it and I'll carry it .
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