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Old 03-12-2014, 12:26 PM   #11
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Learning to shoot a clunky revolver well makes you a much better shooter when your shooting semi autos. Especially true if your learning on something like a ruger single action or colt saa.
This is akin to learning to drive a manual transmission (stick shift) when you first get your driving permit. I learned on a 2 1/2 ton truck with a rock crusher transmission when I was 15 1/2 years old. After that, I could drive ANYTHING! Others in my high school learned on a small car with an automatic transmission and actually got stranded when a rental car company didn't have any vehicles with auto trannys. If you learn to fire the old Colt SAA accurately, no pistol will control you because everything else feels like a milder variation. Strengthens the fingers, too!
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Old 03-21-2014, 08:36 PM   #12
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Being old school, military and LEO, I was slow to pick up a striker fired pistol. I learned to shoot pistols with the 1911a1 in the Navy, eventually becoming the base RSO (Range Safety Officer). So with that experience and a lifetime of seeing cocked and un-cocked hammers on handguns in movies and TV, it seemed the natural way to go. Becoming a LEO I began my career with a S&W mod. 19 (.357) which I carried until the mid 80's when the department authorized auto-loaders for duty use. I then carried a S&W mod. 59 until upgrading to a 4006 in 1994.

My whole experience was with external hammers until retirement, when I tried to get on the Glock bandwagon. It didn't work so well for me, because of the position of the trigger, I wore blisters on my finger during extensive shooting. I finally found a striker gun I liked a few years ago, the Springfield XD sc, .40 cal. It is an actual delight to shoot, and has the best out of the box trigger I've ever owned. It is my primary carry gun in retirement, but I also have a stable of hammer guns that I carry from time-to-time, including revolvers. In fact I normally shoot better scores with my revolvers than with any semi-auto, but all are well within the center mass zone.
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JMHO, and i could be wrong. But for carry, i feel that a DA/SA pistol is safer. But i am a Sig man.
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For some people, the transition from DA to SA when shooting is hard to overcome.

For some people, DA is difficult to master.

For some people, the SA semi-automatic is natural.

Find what works for you.
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Only striker pistols i like for carry are the xdm series with the grip safety. With a good holster a 1911 doesnt need the thumb safety.
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Only striker pistols i like for carry are the xdm series with the grip safety. With a good holster a 1911 doesnt need the thumb safety.
And I'd argue the other way. A 1911 with a thumb safety doesn't need a grip safety. Browning actually designed the gun without it. The Army's Cavalry is who pushed for the grip safety in case the gun was dropped from a horse with the safety off.
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And I'd argue the other way. A 1911 with a thumb safety doesn't need a grip safety. Browning actually designed the gun without it. The Army's Cavalry is who pushed for the grip safety in case the gun was dropped from a horse with the safety off.

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Striker fired, never owned one, never will.

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For me, it's really 6 of one, half-dozen of the other. Shoot what you like. I have both and like both for different reasons. But if you want a trigger that gives you goosebumps, I don't think you'll find one in a striker pistol.
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I have shot A LOT of all of them and the BEST striker fired pistol is my M&P, bar none. And this is not just my observation as I have had many others try it and ALL of them agree it is the best trigger they have ever used in a striker fired platform.
I have to disagree with the comment about the 'best' training is shooting is a single action revolver. To me the 'best' training is shooting a double action in double action all the time. This is how I trained for 14+ years with a M19 S&W and it gave me the best foundation for ALL handguns you can get. When you learn to control the trigger for the full double action pull and shoot well you can handle any trigger.
To answer the question. I prefer 'metal' guns with a 'hammer'. aka S&W 5903 or a 6906. There is nothing the 'plastic' striker fired pistol can do that my metal guns can't do as good if not better.
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