Originally Posted by AIKIJUTSU
First choice, 1911. Light touch on the trigger, helps maintain a good sight picture. Safe enough if you know how to handle it.
Second choice DA/SA "hybrid", with exposed hammer so it can be carried cocked and locked if desired.
Third choice, DA/SA with decocker. First shot is heavy trigger, but fires SA thereafter. Helps avoid liability from accidentally touching it off.
Last choice DAO, due to heavy, time consuming trigger pull. Tends to pull muzzle off target. Partly responsible for the pitiful performance of some LEO's under stress.
Never will use Glock. The little gizmo in the trigger could hardly be called a safety, and mediocre trigger pull.
My most accurate semiauto is a Stoeger 8040 "Cougar" in '40 S&W. DA first shot, SA for the rest. Uses rotating barrel lockup, so the barrel doesn't tilt relative to the slide. I still prefer 1911 due to light trigger.
Agreed about the DA/SA. If actual hammer is available I'm down with, but those hidden hammers, like my pops' 3913, just don't suffice.