Originally Posted by TylerDurden
You are correct, sir.
If she's comfortable and proficient in DA, that's ALL that matters. If she is accustomed to shooting on a square range and accomplishing her hits by thumb cocking, that is less than ideal as she may have difficulty getting hits fast enough in combat. I suspect this is not the case, given her service to the nation and her long familiarity with revolvers.
Yeah but she doesn't have the hand strength to rack the slide on a semi auto, so even if she's thumb cocking, its still better than nothing. Unless there is something out there that doesn't fall into either category and I don't know about it.
The handguns I know of are SA and SA/DA revolvers, DAO revolvers, semi auto, and in some hunting applications-single shot pistols. Unless there is something else I'm missing, given her familiarity with the DA revolvers, I would think that would be her best choice, regardless of the method she uses to fire it (by the way, I know there are several different mechanisms to semis, I've lumped them all together only for the purposes if this thread).
FWIW, I think gunsite has a SA revolver combat course, and no, its not a CAS type program. It's a course on using SA revolvers in modern self defense situations. Been some pretty good reviews on it so far, and has instilled confidence in several rag writers on the use of them in self defense scenarios.