Originally Posted by new2ruger
Why would you not recommend DAO? From what I have read, it is recommended for the purpose I'm getting the gun for (concealed carry). I'm not saying that to be argumentative, I'm genuinely curious.
Simply due to your own experience. I couldn't possibly know if you will shoot a long DAO trigger well or not, but through a recommendation to choose a gun with a shorter trigger action I can ensure its something most similar to what you already know and comfortable because of it.
It's not because that's what I prefer. There are DAO guns with nice triggers, but very few pocketable versions.
As others have stated, it would be best if you could shoot some different guns and get a feel for what you like and shoot well. Maybe a range that rents or friends with options that will share their guns and experience.
These would be my suggestions...
Taurus PT709 slim (9mm, short DA/SA)
Ruger SR9C (9mm, short DA)
Sig P238 (380 acp SAO)
Sig P930 (9mm SAO)
Kahr (9mm or 380 acp, medium DAO)
If you were close I'd be glad to let ya have at my lot and bring out my friends whom I gave my DAO guns to, after discovering how much I hate those triggers, one of which is the LCP.
You can also get an idea, not a great one, of how long a trigger will feel by going to a shop and asking if you can dry fire some different guns. Some might let you, some not. It's not the same as when it goes bang, but you can get a feel for when and where in the trigger travel it breaks and see for yourself what I'm talking about.
Again, a long trigger may very well serve you. There are varying opinions on what is and isn't safe for carry. In the end is what best suits you for your lifestyle and how you train yourself and practice.
Good luck man, let us know how things go and what you discover and wind up with!