Question about legal repercussions of SA trigger

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    If I'm involved in a self defence situation where I have to pull and use my weapon, Im going to consider myself lucky to be alive because my very existence was threatend.

    I don't spend alot of time worrying about how a lawyer may or may not use my choise of weapon, ammo, or what I choose to call my weapon.

    Anything can possibly be used against you in court if you end up there. If a savvy lawyer found out that you belong to and post on a forum called "Combat Carry" I'll bet he would use that against you.

    Having said that I would not pre cock a DA/SA pistol in a self defence situation. I feel for me this would slow down my reaction time and increase the chance of my thumb slipping in a very stressfull situation and causing the weapon to discharge at the wrong time. If I want my first shot to be single action I will carry a single action pistol and carry cocked and locked.
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    Thanks for all the input. I'm just looking at buying another gun and I wanted to know if anyone had heard of sticky situations with SA. (I'm not conerned enough to call a lawer, but it was on my mind so I figured I'd ask.) Since I'm familiar with the DA/SA I'm going to stick with it.

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    Good plan :)

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    Quote Originally Posted by peacefuljeffrey View Post
    So then just do it, but never say you did it. After the shot is fired, how would anyone ever know what condition the gun was in??
    If you are ever questioned by a lawyer in a trial that is when I would quote the great Ronald Reagan, "I do not recall" as you quite possibly couldn't remember if it was cocked or uncocked, right ?
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    Cocked & Locked will be no more of a problem than having bullets in the gun...just were does predetermination begin? If you are in a place you have a RIGHT to be, and you fear for your life...you had no part in the problem's development...you were truly a victim...well then, it's over!

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    Quote Originally Posted by lagpaddler View Post
    I've been reading here for the past 6 months and I'm finally going to make my first post.

    In the class I took to qualify for a Conceald Carry Permit, the instructor said that if you have a DA/SA trigger you should never pre-cock the hammer in self defense situations because if you have to shoot it shows premeditation.

    My question is, in the event one does have to use their firearm to protect themself, would there be legal ramification if a second or third shot were taken from the SA trigger? Would a prosecutor go after you for use of a "hair" trigger?

    May sound dumb, but I'm considering my carry options and I'm wondering if I'm better off with a DAO only trigger such as a Glock or Sig DAK trigger.

    I currently have a Sig 229 DA/SA and have become used to the trigger, but would be willing to change if there were advantages.
    IMO has alot to do with how safety aware you are and how much you practice. We had a incident in VA where a 16 year FFX PD Swat officer had his HK TAC in cocked in S/A. He hit his trigger and ended up killing a Pediatrician. Lots of people carry S/A 1911's cocked and locked Not my preference, but who am I to tell them they need to carry what I carry. I (singular) carry guns where it only requires little focus on dexterity,and small muscle groups to actually shoot the gun. Safety is your brain, not a piece of a metal. I am off the opinion that in adrelanie dumping situations you will be limited on the use of your dexterity (fingers, thumbs, ability to comprehend complicated tasks) What do you think "Buck Fever" Means? and the deer isn't shooting back. I.E. Not having to worry about flipping the safety off a gun most 1911's.

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    When I carry my 1911, I carry it cocked and locked. Otherwise, IMO it would be relatively worthless.

    I've heard all about the Israeli draw and how fast they can rack the slide but if your first indication of a fight is a bullet in your weak side arm, you are screwed unless your 1911 is cocked and locked.

    As far as what a prosecutor would say, I agree with the poster who said they will use anything they can to discredit you.

    One scenareo I can see is the bad guy attacks and you shoot him. Then the prosecutor trys to convince the jury that you shot him by accident because of a light trigger and made up the self defense story to cover your butt.

    I think the only real option you have is to do the best you can and if the SHTF, have an attorney who can help you articulate why you had to fire.

    By the way, having said all that about the 1911, I plan to get a Glock 19 soon. The beauty of the Glock is that I don't have to worry about cocked and locked or a manual safety. I just need to make sure I don't put a round in my foot while holstering.

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    Quote Originally Posted by lagpaddler View Post
    In the class I took to qualify for a Conceald Carry Permit, the instructor said that if you have a DA/SA trigger you should never pre-cock the hammer in self defense situations because if you have to shoot it shows premeditation.
    I'm guessing that the instructor was talking about a gun that isn't normally carried cocked and locked, like a revolver or a DA/SA autoloader with a decocker. If you had one of these, and manually cocked it during an encounter but before you were justified in using lethal force, a prosecutor could argue that you'd made a decision to shoot before you had adequate justification. I think it's a totally bogus argument, but prosecutors make a lot of totally bogus arguments in self defense cases.

    I don't think this really applies to guns that are made to be carried cocked (1911, Hi-Power, etc.). If you carry a stock gun, the way it's designed to be carried (whatever that is) I think you can put up a very good defense if an incident ever goes to court.

    However, I think there is a purely pragmatic argument for not cocking a revolver in a self-defense situation. A lot of cocked revolvers have very light triggers. Particularly if you haven't practiced with them in SA mode, it's quite possible to have a ND with a cocked revolver.

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    Cocked & Locked will be no more of a problem than having bullets in the gun...just were does predetermination begin?
    At the point of a criminal's planning. It's legally the pre-planning to commit a criminal attack and, of course, has zero to do with preparedness of the innocent.
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