Question about legal repercussions of SA trigger
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.
Legal justification is the most important
I'm not sure why you would gain an advantage with a Sig P229 by cocking the hammer for the first shot. I also own this gun, and it has a smooth and light DA trigger pull. The gun can be fired just as quickly and accurately in DA as SA, in my opinion. The important thing is to have a round in the chamber, but hopefully you take care of this detail long in advance of using the gun.
Originally Posted by lagpaddler
As for defending your actions in court against a hostile prosecutor, the important issue will be whether your shots were justified under the laws of your state and the exact circumstances of the situation. If your shots were legally justifiable, it will hardly matter whether you fired them using only the trigger, or the trigger and thumb.