Carrying a SA/DA pistol in SA

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    Question Carrying a SA/DA pistol in SA

    Hey guys, question for yall. I carry a Sig Sauer P226 which is a SA/DA pistol with a hammer. There is no external safety, only a decocker. I carry it full mag, one in the chamber, in double action - ie, hammer down. I was thinking, because my first shot is probably the most important in a gunfight, should I carry with the hammer cocked? That would change my trigger pull from 10lbs to 4.5lbs. My only questions are . . . . Is that safe and does anyone else carry their SA/DA like that?

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    No, its not safe, don't do it. Practice shooting DA, it isn't a tough trigger to learn.
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    If you don't have an external safety that isn't a decocker, I wouldn't carry it cocked at all.

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    Dang you guys are quick!

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    Carrying it cocked is the least safe method. If you don't like or can't shoot the pistol in DA mode perhaps you need to carry a different gun with a different trigger. For example, have you tried the Sig DAK, Glock, Walther QA, or HK LEM trigger? One of them may suityou better.

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    No way. That hammer might get in the way on your draw, it is more prone to be accidentally squeezed under pressure, and that extra weight and distance might be your friend if you ever have a tussle over your piece.

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    Quote Originally Posted by NickEMT View Post
    Hey guys, question for yall. I carry a Sig Sauer P226 which is a SA/DA pistol with a hammer. There is no external safety, only a decocker. I carry it full mag, one in the chamber, in double action - ie, hammer down. I was thinking, because my first shot is probably the most important in a gunfight, should I carry with the hammer cocked? That would change my trigger pull from 10lbs to 4.5lbs. My only questions are . . . . Is that safe and does anyone else carry their SA/DA like that?

    And three out of twelve in the poll do this? Interesting. I couldn't answer the poll since I don't have any DA/SA pistols. If I had something other than my P220 SAO, it would probably be a DAK since I'm used to the Glock mainly.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ripley16 View Post
    Carrying it cocked is the least safe method. If you don't like or can't shoot the pistol in DA mode perhaps you need to carry a different gun with a different trigger. For example, have you tried the Sig DAK, Glock, Walther QA, or HK LEM trigger? One of them may suityou better.
    I have no problem with my Sig in DA mode, I was just thinking in a stressfull situation one might be more accurate in SA.

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    Wow guys. Thanks for all the replies in such a timely manner. Due to the overwhelming amount of people who suggested carrying in DA, I wll continue doing that. I appreciate no one scolding me for considering it, I was slightly afraid of that lol.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ram Rod View Post

    And three out of twelve in the poll do this? Interesting. I couldn't answer the poll since I don't have any DA/SA pistols. If I had something other than my P220 SAO, it would probably be a DAK since I'm used to the Glock mainly.
    One of those is a tactile error - - I was impatient switching windows and long story short it was an accident.
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    My Taurus PT92 can be (and I do carry it) cocked & locked. When I first started carrying it I carried it with one in the chamber and safety engaged.


    With your SIG I would carry chambered and hammer down
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    Got four SIGs Three would be 1 in the chamber/hammer down (DA/SA). The third is SAO, so it has a safety which is ON.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Ram Rod View Post

    And three out of twelve in the poll do this? Interesting. I couldn't answer the poll since I don't have any DA/SA pistols. If I had something other than my P220 SAO, it would probably be a DAK since I'm used to the Glock mainly.
    Some DA/SA pistols can be carried cocked and locked. CZ pistols come to mind immediately.
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    Quote Originally Posted by NickEMT View Post
    I was thinking, because my first shot is probably the most important in a gunfight, should I carry with the hammer cocked?
    NO! The DA/SA SIG was not designed to be carried that way!
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    Quote Originally Posted by jeep45238 View Post
    Some DA/SA pistols can be carried cocked and locked. CZ pistols come to mind immediately.
    While that's true, the threads creator was asking about a Sig. I suspect most of the yes answers are due to either a mistake (as was mine) or the confusing poll title which does not mention a specific gun.
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