This is my first post here, so allow me to introduce myself. The name's John and I am getting ready to purchase and own my first firearm.
I have decided that a pistol will be my first, and I personally dig the semi-automatic type. However, I am a little caught up in deciding what kind of trigger mechanism I want. Your advice would be greatly appreciated. Let me tell you what I (sort-of) know already and how I plan to use the firearm.
I am looking for something for both defense and recreation. I know that I will eventually own more than one firearm, and surely more than one handgun, but I would still like something that I can use all-around for my first. So this will be a home defense weapon, a car defense weapon, and a target shooting weapon. I do plan to carry it sometimes, but honestly I believe that it will rarely be on my side. Of course, this may change once I own it, but that sounds like a good time for a new gun, if that arises. =) So, to reiterate, this will really only be on my person when moving in between my home and car, plus the semi-rare occasion that I am in a "sketchy" area of town, situation, etc. Therefore I am looking at "compact" sized pistols. I want something big enough to enjoy shooting, have some power, etc.. but also small enough to conceal if I really want to. I am a tall/skinny guy at 6'2" 175.
I've been looking at different handguns for some time now, taking trips to the gun shop and going to the range with my buddies. I've fallen in love with SIGs, and honestly, am all but pulling the trigger on one. However, when I started thinking about the situations I will be in and trigger mechanisms, I cannot quite decide what I want. The particular SIG models I am looking at, in order of preference, are the P228, P220, M11-A1, and P229. I like the slimness of the P220, considering it's a single stack. But I really think I want a 9mm considering this is an "all-use" gun. Anyway, these are obviously all SA/DA firearms. I read some of the stickies and see that at least one poster here loathes the SA/DA type, which I can kind-of understand, haha.. but to each his own I guess. Still, to my internal debate (finally)...
In my personal opinion, I believe that it would be silly for me to not have the gun loaded and chambered at all times. I feel that it would take far too long for me to chamber the gun in a life or death situation, and don't trust myself to function that well/quickly in such situation. Therefore, I assume that it will always be chambered. That being said, for some reason (maybe it's just because this is my first firearm and, quite frankly, I respect and even fear them to some extent) having a gun by my side that will fire simply from pulling the trigger is a little unsettling to me. Is this ridiculous? Maybe I am just uneasy at the idea. Maybe I even fear that I will accidentally "snag" the trigger somehow when holstering the weapon or placing it somewhere in my car. When I consider situations I will be in, I think I would be competent enough to disengage a safety, or even cock a hammer. Because I will mostly be using this from in the home or in my car, I feel that I will have at least enough time for this. Because of this, I am also looking into SA handguns, primarily the 1911. I honestly haven't seen many other SA automatics, so suggestions there would also be appreciated.
Anyway, what is your opinion? Should I not be so worried about accidentally firing a DA/SA handgun that has been chambered and de-cocked? If I'm THAT worried, should I just carry un-chambered and practice chambering? Or is a SA "locked and loaded" the only way to go? Again, this is all coming from a zero experience user, so I appreciate any advice or feedback you guys have for me.
Oh, and one more thing. On a SA handgun, like the 1911 in particular, is there a safe way to de-cock the hammer once chambered? Or is this a feature only available on guns such as the SIGs?
Thanks a lot in advance! And please go easy on the noob, haha!