This is a discussion on Handling single action within the Defensive Carry Guns forums, part of the Defensive Carry Discussions category; Originally Posted by wheel Others have responded to this comment, but I think it should be emphasized. This is very bad advice. One should NEVER ...
I will start out by stating my preference for carry being . . . No Safety. I do shoot in competition and have noticed with, lets use 1911s for SA/Safety guns, that myself and other competitors rarely but it happens forget to sweep the safety when drawing and attempting to fire. Also if you do not like to ride the safety and put your thumb under it you can inadvertly engage the safety. These issues are rare but i do not wish to encounter them in a self defense situation.
Decocking a DA/SA gun becomes just as easy as using a safety without the posibility of trying to fire a "locked" gun. Those of you who have used 1911 style for many years, even brought up with them I am sure this is not an issue.
A quick comment on lowering the hammer on a cocked and locked gun. This was a detective story thing many years ago where famous fictional detectives, Mike Hammer comes to mind would cock the hammer when he drew and then lower it on a live round after he shot the bad guy. I do not think anyone with common sense would do this in real life.
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I'm curious.... you say you keep your SA (auto I assume) with a round in the chamber, hammer down. Do you cock it with your thumb? If so that's just as risky as decocking...... more so actually because you're probably doing it under stress when something goes bump in the night. You could of course rack the slide, but then you'd sacrifice a live round. Just wonder why you choose hammer down rather than cocked and locked. I know it's a personal choice, but usually there's some logic behind it and in this case I don't see any.... I only see risk.
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As mentioned before If you want a small 9mm and don't mine the DA trigger I would also suggest a Kahr PM9. I like the trigger pull on it by the way, just take practice to get used to it.