Simply out of curiosity, we held a one day Double Action Pistol Training Day here in Prescott.  As expected, a one day specialty deal like this didn't yield the usual twenty students with a waiting list.  We had seven students with some additional staff and myself for about ten shooters.  We spent a few hours tuning up the DA/SA concept.  We discussed the nature of the DA and how to use it effectively.  Then we worked on accuracy from 5 yards out to 100 yards.  Finally we did some shooting drills my SWAT unit used as well as a few drills we learned from USMC SOTG when our unit attended their CQB school way back in the Paleolithic Era.  These last were simply to show what was possible with a double action compared to the striker fired pistols most often seen today. 

We had mostly SIG pistols in the 226/229 variety with one Langdon Beretta, one Wilson Beretta and one HK P30L.  Incidentally, we may do an article on this later.  The HK P30L was a very nice pistol with a nice DA trigger.  The sights were off however and you would think HK would have at least given it a mechanical zero.  That said, one of my Legion P226s came with the rear sight way off to the right and needed complete rezeroing.  On the Berettas...I shot both.  I will say without any reservations that the Langdon Beretta is the cleanest and smoothest 92 I have ever fired.  It is far smoother and easier to shoot than the Wilson, and it would be my choice if I was carrying a Beretta.  (Tell Mr. Langdon I said that if you happen see him - neither of those guys pay me anything to promote their stuff by the way).

Findings -

1).    The double action trigger doesn't need to be heavy because it is the length of travel that yields the safety of the system

2).    That being the case, learning to use the long pull is essential and not difficult at all.

3).    You need to hold the weapon steady earlier in the process and finalize aiming while working the long trigger.

4).    The double action trigger is the gateway to using the sublime single action trigger.

5).    The double action trigger pull is for reactive events - going to single action initially is for proactive events.

6).    The double action to single action transition is not an issue and the consensus was a big shrug (as in, what is the big deal with this?).  

7).     An RMR on a SIG makes it the equal in accuracy to any RMR-equipped Glock

8).    One student noted that he was more accurate because the SIG single action was better than the Glock striker fired trigger.  And this was with 100 yard shots.

9).    Other than the triggers, the pistols are run the exact same way as any other weapon.

10).  The guys did as well with their DAs on the drills as they did with their Glocks.

The drill was not a difficult one.  I will post it below.  It is what we did in our SWAT Qualifications for pistol and we borrowed it from LAPD SWAT.  The drill is intended to be done in armor and from the Low Ready.  Being over achievers we ran it from the holster.  We ran it a couple of times with the DA systems and then they ran it with their Glocks.  Results were about the same across the board.  We have no illusions that the DA/SA will make some "big comeback", but there is no reason for those using such weapons to feel outdated or under-gunned.  And a SIG P-226 with an RMR is as modern and deadly a weapon as any.


SWAT Pistol Qualification

This course is shot from the Low Ready (we shot it from the draw)

25 Yards: Controlled Pair to the body-4 seconds 3X- 6 rounds
15 Yards: Controlled Pair to the body-3 seconds 3X-6 rounds
10 Yards: Failure Drill (2 body, 1 brain)-3.5 seconds 2X- 6 rounds
7 Yards: Failure Drill-3 seconds 2X- 6 rounds
5 Yards: Failure Drill-2.5 seconds 2X- 6 rounds
3 Yards: Failure Drill-2.0 seconds 2X- 6 rounds
10 Yards to 3 Yards-Shooting on the move-6 rounds body, 1 brain 2X 14 rounds total.

Course is a total of 50 rounds.


Next special event one day session we are considering is Shotgun vs. Rifle.  Any others?