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Old 03-24-2020, 04:03 PM
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Mostly DA with all the wheel guns. Carried for self defense and that was the old training, so just kept with it.

In addition if you want to be "holster qualified" at my current local range, it is all DA at the command(s).

One BIG exception is my Model 29......just can't do 6 full load Maggies…..OK if running 44 Spl cowboy action loads.
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I regularly leave the range and realize I didn't fire a single shot in SA.
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Mostly in DA but sometimes in SA.
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Always DA unless the shot is past twenty five yards or so.
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Double action almost exclusively.
Ditto here. I only fire single-action for a long shot that needs precision.
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Double action for everything except sighting in.
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Forced to learn to improve my double action trigger pull skills on my 422 and 642 paid off and now I use it most of the time on all my SA/DA revolvers.
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DA most of the time. Long distance fun is SA.
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Double action is what I originallytrained with, makes sense to me tohave that first hard pull.
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Another voice heard from-the only revolver I have that I shoot single action is my 17-3, though I'd say it's about 50/50 with it. All the others are double action all the time. I enjoy it, sorry I'm late to the party.
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I don’t shoot DA much, but sometimes I will for fun, to see how I group compared to SA. I’m usually pleasantly surprised and I should start doing it more often.
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Wink DA vs SA

I began shooting USPSA around 1990 and the club I joined had lots of people who shot a semi-auto for one entry and a revolver as a second entry. So, I've been a DA shooter ever since. When I sight in a new Smith I will fire the first few rounds SA to see where it hits, then go to DA.

I have a stack of Ruger SAs that I rarely ever shoot anymore.

One of the clubs I shoot IPSC-style has a long-time revo shooter who goes SA on long shots. My observation is it doesn't help him but he's habituated to doing it that way.
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Was doing some DA shooting today with a 3" 657 and 657-4 PF 2.6"....

Ran 12 rounds from 5, 7 and 10 yards slow fire then two strings of 6 at 5 yards rapid fire from each gun...

The DA pulls on these guns are heavy which doesn't help things...

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I practice both but with a heavy weight towards single action. I know I should shoot more double but some of my single action pulls are just so sweet. Lots of respect for all of you talented double action shooters, that's a skill that takes a lot of dedication to develop

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I think that in some of the cases where someone shoots DA more accurately than SA (or, at least, almost as accurately), the reason is that the shooter has never conquered the flinch. If you are prone to flinch, it will have a bigger effect when shooting SA than when shooting DA, because of the long trigger movement on DA before the hammer falls. If you've conquered your flinch, SA is MUCH more accurate than DA (especially if you've got a light SA trigger).

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re: " shooting mostly DA : do you shoot with a very slow pull of the trigger in order to have maximum accuracy ? Or a fast pull for speed ? "


My 627 & 327 use in speed steel relies for best scores, on DA mostly. Sometimes I'll need to use SA on the first distant target of a stage, then revert to DA. The 'cylinder indexing trick' or 'stacking' is slower than the SA-like release once you find the target. After a bit of training it gets more comfortable. I shot SA cowboy style for a couple decades before changing to speed steel event. It was just a little training exercise, and my score improved rapidly.
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I carry an lcr, so double action there, and shoot most other revolvers I own almost exclusively double action... the exceptions being my iver Johnson .22 supershot (wouldnt wish that double action pull on anyone) and my 28-2 when I want to do some precision work.
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Well all of my issued revolvers had to be fired double action in training and qualifying. So to answer the question I always fire double action all the time. The single action sears in my revolvers are as new, never used
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Well, no doubt there is some truth to that. On the flip side, on DA sometimes I just get into a "rhythm" where I am doing everything right, and shoot as good or better than on SA. But I admit, when I am zeroing a new revolver (or a new sight on a revolver) I usually do it on SA on the theory that that eliminates more variables.
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I try to shoot DA only but I'm a lousy shot.

I do better when I stage the trigger though.
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I try to shoot DA only but I'm a lousy shot.

I do better when I stage the trigger though.
I also stage the trigger on DA; just slightly, depending on the gun. Ruger triggers are stagier than S&W triggers in my experience.
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Double action for all but very long range work with my double actions. I save singe action for my single actions. I practice with them the way I plan to use them.
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Mostly DA. I find it faster for timed shooting. I have been staging the trigger but am working on a smooth pull all the way through.
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I shoot in DA only at the distance between 0 and 15 yards. And for precision shooting, i prefer to shoot in Single Action.
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I began as a police officer using a 686 4 inch in 1985 and recently shot the same gun at the range. I smoked a ragged hole in that target with not problems. Some things you just never seem to unlearn.

I love shooting my P226,P229, Beretta 92F and carry a S&W 1911 made in 2014. After a long career in law enforcement and a POST certified firearms instructor, I have found the only thing that keeps a person from shooting well all of the time is NOT dry firing a lot. In fact I would get out my snap-caps and dry fire over and over with my semi-auto's before hitting the range. It makes a huge difference in your shooting abilities and it's no cost training.

I suggest what ever you carry on or off duty, get some snap-caps and practice dry firing. Of course make sure the gun is unloaded first and the LIVE ammo is in another room.

I also suggest you practice with whatever you carry.

I never cock my pistols into single action and shoot. You should learn how to shoot as it is. JMHO.

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99% of my range time/shooting is D/A only. I hope I never have to fire a weapon for real but if I do, I want muscle memory and training to take over.
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I began as a police officer using a 686 4 inch in 1985 and recently shot the same gun at the range. I smoked a ragged hole in that target with not problems. Some things you just never seem to unlearn.

I love shooting my P226,P229, Beretta 92F and carry a S&W 1911 made in 2014. After a long career in law enforcement and a POST certified firearms instructor, I have found the only thing that keeps a person from shooting well all of the time is NOT dry firing a lot. In fact I would get out my snap-caps and dry fire over and over with my semi-auto's before hitting the range. It makes a huge difference in your shooting abilities and it's no cost training.

I suggest what ever you carry on or off duty, get some snap-caps and practice dry firing. Of course make sure the gun is unloaded first and the LIVE ammo is in another room.

I also suggest you practice with whatever you carry.

I never cock my pistols into single action and shoot. You should learn how to shoot as it is. JMHO.
I started one year before you with the same handgun. Cocking the hammer was forbidden. I know some agencies went the extra step and bobbed the hammer. I still feel weird if I cock the hammer on a DA revolver.
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I usually shoot DA only as I was taught in two different LE academies. When long range shooting (100+ yards) I admit I do shoot SA.
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My thoughts exactly.

My favourite for staging is the GP100.
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Posted earlier mentioning that the one revolver I shoot DA all the time is my 642. All of my 357s are range guns that are shot at 25 or 50 yards 99% of the time so SA is the norm.

But I now have a gun on the way that will allow volume DA with "cheap" 22s - a 617-1 4".
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Mostly DA,but for real small targets,and time to spare SA.
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Is there another way?

I've been reading "The Webley Service Revolver" by Robert Maze. It covers the adoption of revolvers in the British Army.

From the git-go, the Brits insisted on a DA, which I found ironic since every photo I've ever seen of troops being trained with the Webley shows them cocked.
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