Rob Pincus is on the range with a double-action/single-action semiautomatic best defense handgun to explain exactly how it works and review its characteristics. You can then decide if this type of handgun might be a good choice for you. This best defense handgun is known for its accuracy, reliability, and ability to perform in a variety of adverse conditions. Extreme close-ups let you examine the gun’s functioning in detail.

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Tags: Choosing a handgun, defensive firearm, Double Action Trigger Pull, Hammer fired, Home defense gun, Modern firearm, Semi-auto handgun, and Single Action Mode.

Instructors: Rob Pincus.

21 Responses to “Understanding Double/Single Action HandGuns-Best Defense Handgun”

  1. Basil says:

    I love your videos.

  2. Chris Gibson says:

    Thank you for this video; this was very helpful. Seeing the DA/SA pistol in use was a great help in really understanding the operation (I have not had a chance to put hands on one of these style weapons yet).

  3. lovechildnj says:

    The closest I have ever been to a gun is in this video, I’ll watch about 100xs

    Double vs single, If I understand correctly we want one, that we control the safety?

    Great stuff to know, wow great clear videos, I feel like I am really there wow

  4. Richard Hughes says:

    Thank you Ron,I always love watching your videos

  5. ruben carr says:

    good stuff ron love the training videos

  6. Jan Lechner says:

    WhatGun Were You Using In This Double Action Single Action Video ?

  7. grannyQ says:

    Thank you for this informative video! As an owner of this type of handgun, I have a better understanding of its operation than I did before. Nice job, Rob Pincus!

  8. What do you think about the locked and loaded carry with a fn like you were using? Have the 45 fnp and carry locked and loaded at present and am looking for your feedback. Thanks, ps, hoping to attend your sears, Iowa class on June 9-10

  9. George says:

    Very good demonstration and discussion on DA/SA and the operation of the more modern semi-automatic pistols. I do not have one with the decocking mechanism but when I do consider a semi-auto model I will consider the advice given in the video. Thank you.

  10. Bobcat says:

    Great video, can you do one on the hammerless style DA and DA/SA types. My firearms are a combination of both.

  11. Gerald Herr says:

    Very helpful…too bad you did not mention the Brand and Model of the gun..Thanks,

    1. Thomas says:

      The weapon he used in the video looked like a Glock , I have the Beretta 92fs DA/SA very reliable weapon very smooth and spot on at least for me . I would not trade it for anything . Can hit my 8×11 target at 50yrds.

  12. Ramon says:

    Great video Rob. I love the way you break down the DA/SA technique. My agency has been issuing different types of DA/SA pistols for about 20 years now. I have observed shooters using the DA/SA pistol failing to decock and reholster under stressful conditions. Training cannot be over emphasized. Know your weapon!

  13. Colby says:

    The gun is an FN Herstal FNP (possibly FNX) 9mm. Not many companies have decockers or sell DA/SA handguns due to the high market demand of striker fired handguns (glock, Spring XD, Taurus). The best handguns I always recommend for new concealed carriers are those with a hammer, a decocker, and safety (optional). FN Herstal is a great company, but I am a dominant Sig Sauer shooter, which makes some of the best guns I’ve ever fired and worked with.

    1. Russ Z says:

      Many Taurus have re-strike (double action) the pt111,140, 145, 709slim etc.

  14. Boyd says:

    Excellent and clear explanation, but strongly biased against DA/SA, in my view. First, you keep emphasizing that “long, heavy trigger pull” for the first shot (DA mode). That’s correct, usually from 9 – 11 lbs trigger pull, and it DOES induce some “shake.” But the same could be said for EVERY shot in a striker-fired weapon. The 2nd shot is, indeed, “crisper,” shorter, and lighter, generally leading to greater accuracy–which is why virtually ALL competitive shooters who use striker-fired guns do a “trigger job” that reduces the pull to the minimum allowed in the competition, often around 4 lbs. So, the only “advantage” to a striker-fired weapon is the consistently harder, longer trigger pull. Right! If that’ not the case, then let’s demand hat all competitors use the factory setting on trigger pull.

  15. Cecilio Mendez says:

    Mr. Pincus, could your “touch and press” trigger-method solve the DA/SA paradigm? Under a life / death stress situation, that first (DA) trigger pull will be little noticed, if at all. These educational videos will go a long way into that road. Touch and press, no matter what, hitting until the threat is stopped… OK, OK; move, cover, verbal commands, check your six, etc., etc, etc.

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  17. John Dobrowski says:

    So, throw the 1911 and CZ 75 into the junk pile? What is wrong with cocked and locked and metal guns? Seems to have worked well for 40 to 100 years.

    1. Dave says:

      John, I don’t believe he was stating there is anything wrong with a 1911. I believe he was just explaining how a DA/SA works for those that either are considering getting one or just want to better understand the action.

      I, personally, really like my Beretta PX4 Storm 9mm that is a DA/SA. It is my favorite handgun. It is a sub-compact and holds 13+1.

      I like the fact it has a long first trigger pull. It doesn’t have an external safety, but does have the de-cocker.

      Granted it isn’t .45 cal, though, but the recoil is much easier for me to handle. I can fire it just as fast as my .22 cal, if I so desired. I haven’t had much experience with the larger caliber.

    2. Alvin says:

      Whatever you choose needs to have a lot of practice. I love my Berretta 92FS.

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