A revolver in double-action mode is an excellent defensive firearm. However, a cocked hammer could land you in serious legal trouble.
A light trigger takes less effort to pull. In many aspects of modern human life, less effort is seen as a good thing. However, there are times when it can be a bad thing. The good thing about a firearm with a light trigger pull is, it is easier to shoot. The bad thing about a firearm with a light trigger pull is, it is easier to shoot.
In the defensive use of firearms, the gun is pointed at a human being—often a person who needs to be immediately deterred but does not yet necessarily need to be shot. The scholarly, authoritative studies of Professor John Lott and Professor Gary Kleck have long since proven that law-abiding armed citizens thwart a great many criminal attacks by simply drawing their weapons and taking the predators at gunpoint, as compared to every time they actually have to shoot a criminal to save their lives or the lives of other innocent persons.
The real-world dangers of a too-light trigger pull on a defensive firearm have been addressed here before—recognized decades ago by the Los Angeles Police Department when it ordered all the service revolvers modified to fire double-action only. That was a policy that would eventually be followed by the police departments of New York City, Miami, Montreal and others.
A revolver in double-action mode is an excellent defensive firearm. However, a cocked hammer could…
by William Bell / May 1, 2012