Traditional Double Action Experience – Beretta 92G


    Beretta/Wilson Combat 92G Brigadier Tactical and Shootist Tactical OWB.

I have long since been intrigued by the Beretta 92 family of pistols. The Elite series was a significant step in the right direction for the 92 but just not enough to sway me from Combat Tupperware and wheelguns.  Last year’s release of the Beretta/Wilson Combat collaboration 92G Brigadier Tactical (Brig Tac) pushed me over the edge.

Now I’ve heard many people talk about traditional double action pistols but had very little experience shooting them.  The DA/SA transition is made out to be the Boogie Man.  It was time to learn how to run one of the most popular pistols of all time.

I spent a few hours worth of dry fire and manipulation along with 500 rounds of live fire to familiarize myself with the decocker and DA/SA transition.  Admittedly the very first transition caught me off guard.  The trigger not following my finger all the way forward made me think malfunction as it would have been with a Glock or double action revolver.  After that it became more natural and less noticeable.

Time for some formal training.  Mike Pannone of CTT Solutions would be at Falcon Tactical for their Two Day Advanced Handgun course.  Since Mike shot competitively with a DA/SA gun it seemed like a good fit.  Prior to the class the only modifications to the Brig Tac were: Wilson Combat Short Reach Trigger, Chrome Silicone 16lb Hammer Spring, Ultra Thin Grips and Mag Guide. The Brig Tac being a “G” format pistol did not have the manual safety of the M9/92FS series. The decocker instantly sprung back to fire after being stroked.

Now here’s where the article I originally intended to write ceased to exist.  The DA/SA transition really wasn’t that big a deal.  Trigger control is trigger control.  DA, SA, Safe Action doesn’t matter.  If you jerk the trigger you’re gonna miss.  We did a lot of drawing and shooting so I did a lot of decocking.  Working the decocker between positions on the VTAC barricade was not onerous whether strong or weak handed.  Technique did vary strong vs weak hand due to dexterity issues between my medium sized thumbs.  I managed to hold my own with the rest of the class until fatigue from the South Texas heat and high round count left my trigger fingers failing me.  I do believe that I would have had the same fatigue shooting my beloved wheelguns or a first generation DAO pistol.  I guess I could use more grip work.  All told I sent 1,100 rounds to a happy place in the berm.  I experienced zero weapon related malfunctions.  My 18 round MecGar magazines did not like being dropped repeatedly while half full and I had an instance where the rounds ended up jamming up the magazine.  Luckily I noticed before attempting to use it again.

My weekend at Falcon Tactical was excellent.  I enjoyed the food and atmosphere.  I’ll never forget the sight of that Giant Eland grazing next to my car.  Mike was an excellent instructor.  I appreciated his informative and no nonsense teaching style.  I was pleased with my Beretta experience.  I learned what I did and did not enjoy about the platform.  I liked DA/SA and some of the advantages a hammer gun offers.  Will the Brig Tac supplant my Glock 19’s or wheelguns?  Nope.  I’m not running to the LGS to trade it in either.


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4 thoughts on “Traditional Double Action Experience – Beretta 92G

  1. I agree that DA/SA really isn’t that much of a big deal. After carrying striker fired pistols for a number of years I had convinced myself that I “Needed” the consistent trigger pull.

    Appendix carry made me interested in a DA/SA carry pistol and I chose the CZ P-07 (a favorite of Mike Pannone’s) for it’s Glock 19ish size.

    It took very little time to realize that the first shot does not need to be a throwaway. I have surprised myself with how well the first shot can be placed. I may be a shade slower with the first shot but follow up shots are usually a little faster shooting the CZ as compared to a Glock or M&P.

  2. Good article I like DA/SA, and often wonder why it gets demonized so much. As far as I’m concerned the only problem with DA/SA guns is that they’re becoming harder to find due to the industry shift to striker fired pistols. However I predict DA/SA will eventually make a comeback, in part due to shooters and department administrators who prefer the inherently safer system.

  3. As an Old Revolver Cop (ORC), I can remember when the DA/SA auto (specifically the S&W 39 and 59) was the Next Big Thing. I carried, at various times, a Model 39 and 659, a Model 59 and 559, and a Model 469. I found the DA/SA trigger to be very controllable, but the slide mounted safety that you had to use as a decocker was not so hot. (Don’t get me started on the magazine disconnector in all the metal-framed Smith autos.)
    I liked the Sigs better because of the frame-mounted decocker. Although a DA/SA auto wouldn’t be my first choice, I wouldn’t feel disadvantaged if I had to carry one.

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