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Posted: 11/12/2001 10:25:43 PM EDT
explain the difference between single action and double? i have a ruger p89dc (DA) if that helps, i am new to handguns.

and what's the deal with 2 stage triggers? what's different?

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Link Posted: 11/12/2001 10:34:23 PM EDT
Single action you have to rack the slide or cock the hammer before you can let the hammer drop.
Double action you just pull the trigger. the hammer will be cocked by the trigger being pulled.
Link Posted: 11/13/2001 3:52:42 AM EDT
More explanation is needed...
Steveamy is correct in that in Single Action you have to either cock the hammer or rack the slide to allow the trigger to let off the hammer. The operative word here is 'YOU' but not always.
In a semi-auto, like the 1911A1, the 'GUN' cocks the hammer after the first shot, not YOU. This is still considered Single Action. Some semi-autos (S&W 3913) are DA for the first shot (long trigger pull) then become SA for all subsequent shots (the gun racks the slide for you).
Then there are 'DA ONLY' semi-autos(Keltec P-11), which never cock the hammer. You have the long & usually heavier trigger pull for every shot.
Link Posted: 11/13/2001 4:11:19 AM EDT
Lets not forget the Glock which is neither.
Link Posted: 11/13/2001 6:59:00 AM EDT
From South Park: Mr Garrision: "There is no such thing as a stupid question. Just stupid people." Here, there is no stupid people or question. Just lunatics.
Link Posted: 11/13/2001 10:03:35 AM EDT
"Single-stage" and "two-stage" triggers are often used to refer to rifle triggers.

A two-stage trigger has some light spring-loaded takeup, and then another, harder pull to actually release the hammer. What's happening is that the first half of the pull merely brings the trigger into contact with the sear, and the second pull moves the sear away from the hammer.

A single-stage trigger has only one feel. It will generally move only a fraction of an inch before the hammer releases. That's because the trigger is already contacting the sear, and any pressure will move the sear off the hammer.

Link Posted: 11/13/2001 10:27:10 AM EDT
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