… because unless you’re Rob Leatham and you popped out of your Mom’s womb with a 1911 in one hand and a Dillon 650 in the other*, everything about learning how to shoot a gun involves training of some sort**.
Is learning to use a DA/SA trigger harder than learning to use a striker trigger? Yes. Is it roadblock the size of Mt. Logan standing in the path of learning to shoot well? No. It is just as big an issue (or excuse) as the person pulling the trigger makes it to be. You can get good on a DA/SA trigger with under 100 rounds of practice ammo if you don’t let it play with your head. The minute you say, “Oh, I can’t shoot that gun because it has an eight pound first pull”, you’re exactly right, you can’t. I’ve never considered it to be a big deal, and guess what, it’s not.
For the record, I prefer DA/SA guns***, but I recommend striker-fired guns to first timers because they’re quicker to learn than a DA/SA gun. Note that word, however… QUICKER. Not better, quicker. I’ve watched great shooters who usually shot tuned striker guns (and good 1911’s) struggle to shoot accurately with the 8 pound trigger on the original LC9 because they got used to just one kind of a trigger. They were good at one type of pistol, and the minute something new was put into their hands, their ability to hit the target dropped dramatically and they had to re-learn what they had learned.
Think that’s a training issue? I sure do.
There are some training issues you can and should avoid completely, such as choosing an unsafe holster. However, there is also no such thing as a free lunch. Yes, the initial learning curve with a striker gun is flatter, but eventually the need to run different kinds of guns appears, and just like car parts, you can pay for it now, or pay for it later, but that training issue isn’t going away.
* Ouch, that musta hurt…
** Not true, I know Rob trains and trains and trains. He can also run just about any gun phenomenally well, regardless of what trigger is on it.
*** My carry guns are a DAO Kel-Tec P3AT, a striker-fired M&P Shield and a DA/SA CZ P07. I am nothing if not a bundle of contradictions.