Yesterday, TTAG had a to and fro about the wisdom of using a single action weapon for for self-defense. Today, americanrifleman.org reveals that gun guru Jeff Cooper’s inheritors at Gunsite training have created a new course called Single Action Defensive Pistol. (SAD P? Really?) “To my knowledge, it is the first time professional self-defense firearm techniques have been fine-tuned specifically for single-action revolvers,” scribe Rick Hacker reports. And for lots of good reasons. Here’s one . . .
“The detriment of a single-action is that it takes more time to reload, but typically you’re only firing one or two shots, so a single-action will absolutely do the job.”” said Ed Head, a 30-year law enforcement veteran, retired U.S. Border Patrol field operations supervisor and Gunsite operations manager.
That’s it? No other reasons why someone entering a gunfight for their life might want a double action revolver or, I dunno, a semi-automatic loaded with plenty ‘o bullets?
“I don’t think that anybody who has a single-action should feel deprived in any way,” noted Il Ling New, one of Gunsite’s premiere defensive handgun, rifle and shotgun instructors—and a licensed guide who has hunted throughout the world. “You really should fight with what you have. Why not use your single-action as your defensive handgun? Those five or six rounds in the chambers can win the fight for you.”
As could a single-shot Derringer, I suppose