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Old 07-09-2020, 03:39 PM   #1
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Making the transition back to a DA/SA pistol for EDC

Well after over two decades of carrying 1911s of some sort Iím gonna go back to a DA/SA pistol for EDC. Yes this is related to todayís current situation and while I pray for peace and would prefer to not need it at all somehow 18+1 instead of 8+1 FEELS better.
Years ago I had Wilson customize a Beretta 92 for me. And as you can see itís not really much bigger than the current Commander I carry. Only real size difference is the fatter butt. But thankfully my hips still allow me to conceal it quite well.

Hereís a thread I posted on the Beretta forum a ways back when I had WC do the work on it.

https://berettaforum.net/vb/showthread.php?t=126274

And some recent comparison pics. I loaded it up with 124gr HST+Ps which are comparable in energy to the standard .45 ACP HSTs i normally carry.
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Old 07-09-2020, 04:04 PM   #2
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I love the Commander and I have a few of them chambered in both, .45 and .38 Super. But, in today's climate, with violent mobs roaming the street, I feel better with my P228 and 15-round Mec-Gar mags along.

I had considered getting a P226 for the extra capacity, but instead I bought a couple of twin magazine holders. Of course if I were to bump into a good deal on a clean P226 ...
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Some sexy hardware right there. Can't go wrong with either but as far as Da/SA goes a Wilson 92 is hard to beat.
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Some sexy hardware right there. Can't go wrong with either but as far as Da/SA goes a Wilson 92 is hard to beat.
This one was a regular usa made 92 that I sent to them to have the work done. I shot it quite a bit before doing that. They also refinished it in gray armor tuff. The thread link I posted has pics of it next to a traditional one so you can better see the contrast as well as the list of work done. I went this way because all the Berettas Wilson does have rails on them. I like the sleek thinner look of the railless dust cover.
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Well hereís a shocker for you. This last winter I left my 1911ís and 3rd gen Smithís behind and carried M&P Tupperware. Yíall know how much I dislike Tupperware. But I shoot those quite well.

I ordered up a Tucker holster for my 226 Legion and Iím going to give that a go this winter. The SAO is what Iím used to and the red dot sure helps my eyes. I need to get some 20 rounders for it.
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This one was a regular usa made 92 that I sent to them to have the work done. I shot it quite a bit before doing that. They also refinished it in gray armor tuff. The thread link I posted has pics of it next to a traditional one so you can better see the contrast as well as the list of work done. I went this way because all the Berettas Wilson does have rails on them. I like the sleek thinner look of the railless dust cover.
It's a very good looking piece for sure, and those Maryland made 92's are very well made. I have a Wilson Brig Tac, It was what made me fall back in love with the 92 platform but I agree with you the smooth no rail 92 is still the best looking.
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I have had the same thoughts as well. Been trying out my M11-a1 and giving the Sig 1911 Ultra a break once and a while. Size difference is noticeable but not uncomfortable. May have to make the switch permanent. Hope you change works out well for you.
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Been back to DA/SA for the last 3-4 years. My EDC is usually a P239 or P229, depending on attire and location.

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If that Beretta was a chick, I'd ask it out on a date.
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Making the transition back to a DA/SA pistol for EDC

Iím a Glock guy and carry those exclusively but have a few Sig P series pistols that are mostly range queens due to the fact that I could never get the DA first shot down. I decided to really buckle down and work on my DA skills by doing extensive dry firing the last few months. Using a Mantis X system has really helped. Went to the range a few days ago for the first time and was able to shoot the Sigs pretty well in DA mode, even out to 25 yards. Need more practice time with the transition between DA and SA and drawing from a holster but...might be time to start carrying the Sigs (P229, P226, P220).

One thing is for sure, on the draw, I can instantly get a better grip on my Sigs than I can on the Glocks. They just lock in and point more naturally.


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Love my DA/SA P239 SAS 9mm for carry. Action job by Gerry Ritacco. It was my only pistol for a year or so, so I had time to polish my skills in DA. Sometimes at the range I would shoot DA only, along with plenty of dry fire. I went with Tijicon HD sights, and Hogue rubber grip. I shoot it much more accurately than the P229 I had and almost as well as the P226 Legion I had. Now my German Mastershop pistols, that is another story, but i don't carry those of course. Nice to hear about others that carry the P239.
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