I seem to have revisited the subject again. Yes.
I would have one already except for a comment by Tam. I trust her judgement, especially because of her gun store experience. If she noticed a lot of folks buy DA 1911 types, then sending them back for service, or buying them and getting them sold back to her a year later because it wasn't all that for the owner...
But here, these are Tam's words:
"If you ever listen to one piece of advice from me, let it be this one:
It you want a DA pistol, buy an actual DA pistol, not some half-assed attempt to retrofit DA or DA-style lockwork into a 1911 frame.
Seriously, there's not a one of those things worth the acetylene it would take to torch-cut the receivers to BATF specs."
Yikes, I need to keep finding this post and rereading it before I start fondling my credit card with stars in my eyes. A strong opinion on the subject from someone I trust and someone not trying to sell me a gun.
But what .45 pistol (preferably that takes 1911 mags and is thus thin in the grip) is DA only out there? A little more to the DA trigger pull than your normal striker fired polymers. My guess is: None.
There is very little for me to go on to make my own judgement, flying in the face of Tam's advice. I have no idea what the guts of the trigger on these DA pistols use and whether they are any good.
"So, why the harping on the subject, T-Bolt, in the light of such a hearty anti-endorsement?" I am not like other shooters. Most people shoot SA pistols better than they shoot DA. Not me, not yet. So it's a nearly unique subject applying to me. Evidence it is unique is the lack of known decent products to fill the niche, so the niche is probably rare. There might be someone else out there with the same issue as me. I doubt they read this blog, but... I can hope maybe to help myself and maybe some other.
I'm probably just 'broken'.
[Hey, wait! New York cops have striker fired guns with a heavy trigger pull. Not because they are better shots but because they are poorly trained and supposedly used to DA revolvers and too many city cops were shooting themselves in the ass on the draw. Hmm...]
[Original reasoning in my search for DA .45? I wanted a gun with a bit more oomph for IWB carry, but also had a similar trigger profile/experience as the snubbie for the times I couldn't have a holstered pistol but could have a pocket option. Sure, they load differently, but if I could get a semi and a revolver to feel the same in the trigger every shot, I thought that might be useful, for consistency. Then I'd stick to those two. Get spares of both in case they break. Sell off or safequeen the others.]