Re: post 12...
The OP told us he is a complete newbie.
Some of us have read about prosecutors who think a 1911 (SA) has to be manually cocked for each shot, because that is how they think Single Action works.
So, it is not a bad idea to mention that reciprocation of the slide cocks the hammer on SA and DA guns, because there are people out there who do not realize that, including some who should know better. (Edit: not referring here to the OP; referring to prosecutors of gun charges.)
It is also not a bad idea to point out that DAO pistols do not cock the hammer via slide movement.
Also, Smith and Wesson call the M&P line of striker fired pistols "DAO." IIRC, Kahr also consider their own line to be DAO.
Last edited by MLeake; May 20, 2013 at 04:33 PM.