Does your carry gun have double strike capability?
Lately, more and more handgun manufacturers are touting their pistols as having double strike capability, or the ability to make the firing pin hit the same primer more than once by pulling and re-pulling the trigger. The sales pitch usually goes something like this: “in case the gun doesn’t go bang, like if you have a hard primer or something, you can just pull the trigger and try again”.
Does this have any real worldÂ usefulness?
For me the answer is no. I think double strike capability is nothing more thanÂ marketing nonsense. If your gun doesn’t go bang in a fight, you aren’t going to be sitting there like a monkey with magnifying glass trying to run a diagnosis. Was it a double feed? Was it a stove pipe? Was it a hard primer?
Instead, you should properly clear the malfunction (often referred to as a tap, rack or tap, rack, bang drill) and get your pistol back on target.
So do any of my guns have double strike capability? Nope…that is, at least not when I’m running them! What do you think? Am I missing something? Let me know in the comments below.