Which one do you get?

Find out what makes each action type unique and what you should know to make the right decision about your next handgun



About this e-book

Choosing between two apples is easy, just pick the better-looking one. Choosing between an apple and an orange is whole new game because they’re unique by nature. While each of us may have our preferences, one isn’t universally “better” than the other. They’re just different.
So it is with two types of pistol designs , striker-fired and double-action / single-action. With the release of the new APX, Beretta now offers a full-size striker-fired pistol. Is the APX intended to replace all those classic Beretta double-action / single-action pistols like the 92, 96, M9, and PX4? Not at all. Different handgun operating systems are right for different missions and different users. But the question remains, which one do you get?
To settle this burning question, we thought it would be helpful to publish a good, old-fashioned debate, even if it gets ugly and personal. Two of our Beretta Blog writers, William and Tom, will go at it, head to head, mano a mano, to solve the question of striker-fired versus double-action / single-action once and for all. If things get heated, that’s OK. They normally get along pretty well except when it comes to settling big-time gun arguments…

In this book you'll learn:

  • The differences between striker-fired action and hammer-fired action
  • How each action works
  • Why some people prefer one action vs another
  • How training with one action vs another differ
  • The pros and cons of choosing a striker-fired handgun or a hammer-fired handgun
  • ... and more!


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Absolutely. We believe that an informed firearms owner is a better firearms owner. We want to share our knowledge with you, whether you use your gun to hunt, have fun, be safe, or all of the above! At Beretta, we're more than just a 'gun company'.