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In our Photo Of The Day we visit the Coast Guard Base in Honolulu to take a closer look at the SIG Sauer P229R DAK pistol in action. DAK stands for Double Action Kellerman and according to Wikipedia, the Kellerman action is “a variant of traditional double-action used on certain SIG Sauer semi-automatic pistols. DAK triggers have a long stroke with 29 N (6.5 lbf) pull. However, if a user shooting under stress short-strokes the trigger by only releasing it halfway, the trigger will reset, but with a 38 N (8.5 lbf) pull. This temporary increased trigger pull is intended to prevent negligent discharges.” (Source)

To the best of my knowledge, these guns are chambered in .40 S&W.

Below: A Coast Guard crewmember conducts a live-fire exercise during a Firearms Training and Evaluation – Pistol course at the Dexter Small Arms Firing Range. These pictures are from 2017.

Below: A row of Sig Sauer P229R DAK pistols are shown prior to being used for a Firearms Training and Evaluation – Pistol course at the Dexter Small Arms Firing Range at Coast Guard Base Honolulu, March 28, 2017. The FT&E-P, which will replace the Basic Pistol Marksmanship Course, will qualify Coast Guard law enforcement personnel using a four-phased approach of training, practice, qualification and proficiency.

Did you ever use a handgun with the Double Action Kellerman? How did you like it?

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