Cocked and locked decocker single/double action CONFUSION!
Ok, so I'm pretty new to the world of handguns (bought a S&W M&P 40 and a Taurus 1911 .45 within the last three months) and to this site (first post) and I thought I had a pretty good grasp of the basics of how handguns function. Turns out I don't. I hope someone out there can help me with this conundrum:
I've been looking for a CCW weapon, and one of the guns I've been thinking about is the Bersa Ultra Compact. I went to Gander Mountain yesterday and tried one out, and to my sweet surprise, found out that they have both an ambi safety and slide release (I'm a lefty). Now one of my desires for a CCW gun is that every trigger pull be the same weight. I really don't like it when the first pull is a half mile long and 14 lbs while the rest are short and sweet. Trying out the Bersa, I got excited when I thought I could put the gun in a cocked and locked mode (condition 1?) which would be perfect for me. I cocked back the hammer and attempted to put the safety on when I heard a *click* and the hammer released. I tried again and got the same result. I then discovered that this Bersa must have a safety that seconds as a decocker, meaning for a first shot I would have a long double action pull followed by single action pulls (either that, or I would walk around with the gun cocked and NOT locked). I found a used Stoeger Cougar (also with an ambi safety) at GM that came with 4 mags at a great price and thought about getting it, but when I tried to set it up for cocked and locked, the safety acted as a decocker, and my heart broke for a second time. I had looked at these guns on sites like budsgunshop and able ammo, and they said nothing about the safeties being decockers also.
So here's my questions: Do ALL single/double action guns have safeties that second as decockers? Is there a way to tell without trying every single gun out for myself? For even trigger pulls are the only options single action only and striker-fired guns (1911s and Glocks and such)? I was excited because the Bersa had all the features I was looking for at a great price, EXCEPT for the ability to be carried in condition 1. Aww shucks. I suppose I could walk around with the guns cocked but not locked (my M&P 40's only safety is the trigger itself, so it'd kinda be the same, I guess).