Texas CHL (Concealed Handgun License) has been renamed to Texas LTC (License to Carry)
SA (Single Action), DA (Double Action), DA/SA (Double Action, then Single Action, and Striker Fire. Each type has its place, and depending on which pistol you purchase, you may or may not be able to choose your action type. In any case, you need to know what they mean, and make sure you practice if you are going to carry different ones.
Striker fire is only for semi-auto’s, and SA is usually only cowboy action revolvers
The Four main types of Actions are:
As with everything, that is really a decision you need to make!
It really depends on which weapon chassis (and brand) that you choose to carry. Several small chassis are DA only. Glocks, M&P, and XD’s are Striker Fire.
Striker Fire is our preferred for CHL (CCW) carry, but the do handle recoil a little differently than others and many people can’t get used to it.
Whichever you decide, try them all, and practice regularly with the one(s) that you choose.
Remember our goal is to help you find the best CHL pistol, not teach you about how it works
With that said, here are what an Action Type is and some brief descriptions about the different types:
The Action type is how the (firing mechanism) hammer (typically, but not in striker fire) is cocked and released by the movement of the trigger.