One Weapon, Two Models
The BDA9 and BDAO pistols have a lot in common. They
share the same reliable mechanism, offer the same superb
egronomics and are both manufactured to FN HERSTAL's
stringent quality standards. At the same time, they are
different in function as they are each intended to satisfy
different basic mission requirements. The BDA9 was
conceived for military applications while the BDAO is
perfectly suitable for law enforcement use.
The BDA9 is a double/single action, high-capacity,
semi-automatic pistol that operates by a conventional
and reliable short recoil of the barrel. It uses a
classic double action trigger which cocks and then
releases the hammer. The recoil of the slide recocks
the hammer, and all consective shots are fired from
the single action mode.
after first round fired
The BDA9's visable and accessible hammer can be
cocked manually if the user wishes to fire the first
shot in the single action without first cycling the slide
(i.e. after the pistol has been decocked). The BDA9
features an ambidextrous decocking lever and a
reversible magazine catch.
The BDAO is a double-action-only, high-capacity
semi-automatic pistol that, like the BDA9, operates
by a short recoil of the barrel. The rearward pull
of the trigger cocks and then releases the hammer
which is automatically decocked following each
shot. The BDAO's magazine catch is reversible for
left- or right-handed use.
Safe to Carry, Operate and Handle
The BDA9 and the BDAO both feature a firing
pin safety which automatically blocks the firing
pin and is released only when the trigger is pulled
to fire. Immediately after a round is fired, the safety
reengages itself even if the trigger is not released.
When the hammer is released from the cocked position
either by actuating the decocking lever (BDA9) or
when the slide closes (BDAO), it is caught in the
safety notch by the decocking safety
before it reaches the firing pin.
All safeties are connected at all times except when
the trigger is pulled.