Hammer fired or striker fired ?????

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View Poll Results: Do you prefer your hand gun to be hammer fired or striker fired ???

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    Apparently almost half the responders so far don't understand the difference.

    Big difference between DAO , DA/SA hammer guns - and a Glock or XD.

    Or maybe they are all world class shooters.
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    Sorry I did not vote in this poll. My anwser would depend on the use of the gun.

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    I only have one striker fired pistol and several hammer fired pistols but I really don't have a preference of one over the other.

    As long as it goes boom when I pull the trigger I'm happy.
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    I was weaned on the M9, and I now carry the PX 4 Storm--so I guess I'm with the hammer crowd.

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    I have two hammer fired and one striker fired pistols. All things considered I prefer the striker
    fired system for an SD gun. (Notwithstanding that I actually carry the hammer fired one.)
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    I like hammers, but on a practical level, it does not matter. I am temporarily without any striker-fired handguns, but for orthopedic reasons*, am about to acquire a Glock or two. My sentimental favorites are SA and DA revolvers, 1911 pistols, my little Seecamp LWS-32. Among the several rifles I own, several models have external or internal hammers, and only my Winchester Safari Express is striker-fired, but that does not mean I like the Safari Express less than the hammer-equipped rifles.

    *My ailing right wrist is compelling me, at least temporarily, to become a near-total lefty with centerfire handguns, rather than my usual ambidextrous self. It so happens that the best lefty auto-pistol I have ever tried, for me, is Glock. If my right hand is the primary weapon hand, I prefer either all-DA or 1911.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Rexster View Post
    ...but for orthopedic reasons*, am about to acquire a Glock or two. ...

    *My ailing right wrist is compelling me, at least temporarily, to become a near-total lefty with centerfire handguns, rather than my usual ambidextrous self. It so happens that the best lefty auto-pistol I have ever tried, for me, is Glock. If my right hand is the primary weapon hand, I prefer either all-DA or 1911.
    I prefer a striker fired pistol by far. However I would love to get a S&W 1911 9mm Pro some day (like shooting it), but I would only shoot it at the range. Not that I'm doing IDPA or anything similar right now, just like the striker fired better and if ever do get a CCW, it is going to be striker fired.

    To Rexster; I also have constant wrist, hand and neck pain and have come to love the M&P with the Apex FSS & Trigger. I used 1500 and 2000 grit sandpaper to get it a nice 3.0 lbs or a little under with the polishing. I can actually shoot more because of the better trigger and shoot better groups. The M&P has ambi controls everywhere, even on the original ones, just in case your going to buy a used one. If you do get the Glock, I'd get the 3.5 lb option or another aftermarket option on the trigger as it will make a difference. I did like that 3.5 lb trigger on my G23, but the .40 hurt my neck too much so sold it over 5 years ago.

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    When I first started shooting I preferred hammer fired. I mostly shot revolvers, both D/A and S/A. Along with the occasional pistol. Back then most everything was hammer fired. Times change and now I mostly shoot pistols. The ones I shoot the most are striker fired. Honestly, it really does not make a difference to me which I shoot recreationally. It's not the hammer or striker that sways my purchase or desire to shoot a particular gun. It's based on feel, quality, reliability, and sometimes just on the cool factor.
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    I have both and enjoy shooting both. The only hammer fired gun I didnt enjoy was the Sig Sauer P250. Very long trigger pull as you watch the hammer pull back, similiar to a revolver, but at least with a revolver I can pull the hammer back myself.

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    I have both as well.It's not that important to me I practice with and maintain my primary carries.So I'm familiar with all of them.
    Interesting thread.

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    Does not matter, I have both, I use both...if it goes bang all of the time is the only concern to me.
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    Quote Originally Posted by retsupt99 View Post
    Does not matter, I have both, I use both...if it goes bang all of the time is the only concern to me.
    Yes but also want to hit what you are aiming at. So I believe you have 2 concerns
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    I like hammers.
    Have Fun and Shoot Straight !!

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    I only have 2 semi-autos, Glock 17 and FNP-9. I carry the Glock, mainly because I have a holster for that purpose. But the FNP, which is hammer-fired is such a sweet little shooter I actually shoot it more than the Glock. It has a super-smooth trigger pull from half-cock. I trust my life with either one.
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    I like em all.
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