This is a discussion on opinion on hammer fired or striker fired handguns for carry within the Defensive Carry Guns forums, part of the Defensive Carry Discussions category; Originally Posted by nedrgr21 Not following you on this - what are you getting at? With a striker fired gun, if the round does not ...
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Although I have carried both and continue to do so, I like hammer fireds better.
Second strike capabaility is much quicker,should a round fail to go bang.
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"Reliability isn't determined by the action type."
That. I carry both; both are reliable as mechanical items can be.
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If a round doesn't go bang, I want it out of my gun - on to the next one, ammo's cheap (relatively).
If the gun doesn't go bang, TRB(R) - covers all contingencies, gun or ammo malf.
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You needed option 3;
To me it doesn't make a difference.
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Did not vote on this one... the premise is not correct. This has nothing to do with reliability. My 2 carry pistols are the Glock 26 and the Beretta px4 C, so I carry both types.
I wont vote because Im kinda biased but only because my only gun (as of right now) is striker fired. I bought my Glock because I couldnt afford a USP. I really like shooting the hammer fired rentals especialy DAs. I think a revolver or 1911 will be on my list for next handgun. As far as reliability of one vs the other, I am not experienced enough to comment.
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i voted striker. although, in lab conditions i don't think there is a difference. the only reason i lean towards striker fire is the one in a million chance you end up with some type of debris in the hammer area of that system it could cause a malfunction or ftf.
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Again, not true. Cocking the hammer would only be required for a Single Action Only gun. Once again, why in the world would you want to take your chances with a restrike? Don't waste your time with methods on the practice range that you wouldn't use in a gunfight, after all, we will fight like we've trained.With a hammer fired gun, you can thumb the hammer back and fire the gun again. If the round happened to have a hard primer, or you had a light strike, chances are it will fire the second time.
The design of a hammer fired pistol requires a timing and leverage element that doesn't exist in striker fired guns because of their straight line cocking.
In a hammer fire gun the slide must knock back the hammer. Depending on spring tension, slide weight, the leverage point (where the slide actually hits the hammer) and a host of other factors there is a much higher probability of mechanical failure. The hammer can be knocked back too much or too little. I've seen plenty of guns that should work but just weren't timed or sprung correctly.
The hammer gun is, quite simply, a much more complicated machine with more probability of failure.
Now quality is quality of course and there are hundreds of proven hammer fired desings, but that doesn't mean they are truly equal.
I carry both. The size, weight, and caliber of the gun are what I care about. I rarely buy based on the firing mechanism unless its special in some way (ie not DA/SA or striker)