**Hammer or no Hammer??**

**Hammer or no Hammer??**

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    **Hammer or no Hammer??**

    I'm going with a 5 shot .357 for back up or primary ankle carry on the extreme occasion when carrying my Sig 239 is not an option. I would like to be able to ankle carry, pocket carry, and side pocket using the 5.11 tactical Backup Belt system in my TDU's.

    Couple of problems...
    -the retention on most holsters require a hammer
    -pocket carry the hammer will snag on the way out.

    To be honest I prefer a hammer. Has anyone had any experience pocket carrying a hammered wheel gun?

    Let me know guys,
    thanks,
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    No Hammer is the only wat to fly. I also carry a Sig 239 and a S&W 442 as back up. Good luck!
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    IMHO, a properly designed holster fitted for the gun requires no additional retention aid.

    May I ask, what is it about the hammer that you like?

    S&W offers J frames with several hammer options, exposed, fully enclosed, or shrouded. A shrouded hammer might be the best option given your preference.
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    I prefer the hammer, like on my S&W 637. When pulling it out of a pocket practice covering the hammer with the thumb...it becomes muscle memory just like removing the safety when drawing a 1911.

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    Well a pocket .357 is gonna be a mule kick anyway you slice it. But if you are pretty convinced you want a hammer that Smith and Wesson 360 is a great example. However...I tend to think when I buy mine I will go with the 340. JMHO
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    By the way I use a open top galco ankle glove. Without a leg strap. You just don't need it. It rocks!
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    Quote Originally Posted by retsupt99 View Post
    I prefer the hammer, like on my S&W 637. When pulling it out of a pocket practice covering the hammer with the thumb...it becomes muscle memory just like removing the safety when drawing a 1911.

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    Thanks, that's exactly what I needed to know.

    Quote Originally Posted by jwhite75
    Well a pocket .357 is gonna be a mule kick anyway you slice it. But if you are pretty convinced you want a hammer that Smith and Wesson 360 is a great example. However...I tend to think when I buy mine I will go with the 340. JMHO
    .357 commands 97% one shot stops (FBI stats). In my line of work, if I only gonna have 5 shots (10 total with a slow reload) each and every shot needs to count. Recoil just is what it is, no problem.
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    Quote Originally Posted by retsupt99 View Post
    I prefer the hammer, like on my S&W 637. When pulling it out of a pocket practice covering the hammer with the thumb...it becomes muscle memory just like removing the safety when drawing a 1911.

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    I went middle of the road w/a shrouded Smith 638. The SS 357 is the model 649. Neither seem to be particularly popular models but I do like the flexibility combined w/the no-snags design
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    I perfer a hammer and like shrouded hammer snubbies like

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    Quote Originally Posted by HavOkSIS View Post
    Thanks, that's exactly what I needed to know.



    .357 commands 97% one shot stops (FBI stats). In my line of work, if I only gonna have 5 shots (10 total with a slow reload) each and every shot needs to count. Recoil just is what it is, no problem.
    I agree in a SD situation recoil aint gonna matter. Just meant if you are gonna commit to that pocket blaster both were excellent options.
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    No hammer for me, because it's not going to be used practically in a self defense situation and my Smith 640 is not a taget gun... also a hammerless design could be fired from inside a coat and won't snag against clothing.
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    I have both, but rather use the one with the hammer.
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    I have used and carried snubbies for many years and I got to the point that I either bobbed all my hammers or buy guys without them.
    My current pocket carry is a S&W 442 but I have carried the older S&W 36,37 and 60 and also Taurus 85.
    Most modern well made holsters do not rely on the hammer for anything.

    I have never owned one of the newer, small .38/357 guns but as far as the small .38 revolvers, I have found they are very accurate if you take the time to learn to shoot them and also use milder ammo for practice and shoot enough of your carry ammo to be comfortable with it.

    Short answer: No need for a hammer!

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    I know that no hammer is better for pocket carry but I prefer guns with a hammer. Partially because I want a hammer on a gun to be able to thumb cock for a single action shot and secondly as an older guy it just seems right.

    I have a S&W 637.
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