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Old 06-27-2011, 12:56 PM   #1
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Hi,

I haven’t found any pros & cons of striker vs. hammer in posts except in passing. Are there pros & cons?

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Old 06-27-2011, 01:16 PM   #2
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I don't have a hatred for a striker fired gun, but like a hammer fired gun for several reasons.
On a DA/SA second strike capability
Hammer gives a solid visual que to status of weapon
DA/SA needs a more deliberate trigger pull on the first shot if stress overrides the keep the finger off the trigger rule.

Really just personal preference.

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Hammer pros:
Added safety
Easier trigger
Second strike capability

Hammer cons:
Requires cocking if it's single action

Striker pros:
Ultra reliable
Fewer parts
Durability
Easy to strip & reassemble

Striker cons:
No second strike capability
Trigger has no comparison to hammered guns
Harder to do a trigger job
My accuracy sucks with these

That's my $.02, I might be missing something but in a nutshell that's mostly it.

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What is second strike capability?

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What is second strike capability?
Ability to smack the primer again without cycling the slide. Dubious real value but i prefer having it there. Single action 1911 have it since you can thumb-cock them and try again on a failed round.

Life or death the best way is rack the slide for a fresh round
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Pull trigger, gun does not go bang- a gun w. hammer, such as a S&W revolver, a Colt 1911A1, a marlin 336, you can thumb hammer back, try to fire again. That is a "2nd strike". A striker fired gun requires that the action be cycled, ejecting the round that did not fire.

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The double strike feature is preferred by military forces because in a firefight your basic instinct is to pull the trigger until something falls down. In certain conditions primers with lose their potency making them less sensitive.

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i prefer a hammer-gun myself. i can imagine to many reasons where i couldn't work the slide in a crisis.

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To see the hammer itself to me seems safer.If I want to chamber a round and put the safety/decocker on,I feel better seeing that hammer down.

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Pull trigger, gun does not go bang- a gun w. hammer, such as a S&W revolver, a Colt 1911A1, a marlin 336, you can thumb hammer back, try to fire again. That is a "2nd strike". A striker fired gun requires that the action be cycled, ejecting the round that did not fire.
Just curious: Why would you want to give a round a second chance? Seems more rational to me that there are a lot more bad rounds out there than bad guns (just by sheer numbers), but if a gun jams on you in a crisis, wouldn't you wanna get rid of it? Is it really that much faster to "2nd strike" than to rack the slide? Giving a round a second chance at a first impression seems a lot more dangerous than just getting rid of it and starting again with a new round.
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