I'm learning new stuff all the time. I've never even heard about "strikers" before until recently while really researching the XD. The XDm 45 has a very good chance to be my next purchase, but I need some convincing I guess that strikers are reliable, durable and long-lasting, etc. and as good as hammers. All my handguns have hammers and I always assumed that guns like Glock and the XD just had an internal hammer. In reading about the Taurus strikers, it says something about a hard primer may not ignite from a striker, so their design gives a second chance at hitting the primer without slide action. What's this mean? If a striker is less power than a hammer and may not initiate the primer, I don't like that at all! So, can you give me some warm fuzzies or preferably some hard stats and facts that can build confidence in strikers, or are they really inferior to the good ol' hammer? This striker issue could possibly be a deal breaker when I compare the XD to the FNP45 that has all my comfortable traditional functions of DA/SA and a hammer. If you have any other points of comparision between these two like perhaps a decocker, safety comparison would be helpful too. Thanks!