Bought my wife a hammerless revolver for concealed carry. What negative views are there concerning hammerless pistol?
My hands are weak and some days I need a hammer to pull back.
It's FAR easier to disengage an M1911 type safety under stress than to cock a hammer, especially the small, sharp (and sharply grooved) hammers on most concealment revolvers.
Of course shrouded hammer revolvers of the S&W Bodyguard type allow one to thumb cock the hammer.
Still, cocking the hammer during an encounter wouldn't be the way I'd go.
I have a Ruger LCR 38. It's small and lightweight. I carry it in my conceal carry purse. However, the trigger is VERY stiff. You need some hand strength to pull it.
Biggest pro for females? Shoot it right through the handbag. No snags. No need to waste time drawing it.
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Only thing some could see as a drawback is DA only, stiffer trigger especially for women, my girls are much more accurate punching holes in paper single action. One 14 yr old, 2 preteen.
I'm 66 years old and I carried a .357m revolver for many years. It had a full hammer, but I never much used it SA. I had a 5 lb trigger put on it, and strengthen my hands to use it DA. Just a matter of training and determination.
I was considering bobbing the hammer, but then bought an XD 9mm compact... and now I carry that instead.
NRA Certified instructor: handgun, self defense, CRSO
I'd note that the hammerless (or shrouded hammer) revolver is a "true" pocket (or purse) gun in that it can be fired more than once from the pocket - not true of the little autos - or even necessarily revolvers with hammers.