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    Bought my wife a hammerless revolver for concealed carry. What negative views are there concerning hammerless pistol?

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    Quote Originally Posted by William Sturman View Post
    Bought my wife a hammerless revolver for concealed carry. What negative views are there concerning hammerless pistol?
    For close range self-defense I don't see ANY cons.
    Their benefits include:
    • nothing to snag in a pocket or other clothing
    • simplicity
    • consistent means of operation and trigger pull

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    My hands are weak and some days I need a hammer to pull back.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Charlotte Link View Post
    My hands are weak and some days I need a hammer to pull back.
    Instead, I'd go with cocked and locked carry of something like a Springfield Micro-Compact.

    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.

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    Quote Originally Posted by William Sturman View Post
    Bought my wife a hammerless revolver for concealed carry. What negative views are there concerning hammerless pistol?
    I have shot everything imaginable in the 60 years that I have been shooting including police and military. Although I have a range of great carry weapons that I own, my default carry piece is a Ruger LCR with CT laser grips. In a combat situation, all a hammer can do is slow down your response and perhaps hang up on something. I personally can think of no negatives. If one's grip is so weak that DA becomes a challenge, then that person needs to strengthen their grip, practice with the weapon, or as on of the other respondents indicates, carry one of the small 9s that can be carried locked and cocked so the first shot will be SA, but then again, it adds another step to the mix - taking the safety off. Also, a malfunction in a combat situation can be a serious issue for one without extensive, high pressure, malfunction clearing experience. The beauty of a DA revolver is that it will fire every time. I carried a S&W Model 15 both on and off duty for many years, and never experienced a single malfunction. When it comes to protection with a handgun, the KISS method becomes even more important - your life might depend on that simplicity of deployment.

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    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.

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    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.

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    Quote Originally Posted by old skool View Post
    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.
    Well, that's fine if all they ever do is punch holes in paper. :) If they ever have to use it in self defense, that could be a REAL problem.

    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.
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    Quote Originally Posted by William Sturman View Post
    Bought my wife a hammerless revolver for concealed carry. What negative views are there concerning hammerless pistol?
    Usually a slightly lower round count when compared to one of the small pocket autos. (Caliber makes a difference.) I preceive them to be a shade more difficult to control than a comparably sized semi auto. More difficult to reload in a hurry than is a semi-auto.

    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.

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