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Old 04-02-2012, 08:31 AM
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Hammer vs Striker fire

For those of you who were brought up with pistols with hammers how do you feel about the striker fire? My concern is the lack of a manual safety. I also liked having both single and double action. My 92FS Beretta is a little big and heavy, so I've been looking at Glock 26, Springfield XD Compact, S&W M&P Compact or a Ruger SR9C. Ruger and S&W are available with thumb safetys. Opinions please.
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Old 04-02-2012, 09:10 AM   #2
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I bought a Glock 26 specifically because I didn't want any additional safeties. It's just one more thing to flub in an emergency, I'll take point and shoot any day.
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hammer or striker doesn't matter to me, it's all the other stuff and how/where i'm going to carry it.

for concealed i want as little bits on the outside of the gun as possible, that could catch on clothing when i attempt to draw in an emergency.

however, that said, i never carried my glock26 with a round in the pipe because it had no safety and the trigger is nearly as short and light as a 1911.

so i replaced the glock26 with a ruger sr9c, which is so very similar in so many ways but has a thumb safety. <-- that's the reason right there. i didn't wanna custom mod the glock to have one.

note however it's thumb safety is kinda small and harder to manipulate under stress as a 1911 safety.

note also it comes with a device that blocks firing if the mag is out or simply isn't seated; this is an easy removal though (google youtube for instructions), and simply makes the gun back to what all other guns are like -- doesn't make it any more dangerous than anything.

the trigger on the sr9c is identical to the glock, very light and short. they may not technically call the sr9c and glocks "single action" but to me in shooting there's little to no difference; i call them single action.

try shooting a taurus PT, those things have a double action that's as long and hard as a revolver; iow, for me i'm too likely to pull my shot WAY off, left and low, just trying to get the damn thing to fire under stress. jmo, i don't want long hard trigger pulls in a grave situation, i just want a thumb safety for safer carry.

kahr - owned a few, lighter trigger pull than most "DA" guns but i still disliked it quite a lot as it's just too slow for me to get the shot on target under stress. (i've spent a lot more practice in stress type scenarios than just shooting to get a bullseye). i no longer own any kahrs but i still think they're good guns, for me there's just other guns that are better.

3" 1911's - i like, however i'm frustrated nearly all 1911's today have this GIGANTIC frigging beavertail, why? the originals never had it; and what's more stupid is having this on a 3" "concealed carry" gun. I sold my kimber ultracarry and got a kimber RCP - over this beavertail issue. I've since now modified my rcp to have a normal thumbspur on the hammer, so my rcp is more like a colt new agent now.

my main carry guns: kimber rcp, ruger sr9c, and a backup of ruger lcp.

Think about:
- how well you can draw the gun from concealment, and shoot it well, all under stress.
- how safe it is to carry with a round in the pipe if you carry with one in the pipe; or do you want to opt to carry without one in the pipe.

me, i need a thumb safety for safeness in carry, i need a single action trigger and snag-free exterior for fast retrieval and accurate shooting.

i think the glock design is perfect for military/combat; i'm not comfy with it for ccw; JMO!
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