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TO HAMMER OR…NOT TO HAMMER

SHOULD YOU GO SNAGFREE OR KEEP THE SINGLEACTION OPTION WHEN CARRYING A REVOLVER?
Hammerless or hammered, that is the question. The idea isn’t to be noble, but to survive a lethal confrontation.
On the other hand, this 9mm revolver from Charter Arms with its exposed hammer afords someone the option of cocking for a precision shot.

Without a doubt, I’m about to irritate somebody, possibly to the point of name-calling or aspersion casting. At the very least it will ignite a debate.

Is the “hammerless” double-action- only (DAO) revolver better for concealed carry than a double-action revolver with an exposed hammer that can also be used single–action (SA/DA)? Both types of round guns have advantages and disadvantages, and for those considering a wheelgun for defensive carry, it’s a good idea to weigh these considerations against one another.

BOTH WORTHY

I own and have carried a DAO revolver on occasion and have done test and evaluation exercises on several such wheelguns. The DAO platform has been around for more than a century, and it has been used by enough people in life-or-death situations to prove its worth as a defensive tool.

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