August 1, 2008, 02:51 PM
Why do all single action revolvers have the same grip/hammer shape and all the double action have the same grip/hammer shape?
Why not a single action with the grip and hammer shaped like a DA?
I know the internal workings are different but they could be made to look different I would think.
August 1, 2008, 02:59 PM
The single-action plow handle is designed to roll up in your hand and make reaching & cocking the hammer easier & faster.
The DA humpback grip has evolved to keep the gun from rolling up in your hand during DA fire so you don't have to re-adjust your grip every shot like on a SA.
There was once at least one revolver that came with either a SA style, or DA style grip.
The High-Standard Sentinel came as a DA/SA with a DA grip design, and the High-Standard Double-Nine as a DA/SA with a plow-handle grip.
They were both pretty much the same gun internally.
August 1, 2008, 03:03 PM
That makes sense.
August 1, 2008, 04:13 PM
The S&W M14 was offered in a single action version and has the traditional M14 D/A grip. Also, the S/As had a variety of grip shapes. The traditional Colt plow handle, the Remington variation of the plow handle, the S&W Schofield and Model #3, the Colt Bisley, and the Ruger variation of the Bisley. Not to mention the round butt, birds head style of the Merwin Hulbert that was offered in both SA and DA. All of those had the round top of the handle for easy single action cocking that RC alluded to, except the S&W M3 Russian "saw handle" model, which had a D/A style hump, even though it was single action.