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Dao vs guns with a exposed hammer?

Discussion in 'Handguns: Revolvers' started by lubbockdave, Jun 7, 2006.

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  1. lubbockdave

    lubbockdave Member

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    for a closet or drawer gun-not conceal/carry, which do you prefer and why?

    Thanks

    Dave
     
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    I would like to have the single action capability (at all times) in case of a difficult shot. For a house gun there is no reason to give up the hammer. I've never heard of a hammer snag on a drawer. I would not however walk my house with an intruder in it with the gun cocked.

    (This would have made a great poll)
     
  3. ChristopherG

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    For a defensive carry gun, I'm happy with DOA. If you learn double action shooting correctly, there's no reason to shoot single action inside 20-25 yards; and what in the world am I gonna be shooting at defensively outside 25 yards?

    I've shot enough action-revolver competition (IDPA, IPSC) to know what the guys who beat me are generally doing; and they're shooting ALL their shots double action (as am I; they're just doing it better ;) )
     
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    I like an exposed hammer on all my guns. wheelies and semi-auto's.
    Just my little quirk.

    AFS
     
  5. Essex County

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    I'll go for the exposed hammer every time. Prefrebly on a 1911..Essex
     
  6. ColtMember

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    I prefer exposed hammer, especially if the gun is worn on a belt. There may be instances where I would prefer concealed hammer, like if the gun is stored in a pocket.
     
  7. Brian Williams

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    Either one of these two, with exposed hammer will do me just fine.

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  8. KurtC

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    DAO and exposed hammers are two different things.

    A revolver can be DAO and still have a hammer, as some folks like having the extra leverage in case a cylinder locks up.

    Some folks bob the hammer on their guns for an easy draw, but still retain the single action notch. You just have to ease the hammer back a bit using the trigger, before you can cock it (or add serrations to the top of the mammer nose).

    4 different options.
     
  9. Technosavant

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    I love my 642 (most prominent example of a DAO hammerless revolver), but t'were I going to not use a revolver for concealed carry, I would go with an exposed hammer. It tends to be less expensive, the option of single action is nice at the range, and since you can go with a bigger handgun for home defense, there's no reason to stay with a 5 shot hammerless snubby.
     
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    The only time I prefer hammerless is in pocket carry.
     
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