- Jun 26, 2019
For those of you who carry a S&W J frame (or equivalent), do you prefer an exposed, shrouded, or enclosed hammer; and why ?
Factory bobbed hammer DAO is my (mild) preference. That said, that's not a common factory option, and I'll take them as I get them.For those of you who carry a S&W J frame (or equivalent), do you prefer an exposed, shrouded, or enclosed hammer; and why ?
With a decent pocket holster, they don't move around that much.I have a 442 and 340PD, which are both Centennial frames, and a 49 (Bodyguard) and a Colt Agent with a shroud. I also have some Cobras and a Detective Special but I actually carry the Agent (the oddball).
For me, these are all defensive revolvers. As @GEM says, these are basically pocket guns. What I’ve found is the Bodyguard/Shrouded Agent move around much less in a pocket than do the Centennial frames.
Exposed hammers still accumulate pocket lint and the like. Not a problem with the hammer less revolvers (I don’t like that term, but you know what I mean).
Enclosed as the J frames are basically pocket guns. Have anyone every seen a case where the ability to shoot single action has been relevant with a J frame in SD. Not being snarky just curious.
Excellent point regarding uncocking the revolver. SA definitely would not be a first choice for me in a self defense scenario. I do like to practice it though. It’s kind of a competition I have with myself. It helps me use the sights and control my grip and trigger pull.One of the issues with any defensive revo with a single action option is getting it uncocked under stress. It can be a problem at the range, but if you are pumped full of adrenaline, it can truly be treacherous.
Double action only is the way to go with defensive revolvers.
Another advantage of Centennials is using the humpback for a higher hold/lower bore axis. A 640 has less perceived recoil than a 60.