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hi-power man
02-06-2012, 19:34
Today I heard another discussion concerning revolvers with shrouded hammer versus exposed hammer. Not wanting to start a liability discussion, just interested in what poeple are carrying. If you alternate between shrouded and exposed, which do you consider your main CC piece ?

xmanhockey7
02-06-2012, 19:43
I wouldn't want a hammer to get caught on anything when drawing it.

Fiery Red XIII
02-06-2012, 19:50
exposed, but I had it bobbed, so it isn't nearly as prominent...the Taurus 617 I bought didn't have a hammerless option.


Red

dabigguns357
02-06-2012, 20:24
it doesn't really matter.
http://i427.photobucket.com/albums/pp354/dabigguns357/Picture010.jpg

HarleyGuy
02-07-2012, 00:04
I've always been trained that you never "cock" a revolver in a self defense scenario. Too much risk of an accidental discharge so it doesnt really matter to me if a revolver has an exposed hammer or not as I'm not going to use it.
However, a shrouded hammer revolver makes a much better concealed carry firearm simply because it reduces the risk of getting hooked into clothing of the inside of a pocket.

NEOH212
02-07-2012, 00:14
I don't carry a revolver all that often. When I do, It's usually a full size Smith 686 and it doesn't have a bobbed or shrouded hammer. I haven't ever had a problem with the hammer catching on anything. That may be because the way I carry it. If I carried it inside the waste band, maybe it would be a issue.

Caver 60
02-07-2012, 07:04
If you decide to bob the hammer yourself, be careful. I've heard that by reducing the weight of the hammer, you could cause light strikes. I've heard the factory bobbed hammers still keep the correct weight for proper striking. Don't know if it's true, but it sure sounds logical.

I've got a old Colt Agent with an add on shroud that still lets you cock the hammer if you want to, but it keeps it from snagging with pocket carry.

ETA It was handy to have the ability to cock the hammer for 50 to 100 yard practice with that little 2 inch barrel Colt. It's amazing what can be done at 100 yards off hand, even with a short barrel revolver. It was sort of like shooting a mortar. You'd hold up a lot of the front sight, pull the trigger, and then wait awhile for the bullet to strike.

Patchman
02-07-2012, 07:45
I've always been told that the major issue with a "regular" hammer is it getting caught on clothing. Guess this would be even more of an issue if the revolver is a J-frame or equivalent, where it's carried in the pocket.

The other issue is the "regular" hammer might give some people the temptation to cock the hammer, like they do in movies.

poodleplumber
02-07-2012, 08:28
I no longer carry a revolver concealed, but during the several years I did so I went with a shrouded hammer. If a hammer snags in practice (and it did) it seems to me that it is even more likely to do so in the haste and stress of a defensive situation.

SpringerTGO
02-07-2012, 09:05
When I carry, it's typically a S&W 340. Between the light weight and shrouded hammer, I almost forget I'm carrying it.

Bud0505
02-07-2012, 09:22
Exposed hammer here. Tarus titanium .38 spl.

HarleyGuy
02-07-2012, 13:13
I don't carry a revolver all that often. When I do, It's usually a full size Smith 686 and it doesn't have a bobbed or shrouded hammer. I haven't ever had a problem with the hammer catching on anything. That may be because the way I carry it. If I carried it inside the waste band, maybe it would be a issue.

Wow, I've got a 686 4" and that's a lot of gun to conceal!

Travclem
02-07-2012, 13:15
internal hammer here. (642)

Breadman03
02-07-2012, 13:20
I voted shrouded, but technically internal on my LCR.

SigFTW
02-07-2012, 13:23
it doesn't really matter.
http://i427.photobucket.com/albums/pp354/dabigguns357/Picture010.jpg

That gun is as big as you:wow:

EAJuggalo
02-07-2012, 16:09
Taurus 650 with the internal hammer, one less thing to worry about.

jtull7
02-07-2012, 16:14
I have never once owned a revolver with a shrouded hammer, and I have owned many, many revolvers. All S&W.

LApm9
02-07-2012, 16:42
I started with an exposed hammer. One day, while practicing my draw, I snagged the hammer. I was amazed how thoroughly snagged it was and how much time it took to get it loose.

Bought a S&W 642 (hammerless) and never had another problem.

Bullwinkle J Moose
02-07-2012, 16:46
I've carried exposed hammer and hammer-less wheel guns and it makes no difference to me, since when I draw the exposed hammer models my thumb is covering the hammer keeping it from snagging.

dabigguns357
02-07-2012, 19:35
That gun is as big as you:wow:


The funny thing is i can conceal it quite well

http://i427.photobucket.com/albums/pp354/dabigguns357/Picture011.jpg

VictimNoMore
02-08-2012, 10:30
The funny thing is i can conceal it quite well

http://i427.photobucket.com/albums/pp354/dabigguns357/Picture011.jpg

Neat. Another West Virginian who conceals a N-Frame, just like me. (Just down the road in Huntington, too.) :thumbsup:

PattonT
02-08-2012, 18:20
I have always had my thumb over my hammer when drawing from the pocket so it wouldn't matter for me. I think the hammer otherwise adds a little bit of retention so the hammer will get caught upon it accidently falling out.

Gunnut 45/454
02-08-2012, 20:58
My SP101 has exposed hammer- I like the option of SA/DA. If you carry it in a holster there is no catching on anything. Those that have it catch on anything are pocket carriers!:whistling:

Deaf Smith
02-08-2012, 21:08
As long as the DA pull is very smooth, even, and of reasonable weight, I'd go with DAO hammerless revolvers like the Centennial.

You can shoot virtually as good as a cocked SA revolver if the DA pull is very consistent and not heavy.

Deaf

barth
02-08-2012, 21:15
Although my first revolver has an exposed hammer.
I too found occasionally it would hang up on cloths drawing )(*^*(((.
Usually carry one, or both, Centennial style J-Frames these days.
Especially for pocket carry.
With action jobs and smooth combat triggers they really sing.
https://www.t-mobilepictures.com/myalbum/photos/photo09/e7/af/cae49a6d9383__1323313448000.jpg
https://www.t-mobilepictures.com/myalbum/photos/photo41/d6/9d/4c1b0bae2236__1318703324000.jpg

hi-power man
02-09-2012, 19:05
Thanks fellows. I hear this topic discussed every week or two somewhere. I wanted to see some percentage each way.

I'm CC'ing a revolver typically two days a week because of clothing issues. It's been a S&W 642 for just over a year. The 642 is a good concealable unit for me. I've been shooting it every other week and the trigger has really smoothed out.

I retired my Colt Agent because I couldn't always get a smooth presentation out of the pocket, "dang that hammer". But, I just can't bring myself to have it cut it down.

Thanks again for participating and the comments.

JK-linux
02-09-2012, 19:14
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1smoothredneck
02-09-2012, 19:24
Never had an issue with IWB or OWB on the belt, even concealed. In a pocket, however, I like a Centennial, or bodyguard style. I prefer the centennial for control reasons, but a BG will get ya thru the night.