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Striker or Hammer for Conceal Carry?

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Re: Striker or Hammer for Conceal Carry?

Post by Hubbabubba » Sat Oct 13, 2018 8:24 pm

Hammer fired. I have carried a 1911 in condition one for years. My current best friend is a Kimber Ultra Carry.
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Re: Striker or Hammer for Conceal Carry?

Post by SSGNDoc » Wed Nov 07, 2018 9:58 am

I switched from “single action” striker fired pistols to DA/SA pistols a couple years ago. I had been carrying a Glock 19 because it was where I had landed for the most useful size for me with regard to ease of carry and ease of shooting.

My switch initially involved going to a modified Beretta Px4 Compact. The modifications primarily revolved around switching controls to low profile versions from Beretta. The safety was swapped to low profile, decocker only, and the slide stop/release was swapped to a low profile, non-ambi version. Once this was done the pistol is very close to the dimensions of the Glock 19.

Shortly after getting the Px4 all set up for carry I found a deal on a CZ P07 that I just couldn’t pass up. It didn’t require any mods to make it fit the dimensions of the G19. The trigger is a bit stagey out of the box, but firing it in timed drills next to the Px4 the trigger didn’t seem to make a difference. I did polish up some parts and more shooting has smoothed it out considerably.

The Px4 trigger is heavy but smooth out of the box. Just a hammer spring swap put it right where I like it for carry. Firm DA, and near 4lb single action.

The biggest things I was looking for in my swap from striker fired was the Longer, more deliberate first trigger pull along with a decocker only safety in a G19 sized package.

The Canik TP9V2 and DA would be good candidates if they were just a bit smaller. The Walther P99 is another pistol I would consider for carry because I can get it in dimensions similar to the G19 and get a DA/SA trigger with a decocker.

The hammer was never a major factor to me. Only things I think it offers are a more visible and tactile reference to indicate the pistol is cocked and you can thumb cock it (not sure if it is a real advantage or not).
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Re: Striker or Hammer for Conceal Carry?

Post by Gadget Guy » Wed Nov 07, 2018 10:22 am

I don't prefer either one. I just want it to be comfortable in my hand and shoot reliably.

I started with a Ruger LC9 (hammer). Didn't like it. too hard for me to control and too "snappy" when fired.

Then I found a Sig P290RS (hammer). Very nice. Shoots great/accurate and fairly comfortable. I also liked the re-strike capability in case it doesn't fire the first time.

Then one day I made the mistake of holding a Sig Sauer P365 (striker). WOW! It felt like it was part of my hand. Points naturally. Grip is about as perfect as it gets(for me). Shoots very reliably. When I practice drawing from it's holster, my index finger naturally extends down the side of the holster and stays extended until I decide it's time to shoot.

No safety on any of them. Practice, practice, practice with whatever you have. It's the best safety out there IMHO.
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Re: Striker or Hammer for Conceal Carry?

Post by Janik » Wed Nov 07, 2018 3:29 pm

SSGNDoc wrote:
Wed Nov 07, 2018 9:58 am
The Canik TP9V2 and DA would be good candidates if they were just a bit smaller. The Walther P99 is another pistol I would consider for carry because I can get it in dimensions similar to the G19 and get a DA/SA trigger with a decocker.
I carry the P99c daily, it's outstanding. 10+1 isn't a lot though, but it'll do. I own the full size P99 and it's nice, but it's a bit snappier than the Canik V2 and DA. Trigger is excellent though. I keep waffling though back and forth deciding which trigger I actually like better, the V2 or DA. My P07 may become a winter carry gun.
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