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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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Re: Striker or Hammer for Conceal Carry?

Post by Amegatek » Wed Nov 14, 2018 8:57 am

I have both. With proper holsters, not a problem either way.
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Re: Striker or Hammer for Conceal Carry?

Post by GlennSFX » Wed Nov 14, 2018 12:39 pm

Was pretty much a DA/SA guy until a few years ago when I bought my first striker fired gun. At the top of the list was the H&K USPc 40, it was my go-to EDC gun. Was with a friend who was looking to buy a LC9 and I ended up buying a Ruger SR9c, my first striker fired gun. Got a good deal on it and it seemed like a decent gun. After some range time, I really started to like the consistent trigger pull with the striker fired guns.

Then I bought a SIG P320c, and after a few upgrades, I really really liked that gun. The X-Carry grip, and Gray Gun trigger pretty much transformed the gun to where I wanted it. It soon became my EDC. This past spring I got to try the SF Elite at a steel shoot my club ran one Sunday morning, the trigger break and reset really intrigued me, and I shot it well to boot! Shortly after that, I bought the SFX to use in IDPA and Steel Challenge matches. I then found this forum and I was soon buying an optic, springs and trigger! For the money, that gun cannot be beat!!!

Once the SFX was all modified, I decided I wanted an Elite just to have one. It's just a great shooting stock pistol. Then the Combat was announced, and when it was available...it too was added to the inventory!

So to answer the original question on which trigger type for a carry gun...it all depends on what you like, shoot well and feel comfortable with. For me...I've definitely become a "Fanatik", and with the Combat on the hip, I'd say I'm pretty much in the striker fired camp. :lol:
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Re: Striker or Hammer for Conceal Carry?

Post by lewmed » Thu Nov 15, 2018 9:21 pm

My EDC Glock 19 MOS turned into a POS and was replaced with a CZ Rami BD 7 1/4 lb. D/A and a 3 lb. S/A . For a range gun I love my Canik TP9SFX it's my only striker fired pistol.
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Re: Striker or Hammer for Conceal Carry?

Post by Janik » Thu Nov 15, 2018 10:31 pm

lewmed wrote:
Thu Nov 15, 2018 9:21 pm
My EDC Glock 19 MOS turned into a POS and was replaced with a CZ Rami BD 7 1/4 lb. D/A and a 3 lb. S/A . For a range gun I love my Canik TP9SFX it's my only striker fired pistol.
The Rami has been on my very short list for awhile now. Seems like I can never catch them in stock. And more recently, the P01 Omega is now on my radar.

So what happened with the MOS? I'm not a Glock fan by any means and sold mine off, but I've been curious about the 19 MOS. Primarily because it retains the rear iron sight.
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Re: Striker or Hammer for Conceal Carry?

Post by Weapon » Fri Nov 16, 2018 2:50 am

I still carry all of them (SA cocked and locked, hammer fired DA/SA and striker fired DA/SA or SA. The only one I have never been inclined to carry is a DAO semi-auto.

Cocked and locked: Commander, 1911 or CZ75 variety, Canik Shark-C
DA/SA: S&W 3913 (very tuned up), Beretta 92FS (also very tuned up), CZ75 (broken in by the Israeli military for me...then tuned up), Sig P220 .45 (German one...but still tuned up), PX4, Shark-C
Striker fired: Canik SF Elite, Canik V2, LC9s Pro, Glock 19, Glock 23, Glock 21, S&W SD9VE (apex’d), etc.
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