To the Right of Reagan
How does a double-action revolver work if there isn't a hammer? (Model 5720 357 mag) I've been meaning to ask this for several days.
Okay, but I don't quite understand yet. I dry fired some single-action revolvers at our PTC class. I just pulled the trigger and a flush hammer came back for just a split second. But isn't the "double action" part of a double-action revolver mean that you have to pull the hammer back before the trigger can do anything -- like on my Vaquero? I have to cock the hammer each time I shoot. The SP101 doesn't have anything to grab a hold of in regards to cocking the hammer.There's a hammer in there, just like the LCR has a hammer. It's just shrouded so you're not seeing it. You don't want some big hammer spur sticking out that will snag on clothing when you have to draw this gun that's made for carry.
It has a hammer, similar to a conventional revolver, minus the "spur" The spur is the extension on the hammer that you can cock with your thumb. The spur is removed so its "snagless" The problem(well not problem, maybe the issue) is you lose the ability to fire the revolver in Single Action. There are a couple revolvers that address this issue, the S&W 638 is one. They have a shrouded hammer. The hammer has a cover that allows snag-free draw, but still has enough of a spur that you can get thumb purchase on it to cock for single action fire. The Best of Both Worlds... The first picture is my 638, the next is my SP101 DAO, and the last is my DAO KLCR, and LCR-22. They are all "snag-less", the SP101 and LCRs are Double Action Only, the 638 is Double Action.
Shrouded spur on Smith & Wesson 638
Your Vaquero is Single Action. A Single Action will ALWAYS have a hammer spur.Okay, I'm all wrong with my understanding. I thought my Vaquero is a double-action revolver because I have to cock the hammer in order to fire. But really, my Vaquero is a single action. Is this right? A classmate at the PTC class kept handing me handguns to dry fire at our class. He kept telling me that the revolvers that have a shaved hammer are single action.
Double Action: no spur, can have a spur
Single Action: always has a spur