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Hammered or Hammerless

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Old 10-27-2008, 09:10 AM   #1
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Hammered or Hammerless

I'm looking at the Taurus Judge and have a quick question. What would be better with a hammer or without?

I need to know from a safety, maintenance, carry, and reliable perspective.
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Old 10-27-2008, 10:02 AM   #2
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Depends the use intendeded for the gun. If its for sport use, I'd say hammer. For defensivce use, hammerless would be my choice.

To not answer your question, but throw out something worth considering: if you shoot someone with a pistol called "the judge", what do you think the prosecuter is going to say?
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Old 10-27-2008, 05:51 PM   #3
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I would use the weapon for general range duty. Basically shooting just for the fun of it in a safe, controlled, and legal manner. I won't rule out using it for SD either.

Why would having a hammer be better for sporting purposes? I can understand why not having hammer would be better for concealment purposes.

Never really put much thought into the name given by the manufacturer having a negative impact in court. Good point. But if it's what's on me and I need it then I'll have no choice but to use it.

Let me broaden the question beyond just the Taurus Judge. What are the advantages to having or not having a hammer on a revolver?
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Old 10-27-2008, 05:57 PM   #4
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go with the hammer cause your probly not gonna carry it and thats all the bobbed version is good for plus the trigger pull isnt great
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Old 10-27-2008, 06:44 PM   #5
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If its for sd, your barking up the wrong tree. DO some research on ballistics.
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Old 10-27-2008, 08:24 PM   #6
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My Judge has the hammer and I prefer it that way.... I guess that I am just old fashioned, but I like the hammer on it. And I bought the Judge to use for self defense..... it is a special case, but after looking at all of the weapons out there, it just made the most sense.... It is used for protection at a ocean front condo. With more and more of the area having drug related crime, I wanted something there that could stop a BG, but since there are 19 other units in our building, I needed to minimize the potential of over penetration.

While a lot of people question the ability of this for SD, after patterning 2,4, & #6 loads, I can say that I would not want to get hit with that #4. Plus at the distance inside the condo unit that I would be fireing, I am pretty confident in the weapon. Not saying the my 45 XD or 9mm Kahr wouldn't be a more effective weapon, but in this case, neccessity mandates a different choice. Plus that last cylinder has a 45 LC load in it.

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Old 10-28-2008, 01:14 AM   #7
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For sporting use, the abilty to cock the hammer will shorten trigger pull, and arguably make the gun easier to shoot well. FOr self defense, most folks, including me, don't recommending cocking a revolver (unless its a single action gun).
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Hammered or Hammerless

Oops, sorry .
I thought this was a drinking thread...

Looking to carry a Judge pistol?????????
Think and reevaluate Sir..

There is plenty a pistol more suitable for carrying...

And don't forget your talking about a Taurus..
You deserve better than that..........
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Old 10-28-2008, 09:34 AM   #9
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Hammer or not?

If we were talking snubnose .38 specials to be carried in the front pocket, I would say hammerless so as to prevent snagging when drawing from said pocket. As we are talking a great big huge "Judge" than I would go with the hammer as you'll never get that thing out of a front pocket if you are ever able to get it into one. The judge is made to be carried in an outside the waistband holster.

Browser 4x4, do you like your judge? How is the quality?

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Old 10-28-2008, 12:17 PM   #10
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Hammerless for ccw... just for in the car "Judge" go with the hammer.
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