Originally Posted by heliodorus04
To profess my ignorance, I always thought a revolver was safer than a semi-auto. At least that's what I was taught (by a US Army Ranger). Something about a revolver never firing without the hammer first being pulled back, so no way to fire it just by dropping it. Whereas a semi-auto, assuming a round is chambered, could discharge when dropped.
It totally depends on design of the gun. I have a rugar P 91 semi auto that does not have a hammer you can pull back. The trigger pulls the hammer back and releases it. It's called a double action. No safety on the gun as it can not be fired unless you pull the trigger. (rule number one.....never put your finger on the trigger unless you are ready to shoot what your aiming or pointing at.)
You can keep one in the chamber or not......but the results are the same. Pull the trigger and the hammer goes back and foward. I would consider this gun as safe as a revolver.
The draw back is it has a long and hard trigger pull, thus making it not as accurate unless you get real use to it and take your time between rounds.
I also have an XD 40 that is hammerless and has both trigger and grip lock safeties. It's considered one of the safest and most accurate hand guns you can buy. The trigger pull is super smooth, break down and cleaning is really simple, and it locks open when you shoot your last round, so you can change magazines and close it with a thumb lever, thus chambering a round, and being ready to continue shooting.
Revolvers can be either single or double action, or a combo of both. Some you have to manually cock the hammer each time you shoot. Some you can pull the trigger to both cock and shoot it. Some will let you cock it and then pull the trigger.....or just pull the trigger to both cock and shoot it.
I have a S&W Airweight 38 SP. that is both single and double action. The difference is when it is cocked the trigger pull is hardly nothing......some would call it close to being a hair trigger. Once again........never put your finger on the trigger.......especially a pistol in single action mode......unless you are ready to shoot.
Hope this helps to explain it some.