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Offline RoscoeD

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Defensive carry hammer options
« on: January 14, 2018, 03:22:57 AM »
Just dropped my PCR off with UPS for the trip to Louisiana.  Because I'm heading out of town tomorrow I couldn't wait for the answer to my question before I shipped it (given the ship-within-two-week requirement); I'll have to contact them later with my preference. 

That said...the description of the Defensive Carry Package offers multiple hammer options: CGW Race or Ring Hammer, Stainless-Steel Race or Ring Hammer, Custom cut Shadow hammer, or the CZC competition hammer.  However, nowhere on the site do they describe the differences or the pros/cons of each. Only thing I know is I don't want a stainless model.

This is to be my daily carry...which would be appropriate?  And why?

I also requested bushing and night sight upgrade.  The mod is gonna cost me well more than the gun did  8)
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Offline ernie_h

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Re: Defensive carry hammer options
« Reply #1 on: January 14, 2018, 08:13:41 AM »
Race vs ring on a carry gun comes up every so often. Some prefer one over the other. One reason sometimes cited for a preference of ring over race is the corner/edge on the race hammer and potential to snag; for others, it's does not appear to be an issue. Functionally, AFAIK, there's really no difference in either CGW version. I have both on carry guns......though I have a slight preference for the ring, I have not had any particular issue with the race. YMMV.

Offline Earl Keese

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Re: Defensive carry hammer options
« Reply #2 on: January 14, 2018, 08:54:53 AM »
Regarding the CGW hammers, the race hammer is a little better for manipulation if the rear sight hangs off the back of the slide. That's the only difference between those two. Both of them will have a slightly crisper and heavier break then the CZC Comp hammer. All three are great hammers. I have both race and comp hammers and slightly prefer the break of the race hammer. That said, the difference isn't very noticable unless your comparing side by side in dry fire. 

Offline fastlane604

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Re: Defensive carry hammer options
« Reply #3 on: January 16, 2018, 09:45:35 PM »
If it were mine I would go with the ring hammer.  According to the CGW website it is the race hammer with a ring spur. I like the race hammer break. I have one on an SP-01. Very crisp. Crisper than a Shadow hammer I have on 75 SA Shadow. I also had it on a P-01. On the P-01 the sharp end of the race hammer gave me hammer bite. The PCR and P-01 beavertail look the same in the CZUSA catalog. Now, all hands are different and the sharp edge may not bother you. But if I get the same break without the bite, I'm going without the bite.