Originally Posted by kenovo
Thanks for your reply. I hadn't really thought, as you stated, that the LC9 was designed as a purely self defense firearm and not necessarily a fun to shoot range or long range gun. Point well taken. I have considered the LC9s but I'm so paranoid about striker fired guns because once that slide is racked it's fully cocked and unlocked and even with the ones with manual safeties those only block the trigger not the firing pin and I just don't trust something inside the darned thing letting loose and firing a round in the chamber the way I like to carry. At least with a hammer gun the hammer doesn't cock unless you really mean to fire it which means it's super safe and you really don't need a manual safety engaged particularly with a gun like the LC9. I know there are thousands of striker fired guns out there, my son carried a .40 caliber Glock before he retired from law enforcement and never had a problem but he knew of others that did, none fatal. When I was in the Army in the 50's (cold war vet) a good friend of mine was shot in the head and killed right in front of me when the bolt in a striker fired M2 carbine (not set to automatic) being carried by another buddy of mine slammed shut accidentally and fired. I think I'll stick with my LC9, LCRx and Smith model 10-8. Thanks kindly for setting me straight on the LC9 but I guess I'm just and old geezer who hasn't changed with the times.
Your understanding of the various versions of striker fired pistols appears to be incomplete.
Not all striker fired pistols are fully cocked by the slide. Yes, the LC9s is.
However, Rugers SR series of centerfire pistols are just like the Glocks (and many other brands) in that the slide only partially cocks the striker, pulling the trigger moves the striker back even more and finally releases the striker at the appropriate time.
Supposedly if for some reason on one of those firearms, if the striker were to go forward, the amount of energy in the striker at the partial point isn't supposed to be enough to fire the round. Additionally most of those pistols also have a striker block mechanism that prevents the striker from going forward unless the trigger is moving backwards at the same time.
Likewise, not all hammer fired guns are fully cocked by the trigger. All the single action revolvers and some single action hammer fired pistols fit into that category, too.
Think 1911 if you need an example of a hammer fired pistol that is fully cocked by the slide.
I know very little about the M2 Carbine that you mention as being striker fired. This video indicates that it has a hammer.