Hammer-fired pistols are classic, but there are plenty of modern designs that allow you to carry your gun “cocked and locked.” There are some great advantages to getting a hammer-fired gun. Here are three of our favorites from the Guns.com Vault

Springfield Armory XD-E

Springfield XD-E
 The XD-E provides reliable compact firepower. (Photo: Samantha Mursan/Guns.com)

Springfield Armory is a legend in the American firearms community. They’re well known for making reliable self-defense and military firearms. The Springfield XD-E is a respected and affordable handgun that combines carryability with hammer-fired reliability. 

If you are looking for a self-defense firearm, the XD-E is an affordable option with a proven track record. It is available in both 9mm and .45 ACP. It also boasts an ambidextrous safety and magazine release, making it ideal for left- and right-handed shooters. The red fiber-optic front sight also makes for quick and accurate shooting.



Sig Sauer P228

Sig Sauer P228
The Sig P228 is proven in battle and a trusted law enforcement gun. (Photo: Samantha Mursan/Guns.com)

One of the best features of the Sig Sauer P228 is the decocker, which allows you to safely drop the hammer after loading a round into the chamber. This hammer-fired pistol is a classic with a well-earned reputation. It saw service with both the U.S. military as the M11 and with law enforcement agencies.

The metal construction of this pistol makes it somewhat heavier, but it is very controllable and provides a low bore axis. The P228 is built as a fighting pistol, and it has proven itself through years of service. 



BUL Armory Cherokee Compact

BUL Armory Cherokee Compact
The BUL Armory Cherokee Compact is an affordable gun based on the classic CZ-75. (Photo: Samantha Mursan/Guns.com)

If you are looking for a new, affordable, and effective hammer-fired pistol, the BUL Armory Cherokee Compact should be high on your list. These guns come out of Israel, where BUL Armory has built a reputation for making innovative and affordable firearms.

Their hammer-fired Cherokee Compact is based on the well-respected CZ-75. These new pistols also feature aggressive front and rear slide serrations. They boast generous texturing and finger grooves that assist with controllability. 



Looking for Hammer-Fired Pistols?

It’s easy to overlook the classic hammer-fired guns in today’s sea of striker-fired pistols. But the classic design and reliability of hammer-fired pistols has not gone unnoticed by modern gun makers. If you’re looking for a solid self-defense gun, these three options are well worth your consideration for the money. 

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