So what exactly are the merits of a striker fire vs a hammer fired?
In my limited knowledge it just seems like striker fired would be more simple and has less that could go wrong.
Is it harder to make the sears work for a striker than a hammer or something? Since there's less to grab on to?
Are there any striker fired semi-auto rifles? Every one I know of is hammer fired. Why is that?
In pistols, strikers are mechanically simpler.
Most bolt action rifles are striker fired.
A couple semi-auto / full auto rifles like the VZ58 and the AS VAL / VSS rifles. But in rifles it's questionably simpler because the striker requires an additional guide rod. A semi auto bolt usually doesn't extend back to where the trigger group is. There's also something some people call a "linear hammer" which is exactly the same except with a separate firing pin, the linear hammer doesn't directly hit the primer.
Also ignore anyone who says the Glock is single action. It's double action, pulling the trigger pulls the striker back, but it's partially pre-cocked similar to putting a hammer on half-cock to make the trigger pull smoother.
Type 97 for sure plus I think one of the VSS or AS Val family rifles uses linear hammer(possibly the vikhr).
Picture is type 97 bolt and linear hammer in a fired position. Above is guide rail and hammer spring.
Ok, That's what I originally thought because of the consistent trigger pull (and being a striker), I was just wanted to make sure I wasn't talking out of my ass when telling him it was definitely not a DA/SA
a glock would be best described as an incomplete single action
on something like a 1911 which is a single action racking the slide cocks the hammer
pulling the trigger releases the sear its only 1 action
with a glock racking the slide brings the gun to say 90% cocked
pulling the trigger does the other 10% then releases the striker
the trigger performs 2 actions but this is not the same thing as double action
its not double action cause it cant recock itself just by pulling the trigger
>Also ignore anyone who says the Glock is single action. It's double action, pulling the trigger pulls the striker back,
That's why if you get a light primer strike all you have to do is pull the trigger again, right?
no yo can't, well, only if you hold the slide open by hand a little, the stronger recoil spring in the guide rod is what holds the striker at partial cock, in some comp guns they have to go with lighter striker springs because their very low power recoil springs that let the gun work with mouse-fart handloads won't keep the slide closed otherwise
kel tec is double action only and doesn't allow multiple trigger pulls without reset.
the correct answer is that it's not double action though, it's striker fired. which is a type of action. like double or single action.