Re: Striker vs Firing Pin
A firing pin is a lightweight part, which serves to transfer energy from a spring loaded hammer to the primer, while a striker is usually heavier, and is directly connected to the spring providing the energy to impact the primer. Strikers mechanisms are generally simpler, since they combine the functions of hammer and firing pin in one. Some firing pins are attached to the hammer, as in revolvers, because there is not sufficient space for a striker to be utilized.
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