Hi, yesterday I was looking at a .38 special in a pawn shop. The store owner, who seemed very knowledgeable, had "bobbed" the hammer of this gun. I THINK he said that he had actually installed a new "bobbed" hammer, rather than just trimming down the factory one. (I got home and googled this, and I didn't have all the right questions to ask at the time!) The trigger was noticeably easier to pull than on any other similar revolver I've handled; I think he was saying that there was one less "step" involved in the action of this custom hammer, which provided less resistance. So now that I've googled this, I've read that one problem can be that a lighter hammer may not reliably discharge the ammunition. Is that still a problem if this is a new hammer, and not a shaved-down one? If the easier trigger action is due to a lighter spring, would this create any problems with firing reliably? It seems that there are some distinct advantages to this modification, such as the hammer won't snag on clothes, the easier action won't twist the wrist when firing...is there any safety advantage? (It may be unrealistic, but I've imagined a hammer snagging and causing an accidental shooting - is that possible?) Are there any legal issues with having such a "battle-action" handgun? By the way, this is a stainless steel gun, 4" barrell, he says it's an old NYC police-issue gun from the 90's. He's asking $325. Thanks for any advice!