I have the Public Defender with a bobbed hammer. If I really concentrate, and if my hands aren't wet I can cock the bobbed hammer. If I had to use it in a hurry, I'd be afraid to attempt to cock it...rather take my chances with the ultra-strong trigger pull. I'm wild about the gun; but haven't shot any .45 long colts through it yet. I'll be carrying it concealed under a jacket some of the time when the weather turns off cool, so I'm really kinda' glad it has the bobbed hammer...it won't get snagged on anything if I ever have to draw it to defend myself.