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    Revolver Hammer Block vs Transfer Bar

    I'm still a bit of a newbie and have a newbie question. I've had an older ( 1988 ) Taurus Model 65 for about 18 months and enjoy shooting it a lot. I did take the side plate off early on because the hand got gunked up and was hanging up. While I had it open, I verified it did not have a transfer bar so I have avoided ever having the gun loaded with a live round under the hammer.

    I've recently learned about hammer blocks (I told you I was a newbie) and I am now sure it has a hammer block, which I gather is the S&W design. I hope someone who knows will look at the pictures and confirm that it does have a hammer block. I'd also like confirmation that this design is as safe as a transfer bar so I could safely carry with a round under the hammer. This is my trail and fishing (snake) gun and I'd appreciate that extra round as long as it is safe.

    Thanks for the help.
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    YES, it is safe to carry a round under the hammer in a Taurus or S&W revolver that has a properly functioning hammer-block safety.

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    Yep, that older design Taurus has a hammer block. It is a drop safe revolver. Load up all those chambers and keep your finger off the trigger until ready to fire.
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    Thanks. As always there is so much help, given so generously, on this site.
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    Whether you've got a hammer block or a transfer bar they both do basically the same way. They prevent the hammer from making contact with the firing pin unless the trigger is pulled to the rear. Either one's fine for carrying with a round under the firing pin.
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    Pretty clear to me it has a hammer block. Looks like Taurus put it on the other side, but same thing.

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