Ive always been fascinated by hammer guns. Perhaps its the mystique of older times; but they are just cool to me. Ive used both single shot rifles with hammers and double shotguns with cartridges. Ive also used flint and percussion muzzle loaders; but Ive never used a double rifle with hammers. Its hard to beat a hammer gun for a quick visual safety check, either the hammer is back or its not. Plus with a double, theres no extra effort to open the barrels, as cocking isnt part of the equation. Cocking is an extra step but its just part of the fun.