Originally Posted by Slono
Why do people cock the pistol by sliding the slide back instead of depressing the hammer? Both work, but in 99% of the videos I see on youtube they choose to to pull the slide back instead using the hammer.
Single action pistols must be cocked to fire .. as pulling the trigger just releases it. Also cycling the Slide loads the chamber.
Double action pistols can be cocked by putting the trigger.. but regardless you still need to load the chamber by cycling the slide.