Originally Posted by SGW Gunsmith
Some MYTHS just never seem to die.
The fictitious claims about the Volquartsen hammer causing light hits is false.
It's not very often that SGW and I agree on things, but in this instance, we do.
The energy stored in the mainspring is transferred to the hammer. The spring doesn't care if the hammer is solid steel, "swiss cheese" steel, or G10 with steel sleeves and plates. It delivers the same energy to any of them.
Now, the energy delivered to the firing pin is a different matter. Some of the energy is lost to friction, with only what's left being delivered. Excessive frictional energy loss is the cause of light hits - regardless of hammer style. Reduce the losses sufficiently, and any
hammer will work.
That said, just as a lighter hammer accelerates faster than a heavier one - it also decelerates faster. So it's more sensitive to friction.
Like others, I don't particularly like the hole drilled in the VQ hammer. I don't find the improvement in lock time to be that great. In fact, I can just about guarantee my Ruger MKII hammer (in my MKIII) has a faster lock time than theirs. But that is because theirs is subject to friction that my modified hammer has eliminated.
If VQ offered a "standard" MKII type hammer, it would be my first choice for purchase. The one they currently offer would be second. And there is nothing about the MKIII and MKIV hammers that I like. They are unbalanced and I refuse to have one in my pistols. That's just my preference, but they work well enough for some.