Originally Posted by usmc3531
not sure why exposed hammers would be "safer" I have a hammerless stoger coach gun it goes on safe when you open the barrels, its not my hd gun but an ok little gun. If i could change one thing about it it would be to change the extractors to ejectors
It's safer because you have to cock each hammer manually before it can fire. I believe the technique usually used was the thumb cocked a hammer as it was being shouldered. Break action guns were usually carried broken open over the forearm to render them "safe" when walking.
They still have a place for people who are not "into" guns and do not take the time to practice or familiarize themselves with how they work. Almost anyone can figure out and remember a break open design, while pump guns and autos have a manual of arms that must be learned.