A hammer is the striking mechanism that uses rotation in an arc to build momentum to impact a firing pin to fire the gun. The hammer may or may not be visible. It works just like a construction hammer. In this analogy, the hammer of the gun is the hammer pounding the nail (the firing pin) into a piece of wood (the primer of the cartridge), the muscles in your arm being analogous to the hammer spring in the handgun.
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