The D-frame Colt may have the older pedigree but it was the exposed hammer Chief Special that truly set the snub apart as a unique self-defense tool. When you pick up a classic Chief Special you are shaking hands with a tool that has and continues to protect everyone from business men to shop keepers to home owners to policemen. Is there any class of armed citizen who within the last fifty years has not relied on if only occasionally the Chief Special style snub? Small, light, and packing the maximum number of effective self-defense rounds within the smallest possible space the Chief Special remains a practical, functional and effective self-defense icon. But even an icon can have its Achilles’ heal. And with the Chief Special its signature hammer spur is its one glaring flaw. The spur on the Chief Special’s hammer regularly functions like a fish hook on the draw stroke. It too often catches on everything including most cover garments on the draw and generally will do so at the most inopportune moment. Fortunately there is always the options of bobbing the spur, applying an after market hammer shroud or even limiting oneself to a holster with safety strap and mastering a careful draw stroke. Despite this limitation the Chief Special remains an amazing milestone in self-defense handgun developments.