IMO, the Smith and Wesson M&P being the one i'm most fond of out of the striker fire pistols
Yep. And the grip can accommodate different shooters' hand sizes whereas with the Glock you're stuck with the shitty wide grip no matter what you do. The grip angle, sights, and serrations are better on the M&P as well.
Although it's a Glock and you may throw up, here is a cutaway of a striker-fired handgun. Image: http://ts1.mm.bing.net/th?id=H.5045045449852176&pid=1.9
The mechanism is considered "Double Action only" since the action does two things (double) - it retracts the firing pin (#1) and then releases it (#2).
Here is a hammer-fired gun. Image: http://ts4.mm.bing.net/th?id=H.4595349509768939&pid=1.9
The hammer is what strikes the firing pin, causing the firing pin to detonate the primer and work the action. The 1911 is "Single Action only" meaning pulling the trigger does one thing - releases the hammer.
Some hammer-fired guns are DAO and will both retract the hammer (#1) and release the hammer (#2). Some are also double action and single action, like a modern revolver. But the main difference between hammer and striker guns is that the striker is not visible, whereas the hammer is.
This post was edited on 11/7 at 9:01 pm