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First Hammer Bob


Post by doc540 » Thu Feb 07, 2008 8:32 am

You vets might chuckle and shake your heads, but you have to start somewhere, right?

I did as much homework as I could, visited with a couple of local gunsmiths, and put patience ahead of everything else.

I carry a Smith 36 in a SmartCarry holster which means snagging can become a serious issue impeding the ability to draw the gun. I realize a SmartCarry is a deep carry system and there will be no "quick" draw regardless.

But having the hammer snag inside my waistband is more of a possibility with this method of carry (my only current option for reasons I can't discuss here).

I chose to take one, careful step at a time, test my skills, and only remove a partial amount of the hammer spur. One can always proceed further and remove all the spur at a later date.

I masked off all areas which filings and dust might collect, carefully put the gun in my bench vise with it's nylon, no-mar, inserts and using a small file, marked a starting line on the hammer.

With a fresh cutting wheel in the Dremel,


I slowly began a cut across the hammer from side to side, stopping to inspect (with my flip-down magnifying glasses thanks to flyfishing for years) and let the metal cool.

After patiently cutting off the spur, I chucked up an aluminum oxide wheel
and carefully polished the cut surface until it was smooth and made a gradual transition from the back, uncut surface to the top, back edge of the hammer.

I still have enough surface to safely cock and de-cock the hammer, but until I go to the range this weekend I won't know if the weight removal affects the hammer strike. If it does (I've had trigger/action work done previously) I'll just have my local gunsmith adjust it accordingly.

Aesthetically, I'm really pleased with this first effort. And even more pleased I didn't really screw anything up!


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Post by 9mmGuy » Thu Feb 07, 2008 1:00 pm

that looks pretty good!! if you had posted the after pic only i would have thought it came like that...
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Post by Fosforos » Thu Feb 07, 2008 9:21 pm

Very nicely done.

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Post by catwoman » Wed Aug 27, 2008 10:18 pm

...I thought you were using a carpenter's tool to commit mayhem on a guy named Bob...sorry, it's been a looooong week...
Now that I got that out of the way, the "after" picture is really nice!! It's almost enough to make me want to get a revolver!

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Post by Target1911 » Thu Aug 28, 2008 10:22 pm

GREAT did it affect the finish?
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Post by wacc » Wed Sep 09, 2009 10:05 am

Good job. Has the finish held up ok?

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Post by Purplehood » Wed Sep 09, 2009 11:20 am

What is a hammer?

/looks at his Glock.
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Re: First Hammer Bob


Post by Liberty » Sun Sep 13, 2009 3:14 pm

Purplehood wrote:What is a hammer?

/looks at his Glock.

It's the thing on the back that lets one switch to A nice short single action with just a flick of the thumb.

Just kidding, but I've got this block about hammers hand guns and revolvers in particular just don't look right without a proper hammer. Can't explain why, cause its not rational.
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Post by C-dub » Sun Sep 13, 2009 3:43 pm

I think if I had to go with a revolver for concealed carry I would probably go with on of the hammerless models. If we had open carry and were to actually do that I would get my dad to loan me his .357 or .44 magnum.
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