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Revolver hammer width??????

earlyagainearlyagain Posts: 6,748 Senior Member
I wound up with an extra hammer for my model 19 S&W. The hammer it has is .370" wide. The extra one is a S&W factory color case hardened hammer .265" wide.

Is there any type of advantage to a thinner hammer??? Has anyone here found they prefer a thinner hammer for any reason???

I think I prefer a hammer that's wider, but Ive not given it much thought, and Ive not before now, been offered a choice.


  • TugarTugar Senior Member Posts: 2,221 Senior Member
    I'd weigh them, the wider version SHOULD be a bit heavier. The added weight will reduce the chance for light strikes, but it's most likely personal preference. 

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  • WeatherbyWeatherby Senior Member Posts: 4,953 Senior Member
    edited April 2019 #3
    I take it you are talking about the hammer spur ?
    To me it makes no difference functionally.

    It can/does make an aesthetics difference.
    A fixed sight gun to me looks better with the 265 while a target sighted one with the .370 or .500

    The different triggers to me are far more in the functionality department.
  • earlyagainearlyagain Posts: 6,748 Senior Member
    Makes sence.👍
    I think I'll likely leave the wider one in it. I do like the extra wide smooth trigger on 686+ snub for DA fire.
  • NNNN Senior Member Posts: 24,705 Senior Member
    Are not the wider ones a tgt hammer.

    I like the wider ones.
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  • earlyagainearlyagain Posts: 6,748 Senior Member
    I think so. Im pretty sure trigger shoes and modified hammer spurs were once popular for bullseye competition.
  • BigslugBigslug Senior Member Posts: 8,248 Senior Member
    If it's already in and working, I'd leave it be.  No real reason to change it.

    What you have is a "target hammer" which was often paired up with a wider faced "target trigger" - basically to make a gun that was shot primarily single action for bullseye work.

    The narrow "combat trigger" is preferable, IMO if you intend to run the gun primarily DA, but the wide hammer's worth keeping regardless.

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  • Gene LGene L Senior Member Posts: 11,724 Senior Member
    I prefer the narrow trigger/hammer in my revolvers. The wide trigger, as said, is helpful in SA shooting, but is uncomfortable in DA.  The wide hammer gets in the way for drawing a CCW.
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  • earlyagainearlyagain Posts: 6,748 Senior Member
    Sounds like sage advice. Not broke, don't fix.👍
  • WeatherbyWeatherby Senior Member Posts: 4,953 Senior Member
    edited April 2019 #10
    Target hammers are .500 
    It is a semi  target hammer a tweaner.

    The difference  is huge.
    .500 hammers and a .400 trigger for comparison. 

  • earlyagainearlyagain Posts: 6,748 Senior Member
    Hammer time.
    Break it down!

    Sorry, couldn't resist.😁
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