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    O.K. Answer me this one...........

    All the autoloaders shown lately have hammers that have a loop or hole through them. Why?

    All the Government Models I was familiar with had a more convential hammer, or a beavertail hammer spur.

    Why the big looping spur?

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    Looks. And, supposedly, the hammers are lighter. On 1911s, it started from competition shooters - same as the holes in the trigger. I think it supposedly speeds up the hammers fall, or has something to do with lighter firing pins. On Berettas, those hammers are sold as being able to speed up lock time.

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    Quote Originally Posted by DennyCrane
    Looks. And, supposedly, the hammers are lighter. On 1911s, it started from competition shooters - same as the holes in the trigger. I think it supposedly speeds up the hammers fall, or has something to do with lighter firing pins. On Berettas, those hammers are sold as being able to speed up lock time.
    You're right on target. The mass of the hammer is trimmed in specific areas in order to maintain the impact energy required to drive the firing pin efficiently. The holes make the Hammer lighter without looking smaller.

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    In other words, pretty well useless?

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    Right.

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    Not necessarily. It's astheticly pleasing to some!

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    Angry ok

    I don't think its useless I like the looks and happy with the gun that's all that matters to me.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bob Wright
    In other words, pretty well useless?

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    For a wheel gun person, I guess it is useless if you don't like to shoot autos

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    My whole point was, if it had been an extra-expense modification or option, would you have paid, say $75 dollars extra, to get a hammer with a hole in it?

    I'm recalling the test published years ago (In Shooting Times?) concerning the efforts to speed up lock-times in various handguns. The bottom line was they did not affect accuracy in any way.

    I sort of hold to the theory if something has a hole in it, sooner or later something is going to get poked into it, often at the wrong time. Sort of like the ventilated rib on a Python, or ported gun barrels.

    For the first fifty or sixty years of its life, the Government Model made it just fine with the beavertail hammer.

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    I think the biggest reason folks like the rounded hammer, with or without the hole. Is its less prone to poke you in the side when carrying it concealed. Especially in an IWB holster.

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    jwkimber45,

    Thank you, Sir. A valid point.

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    Come to think of it, didn't the pre-1911 Colts have rounded hammer spurs?

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    ok

    I like the hammer and would paid your 75 for it also how about holes in your car wheels did you pay extra for that?
    you might get something poked in those.

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    Quote Originally Posted by gene
    I like the hammer and would paid your 75 for it also how about holes in your car wheels did you pay extra for that?
    you might get something poked in those.
    And often have. Drove off into a hole (in the ground) and bent a wheel.

    See what I mean about getting somethin poked into a hole?

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    ok

    hope you did not pay extra for the holeing wheel, did you ask the wheel co. why the holes was made in the wheels?

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    I like the looks of both, but prefer the comfort of the rounded hammer, with or with out the hole.
    I like em dehorned.

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    Actually, they didn't make the holes. They made aluminum struts from the center to the outer rim. The holes just materialized. The struts have four surfaces, offering greater area to the air for cooling.

    And the wheels were standard on my Jeep. And they do a good job of keeping the tires in place.

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    That was the same reason for the slotted rail on a Phyton. To help stay cooler during competion. Oh me I know I am going to hear about this one.

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    Hey Bob,

    It could also be a religious thing. You know...holy hammer. Ahem...I'll shut up now.

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    I'd rather a have smooth rounded looped hammer ensure a smooth draw than a spur catching on my shirt while I'm getting it.

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