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    Early Mod. 36 hammer swap

    I have a early model 36 Chiefs Special (SN 248xxx) and the hammer spur digs into my belly when I carry in a IWB holster. I don't want to bob the original hammer spur, but found a hammer from a "bodyguard model" J frame. that might solve my problem.

    Does anyone know if this hammer will fit my Chiefs Special?

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    Re: Early Mod. 36 hammer swap

    I think that there shouldn't be a problem.....but one of our "experts" will come around, shortly, to confirm this. Hang tight!!!! Bob
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    Re: Early Mod. 36 hammer swap

    These revolvers are all made one at a time, with lots of hand fitting, so this swap can work, but be ready for a little fitting, if a problem surfaces.
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    Re: Early Mod. 36 hammer swap

    Quote Originally Posted by 500 Magnum Nut
    These revolvers are all made one at a time, with lots of hand fitting, so this swap can work, but be ready for a little fitting, if a problem surfaces.
    While I'm not afraid of "a little fitting", I'm worried that a used hammer that has been fitted to a different revolver, may not be adaptable to my revolver. I think I'll pass on the "used" hammer that I posted a picture of. If the "fitting" is only to the hammer, a new hammer should not be a problem. However if the fitting is to other parts, then I may be in trouble again. It seems that, unless I'm willing to take a chance (spend money I can't recoup), my best bet is just to bob the existing hammer as suggested by S&W. A DAO revolver is not a bad thing. I may just start by rounding and smoothing the sharp areas on the hammer to see if that solves my problem of a sore tummy. Losing a few extra pounds would not be a bad thing either.
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    Re: Early Mod. 36 hammer swap

    Don't forget to put the D/A sear from the original onto the new hammer.It should be alright.

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    Re: Early Mod. 36 hammer swap

    Fitting the hammer should be fine. I did it with the "FrankenPinto":


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    Re: Early Mod. 36 hammer swap

    Since I wasn't sure what the "fitting" amounted to, I decided (after gritting my teeth) to smooth up the existing hammer. That did the trick. No more scratched belly. Not what I wanted to do, but I'm happy with the result.

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    Re: Early Mod. 36 hammer swap

    I had my friend (gunsmith Sam Damewood of Alamogordo, NM) do something similar with the hammers of my 65-5 and 36-1, turning them into copies of the factory hammer that came on the 547s:





 

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