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I happen to like the hammer on a fullsize GM 1911s over the Commander spur hammer that is so popular right now. There is something about cocking that long hammer that appeals to me. Amature skull jockeys take your best shot here. I think it might be as simple as getting more leverage.

Does anyone make a grip safety with a paddle that I can retain my original hammer? I have a couple of Colts that have the downturned paddle grip safety so I am familiar with them. I don't think they will work.

If I have to shorten the spur then I might as well leave it alone. I also don't use a "high grip" on my 1911s so the low paddle design isn't a problem for me.. Thanx.............Mike
 

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I think that King's and Clark both make a safety that will clear a GI style hammer.

I would suggest calling Brownell's customer service and see what they say. I checked at http://www.brownells.com , but a lot of the safeties listed either have no picture, or a vague description.

Of course, you may have to modify your frame in order to fit the new safeties.

<font size=-1>[ This Message was edited by: Shane Kropf on 2001-04-12 09:31 ]</font>
 

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It is easy to add some of the current beavertails and even the nice original wide spur hammer of the 1911 with just a little cutting and grinding. It is not a first time project though, IMO as none of them are "drop in" parts :grin:
 

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Ok, do we cut on the hammer or the grip safety to fit a std spur hammer? SVI makes modern geometry spur hammers with narrowed sides...

My old Gold Cup had a bobbed hammer and a MS Safari Arms beavertail. I think the Brownells catalog has the original Clark unit which is similar.
 

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On 2001-04-12 19:37, dave tilson wrote:
What was the original thinking on the "bobbed" or "commander" style hammers?
Looks? Function?
Thanks,
Dave
Original design was to lighten mass of the hammer for quicker cycling/lock times. A secondary reason was to "round off" the hammer to help prevent snagging on clothing, etc. A side benefit was then realized when the aftermarket (and several ahead-of-their-time smiths) started producing grip safeties that could position the hand up higher towards the bore axis, for reduced muzzle flip. This new breed of ducktail/beavertail safeties would not have been possible with the spurred GI style hammer.
 

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I liked the hammer on my 1991A1 also and I bought a wide grip safety from Brownells its a Kings #203/80 droped right in! now this is for a 1991A1.
 
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