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I already know my answer, but do y'all think? I don't feel the HP needs one for my hand and I just hate the way the beavertail ruins the lines of the JMB design. I haven't seen one yet, that I really cared for. Oddly enough, I don't think about it in quite the same as I do on a 1911.

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Hello. I don't care for them as bobbing the spur hammer or replacing with a C & S ball hammer solves hammer bite in my case. I suspect that those who always seem to get the web of skin between the thumb and trigger finger over the factory tang might like them.
I'm told that the modification done to the lower part of the hammer by both Wickmann and Novak (and likely others) alleviates this to a great degree.

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I've yet to see a P-35 beavertail that did not force the shooter to take a lower than optimal grip on the pistol. The P-35's hammer and frame tang relationship pretty much demands this, unless the hammer's spur is TOTALLY removed (I saw a picture of one done like this by Dave Lauck. The beavertail swept up admirably high, but I prefer to retain a spur or on the hammer).

The Novak/Wickmann "no bite hammer mod" fixes a P-35 right up...inexpensively.

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I think it's pretty unneeded in most cases, since the hammer's out now make it kind of redundant. For the money, I'd think a trigger job with new hammer would be more worthwhile.
I've got one of the S.F.S. kits from Cylinder & Slide, and the hammer is barely there at all.
(wanted ambi's, needed a new hammer and sear, figured why not? :smile:
(The slide stop in the SFS kit is great too, they should advertise it by itself)
 

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I'm actually undecided. I certainly don't HATE the look of a beavertail on them. Just not sure how much I like them, either.

Somebody better push me off the fence, I guess. :wink:
 

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I like the way the original lines look on a Hi Power. Of course, I don't have any problems with the stock hammer on mine. FYI, it's a Belgian FN.
 

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Luckily for me I don't suffer from hammer bite. But as others have pointed out, there are better solutions than having a beavertail installed. The C&S hammer looks good to my eyes - Wickmann's no-bite mod looks even better to me :wink:
 

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It looks like I am in the minority here. I like beavertails on a HP. Now with that said, I have seen some horrible butcher jobs that I would never want on my gun. But if done right, it is stylish and functional. Admittedly, you can't grip the gun as high, but without it, I can't shoot a HP.

I grip the gun quite high, and I get pinched something awful. I tried a HP that had a "no bite" hammer mod (alas, it wasn't done by Novak or Wickmann), and I still got pinched. I guess a beavertail is the only way to go.

My current HP is probably going off to Cylinder and Slide for the "Lady's Hi Power" treatment. I'm telling my wife that it's for her, but I think it would be a great gun for ESP. :grin:

Check out the link!

http://www.cylinder-slide.com/lady.htm
 

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Are you planning on carrying this hi-power? The beavertail seems really big for carrying, but I guess if the hammer's back there anyway, it'll help with not snagging.
http://www.cylinder-slide.com/images/SFS/SFSHiPower.jpg

That's the SFS kit for the Hi-Power, the hammer there doesn't come down very far at. Right now, it's getting refinished, but I'll post a pic when I get it back and assembled, novak's, Ahrend's grips, SFS, should be nice.
 

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Scroll down the page and there is a picture of it with the hammer cocked. Doesn't look much different/bigger than a 1911 with a beavertail. Though I'll admit that in the uncocked pictures it does appear a little large.
 
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I am sure Wayne Novak alters the hammer on his to eliminate hammer bite. I am sure it is something similar to the alteration Stephen A. Camp does. I am one of the lucky ones as I don't suffer hammer bite. Regards, Richard
 

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Well, I kind of like the looks of it but not enough to have it done to my HP, which has just been customized by Randy Lee of Apex Tactical, and I hope to be getting it back next week sometime. I might consider it in the future if it could be done in a way that it didn't stick out quite as far as some of them that I have seen pics of. Either way, with, or without one, it's still a great looking handgun!!
 
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