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Old May 5th, 2017, 02:32 PM   #1
 
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Bisley hammer in a NM blackhawk .45LC/acp?

Can I replace my NM Blackhawks hammer with a Bisley's hammer?



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Interesting question. I can check when i get home as i have a blackhawk to bisley project going. I know having a blackhawk hammer in a bisley leaves a large gap behind the hammer, so i am assuming that the bisley hammer might be to big for the blackhawk grip frame.

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Can I replace my NM Blackhawks hammer with a Bisley's hammer?
Yes you can but you'll want to reshape the Bisley hammer to match the shape of the plow handle grip frame. If you install it you can scribe the shape you want, remove the hammer and remove the excess that sits up proud of the grip frame ears.
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In the photo above you can see the scribed line showing how much material needs to be removed from the Bisley hammer to match the profile of the plow handle or birdshead grip frame. You can do it all by hand with a file or use a bench grinder to hog off most of it and finish with a file. Then sand smooth, polish, etc. If it's a blued hammer you'll want to touch it up with cold blue or have it reblued. Stainless hammer is finished to your liking and you're done.

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It's a personal choice of course. Some like the high spur hammers, some like the lower spur SBH hammers and others like the low spur and styling of Bisley hammer. The Bisley hammer just requires a lot more fitting to look right but if you enjoy that kind of tinkering it's just part of the fun and you have something that's a bit more unique when you're done. If you don't enjoy such little projects then it's probably not worth it or just hand it over to a gunsmith and pay them to do it.
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Thank you all,
Especially Waveform.

I want a lower hammer for ease of cycling.
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I just replaced the hammer in my BH with a SBH hammer for the same reasons you mentioned. I didn't go with the Bisley because I didn't want to go through the work of removing all that material as mess it up and have to spend the money all over again. I do like the feel of the Bisley hammer and the SBH is pretty close. I like it better than the BH hammer.
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