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Old September 1, 2008, 10:07 PM   #1
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Hammer spur on Taurus SAA

The hammer on my Taurus Gaucho has a checkered pattern cast into the top of the hammer spur, but it's mostly for show. It really doesn't give much traction when cocking the hammer (unlike the hammer on my Ruger Security Six, which will wear the skin right off of your thumb-tip if you don't have a good callus.)

What would it take to rough-up the hammer spur a little without making it look bad? I've never had my thumb slip off the hammer, but it doesn't feel all that safe. Could I chase the pattern cast in the surface using some kind of a needle file? The gun is polished stainless, so I don't have to worry about bluing it when I'm done.

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Old September 2, 2008, 10:04 AM   #2
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Use a small triangular file. Remove the hammer from the revolver first and clamp it between soft jaws in a bench vise.

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Old September 2, 2008, 10:29 AM   #3
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Any gunsmith would be able to do this using a checkering file. If you ae intent on doing it yourself, you can buy a checkering files from Brownells or Midway.
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Old September 2, 2008, 10:41 AM   #4
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Since the pattern is already there, matching a checkering file to it would be difficult. I think I would stick to the triangular file to point up the existing pattern. That is what you do after laying out the lines with a checkering file anyway.

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Old September 2, 2008, 10:53 AM   #5
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Yep, now I just gotta find a decent 60° swiss-pattern file. (I wonder if Grainger has them without buying a big expensive set?)
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