View Full Version : Colt 1876 BP Hammer Work needed.

December 16, 2010, 05:21 PM
I have a wonderful old Colt 1876 BP frame revolver in 45 Colt.

It was restore/hobby/lifetime tinker gun for the old guy who once owned it.

Yup, chromed in 50's, buffed beforehand, ala Lone Ranger/ Roy Rogers 50's TV Shows. A crime by itself, but it is still an Old Colt.

Anyways, the half-cock,full cock notches on the original but chromed hammer are wasted. It full cocks and fire/trigger pulls fine, I have shot it with the previous owner using his special corn meal filled loads....

But the half cock is gone. The hammer is really buggered from years of "tinkering by the hobbyist". AKA... butchered.

I know there are smith's that have the jig to recut after welding/building it up. I can get the final fit done, so sending this heirloom anywhere is not an option at all.

I just need to know who can do the weld and jig cut if I send them the hammer.

Any suggestions , I really hate holding the hammer half back and unloading.


December 16, 2010, 06:05 PM
If we're talking an 1873 Colt then I'd just buy a replacement hammer from Dixie Gun Works for $119.

December 16, 2010, 07:12 PM
Yup, 1873 made in 1876,

Well , I would like the original hammer repaired.

But I am going to take a look at the replacement for shooting.


Jim Watson
December 16, 2010, 07:51 PM
Eddie Janis will do it but it ain't cheap; $295 to weld up the notches and put in a new bolt cam.

Elmer Keith was in favor of removing the half cock and holding the hammer back to load... one less thing to go wrong.

December 17, 2010, 12:20 AM
Give Dave Lanara a holler. He specializes in Colt Single Action Armys. He gunsmiths SAAs and does full restorations. Great work and reasonably priced.

Eddie Janis does great work as well.