I'm interested in purchasing a Ruger SP101 .357 with 3in barrel. However, I would prefer a spurless hammer. Please advise me about these options (or give me more options)?
1) Have a gunsmith remove the hammer spur. I know this is possible, but I'd rather not have the extra expense, and the time without the gun (many gunsmiths have a long turnaround time).
2) Buy and install a Ruger spurless hammer myself. Is this replacement part available, and can it be installed by a regular joe like me? I have some skill in replacing parts in 1911's, etc but nothing like gunsmithing skills.
3) Remove the spur from the original hammer myself. I've read articles about "DIY" hammer dehorning, but nothing about DIY hammer spur removal.
I know Ruger has a 2.4 inch hammerless model, but I guess my heart is set on a 3 in hammerless model. Ah, gun lust! :)