Hand Pounding by 1911 Hammer Spur

Hand Pounding by 1911 Hammer Spur

This is a discussion on Hand Pounding by 1911 Hammer Spur within the General Firearm Discussion forums, part of the Related Topics category; Although I thoroughly enjoy shooting my 1911 Colt National Match (1968 Vintage), my hand really takes a beating. After putting through 150 rounds last weekend, ...

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    Hand Pounding by 1911 Hammer Spur

    Although I thoroughly enjoy shooting my 1911 Colt National Match (1968 Vintage), my hand really takes a beating.

    After putting through 150 rounds last weekend, the web between my thumb and forefinger was bleeding. I know that it was caused by the hammer since there was blood on the spur.

    Is this normal? Or do I have a fat hand?

    Maybe I will invest in some shooters gloves.


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    You have fat hands...

    I've got the same problem. All of my Government models have the extended beavertail. This totally eliminates the "hammer bite" that is so common to many folks.
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    fathands i got that problem to go with gloves or have a beavertail installed

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    Since you said that you do have a vintage Nat Match then mayhaps you don't want to alter the frame. There a style of grip safety that is like a custom beavertail. You can switch out your factory grip safety and pop in that one as it needs no modifications made to the frame.
    It does not look super great but, it works. I've not seen one for a some years though...of course I haven't really been searching for one either.

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    Part of the problem stems from how you hold it. If you shoot with a high thumb position you are more likely to experience hammer bite.
    If you shoot with low thumb the web is position lower. A lower thumb position is still no guarentee of not being bitten, the size of the hand has a lot to do with it. This is a problem that has been with the 1911 since first designed, it was relieved somewhat when it was redesigned as 1911a1. All people who buy a GI pistol take that chance. It was because of hammer bite that the Beavertail was created. That is why most 1911 have beavertails. Only those that are to old GI specs don't beavertails.

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    Colt makes a wide grip safety that is a drop-in part on every Colt commercial Government Model pistol that I've installed it on. It totally eliminates hammer bite.

    It is not a beavertial or duckbill configuration part. It's available from Gil Hebard Guns, 125 Public Square, Knoxville, Illinois, 61448. This is strictly a mail order business, they have no on-line sales.

    The price was $27.00 the last time I bought one, about 2 years ago.
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    I think Wilson also has a drop in beaver tail safety.
    http://www.wilsoncombat.com/a_beaver...afeties_di.asp

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    put it in the safe, buy a new one with a beaver tail. Pre 70 NMs are getting very very rare.

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    qk and the feller who linked wilson pretty much said it all .. get a drop inn mudflap for it and put the original grip safety in the box you hopefully have for it .. other than that .. well since the darlin seems to bite you how about a trade LOL
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    Save it for your collection, Buy a Taurus to shoot. The more I see about the Taurus the more I like them. I just gotta save the money.

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    Another Alternative...

    Quote Originally Posted by Bud White View Post
    fathands i got that problem to go with gloves or have a beavertail installed
    is for you to send the gun to me and I'll shoot it for you...this will certainly save your hands!



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    Retire it.

    If you don't want to retire it, you might install a Commander style hammer and beavertail as drop in parts. You could shoot it this way, but keep the original parts to replace to keep the gun original.
    http://www.brownells.com/
    Or see your local gunsmith. BTW, on mine, I just cut the hammer spur off completely. Never had a problem. Easy job for you or the smith, and you could use a cheap surplus hammer. I would charge between $20 and 30 depending on how much cutting and how complicated a trigger job.

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    Oh Geesh...I remember what we called that Colt drop in back then.

    Not a Beaver Tail.

    It was a Ducks Ass Safety.
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