How much trouble am I asking for?

Discussion in '1911 Gunsmithing' started by ZoidMeister, May 27, 2019.

  1. ZoidMeister

    ZoidMeister Consider my signature line before replying . . . .

    Dec 4, 2014

    I've never worked on revolvers before other than changing out grips. I have been thinking of picking up a target hammer for the S&W Model 19-3 I picked up earlier this year and changing out the stock hammer.

    Is this fairly straightforward or will I be beating my head against the wall before I finish?

    Your sage advice is eternally appreciated.

    @Joni Lynn ?

  2. mikegalway

    mikegalway CEO of DILLIGAF industries Supporting Addict

    Feb 23, 2014
    Easy . Many videos on youtube . I recommend Jerry Miculek's .
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  3. SparkyAZ

    SparkyAZ It is a dry heat, right... Supporting Addict

    Sep 11, 2012
    Just make very sure that you purchase a target hammer of the same vintage. S&W made a K frame target hammer in quite a few different variations...
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  4. HooDoo Man

    HooDoo Man Well-Known Member Supporting Addict

    Dec 26, 2017
    You really what to mess with the Mod 19? Is there something you don't like about the hammer now?
  5. rmac

    rmac Well-Known Member Supporting Addict

    Jan 26, 2016
    Zoid, at the shoot on Saturday I'll remove the side plate on one of mine and show you what to watch out for. The double action sear may need a bit of fitting. Better that you see in person.
    Later, Ron
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  6. ZoidMeister

    ZoidMeister Consider my signature line before replying . . . .

    Dec 4, 2014
    The Model 19 I picked up has the wide target trigger but has the standard width hammer. It seems unbalanced.

    That would be awesome. The 19 I have was born in 1973. It has an insanely light trigger, both single and double action.

    Single action break is about 2.0 lbs. Double action is right at 6.0 lbs.
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  7. SLAM37

    SLAM37 Well-Known Member

    Apr 17, 2016
    Recommend watching this video from Brownells on how to remove the side plate properly. If you try to pry it off you will likely do damage to that beautifully fit seam. Also, would recommend not dry-firing without the side plate installed as you can do damage to the frame's hammer channel and other things if parts are not aligned properly.

    It is do-able on your own the first time if you have finesse, patience and the right technique/approach and tools, but IMO it is best done the first time with the help of someone knowledgeable ... especially if it is a pristine condition piece.

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  8. fieldgrade

    fieldgrade resident crank

    Mar 13, 2017
    FWIW, That's not stock. I had a 1974 Model 19-3 and mine wouldn't run at that sort of pull. Although the previous owner had shaved a couple of coils off the rebound spring. I'd be inclined to leave yours alone if it runs good. Mine wouldn't run right till I put it back to stock springs.
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  9. pistolpete

    pistolpete Well-Known Member

    Mar 12, 2016
    I don't know how hard it is to fit a hammer. I installed a regular trigger to replace one someone had ground smooth, didn't work, needed fitting. I expect the hammer will also need to be fitted.
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  10. ZoidMeister

    ZoidMeister Consider my signature line before replying . . . .

    Dec 4, 2014
    For sure my Model 19 has had some smithing done to it. There are a few tool marks on the hammer it's fitted with. It also has a pinned gold bead front sight.

    I will be bringing that revolver to @limbkiller 's shoot for further evaluation. I have the original box and docs for it.
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  11. Badabing11

    Badabing11 I gotta have more cowbell

    Sep 6, 2015
    Please check me back and let us know of any learnings , Zoid.

    I’ve always been afraid to get into my revolver .
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  12. ZoidMeister

    ZoidMeister Consider my signature line before replying . . . .

    Dec 4, 2014
    A couple of photos of the revolver in question.


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