Is this normal wear on a hammer face?

Discussion in 'Beginner's Corner' started by Charles Vane, Jan 23, 2019.

  1. Charles Vane

    Charles Vane New Member

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    Jan 14, 2019
    Hey everyone, newb here with a question. I've attached a close-up of the face of the hammer on my 45acp Auto-Ordnance 1911. The hammer is aftermarket and I'm not sure what brand/make it is, but it only has between 3000-3500 rounds on it. The firing pin is a Wilson's Combat stainless and it appears to be creating (mashing) a hollow or a pit on the hammer.

    I was wondering if anyone knew whether or not this was normal? If not, I have a Wilson's hammer waiting in my eBay watch list :) Thanks for your time.
     

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  2. BenchMonkey

    BenchMonkey Angry Infidel

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    Nov 28, 2018
    Yowzers! I have a 35+ y/o GI hammer that doesn't show that kind of wear.

    Definitely change out the hammer and watch for wear. Looks good doesn't always equate to wearing good. And that mystery metal ain't wearing good at all!

    Oh, and Howdy from another BBN member.;)
     

  3. duketbrd88

    duketbrd88 Well-Known Member

    Sep 1, 2011
    Not normal....
     
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  4. Old Sea Dragon

    Old Sea Dragon Well-Known Member

    Feb 10, 2018
    Never seen that before, ever
     
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  5. Longbow

    Longbow Well-Known Member

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    Aug 15, 2018
    Looks like it hasn't had the face hardened, at all.
    When you take it out, look and see if it's MIM.
     
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  6. tac45

    tac45 What me worry ? Supporting Addict

    Mar 4, 2012
  7. Apollo99

    Apollo99 Well-Known Member

    Jun 26, 2017
    I showed the picture of your hammer to my dog, he said it looks "ruff" and would change it out. I agree with him. I personally would be looking for a "drop in" ignition kit which would replace the sear and disconnect also, but then again what do I know I listen to my dog.
     
  8. duketbrd88

    duketbrd88 Well-Known Member

    Sep 1, 2011
    I have a Harrison true radius kit if you are interested..
     
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  9. tac45

    tac45 What me worry ? Supporting Addict

    Mar 4, 2012
    Smart dog !
     
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  10. ORShooter

    ORShooter Just outsided the realm of Crazy!

    Nov 28, 2018
    I'm not a metallurgist but, it would seem, as others have stated, the hammer metal is softer than the stainless firing pin. I too, would swap out the ignition system all together.
     
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  11. Charles Vane

    Charles Vane New Member

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    Jan 14, 2019
    Thanks everyone for your input and your time. I just ordered a Wilson Combat Ultralight Skeletonized "BulletProof" model blued hammer so I expect it will last a little longer. I tried to post a link to eBay but I don't think I've been a member long enough to post links.
     
  12. Greg45acp

    Greg45acp Double Secret Banned Supporting Addict

    Oct 31, 2016
    Look that new hammer over closely before you install it. I'd recommend comparing it very closely to the hammers you'll find on shopwilsoncombat.com.

    Ebay (and Amazon) are both known to have lots of BS fakes of name brand gun parts.
     
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  13. Charles Vane

    Charles Vane New Member

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    Jan 14, 2019
    Good advice Greg45acp, I ALWAYS buy from Hooper Gun Works, so far so good
     

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