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Old 07-30-2020, 09:27 PM
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Thanks to Paplinker for directing me to this fine revolver. It very good condition and appears to have the original blueing. Added a set of Keith Brown's Roper grips to finish the deal. Feels good in the hand, looks terrific and shoots very well. It has two non-factory features, a square post was added to the Patridge front sight, and it has a very nicely done cockeyed hammer. The top of the hammer "nose" has some great file work and the blending of the welding and checkering on the hammer is nearly flawless. The hammer is not marked King or Micro. Would anyone have any info on who may have done this work?
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That is a nice one with some very appealing custom features.

You're right, the hammer is not King, Micro, or even the factory S&W cockeyed hammer. None of those would have that shape or the un-blended welding evidence on the left side. It's a one off custom by someone who does fairly nice work.

The serrations on top of hammer (less the hammer nose/firing pin) are well executed and reminiscent of 'bobbed' hammers. I don't see a purpose on a target hammer though.
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Hondo 44: What appears to be Unblended Weld on the left side of the hammer is more of a color difference between the weld and the old hammer than lack of proper blending. I also do not know what purpose the serrations on the top of the hammer are, other than a cosmetic feature.
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...Feels good in the hand, looks terrific and shoots very well.

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That right there is a BEAUTIFUL example of one of the finest revolvers ever turned out by the factory. And the aftermarket touches (grips, sights and hammer) make it very nice. The hammer is very cool, but I do not know who would have made it. It was not re-color cased when completed, so I don't think it was King or Micro.

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Paplinker has enabled me a time or two as well...where would we be without our fellow enablers.

Very nice revolver...almost an RM in 38 special....congrats.

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Congratulations on your acquisition.

Simply stunning.

A piece of functional American art imo.

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Fabulous. This is my next .38 ... just haven't found the right one yet.
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I'm green with envy. Very nice pickup.

Regarding the hammer: I have seen this specific job a handful of times. I have never found anything to indicate who actually did the work however. I'd love to know because they did excellent work and truthfully it looks like it is superior to a King hammer.
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"Regarding the hammer: I have seen this specific job a handful of times. I have never found anything to indicate who actually did the work however. I'd love to know because they did excellent work and truthfully it looks like it is superior to a King hammer."

I've never had the opportunity to cock a King hammer, this is very user friendly, easy to reach and cock without having to shift your grip. Especially easy with my arthritic thumbs.
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It's really a beautiful and interesting handgun! Exuding a lot of 'custom character'; suggesting a proud original owner!
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Many of the 38-44 Outdoorsmans came with a Humpback hammer and on the later revolvers, Magna stocks. While I find the Ropers very sweet on these old revolvers, I prefer the original numbered stocks. For shooting they are great, but since I do not intend shooting mine, factory numbered stocks are just fine for me. The original posters revolver is reaaaaly cool. Big Larry
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