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12-24-2007, 06:43 AM
I've been defarbing my Enfield to "Tower/Birmingham" specs. In reading some of the threads, it was mentioned that the hammer on the U.S. "Colt" or contract 1861 rifle muskets is closer in aspect to the genuine Enfield hammers than those on Enfield replicas. Anyone know of a source for such a hammer? Merry Christmas!
12-24-2007, 06:47 AM
Lodgewood Arms or James River Armoury might have it.
12-24-2007, 07:07 AM
JRA said they were sold out in October at the NSSA nationals. I wonder if an original will fit your tumbler? It may be easier to find one of those.
12-24-2007, 08:21 AM
Lodgewood Mfg., here in snowy Michigan. They might have one. Regards and Merry Christmas! JD
Craig L Barry
12-24-2007, 08:32 AM
Here is the problem with a Colt hammer for a Birmingham "Tower" P-53. The Colt is a copy of the Potts & Hunt, which is unengraved. The Birmingham contractor hammers were almost all engraved with two lines around the perimeter (like the lock plate) and w/ "flames" on the flat side of the nose.
Yes, the Colt is more the right size and can be ground to good proportions, but would require the additional expense of getting it line engraved. A Colt hammer would be better for a repro of a Barnett, or a Potts & Hunt which usually had large plain hammers. An original B'ham hammer may be your best bet, if you can find one that fits. Peter Dyson, Ltd offers a steel cast repro "fat" hammer, but it is undrilled so good luck fitting it to your arbor shaft. The Rifle Shoppe hammers are "rough cast" and need a good deal of work to be useable.
12-24-2007, 09:35 AM
Thanks pards. Compliments of the season.
12-25-2007, 02:43 PM
...however, if you do want an original Colt contract hammer, Dixie gunworks has them as well as S&S Firearms in New York. Around 40 bucks I believe, new stock Bannerman's items.
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