New Taurus 85, Hammer Shroud possible?


September 27, 2005, 12:17 AM
I have a new Taurus model 85, 5 shot, external hammer, blued revolver in .38 I have been to Waller's site, and am very interested in picking up one of his hammer shrouds. At the bottom of the page it says "Hammer Shroud will fit some Taurus". My model 85 being new, does have the key-lock feature.

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September 27, 2005, 12:38 AM
Sell it and spend a few bucks more on a shrouded hammer.
You could bob the hammer. Take the gun apart and pull out the hammer. The cut the spur off and focus on keeping the line of the hammer smooth. The use sand paper or a light file to smooth it out. There are a variety of ways this can be done. Then you should shoot a few hundred rounds to make sure it is functioning properly.

I like this model in its hammerless version personally. There is one for sale here ( on thehighroad for $215. You should be able to get that much atleast if you sell your gun.

Old Fuff
September 27, 2005, 09:24 AM
I am not sure why you want to shroud the hammer, but I presume you have pocket carry in mind.

If so, experiment a bit. I usually carry inclosed, shrouded or bobbed-hammer guns when going to pocket-carry, but recently I tried this mode with a new Taurus 85. To my suprise it didn't snag, and I attibute this to the shape, fine checkering and rounded end of the hammer spur.

While I am still carrying the other revolvers I am going to further experiment with the model 85. Sometimes Old Fuff's can learn new tricks ... :D

September 27, 2005, 05:11 PM
Thanks for the replies, yes it is for pocket carry, but I don't want to lose the ability to shoot single action as I enjoy shooting for recreation. Bobbing the hammer is an option, I can always replace the hammer if I am not happy, or if there are light strikes. I'm gonna keep this thread out there, I'm hopeing someone who may have had the shroud installed will post.

September 27, 2005, 05:40 PM
Hey Old Fluff I just got a S&W 37 and with Dockers and cargo type shorts drawing from the pocket has been fine. I just keep my thumb over the hammer even though it never snagged i just like the added insurance of covering it with my thumb.

Old Fuff
September 27, 2005, 07:22 PM
Covering the hammer spur with the tip of your thumb while drawing a revolver from a pocket has been highly recommended since the latter 19th century. While it's a good practice, it also keeps the hand from getting a good grip until after the gun is clear of the pocket, which some would see as a disadvantage.

Interestingly, the Taurus model 85 that I've been experimenting with doesn't seem to require the thumb-over-the-hammer-spur technique. But we shall see ...

If you carry that model 37 in your pocket, be sure to get a holster that covers the hammer spur. If you donít the sharp checkering common to post-war S&W revolvers will soon wear a hole in the pocket, and it will snag for sure. Otherwise dull the checkering.

September 28, 2005, 12:55 AM
If you have sharp checkering you can always give it a quick hone on a wire wheel.

September 28, 2005, 01:21 AM
I bobbed the hammer on my 85 and polished it up real good looks great shoots great put Kingwood grips on it and polished the trigger face,I am happy with the results

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