Taurus PT1911 Hammer


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KC0QGL
February 23, 2009, 08:26 AM
Here soon I will be getting a PT1911. But I'm not a big fan of the hammer lock that Taurus puts on the guns. I can see why they put them on, for some reason I just don't like them. Does anyone know if I can get an after market hammer with out the lock. I'm thinking a hammer like the one on a Clot Defender.

Thanks
Kam

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NGIB
February 23, 2009, 09:01 AM
As a general rule, you shouldn't replace the hammer by itself as it's fitted to the sear. I'd very much recommend a matched set if you decide to go this direction. A while back I picked up a PT1911 with no keys so I just removed the lock to be on the safe side. I won't go into the legal issues, I'll just provide a simple how to:

Break the gun down to the point where you can remove the hammer & strut. Drift out the pin that's located above the hammer strut pin. With the pin removed, the lock will come out by applying a little centrifugal force. I popped mine a few times against the kitchen table and the lock popped out. Reassemble the gun and all is good. Takes about 15-20 minutes to do...

KC0QGL
February 24, 2009, 12:45 AM
Thanks for the how-to.

I won't go into the legal issues

Please do, I'd like to know.

Japle
February 24, 2009, 10:52 AM
I tried to replace the Taurus hammer with a Wilson on a customer's Taurus, something I've been doing since the early '70s. I found that the hammer, sear and safety aren't even close to the demensions of standard 1911 parts. If you replace one, you'd better be prepared to replace them all and know how to do it safely. The Series 80 parts add another interesting factor.

Also, the trigger isn't the same. It sits farther foward and an aftermarket trigger looks bad and has a lot of slop. You can shim the trigger, but it's a hassel.

My customer traded his Taurus for a Sig.

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