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Ruger Old Army -puzzlement

Discussion in 'Blackpowder' started by Wolfebyte, Dec 4, 2012.

  1. Wolfebyte

    Wolfebyte Well-Known Member

    I recently acquired a Ruger Old Army..

    it's kinda rough, but shows that it's been shot and carried, not a safe queen.

    from the 140 serial number it shows that it was made in 1977, before the days of the billboard warning all over the barrel..

    It came as is.. no box, no wrench.. the grips have been swapped out with Hogue grips... but an interesting hammer.

    Mine is skeletonized with 4 holes.. 2 smaller toward the spur, a larger one in the apex and a smaller one just below it..

    no markings on the hammer.. Is this an aftermarket or obscure stock?
  2. TAKtical

    TAKtical Well-Known Member

  3. Wolfebyte

    Wolfebyte Well-Known Member

    I put a white card behind the hammer.. make it more visible.

  4. J-Bar

    J-Bar Well-Known Member

  5. rodwha

    rodwha Well-Known Member

    I think someone did that in their garage. The holes aren't centered or spaced very well except for the lowest one.
  6. wap41

    wap41 Well-Known Member


    Wierd,but like you said it's no safe queen so just enjoy the heck out of shooting it
  7. ivankerley

    ivankerley Well-Known Member

    is there any reason, wrongheaded or otherwise a person would do this?
  8. arcticap

    arcticap Well-Known Member

    A lighter hammer would speed up the forward hammer movement.
    Similar to using a lighter bat in baseball which would increase the bat speed.
  9. J-Bar

    J-Bar Well-Known Member

    The guy who skeletonized this hammer also thought it looks cool to hold his ROA canted 90 degrees while shooting it...
  10. Mk VII

    Mk VII Well-Known Member

    I had enough failures to fire without depriving the hammer of momentum.
  11. ROAshooter

    ROAshooter member

    I agree ...this was a garage/drillpress/homestyle mod.... some who are inexperinced with the ROA.....the misfires of percussion caps...leads some to think a faster strike will cure a misstake in seating the caps fully
  12. arcticap

    arcticap Well-Known Member

    If a gun could speak then what would it say?

    Here's excerpts from a thread about installing skeletonized hammers on Ruger double action pistols that are used in IDPA competition.


    And here's another excerpt about the reason for installing a skeletonized hammer and wanting a faster lock time on 1911's.


    Last edited: Dec 4, 2012
  13. AbitNutz

    AbitNutz Well-Known Member

    Clearly they're a natural Phenomenon...like crop circles or the holes in Swiss cheese.
  14. arcticap

    arcticap Well-Known Member

    The previous owner left enough room for a few more holes! :p
    Last edited: Dec 4, 2012
  15. mykeal

    mykeal Well-Known Member

    Looks like mice or rats to me.
  16. Wolfebyte

    Wolfebyte Well-Known Member

    ok, ok...

    Now the panel of experts had concluded that it's not stock, not factory, evidently user customized..

    who has parts in which I can replace it with? ...

    (tough crowd...)
  17. wap41

    wap41 Well-Known Member


    parts assortment on ebay now.do search on ruger old army.
  18. Lunie

    Lunie Well-Known Member

    I wouldn't worry about it if it functions correctly. Unless you just don't like the looks of it anymore. :p

    I thought all the really cool kids rotated theirs 180*.
  19. T Bran

    T Bran Well-Known Member

    You could always fill the holes in with lead.
    It may take a little longer to get there but it would really knock the starch out of some caps.
    Filling the holes in with brass and mirror polishing would be awful pretty though.
    Where others see problems I sometimes see potential.
    In this case I may need to have my eyes checked.
  20. Mk VII

    Mk VII Well-Known Member

    Ruger have ceased selling parts for the OA, except in repairs they do themselves.

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