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Old January 20, 2015, 01:46 PM   #1
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removable hammer spur

Just seen a video from a taurus booth and they have a new m85 with a removable hammer spur it seems to twist out but pop straight back in. Any thoughts ?
Found this pic of it
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Old January 20, 2015, 01:55 PM   #2
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Another with the hammer out
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Old January 20, 2015, 01:59 PM   #3
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Sort of looks like an answer to a problem no one asked, much like most of Taurus other "innovations".
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Old January 20, 2015, 01:59 PM   #4
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Clever. These folks come up with a lot of interesting ideas.

Offhand that looks like it might come free a bit too easily, but it's hard to say without handling one.
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Old January 20, 2015, 02:03 PM   #5
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In the video (I'm trying to find a linkable version) he had to give it a easy but positive twist to get it to come out
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Old January 20, 2015, 02:05 PM   #6
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And people seem to buy gimmicky stuff by the truck load "cough cough judge/governer" this seems a great many times more useful then that brick
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Old January 20, 2015, 02:16 PM   #7
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It's hard to tell in the video but it does look a little flimsy. I agree, it seems like an answer to a question no one asked.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hurZySpLYAo
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Old January 20, 2015, 02:35 PM   #8
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Kind of neat, but would not want it on a carry gun, and definitely don't want the lock in the hammer. I can't get past that one.
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Old January 20, 2015, 02:43 PM   #9
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Merwin Hulbert made many revolvers with folding hammer spurs many years ago. A spring normally kept the spur forward against the body of the hammer. To cock the hammer you reached up with your thumb and pulled back on the hammer spur against the action of the spring. With your thumb on the spur, you cocked the gun normally.
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Old January 20, 2015, 02:58 PM   #10
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I wouldn't worry about the taurus lock the same one is on my little break action it's just a set screw with a ball detent to stop it from cominn all the way out and just keeps you from cocking the gun the "key" is just a security style a Allen wrench with a hole in the middle all ya do is leave it unlocked unlike the s&w one
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Old January 20, 2015, 03:28 PM   #11
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Taurus lock is far better than most others in that it's simple and out of the way. Same can't be said for some others....looking your way Crickett Rifle.... My immediate though was that it would be really nice if they used their lock to attach the spur. Maybe hook it on one end and use the lock/screw to hold it in. I know taurus innovations are kinda gimmicky and on the fringes But they are doing more than other folks are.
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Old January 20, 2015, 04:30 PM   #12
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It's a neat idea, but what Taurus really needs to do is fix there base product line, there Q.C. inspections, and finally there customer service.
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Old January 20, 2015, 04:36 PM   #13
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be really nice if they used their lock to attach the spur
they kinda did judging by the size of the hole I bet the ball detent comes from the same parts bin as the one that holds the lock in
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Old January 20, 2015, 04:38 PM   #14
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As with a lot of things. Those folks who ever though/wanted one. Well, now they can buy one.
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Old January 20, 2015, 09:54 PM   #15
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I like the Taurus internal lock.

You screw it all of the way out (on position). Put a drop of epoxy resin on the threads, screw it back in (off position), and then set the gun aside for a few hours. Works like a charm.
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Old January 20, 2015, 10:10 PM   #16
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Old Fuff, thank for the COOL tip.
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Old January 20, 2015, 10:29 PM   #17
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Remember to wipe the extended (on position) safety's thread with a Q-Time soaked with degreaser, and don't overdo the epoxy adhesive. It doesn't take much to accomplish what you want to do. Use another Q-Tip and degreaser to wipe off any excess epoxy before it sets.
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Old January 21, 2015, 01:51 AM   #18
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Maybe Taurus is just trying to attract all the S&W owners who mutilate their hammer spurs.
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Old January 21, 2015, 05:22 PM   #19
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While I detest the internal lock the Taurus design seems well thought out and trouble free. If it wasn't the Taurus bashers would be posting complaints about it. The only issue I have had with it is the gun came from the factory dry as a bone. 3 or 4 drops of Breakfree permanently solved any problems with it.

As for the removable hammer spur I think it is a great idea. I realize that most forum members consider carrying a J frame revolver for self-defense as passť. The hammer spur can get caught in the sock when ankle carried, poke in the side when carried IWB and can wear the inside of coat linings.

Hammers without spurs are great for pocket carry especially in a heavy coat in the winter.

While Taurus has quality control issues S&W has many if not more. There are numerous posts on over tightened barrels for example.
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Old January 21, 2015, 05:37 PM   #20
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Maybe Taurus is just trying to attract all the S&W owners who mutilate their hammer spurs.
They are a very progressive outfit. On some models they offer factory mutilated hammers for those who aren't into do-it-yourself.
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Old January 22, 2015, 07:55 PM   #21
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Actually, not a bad idea; it beats cutting off the hammer spur then regretting it as some posters have done. (Several have wanted to know if a new spur can be built up with weld, or the old one welded back!)

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Old January 22, 2015, 09:10 PM   #22
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That looks like a part which is itching to be lost. The spring loaded hammer spur described by Old Fuff makes more sense.
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Old January 23, 2015, 08:13 AM   #23
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I think it is a cool idea. I'd go for it.
I prefer to cock a revolver when playing at the range's plinking pit, but if it is going in my pocket when done then I'd like the spur off.

I would hope that the spur is available from parts at low cost, as I'm sure I'd lose it within a few weeks

What would be really cool would be a little spot to store it in the bottom of the grip.
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Old January 23, 2015, 10:22 AM   #24
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Maybe Taurus is just trying to attract all the S&W owners who mutilate their hammer spurs.
Taurus owners mutilate their spurs, too.
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Old January 23, 2015, 10:27 AM   #25
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I gave that detachable spur about 30 seconds of thought, and all I can figure it's good for is keeping it detached while carrying the gun.

Of course, if one wanted a "dual purpose" revolver I guess they could keep that spur in their pocket for when they wanted to go to the range and use the spur.

So, really what we have here is a bobbed spur gun that still has its single action sear intact. How about Taurus simply do a slightly longer version of this?
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