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Ruger Old Army -puzzlement

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

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  1. Wolfebyte

    Wolfebyte Member

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    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

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  3. Wolfebyte

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

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  4. J-Bar

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    Blasphemy!
     
  5. rodwha

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

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    ROA

    Wierd,but like you said it's no safe queen so just enjoy the heck out of shooting it
     
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    is there any reason, wrongheaded or otherwise a person would do this?
    gene
     
  8. arcticap

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    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

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

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

    http://idpaforum.yuku.com/reply/58259/Re-Stock-modified-hammer#.UL5LXSBnHT4

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

    http://forums.1911forum.com/showthread.php?t=123886

     
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  13. AbitNutz

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

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    The previous owner left enough room for a few more holes! :p
     
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    Looks like mice or rats to me.
     
  16. Wolfebyte

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    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

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

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    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*.
     
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    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.
    Luck.
     
  20. Mk VII

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    Ruger have ceased selling parts for the OA, except in repairs they do themselves.
     
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    Ruger informed me about a week ago they no longer have any parts or do any repairs on ruger old army's
     
  22. 4v50 Gary

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    I'd find drill rod, cut it to length, file and then solder them in place.
     
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    Is it giving you problems?
     
  24. Wolfebyte

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    Rodwha,

    not really.. just aesthetic purposes I guess.. entertaining some different thoughts about the ROA.. smooth out the scratches and dings, stretch the trigger guard to facilitate a gloved hand.. Not sure I I want to go back with the caustic blue or look at some of the newer choices.. Duracoat, Cerakoat perhaps?
     
  25. AbitNutz

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    Your best bet is to see if David Clement has a "take off" hammer from one of his ROA projects.
     
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