A Nurse with a Gun

Tuesday, December 18, 2007

Humpback Hammers

Starting in the 1930's Smith & Wesson offered a special order hammer on some revolvers. The Humpback Hammer is most commonly seen on .357 magnum revolvers, but it is occasionally encountered on the Military & Police revolver as well. It is distinquished by it's flat top, and it's fine checkering from front to back. The Humpback Hammer is a very desirable Smith & Wesson option on a wheelgun sought after by collectors. The presence of this option can today raise the price of a revolver by a hundred dollars or more.

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Anonymous barfinigate said...

Good morning Xav, do you know how long S&W offered this option?

6:18 AM  
Anonymous Timmeeee said...

Thank you for getting your blog back on the topic of guns.

Which is why I read it.

3:00 PM  
Anonymous angus lincoln said...

Xavier, I have a question regarding an unfired, new in the box model 28-2. It has a pinned barrel and recessed cylinder; a real nice find and I'm wondering if it will depreciate much if I decide to shoot it a bit. I paid $475 for it and I'm not sure if it likely to increase much in value in the short term future.I have learned much from reading your thoughts and trust your judgement. Thanks.

8:17 AM  
Blogger Xavier said...

Angus, if your Model 28 already has a turn ring, you will not likely decrease it's value with shooting. If it has no sign of a turn ring, no muzzle wear, and is otherwise like new, you may want to hold off. N frame S&W revolvers are skyrocketing in price. Pristine Model 28's that are P&R are going up fast.

So, if you can shoot it without increasing the wear, do so. If you will place finish wear on it through shooting, you may decide not to. Of course, nobody knows just how much these will rise. Consider though, there are many LNIB Model 27's. Model 28's were bought to be used. LNIB Model 28's are rather unusual.

7:46 PM  
Anonymous angus lincoln said...

Thanks Xavier, indeed, it does not have any turn marks on it, however, I have recently read about ways to lube the cylinder to prevent marks from appearing. I have a lot of considering to do. I appreciate your advice!

10:42 AM  

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