A Nurse with a Gun

Wednesday, October 08, 2008

Design Excellence

Here is a brilliant idea for a concealed carry revolver that I wish had survived the pit of cast off designs. Obviously, the person who designed this hammer understood the problem.

Revolver is a Hopkins & Allen XL Double Action .32 caliber revolver. The hammer appears to be an aftermarket device. Sweet.



Blogger Jonathan said...

ingenious idea..but it looks like it would be fragile.

5:52 AM  
Blogger West, By God said...

Neat! H&A revolvers aren't exactly what I would (now or 100 years ago) consider to be a good carry gun, but the concept of a "folding hammer" is pretty cool. I'm surprised nobody else ever picked up on that.

6:38 AM  
Anonymous Robb Allen said...

Reminds me of the hammer on the Para LDA I have. For a while, I thought it was just there for looks because 1911 purists would have screamed bloody murder had the hammer been hidden, but my thumb can attest that the damned thing actually is there to apply pressure to the firing pin.

7:18 AM  
OpenID Ben said...

Good idea, but the shrouded hammer on my Bodyguard is even less likely to snag, although probably more difficult to thumb back.

8:34 AM  
Anonymous GrantCunningham said...

The H&A folding hammer was a factory offering, and apparently fairly popular given the number of them still in existence. They show up on the auction sites with some regularity.

In the late 1980s there was a gunsmith (whose name sadly escapes me) who revived the concept. To the best of my knowledge he did less than a half-dozen such conversions (one of which showed up in one of the gunrags.) I've not heard of anyone else offering the service.

(No, I'm not planning to anytime soon!)

-=[ Grant ]=-

8:38 AM  
Blogger the pawnbroker said...

that is very cool...and it illustrates that in the days of the civil war and after, there were many more gun makers than have survived the modern onslaught of legislation and shark lawyers, and many were inventors and innovators of a high and imaginative nature...think multiple barrels, folding triggers, etc.

and while the commenter above may be correct that his shrouded smith is less likely to snag than this folder, the folder would be much easier to manually hammer-back and hammer-down inside the pocket...a nice attribute for a pocket carryon.


3:20 PM  
Anonymous Bubba Mischief said...

hmmm, I got my dremel, some sheet steel and a bottle of cold blue, How hard can this be to whip up?

8:30 PM  
Anonymous bankerbud said...

Another gunmaker that used the folding hammer was Merwin and Hulbert, They made some cool looking revolvers.

9:39 PM  
Blogger P said...

I have the same gun with the same set up, last patent date is jan 5, 85. actually quite pleasant to shoot with very light loads, 1.8 grains of bullseye.

1:47 AM  
Blogger Montie said...


Dang, bankerbud beat me to it, but Merwin-Hulbert used the same hammer on their small pocket revolvers. I have a Merwin-Hulbert in .32 S&W that has the same hammer. Not suprising, since I think that Hopkins & Allen did the manufacturing for Merwin-Hulbert's handgun line.

7:32 PM  

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