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I've got a 1949 Colt .38 Super that looks like it may have an Ithaca hammer. 5 serrations and finished on both sides. It is not parkerized. The finish matches the rest of the pistol and looks like its been with the pistol for a long time as in matching patina. Is that possible? I know Colt used some leftover WW2 parts until 1948, but this is a 1949. Thanks in advance.
 

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Straycat23,
Colt either had on hand or must have found this supply of ww2 surplus Ithaca hammers to use in 1949.
Here is my 38 Super shipped Nov. 1949 as NIB with its matching finish factory installed original ww2 Ithaca hammer
Colt used the surplus ww2 military parts until they were gone.
Also the use of the entire hammer with sides being full blued was only used for a short time, then the side was polished.
The hammer photo is from Doug Sheldon's book Colt's Super 38 Production History






 

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OUTSTANDING '49 Super .38, love the grips...
 
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