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Hi,

I just picked up my new 3 " KC yesterday. It is a beautiful revolver, but I
did notice a couple of pit markings on the right side of the hammer. I do realize that the hammer is MIM, but is this normal?

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Don't nit pick, you will drive yourself nuts, I still find scratches on my 62 year old Govt. Model I never noticed before.
 

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Thanks for the replies. I wasn't planning on looking so closely, but she's so shiny! :) My Wilson Combat 1911 has spoiled me. My dealer friend said this is normal and none are perfect. He said if I want a perfect .357, I can buy a Korth Mongoose for $3700!!
 

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I prefer firearms that give the impression that they have actually been used as God intended.
It saves wear & tear on the sensibilities. For example, I am grateful that my GCNM came with the slide stop assembly mark already on it. I prefer to describe it that way. Anyone can apply the mark, and you don't have to be an idiot to do it.
A gun can look like a fragment of fecal matter, have other problems besides cosmetic ones, and still poke out a gnat's derriere from quite a ways out. I know this to be true, because my best .38 spl. is that way. People would ordinarily consider it junk/landfill. That is, right up until they see how it shoots.
Minor manufacturing marks or slight defects? Same way. They are nothin' to get all twisted up about
You can have your nice collector grade and shiny brand new hardware, but if they ever see use in the real world, you can be certain that they will get dinged up a little eventually.
Nobody wants to put the first ding on their new gun. It leaves a person feelin' a little sick.
Pre-thrashed trumps NIB in most cases, and eliminates that cold jolt that cuts through you when you do the unthinkable.
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It wouldn't surprise me if the hammer has been shot-peened or something similar. From places I have worked that means tumbling it and a thousand other hammers in a drum for hours while slinging hundreds of pounds of miniature steel balls at it. I am not saying that's what happened but it sure has the look of it.
 

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Those aren't pits, they're impact damage from something contacting the sharp edges.
"Stuff happens" during manufacture and shipping, and that's not something I'd complain about.
If it really bugged me, I'd stone the sharp edge just enough to remove the marks.
 

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I get such a belly laugh out of these posts. It never ceases to amaze me how much things have changed in our community over the years.

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Frankly, when I get my King Cobra, I plan on finishing it up myself, the way factories cannot afford to do anymore. I'll polish the sides of the trigger and hammer with a flat file, and finish with emery paper. I don't want to see mold marks and such on the two small parts that protrude from the frame. On the inside, that's fine.
I'll then polish the entire rest of the gun with Mothers. From what I see, both the Pythons and bright Cobras are not hand polished at all. It looks like the rough forgings are machined, then they are put into some kind of vibratory or rotating polisher, or perhaps run through a media blaster of some sort. Either way, the slight surface irregularities from manufacturing are still there, the crudely polished over. Compared to the old way, where the gun's surfaces would first be made absolutely flat, and THEN polished. Look at one in the light. You see waves and depressions all over, somewhat hidden by an overall polish.
 

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Hi Retlawman.
alot of good advice and experience in these responses. Just to compare apples to apples more or less , here’s my new version 2”KC to see what you think. when greatly zoomed in with a simple iPad pic, I can see imperfections in my KC’s hammer edges as well. So I’d also say what you have is normal results. I see a pit on my hammer right side edge down real low, , but it’s sort of hidden by the frame viewed from the side. I’ve considered mine scratch free and perfect. i can’t even see these hammer edges without magnification. It functions and fires without hitch so far. I’m pleased.
that said, your pit area may be more noticeable and it’s your gun, so if it bothers you, well, you only get a year warranty I believe, but it would be or should be a very easy fix for Colt since they’re cranking out KC’s at the moment it seems. Almost no parts require fitting is the word on the forum.. A call to customer service and they can even have you email the pic(s) to them. They email an RMA and a shipping label to print out, so shipping cost is on them. you don’t have to go through an FFL to ship to them and they can send it directly back to you , you just have to be available to sign for the return delivery. My guns‘ turnaround in the last 2 years has been less a month on a new python and less than 2 weeks on a 45acp.










 

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For those that think new gun flaws are great, I'd bet are the same folks who would be pointing out those flaws on a used gun and lower its value because of the flaws.
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Hi Retlawman.
alot of good advice and experience in these responses. Just to compare apples to apples more or less , here’s my new version 2”KC to see what you think. when greatly zoomed in with a simple iPad pic, I can see imperfections in my KC’s hammer edges as well. So I’d also say what you have is normal results. I see a pit on my hammer right side edge down real low, , but it’s sort of hidden by the frame viewed from the side. I’ve considered mine scratch free and perfect. i can’t even see these hammer edges without magnification. It functions and fires without hitch so far. I’m pleased.
that said, your pit area may be more noticeable and it’s your gun, so if it bothers you, well, you only get a year warranty I believe, but it would be or should be a very easy fix for Colt since they’re cranking out KC’s at the moment it seems. Almost no parts require fitting is the word on the forum.. A call to customer service and they can even have you email the pic(s) to them. They email an RMA and a shipping label to print out, so shipping cost is on them. you don’t have to go through an FFL to ship to them and they can send it directly back to you , you just have to be available to sign for the return delivery. My guns‘ turnaround in the last 2 years has been less a month on a new python and less than 2 weeks on a 45acp.










Thanks WWYC, it really doesn't bother me much. I just wanted to see if it was just my gun. I still haven't gotten to the range yet. I probably won't send it in just for this. I will wait and see if anything else comes up first. Hopefully nothing will.
 

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ha ! That’s funny. I wish I could draw - im thinking of a cartoon pic of Ronald looking through the maternity ward window .. “that is the least appealing baby in this place.”
do you have family here sir ?
“No. Just breezing through. But that is an ugly baby “.
:)
 
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