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I have been looking at some colt officers models from different periods in time. I am confused about what I should expect to see for the Hammer styles and finishes on them.
Some hammers seem to be in the white on the sides (or blued and polished) and mat blued on top, others seem to be completely blued, mat or polished. Then there are the different styles, checkered spur, or serrated, target spur, and a target spur that looks like the python hammer.

Is there any guide where I could see the different hammer styles and finishes and what was available over the years the various versions were produced?
Could someone please list the hammer types and finishes?

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Outside of nickel plating, stainless or parkerizing, Colt left all hammers in the white on the sides. If you see a Colt with blued sides on the hammer, it's been refinished. That goes for Colts with the V-spring actions...Mark III, Mark V, original King Cobra and Anacondas all have sintered metal or investment cast hammers and will not have polished in the white sides on them.
 

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The checkered hammer spurs were pre-WWII up to sometime in the late 1940's when Colt began transitioning to post-war changes.

The grooved hammers were the standard after the late 40's. Some later models like the Mark III design used checkered hammers for the Trooper Mark III and grooved hammers for some fixed sight Mark III models.

In 1953 Colt began selling new series revolvers like the Officer's Model Match, and as an option on the original Trooper and 3-5-7 Model.
This new hammer was standard on the 1955 Python.

From 1949 to 1953 Colt made the Officer's Model Special which had a slightly longer grooved hammer used for this model only.

Most other target type hammers were after-market custom conversions by companies like King's prior to WWII for target shooters.
You usually see these on Officer's Model Target models.
Often these have off-set hammer spurs made wider on one side, or other features.
 

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Thanks the omm I was looking at had blued sides on the Hammer, the gun did not look reblued. I suppose some folks may have colored the hammer themselves..
 
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