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Rifle Hammer question?

Rance - SASS # 54090

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At a local monthly match today...


One shooter was shooting, they said, a Winchester 92 made by Miruko??


The hammer would not rest in a down position...

If you pushed it down.. with no round chambered..

It would come back up maybe a 1/4 to 1/2 an inch..


When they levered and shot it, it would rebound to that position also.. 1/4 to 1/2" space

I don't see that as a problem while levering and shooting..

They said.. That's the way it came and no one has ever said a word about it...


I asked them how they ever staged it with the hammer down

on empty chamber as per SASS rules..

They said "That's the way the rifle works.. No one has ever said anything.."


Is this legal.. or not?


Rance ;)

Thinkin' it can't be legal... :wacko:

But... I've been wrong before :blush:

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Sounds like a rebounding hammer. In the position you describe, it would be considered down on an empty chamber.

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My limited knowledge of this situation is in AGREEMENT with Irish Tom.


Rebounding hammers ARE DOWN when they are in their rebounded position.


Now I gotta go find the rule.




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Yep, rebounding hammers are perfectly legal. If you don't know about them, you should learn, or refrain from calling "hammer not fully down" penalties on your pards. You will find them on some hammered and even hammerless shotguns, too, but those don't entice a penalty call because they can come to the line fully cocked.


Good luck, GJ

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That said, it is possible to have them 'delawyered' to the original design. I have several Japanese manufactured Winchesters that have been returned to original design. The rebounders can give you light primer strikes that do not fire the round. Had this problem in a 94 Big Bore before it was worked on.

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