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Dragged this one home fully knowing it had issues and after completely striking out with my weak internet search fu I got here.
The gun. Steyr GB You know them , some of you love them.
The issue. When the slide is racked it barely misses cocking the hammer so the hammer followes the slide when closing. I have not smoke tested it yet so I do not know if it would double or go auto. When manually cocked it does so solidly and single action is good. Double action also works fine.
My request. Those of you that have one to compare to Please look closely at the hammer pics to see if maybe the hammer is a little to short or Bubbaed in some way.
My second request. Why is my GB different than every other one on the planet? Has any one seen one set up this way?
Any Help, thoughts, links or suggestions appreciated.








 

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Yes, the tip of the hammer is ground off. Looks like it was done to clear the rear sight. Can't think of another reason for doing so. You do have a few options though...you could have a good machinist weld it up and reshape it or you could buy a new old stock hammer off GB.

http://www.gunbroker.com/Auction/ViewItem.aspx?Item=271690780

This is the same late style hammer you have now, but you'll still have to deal with that rear sight.

There are pics on the interwebs of another GB that someone added a much taller front sight and an adjustable rear. It's a little different than yours.

Here is one that's been modified...plenty of room for the hammer on this one.

http://i462.photobucket.com/albums/qq342/martensj/Steyr GB/Steyr_GBwithmods.jpg


Oh, and welcome to the club!!
 

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O My, Dash your interweb search fu muscle is much bigger and better than mine. The gun broker new part sounds much prettier than what I would weld up so I have snagged it. Installation should be interesting but at least I have the J.B. wood book. O boy, a plan in play. Thanks.
Thoughts on the two tone stuff ,slide and mag. I assume there was never a stainless version but even the rails and bottom of the slide show no wear spots as you would expect. Hmmm , Brushed hard chrome , nickle , stainless. What do you guys think ? Ever see another 2 tone?
Also the B Ham ,AL . Were they not from Trussville or some such place.
 

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I noticed you snagged that part pretty quickly last night. Glad I could help. There are a few of us that have made the mistake of taking the hammer out as it's a bear to get back in, BUT mortals like us can put it back in. Of the 3 times I've had mine out, the last 2 I put it back in. The first time was right after I got it and I ended up having to send it back to GSI.

If you do a search, you'll find a thread about getting it back together with some pics. I've used the same method but a little differently. It's also a good thing you have that book.

My guess is yours is hard chromed from the looks. The GB's did not come from the factory that way. Paint would look different. Test it on the inside by scratching it and see what comes off. There is another 2 tone many of us have seen, but it's on collectors firearms and has been for years and will be for a long time to come. It's had lots of engraving.

As for fixing the slide, I'm not sure how go about that. You will be able to use it when you get the hammer installed, but only AFTER the rear site is removed. I don't know what kind of options you have for a rear sight now that it's been hacked up. As for the front, that could be filed down to get close to the original profile, but I strongly suggest having a gunsmith fix it.

Keep us in the loop with pictures of your progress. Who doesn't love a little gun porn right?
 

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Like you need another opinion here, but hey, that's what we're here for...

I'd keep the sights like they are, fix the hammer problem and have a super cool GB. Just my $0.02.
 

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Okay, The hammer arrived from Canada . I guess it's good for me they have to take thier guns apart but sad for them. Anyway on to the pertinent stuff. As you know the hammer is VERY easy to disassemble. There the fun stops. Whoever designed this needs to be persued by the same torch carrying crowd that went after Frankenstien and beat to death. The J.B. Wood book which has saved me at many turns in this case is worthless. After trying many,many ways that don't even come close to working I came upon the method contained in this forum using the twisted copper wire. That and holding my tongue just right got er done.
Many thanks to Patm.
Cocking problem solved, I then addressed the sight clearance problem. Simple file work seems to give ample clearance!! Why this BUBBA went after the hammer in the first place is a mystery. All the rest of the conversion ( dovetail and relief cutting and front sight inletting ) is first rate then brain fart.
This is what I got now




Now I just got to find some Range time to see if this thing even works.
 

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Way to go! Looking for a range report soon!
 
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