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    Taurus Model 80

    Recently, I picked up an old Model 80 revolver from my favorite pawn shop. I liked it & thought it would make a good truck gun & the price was right.
    I just learned that there was a bulletin on that model due to the hammer design. It might fire if dropped on the hammer.
    I'm wondering if bobbing the hammer would improve that condition?
    Does anyone have experience with this model or tried to remedy the hammer problem?

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    Just don't drop the gun!
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    I would call Taurus to follow up on the service bulletin. Clean it up and shoot it to make sure it does what's it's supposed to correctly. I bobbed the hammer on a older M85b 1989. It had wolff spring upgrade. Post bobbimg, the hammer would stick, so a stiff mainspring was in order. The subtle loss of weight on the hammer from the bob was enough to throw it out of battery with lighter springs though. With stiffer mainspring the hammer would stick every once in a while and if I had not traded it, a stock hammer replacement would have been in order.
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    What bulletin are you referring to? I had a model 80 that I really liked. It had the firing pin on the hammer and used a hammer block safety similar to the S&W action. The hammer block was added to the S&W design after WWII following an accident where a non equipped revolver was dropped on the steel deck of a ship landing on the hammer and killed a sailor.

    When you pull the hammer back is there a flat metal piece that moves up and down in front of the hammer?
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    Found the "warning" on firearmsid.com.
    Stated: WARNING: The listed Taurus revolvers, when dropped from a height of three feet on the hammer may discharge.

    Revolvers Serial Numbers BELOW the following:
    Model 74, Blue 701,219
    Model 74, Nickel 699,118
    Model 80, 3" Blue 1,000,225 (not including 977,537 through 977,582)
    Model 80, 3" Nickel 977,656, and 987,259 to 987,358
    Model 80, 4" Blue 1,035,178
    Model 80, 4" Nickel 1,001,684
    Model 82, 3" Blue 996,964
    Model 82, 3" Nickel 1,014,120
    Model 82, 4" Blue 1,025,816
    Model 82,4" Nickel 1,034,375
    Model 84, Blue 1,026,497
    Model 84, Nickel 1,009,613 through 1,009,655
    & 1,009,626 through 1,009,655
    Model 86 1,011,470
    Model 94, Blue 94,170
    Model 94, Nickel 94,206
    Model 96 97,336

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    If you're worried, contact Taurus, if not, just don 't drop it and go on with life...
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    I also found this as the source for that list.
    Source:

    Shooting Industry, June 1977; page ?
    AFTE Journal, April, 1978; Volume 10, Number 2:33-38

    That's ancient but informative.

    I would call Taurus at 1-800-327-3776 and talk to them about it.

    If the serial number is in the numbers listed above by you then the gun will probably have to stay the way it is. It might be possible for Taurus to help with that and add something to keep the drop hammer problem from happening, but I would not put a lot of stock into that possibility.

    I also think that Tslepbull has the right idea as well. Take a look at your 82 and examine it to see if it has the hammer block. It it does then the drop problem should be null and void. Have a accredited local gunsmith who know about revolvers take a gander for the hammer block. If it is there then ask him if it will pass the drop test.

    Quote:What bulletin are you referring to? I had a model 80 that I really liked. It had the firing pin on the hammer and used a hammer block safety similar to the S&W action. The hammer block was added to the S&W design after WWII following an accident where a non equipped revolver was dropped on the steel deck of a ship landing on the hammer and killed a sailor.

    When you pull the hammer back is there a flat metal piece that moves up and down in front of the hammer?
    End of quote.

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    Mine is an older model that fits within the warning class. It does not have the piece that slides up under the hammer. It has the firing pin integral to the hammer.

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    Thanks to everyone for their advice. I'll be contacting Taurus CS after the holidays.

 

 
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