Friday, July 26, 2013

Savage "hammer" spurs...

Self-loading pistols of any type were still far from mainstream when Savage put the finishing touches on their Model 1907, and despite the weapon being striker-fired, an external cocking spur was added, which allowed the weapon to be de-cocked like a conventional auto. The spur had the added feature of blocking the sights when the hammer was at rest, which made for a handy visual reminder that the pistol was either uncocked or empty (there being no last-round hold-open feature.)

Savage couldn't resist tinkering with the design, however, and the constant changes probably combined with massive overproduction in the first couple years to eventually doom the pistol on the market.

The second pistol from the left is a Model 1915, introduced as a response to Colt's wildly popular 1903 "Pocket Hammerless". One can only imagine that meeting at Savage headquarters:
"These people keep buying Colts!"

"They like it because it's hammerless and Colt's advertises that it won't snag on coat pockets."

"But it has a hammer! It's just internal! Our pistol really is hammerless!"

"But people see the spur and think it has a hammer..."
Thus the 1915, which eliminated the external spur, blanking off the slot in the breechblock, as well as adding a grip safety and a last-round hold-open feature. Unfortunately, the pistol was more expensive to make, sold at lower profit margins for the company, was trickier to disassembly, and the hold-open feature was fragile and breakage-prone. Tooling up for Great War arms contracts put paid to the 1915 variant after less than two full years of production, making it the rarest of the little Savage variants.

Lastly, the pistol on the far right has the spur-type hammer that was always available as an option, but became standard on the final variants of the 1907 and was continued on the Model 1917.

9 comments:

libertyman said...

Hi Tam, do you have the Savage books? One by Carr and the one by Stern? The new one by Brower is a beauty, too.

Old NFO said...

Thanks for the education! Nice pistols too!

Carteach said...

An enviable collection!

Tam said...

Libertyman,

I do not. Bobbi has the Brower book.


Carteach,

Collecting Savages right now would be pretty easy on the wallet; it would be hard to spend much more than $600 on a Savage and most go for much less. Conversely, it's hard to get any kind of Colt 1903 worth having for less than four bills these days.

mikee said...

The Colt 1903s on Gunbroker have dropped in price as the recent ammo & AR15 shortage progressed.

Apparently Colt's slickest offering ever is the first one sold from many folks' collections, when other needs arise.

Samuel Suggs said...

Why does this blog go through such long dead periods? I don’t really mind I just don’t get it; please respond.
P.S I only care because when you do post I really love your content and would like to hear your take on a much wider range of issues such as your views on the m1903's "unique" rear sight and the like

Samuel Suggs said...

Why does this blog go through such long dead periods? I don’t really mind I just don’t get it; please respond.
P.S I only care because when you do post I really love your content and would like to hear your take on a much wider range of issues such as your views on the m1903's "unique" rear sight and the like

Tam said...

"Why does this blog go through such long dead periods? I don’t really mind I just don’t get it; please respond. "

Because the author is lazy. :(

d said...

Tam:

I entirely blame you for my fascination with oddball old .32acp guns.

Because of you, I couldn't resist picking up a "vintage" Savage 1907 - apparently built in 1912.

It can keep my Colt 1903 (built in 1911/12) company.

This is all your fault.

Thanks!