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Old August 23, 2013, 03:51 PM   #26
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Original stocks are not a problem for me either for .38 or 357. I actually prefer them to a rubber grips... I do mostly shoot .38, but whenever I put a box or two of 357 I do not notice any discomfort either.
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Old August 23, 2013, 10:07 PM   #27
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In my opinion, if the gun is moving hardly at all in your hands when you're firing it ....the grips don't fit your hands properly / or there might be a change that could be recommended with the way you grip the revolver !
BigJim - I think the way you wanted to say that was if the gun moves in your hand, then you need grips that fit your hand better or learn a different way to hold the gun.

Airman basic - back in my day (70's) if we got a new revolver or new checkered grips that felt too sharp, there was an old trick we used. Lay a quarter flat on the checkering and rub it around using your thumb. Just enough pressure to keep the coin flat. About five or six passes would flatten the tips of the checkering enough to prevent a bit or irritated hands.

Sevens- A Texas Ranger revolver? Is that one of the ones in .44-40? I'll be the first to agree that the Pachmayr Presentation grips do work well. Lots of police officers used them through the 60's and 70's (especially good in the rain when you've got slick hands).

Here's a real oddball type of K-frame grip you've probably never seen though.

These are Bianchi's "Lightning" grips, made for 2-2.5" K-frame revolvers. The grips include a metal insert that arcs up to shroud the hammer in the style of the S&W Bodyguard revolvers. It was supposed to ease the draw of the gun from under clothing. They didn't sell that well although some people did like the idea. The grips themselves feel very solid and stable in the hand and aid in getting on target quickly.
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Old August 25, 2013, 09:24 AM   #28
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Whew, those are a bit hard on the eyes! But I can definitely see their usefulness. Bianchi did such tremendous business (and to a heap of LE) that they could afford to market a product that might otherwise get widely panned. I couldn't bring myself to put those on a Smith & Wesson, but I could definitely see how they might benefit someone who carried that revolver.

My 19-3 is a 1974 production "150 years of the Texas Rangers" commemorative. It's a blued, 4-inch .357 Magnum with a red ramp front sight and a trigger guard that has half it's width shaved along the forward half of it's arc. All of the stamping/lettering on the revolver is in gold and there is a 5-point star/shield of the Texas Rangers logo on the right side.

Smith & Wesson made something like 8 or 12,000 of these (IIRC?) and many came in the fancy wooden presentation case along with a large, heacy, gaudy knife that had a serial number matching the revolver. (they also sold the revolvers and knives separately as well) I do have the box and knife.

I got an extremely good deal on it and pretty much had no desire for any commemorative... I just wanted a nice Model 19, and this one absolutely qualifies.

If you look, you can find the revolver/knife/box set running anywhere from $600-$900. I do see them on Gunbroker and at shows on occasion.
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Old August 25, 2013, 02:52 PM   #29
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Airman Basic - I'm with you on the Pachmayr grips. In my younger days when I bought more handguns almost every gun that came my way resulted in a check to the Pachmayr catalog and an order. (I WAS smart enough though to keep the original grips around just in case I ever decided to sell something.)
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I would go for it. With a lesser offer of course, lol.
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