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Old April 13, 2006, 08:13 AM   #1
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Colt Detective Special grips

I'm looking for replacement grips for a old model Detective Special (mfg circa 1961), However, I'm finding that thier isn't much avaliable outside of the standard "baklite" or checkered wood grips. I'd really like to get a pair of Stag grips or something exotic. So here are my questions:

1. Will grips from a "newer" DS (Detective Special) fit the older models?

2. Are grips from any other older Colt revolvers (Police Positive etc)
interchangable with DS grips?

3. What is the Colt frame designation for the older DS?

4. Who makes decent aftermarket Stag (or Staglike) grips for the DS?

I know that's alot of questions, but I'd appreciate the help!
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Old April 13, 2006, 04:23 PM   #2
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In order:
1. No, the newer model grips will not fit.
This is due to the newer guns having a short "stubby" grip.

Here's a picture of the difference:

Newer style grips overlap on the bottom to make the wood longer.
Here's what they look like:
Note the overlap on the bottom:

2. Older style Police Positive Special grips, and any of the older pre-1960's grips will fit, since these older guns had the longer grip frame.

3. After WWII, Colt began to assign letter codes to their guns.
The Post-WWII small frame revolvers were all "D" frames, including both the long and short grip frames.

4. I have no idea. Most makers that made the older long grips are either out of business, or discontinued them.

You can watch Ebay or start contacting grip makers. Some will no doubt make a custom set for you.
Eagle will, I think, OR they may still make them for the older, long grip frame:
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