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Are these the original grips?

Discussion in 'Pictures in General' started by Clete, May 30, 2017.

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  1. Clete

    Clete Distinguished Poster

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  2. para40

    para40 Sr. Curmudgeon

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    They look original from the pic. Combat grips.
    Take them off, and let's have a look a the inside.
     
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  3. Hoot G

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    Those look like original S&W K/L frame round butt combat grips, but whether they came on that gun is not clear. What is the model number (with dash number) and serial number? Do you have the original box with the label on the end? That would help narrow it down. Without the box, a letter from S&W is most likely the only way you'd ever know for sure.
     
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  4. Cliff731

    Cliff731 Danged ole' Hermit...

    What are the letters that are stamped onto the left side of the frame below the cylinder?

    Is this an "ex" police or agency revolver?
     
  5. cottonmouth

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    Some grips are serial numbered to the gun, pop them and look. I know they came on the 2-1/2" 686's.

    J.B.
     
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  6. Clete

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    C.S.P. Is stamped on frame.
     
  7. mascott

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    Connecticut State Police or California State Police
     
  8. Clete

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    It's a 686-1
     
  9. Cliff731

    Cliff731 Danged ole' Hermit...

    My best guess would be that those are not the original grips on this S&W 686-1 if it is a former "police" gun.
     
  10. Hoot G

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    I'm not sure if they were still making that style of Combat Grip in 1986 (date of your gun). Might be correct era,might not. Most likely didn't come on that one, like Cliff posted, as police contracts usually bought the least expensive stocks.
     
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  11. cottonmouth

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    I thought the earlier L frames were all square butt except for the 2-1/2" models. Could it have been rebarreled or had the grip converted?

    J.B.
     
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  12. cottonmouth

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    I forgot about the CS guns that were built for the US Customs Service. I think they had 3" and 4" barrels and both were round butt but I think that had a matt type finish. I'd love one in a 3"! Look around on the S&W forum and I bet you will find out. Original or not it's a nice Smitty!! On a side note I'm going to send you a PM about one of mine.

    J.B.
     
  13. mascott

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    Yeah, I still stand behind this!
     
  14. Hoot G

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    S&W made a gazillion different versions of the 686. That's why it's difficult to be definitive about this, or indeed many, 686 configurations without a matching box label or factory letter. Originally they were square butt, but that was in 1980. I found a Lew Horton 2 1/2" round butt from 1984, so S&W may have used the RB anytime after that, for sure, and maybe before.

    CS-1 was made in 1988, and would be a -2 or -3. Also, they have a pinned front sight.

    Or maybe Colorado State Patrol? ;) Whoever it was, that stamping was not done at the S&W factory.
     
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  15. Clete

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    Maybe this will shed some light... IMG_4952.JPG
     
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  16. cottonmouth

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    I'd bet it came with a set of magnas and got switched out since it's a -1.

    J.B.
     
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  17. para40

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    70's or early 80' factory grips.
    Rd butt 4" would be a special/dept. order.
     
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  18. cottonmouth

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    Clete were you ever able to find out anything about your grips?

    J.B.
     
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  19. Clete

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    Only, whats been said here.